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Igor's Dream | Two Roads Brewing Company

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4.11
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
In honor of Stratford’s aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky, we’ve created this most unorthodox Russian Imperial Stout. Made with rye and aged in oak whiskey barrels that give it a depth of character like no other, we think Igor would be pleased with the attention to detail in our creation.

Added by woosterbill on 03-24-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 170
Photo of Hyptochrons
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got a growler fill of this today. poured into a snifter, black with a mocha head.

whiskey and oak on the nose, also some light raisin and slightly sweet berry notes as it warms. on the palate getting dark roasty malts, light caramel, smooth chocolate and bitter coffee, wood and a nice touch of whiskey. decent mouthfeel, could be thicker but no major complaints.

overall really glad I tried this one, definitely showcases some intresting flavors that go well together. not the sweetest stout which I appreciate for a nice change of pace. only complaint would be I thought the alcohol became a bit overpowering and astringent as it warmed ... maybe I just prefer bourbon barrels over whiskey barrels.

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Photo of stakem
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling from last year. 750 ml corked and caged bottle numbered #254 poured into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a big khaki head that fades leaving stringy to patchy lace.

This smells of citrus and is quite roasty with a little mineral bite. Some fruity to solvent alcohol is evident.

It tastes quite dry and roasty/bitter with strong coffee, char, earth, tobacco and a touch of citrus hops. Plenty of layers of bitterness to this, mostly coming from the char of the grain than anything.

This is medium to light in body with moderate carbonation. The rye whiskey barrel influence is muted and honestly its a bit disappointing that it isnt more evident. This brew is all about the acrid char/roasty bitterness (which isnt a bad thing) but I guess I was just expecting/wanting more out of it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color where no light can pass even on the edge. Moderate head which leaves a couple of streaks on the glass.

Dry darker malt aroma with a touch of berry. More notable for what I don't smell: chocolate or coffee.

Traditional darker malt start but I'm surprised what I'd call a Kool-Ade if I'm crass, black current if I'm sophisticated. The body leans light and the carbonation leans high. Long lasting cocoa aftertaste, which is odd since I didn't get much on the initial sip. Deceptively, I get very little alcohol warmth.

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Photo of SABERG
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from draft line into 12 oz modified pils glass.
A - Supremely dark, a thin mocha cap acts as the sentry.
S - Toffee,cocoa, sweet bourbon element.
T - Bakers chocolate, fig, raisin, and a bit of alchohol.
M - Silky on the palate, carbonation has a hard time cleaning up this full body.
O - A big and seductive offering, the body and breath are full and enriching.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 2013

Pours out jet black. Beautiful mocha/tan head. Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla and oak. Booze integrated into the base beer extremely well. Medium mouthfeel. Dry finish. Held up incredibly well.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at York River Landing.
Black in color. Small tan head.
Aroma equal parts roasted malt and booze.
Whiskey, espresso, and bittersweet taste.
Too hot for me. The alcohol shouldn't be the predominant taste.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer Hall in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark black, with a tight mocha-colored head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, oak, and bourbon.

This is surprisingly roasty and bitter for a barrel-aged stout- not much sweetness. It's pretty nutty, and very roasty, with some chocolate, toasty oak, and just a slight amount of bourbon. This is really unique when it comes to barrel-aged stouts, and I enjoy it.

This is medium bodied, pretty chewy and nice, with a normal level of carbonation.

Probably the best beer from Two Roads that I've had- really nice stuff here.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6oz. pour on Draft (Doherty's East Ave Pub, Pawtucket RI - Love this place!)

Dark black with tan head.

Definitely getting those barrel notes, smells delicious.
Roasted, chocolate.

Taste: barrel, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and I want to say some sort of nuts, peanuts, something, not quite sure. The barrel flavor is smooth to me, its middle of the road. Not in your face pungent, but you also have no problem picking it up in both aroma and taste. Get this!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a bourbon barrel aged beer, this was actually a bit more subtle than I expected. More regular RIS than BA RIS, the whiskey and barrel qualities are definitely present, but far from over-powering.

Chocolatey and smooth. A little on the boozy side.

I enjoyed this beer a lot initially, but I would have a hard time having more than one. Definitely rich and big.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: very deep brown - virtually black; 1 finger medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: coffee, bittersweet chocolate; as it warms, alcohol becomes noticeable;

T: deeply roasted grain, then bittersweet chocolate take you all the way through; moderately bitter, long lasting finish;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish; as it warms, the dryness ebbs a bit; hides the ABV well;

O: intensely flavored;

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Photo of dd43
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hot beer. And by hot I mean the alcohol fumes aren't hiding anywhere! Big ass in your face Russian imperial. The roast notes are assertive, I get a dark sort of espresso like character in the aroma. Chocolate notes are of the decidedly bittersweet variety. No fudge bomb here.

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Photo of threeviews
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (BOD: 12/20/13) into a Two Roads branded Belgian Tulip/Snifter glass (classy!)

