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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 387   ABV: 12.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION

** This is for 750ml bottles ONLY **

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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5867) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle at Peter’s NY gathering, I believe shared by beerbill - this beer is a boozy bourbon mess - and I LIKE bourbon - Jim Beam - did they have to choose the Cheez Wiz of bourbon to age this one with? - there is some brown sugar and doughy character, as well as some fig - but mostly it sweet booziness and bourbon - meh.


2.8
Gearz (77) - Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2017
750 ml. in Pasco, WA. Aroma is straight alcohol vapors. I’ve drank about 20 oz. of this beer thus far and am still trying to get anything more than alcohol and a very acidic tongue. I honestly wouldn’t be able tell you what style this beer was if I was blindfolded. Very close to a beer aged in wine barrels. Just boozy and astringent. If you have a 2016 I would sit on it for a long time because this is borderline unpleasant. I may be crazy but this doesn’t seem too far off from a tripel aged in white wine barrels, if anyone’s familiar with Victory’s White Monkey. I’d be interested if anyone is having the same experience.

3.9
djd07 (14369) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2017
On tap at Denver Rare Beer Tasting 8. Pours a dark brown with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is dark chocolate, roast, bourbon, wood. Medium body, cocoa, oak, roast, bitter finish, boozy, very nice.

4.4
onceblind (9442) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2017
12.9% on the menu, unsure if 2016 or 2017 vintage (on draft as well--unsure what the description disclaimer is about as there is no draft version, soooo...). Heavy dark brown pour with a thin light tan head. Rich and sumptuous brown sugary caramelly chocolaty boozy nose with wood and sweet roast and brown sugary bourbon tones. Smooth but brightly roasty and oaked flavor that starts off with oak tannins and gentle bourbon and big black malt tones but then quickly mellows to some brown sugar and vibrant corn-malt bourbon and roast and sweet caramel. Rich and boozy and very bourbon’d.

4.1
tmoreau (4303) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Shared 2016-750 ml. bottle poured to snifters displaying a black/brown hue, with a presentably persistent layer of brownish tan froth, and foamy cling to the lacing. The nose was roasted, cocoa, malt & woodiness that gave off a light freezer burn scent, dark/dried fruit, slight peppery hint, barrel induced vanilla, and bourbon that was waiting to express itself. Ditto on the taste, the body was better than medium, presented a surprisingly lively carbonation for the style, with bitterness that was earthy, roasted, and lightly tannic, comfortable bourbony booze & warmth, and "everything but the kitchen sink" complexity.

3.5
fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
Courtesy of Brian; vintage 2014, 11.5%, corked bottle 0005 of 3600
Black color, generous head, short retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, mild. Boozy body, light residual sweetness, some dark malts, light earthy touch in the final.
Good , nothing special, very boozy.

3.8
fiery_1 (927) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
750ml bottle @ the office. 2014 Vintage
. Pours an opaque dark brown colour with a small beige head. Nose is sweet malt and molasses. Flavour is semi hot from the boozy character. The sweetness if conflicted with the booze but not bad but really need to be more melllow.

4.1
beerplace (1604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
750ml bottle (thx, Brian) at Brian’s office. Vintage 2014. Pours a an almost black with a tan head. Aroma is molasses and bourbon notes, fruitness. Taste is bourbon, molasses, some bourbon barrel. Very nice.

4.5
MetalNHopHead (1911) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2017
The barrel-aged variant of Big Sky’s Ivan offers a lot of boozy, grainy goodness. While the standard version is good, this version offers a whole lot more richness and complexity. There’s the usual notes of bitter black coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. There’s a sexy but not overpowering bourbon presence, and perhaps most intriguingly, an oaky cinnamon character. It’s a black, thick brew that has some surprises.It’s a big beer that doesn’t need tons of bourbon flavor to stand on its own.

3.5
HuskerTan (2168) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottle/Fest. A- Booze, burnt sugar, molasses, cocoa. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, light brown head. T- Whisky, oak, booze, cocoa, subtle cinnamon. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, boozy finish. O- This beer makes sure you know it’s barrel aged. Lots of booze in here. Also a unique spice on the finish that I can only associate most closely with cinnamon. A good beer but I don’t think it quite warrants the ratings it gets.

4
Christos (5696) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2016
(Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel) Bottle 750ml, 2014 vintage, corked and caged, served into a snifter. ABV 11.5% Black colour on the body, tall and thick brown head on top, with very good retention. Aroma has lots of bourbon, molasses, notable alcohol, chocolate. Taste has wood notes, plenty of bourbon and alcohol again, roasted malts, quite sweet in general, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, stewed dark fruits, more alcohol on the finish, some port wine notes developing already. Medium thick body, biting carbonation. Very good.


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