RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%

** 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5818) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Bottle at Peters 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (4091) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20046) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiery_1 (693) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerplace (1338) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
750ml bottle (thx, Brian) at Brians 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MetalNHopHead (1753) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2017
The barrel-aged variant of Big Skys Ivan offers a lot of boozy, grainy goodness. While the standard version is good, this version offers a whole lot more richness and complexity. Theres the usual notes of bitter black coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. Theres a sexy but not overpowering bourbon presence, and perhaps most intriguingly, an oaky cinnamon character. Its a black, thick brew that has some surprises.Its a big beer that doesnt need tons of bourbon flavor to stand on its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (2047) - Kearney, 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 its 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 dont think it quite warrants the ratings it gets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christos (5366) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12480) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2016
Sample from 2015 batch at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VIII on 10/07/2016. Jet black pour with a medium thin tan head that dissipates quickly to a film. Small patches of lacing. Oaky aroma with malt and chocolate notes. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky bourbon, caramel malt, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2979) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 10, 2016
Boozy chocoalte aroma. Poured black in color with a tan head. Chocolate and moderate booze whiskey with light woody notes and fruit tart/tanin edges. Not bad, but not incredible. Notes: On tap at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting 8, GABF Week 2016.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cards04 (2732) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 9, 2016
Pours black with off white head. Very attractive. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla. A bit thin but lots of flavour. Ive been wanting to try this bad boy for some time. Pretty good. Chocolate, bread, dark malts, vanilla. Warming bourbon as it goes down. Nice.

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