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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

** This is for 750ml bottles ONLY **

Big Sky Brewings Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout is brewed according to the traditional style using English hops and the finest American malt. Its aroma and flavor balances well between esters of dried fruit and roasted cocoa with a slight bourbon presence. Ivan was aged for a minimum of three months in American oak Bourbon barrels.
2006 - 8.75%
2007 - 8.75%
2008 - 9.5%
2009 - 10%
2010 - 10%
2012 - 12.2%
2013 - 13.8%
2014 - 11.5%
2015 - 11.9%

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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Big thanks to 17thfloor for sharing this! Pours a very nice jet black with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is very nice. A good bourbon character, vanilla, excellent deep fruits, raisin, plum, brown sugar, a bit of nuttiness, all melds together very well. Flavor is very bourbon forward start to finish, and I like my bourbon. Lots of cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of candy sweetness. Pretty boozy which is okay until the finish where the bite lays in. Full body and a softer carbonation. Near perfect aroma, pretty darn good flavor, all around a very good beer, though a bit boozy.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Shared 09 vintage (bottle # 2362!) with a beer buddy. Pours pitch black with minimal tan head that fades quickly into a snifter. The aroma immediately gives those lovely bourbon barrel smells (vanilla, coconut flakes to me), a hefty amount of malt, chocolate. Great nose. Taste is equally superb: upfront vanilla with a creamy malty sensation that leads into chocolate, roastiness, licorice. Finishes mocha with an ever so slightly noticeable alcohol presence. Leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied with low carbonation and warms beautifully. Yum!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2009 750ml bottle (419 of 3000) from Binnys Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured the requisite RIS thick dark brown, looking nearly black in the glass, and capped by a modest light brown head. It has an aroma of burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, soft nuts, oak, and a surprizingly light touch of Bourbon. Smooth. The flavor has the addition of aniseed, charred wood, and more Bourbon. Pretty easy drinking for a big beer.
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2004 Total Score: 3.5
FOBAB 2004, where it was called "Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout." This is a headless black stout that smells stronger of the bourbon than of stout characteristics. Theres plenty of coffee and chocolate in the flavor as well as a hint of hopping, but the bourbon stays in the nose the entire drink. A very warming drink.

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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Served from a 750 mL bottle of the 2009 edition. Bottle 1293 or 3000. The appearance is a rich espresso brown with a tight forming roasted brown head. The nose if full with rich bourbon, toasted oak, dried fruit mainly prune and cherry, and a bakers chocolate accent. The flavors started with a warm smooth prune cherry and raisin flavor ridding on a clean bourbon wave. A wonderful vanilla and slight anise are there too. The mouth is very smooth and not that hot considering this if fairly fresh and 10% but definitely warms the stomach and throat. . This is a fine IRS that far exceeded my expectations.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (10122) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Tap. Thick oily lack pour, nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Taste of vanilla, chocolate, fruit, and plenty of bourbon. Really good stuff. Great thick mouthfeel. Awesome Impy Stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle 1315 of 3000 from Daprickly1.
Pours a perfect motor oil black with a thick, creamy, frothy head of medium beige, reminiscent of the head on a Guinness. Aroma is a restrained chocolate pudding with a dash of bourbon and cocoa. A subtle hint of cappuccino lingers in the background, along with melted dark chocolate and caramel-coated almond. Flavor is a thin but asasertive ribbon of chocolate coffee pudding and cocoa, with chunks of raspberry, black cherry, and bourbon vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light but the flavors linger. I need another of these; would like to cellar one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3049) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Courtesy Beerlando. Big black pour. Big roasted grain, chocolate, bourbon aroma. Taste is thick chewy chocolate roasted grains and hints of bourbon and oaky vanilla. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Thanks to TODD for this one, bottle #902/1152. Poured deep brown with an easily-resuscitated cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasty bourbon (almost brandy) over black patent and chocolate maltage.. rather soft and toasty overall complexion.. vanilla showed with warmth. The flavor found mostly black patent sweetness at the core along with some molasses.. vanilla, tangy oak, and bourbon surrounded.. charred black malts, bourbon, oak, and splashes of milk chocolate-covered cherries on the finish.. YUM! Medium-bodied on the palate (wish it had a slightly thicker feel) with a fine impression from the barrel treatment.. excellent stuff!!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2014 Beautifully balanced aroma and flavor of bourbon, bakers chocolate, real vanilla, cherry wine, amaretto, cashew/macadamia/hazelnut, and toasted coconut. Bourbon is at the perfect level, and the mouthfeel is firm and creamy without being too heavy on the palate. The aftertaste is perfect...long but not overdone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2009 bottle, 288/3000. Black pour with tan head. Aroma of jim beam, chocolate, ash. Flavor is smokey, chocolate, and bourbon, bourbon really dominates this beer and makes it kind of one dimensional, even for a bourbon beer. Chalky mouthfeel. This is pretty close to amazing, but not quite there.


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