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RATINGS: 418   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%

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Big Sky Brewing’s 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%
2016 - 12.9%

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Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2009 Bottle # 177 split three ways amongst friends into tulip glasses it had a two finger tan head that went off to nothing but with a swirl of he glass would reappear. The body of the brew was a typical black stout with brown highlights. Initially I got a huge hit of alcohol from the nose but then it turned wonderfully to bourbon and vanilla. The flavor was sweet bourbon and vanilla, with a touch of roasted malts at the end. It had a great feel in my mouth with proper carbonation for the style. This is a great beer, easy to sit back and relax with. The flavors were perfect for savoring with some great conversation I would grab a bottle of this If I saw it again without thinking Serving type: bottle

arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2010
10% 2009 bottle. Pours dark black with thin tan head, aroma is dark fruit and bourbon. Taste up front is sweet molasses that works into chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit, and finishes with a bit of roasty malt. Excellent mouthfeel, and an excellent impy stout!

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
750, corked and baled. This is the 2009 10% version. Pours jet black with a dense, creamy, pocked dark tan head. Loose stringy lace here and there. Rich chocolate, coffee, and prune nose. Creamy medium body, soft and subdued carb. Caramel, roast, coffee, chocolate, prunes, and dates on the mid-palate, in no particular order. Lingering sweet finish. I have been drastically underwhelmed by other vintages and versions of ItT, but this is really good stuff right here.
Earlier Rating: 1/7/2010 Total Score: 2.8
Draft at the Seattle International Beerfest, 7-30-07. These notes apply to the bourbon barrel aged version. Pours deep opaque black with thin but dense tan head. Overwhelming bourbon nose: ultra-intense, almost vinous and porty. Supersweet. Suprisingly non-oily/sticky body, all things considered. Soft carb. Fairly light and simple mid-palate considering how dark and boozy this is--roast and some chocolate but mostly big bad bourbon barrel staves. Very little finish.

17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2009 bottle. Pours a shinny glassy near black, not too thick, creamy frothy tan head 4.5. Aroma is sweet and very rich, raisin, coconut, impressive, marshmallow, reminds me of Goose Island BCS. Flavor isn’t quite as good as the aroma, super rich, tons of coconut, bright fruit, dark molasses, ambrosia, harshly boozy finish, very sweet, cloying, boozy kick, marshmallow and raisin aftertaste, charred wood, touch of anise. Corse carbonation and lots of it, fairly viscous but pillowy. Tastes like a moonpie, lacks bitterness.

Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2010
750ml, bottle #531 of 1152, 2008 vintage. Pours an extremely dark mahogany color, almost black, with a small but persistent head of dark brown foam. Micro-film flares and sheets of lacing mark the glass well. The aroma starts out with dark chocolate and raisin, slowly expanding to encompass vanilla laden oak and soft hints of bourbon. The nose is incredibly well integrated and inviting, slightly boozy, but never hot. Flavors are equally, if not more impressive, showing luscious notes of chocolate, molasses, caramel, and dark fruity malts. Vanilla and caramel lend smoothness, while hints of earthen hops and dark baking spices bring in countering, yet unobtrusive bitterness. The palate sports a medium-full body that’s velvety smooth and lightly carbonated. The overall package is a rich, delicious, very well balanced brew. Great beer.

skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2010
I’ve consumed the 2006 and the 2009 vintages. I don’t remember the 2006 as much besides the fact that it wowed me for Big Sky, but this now recent past year’s was definitely big and burly in the way you’d expect a beer like this to be. Rich, roasty malts, dark hints at coffee, and then smothered delicately enough in bourbon, this is definitely an all around meal that will get you wanting more. Now more widely available, this is a great find!

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.

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!

Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2009 750ml bottle (419 of 3000) from Binny’s 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. There’s 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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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 baker’s 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.

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