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Beer Advent Calendar – Day 17: Ivan the Terrible presented by Growler Fills

Ivan The Terrible Label

Beer Advent Calendar – Day 17: Ivan the Terrible presented by Growler Fills

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Commercial Description:
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 with hints of dried fruit and roasted cocoa. Ivan was aged for a minimum of 3 months in American Oak Bourbon Barrels.


  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 10%
  • Bitterness: 65 IBUs


Alan from Growler Fills

Why I selected Ivan the Terrible from Big Sky Brewing Company:

I first enjoyed Ivan the Terrible on Thanksgiving evening in 2008. Although it was around 5 degrees outside, I wanted to sit outside by the fire pit, enjoy a good beer and check out the stars. I brushed off the snow, started a strong fire and poured some Ivan into a glass.

Ever since, Ivan has been a heavily anticipated winter tradition. It is as black as that first moon-less night with a tan head. Aromas of boozy bourbon greet your nose along with a sweet richness. Flavors of bourbon and vanilla mix perfectly with rich, viscous stout. There’s some dark roasted chocolate cake in there, too. The bourbon never leaves, but it never completely dominates either.

It’s a perfect sipping beer while contemplating everything from the trivial to the serious on these long winter nights.

Review from Bottle No. 2635 of 3800 from the 2010 Limited Release. It is barrel aged and bottle conditioned.
Big Sky - Ivan The Terrible Imperial Stout
About Growler Fills:
Growler Fills is the creation of Alan McCormick of Missoula, MT. Beer Runner, Craft Beer Explorer. Growler Fills is Craft Beer Enthusiasm: Beer news, education, discussion, events and much more from Montana and beyond. Growler Fills seeks to make craft beer accessible. No snobbery allowed. Like what you like, seek out something new wherever you go, and enjoy the journey.

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About Big Sky Brewing Company:
We have a pretty simple philosophy here at Big Sky Brewing, everyday we strive to produce balanced, world class beers, while having as much fun as possible doing it. Our company is full of people who all share a core connection to what we feel is the “good life”. This includes good friends, fresh air, and doing soemthing you care abount. Someone once told us that the icing on the cake of the “good life” is sharing the things that make you happy. We don’t know alot about cake but we know beer, so let’s sit down, relax, and have a beer. Welcome to Big Sky Country.

  • Amber1sands

    Cheers Montana! Can’t wait to try this gem!

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