Brewed by Victory Art Brew
Style: Imperial Stout
Ivanteevka, Moscow obl., Russia
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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Ivan - unusual beer brewed in a "Russian Imperial Stout" style. This is a very strong, heavy and dark top fermented beer which once was very popular in Russia. It was brewed by English brewers specifically for Tsar’s court during Ekaterina The Great reign. Hence the ’russian’ and ’imperial’ in the name of the style. This beer has a very high original gravity and very strong in alcohol. It is also hopped with a significant amount of hops and contains a decent amount of dark and special malts. Imperial stouts almost dissipated some time ago but during last few decades we see that it becomes more and more popular. Our version of imperial stout also contains a huge amount of dark and roasted malts plus we added a whisky malt (pitted malt from 6-row barley), pitted beer malt and special Belgian brown malt. It adds to the viscous thick taste and coffee aroma the flavours of boiler oil and creosote. Named after the greatest Russian ace of WWII. High alcohol content is masked by a complex aroma, but you should better be careful! This beer is perfectly suitable for long winter nights. It matches to chocolate desserts and BBQ meals.
EDITOR’s NOTE: Formerly known as "Ivan Kozhedub".

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jinroh (2660) - ESTONIA - MAR 1, 2018
Bottle from SIP, Tallinn (methinks), kept in a fridge for a year or two. Pours dark brown, light brown foam on top.Leathery-smoky aroma, quite well integrated with dark dry chocolate and cocoa and some berries. Soy sauce there as well. Taste is nicely filled with cocoa dust, dark bitter chocolate without residual sweetness. Light smoke and leather. Quite multi-layered and pleasurable beer. Well made.

blariacum (262) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2017
Fles. Mooi zwart ondoorzichtig bier en donkerbruine kraag. Sterk aroma aangenaam alcohol en lijkt wel whisky. Smaak verrassend zacht. Aangename niet overdreven nasmaak. Prima

gunnar (10074) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2017
Shared bottle at BeerCap, Minsk. Pours pitch black with a small head. Aroma of dark malts, weak roast and liquorice. Taste is good roasty malts, weak smoked and peated, with a smooth liquorice finish

gyllenbock (10353) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2017
On tap at Malmö Taproom. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, licorice and some say sauce. The same in the taste. The body was full and the finish long with warming alcohol.

Camons (13717) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Pours black with a brown head, light lacings. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, smoke, heavy peat, light chocolate, whisky. Flavor is light sweet, rather bitter, rich malty, caramel, dry wood, oak, chocolate, smoked, peaty, whisky, light alcohol. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet and light bitter finish with warming alcohol. The 13% ABV is well keept in control. 181017

MrTipple (7470) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2017
Smoked, dark, black, roasted malts, savoury, smoked bacon. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Medium bitter. More bitter, dark, toasted malts, more smoked flavours, very rich, intense, dark chocolate, creamy texture, rye bread, soft carbonation, full bodied. Nice Impy, rich and very intense, smokey flavours are beautiful. Bottle from Uba ja Humal, Tallinn. 

caesar (7500) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2017
Bottle @ Benzai is uitgepierd tasting, 10 cl sample. Dsrk color, short frothy head. Bit coffee cookies, molasses, roast. Good.

Benzai (17005) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017
Bottle @ Benzai is zo dood als een pier tasting. Opaque pitch black color, average to decent sized brown head. Aroma is malts, dark malts, some chocolate, cocoa, liquorice, alcohol. Taste malts, chocolate a little, liquorice, alcohol, bitter. A bit heavy but solid.

DutchDrebus (6399) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2017
Bottpe @ benzai. Black colour with a medium sized light brown head. Smells roasty, coffee, barbecue, liquorice. Tastes roasty, toasty, tar, coffee. Full body, soft carbo.

kraddel (9543) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2017
Sampled at VCBF 2017. Thnx for sharing Eugene and Tim ! Pours black, no real head. Smell is dry, mildly plastic, roasted malts. Taste is full, dry, roasted malts. Peated / plastic. Not great !

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