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Brewed by Victory Art Brew
Style: Imperial Stout
Ivanteevka, Moscow obl., Russia
Serve in Snifter

bottling
unknown

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
Camons (13031) - 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

3.9
MrTipple (5982) - 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. 

3.7
caesar (7170) - 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.

3.7
Benzai (16569) - 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.

4.1
DutchDrebus (6136) - 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.

3.2
kraddel (8744) - 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 !

3.5
77ships (10810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 14, 2017
Thank you tderoeck! Sampled draft @ VCBF 2017. Black, little tanned head. Nose is heavy umami, lots of soy suca, herbal, roast. Taste is thick soy sauce gravy, umami, roast, overly boozy, bitter herbal. Alcoholic low soy sauce umami syrup body. Too boozy & too soy sauce for my personal taste.

3.6
Hopverdju (1433) - BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2017
Van ’t vat. Zwart bier zonder schuimkraag. Geur: niet uitgesproken, wel wat melasse en wat cacao (iets te koud?). Smaak: alcoholisch, koffie, geroosterde mout, licht zoet. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: droog licht bitter en alcoholisch.

4.1
BigMomma (251) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2017
@VCBF2017. Sweet, spicy, cookies? complex aroma. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, malts, roast and a dry finish. Great stout!

3.4
TBone (18099) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 18, 2017
Bottled 330ml (Uba ja Humal)
Opaque black color, medium-sized brownish head. Aroma has roasted malts, tobacco and booze. Full-bodied. Roasted flavor with tobacco and licorice. Alcohol is there but it is a bit sweet and doesn’t feel quite boozy. Hoppy finish. Ok although a bit too much tobacco for my liking.


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