A- Pours jet black with a proud, 1+ finger mocha colored head with remarkable retention, especially considering the 10.9% ABV. What's not to like, so lets move on! (4.5)

S- Wow...they must have been freshly dumped because the barrel characteristics are massive, nearly overpowering the base beer. Oak, Vanilla and Rye Whiskey dominate with Chocolate and Coffee from the beer trailing behind. If you like barrel in your Imperial Stout, this is the one! (5.0)

T- Like the nose, the flavor is very barrel-forward with flavors of oak tannin and spicy rye whiskey with the beer providing enough flavors of bittersweet chocolate and coffee along with an aggressive espresso bean astringency. (4.25)

M- The carbonation is very strong (almost prickly) and is enough to maintain a substantial layer of film throughout consumption. As evidence by the substantial head on initial pour, the body is only medium and much less viscous than other 10%+ ABV Imperial Stouts. However, the lighter body increases its drinkability to the point that I find my hand grabbing for the glass way too often! (4.25)

O- Although I prefer Bourbon Whiskey to Rye Whiskey, I love barrel-aged beers (regardless of type of barrels used) and Igor's Dream delivers in spades. Although, I prefer Imperial Stouts with a bit more body and a less astringent finish, Igor's Dream is still a pleasure to drink and showcases great execution of barrel-aging. (4.5)

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Black Eyed Sally’s: This one pours an opaque, very dark brown color. There was just a bit of a tan head o it and it left some lacing. Nice nose. Some chocolate, roastiness, a touch of rye. The taste is also pretty good. Chocolate malts, a touch of sweetness, a bit of hop bitterness, and some of the rye. A nice brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 3/11/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, some chocolate and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate. Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big stout to drink for a long time.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. Lacing is also prevalent down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of whiskey are present in the nose—these become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts with strong flavors of oak and notes of whiskey from the barrel aging. The whiskey flavors linger through the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The whiskey lends warming sensations to your mouth.
O: The whiskey barrel aging really makes this beer have interesting aromas and flavors. It is quite drinkable considering its strength.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL bomber poured into a tulip; bottle #492, with Phil Markowski's signature in gold ink along the side

An ink black body with a dark mocha colored cap that rose steadily and receded slowly, in an odd air bubble fashion. The head looked like swiss cheese from the side. Great retention, as the head settled to a thin layer of creamy foam and never dissipated.

The nose is of rye, milk chocolate, roast, whiskey, rye, dry oak, a touch of dark fruit, and more rye. A bit of ethanol pokes through.

A great barrel aging process here. The rye whiskey and oak flavors are imparted near perfectly. I think sitting on this might have hurt some of the robustness of the base beer, but I am not really complaining. Rye on top of rye with some milk chocolate, oak, whiskey, plums, molasses, brown sugar, coffee grounds, and a touch of ethanol heat on the back end.

Once this guy hit room temp, the feel was much better. A little oily in spots, but overall creamy and smooth. A little lingering oak, rye, and whiskey.

This is very solid beer on all fronts. I had fairly high expectations before popping the cork, and this delivered. A well-rounded rye RIS aged damn well in rye whiskey barrels. As a lover of rye, this was right in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp bottle from the release event at the brewery. Poured into a large snifter.
The beer pours a dark black color and is thick and viscous as it enters my glass.
There is some creamy tan head that foams up in a tightly packed 2cm of foam, but it is faded away to the thinnest of edge layers almost immediately after completing the pour.
Aroma is dark chocolate malt and molasses, I also get whiskey notes and a bit of roast malt. Some boozy fusol notes too on the nose, NO mistaking this is a robust beer.
First sip reveals thick viscous beer with spacious yet tingly carbonation. Leaves sticky residue on my palate and lips on each sip.
The flavor is as anticipated with big malt in the form of molasses, brown sugar, burnt coffee, and some minor whiskey notes. I dont get hops anywhere but do get some warm booze on the finish every swallow.
The beer is a sipper and it takes me a while to finish the 750. I have a pretty decent buzz by the finish of the bottle and would recommend splitting with someone if you have the opportunity, or have to go somewhere after drinking the beer.
Well made and complex, good whiskey on the nose, not quite as evident on the flavor. A very enjoyable imperial stout. Glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks Phil!

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Photo of Durge
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at My Place in Newtown, CT this has a solid black appearance with a very healthy brown fuzzy head and fantastic, carpeting lace. Tulip glass. The aroma offers deep prune and licorice-malt. There's a hint of juniper and a delicate lavender perfume. Different and very nice. The flavor brings big creamy malt with a decided minty grass hop edge that finishes with an obvious bourbon/whiskey theme. This stuff is pretty full bodied with a velvety thick feel, but it goes down just fine. After a while I get the idea that this has a little tobacco going on as we'll. It's mildly carbonated, and pretty much a home run!

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at New York Pizza. Pours a pitch black color with over an inch of dark brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is booze with some vanilla, oak, chocolate and toffee. The taste is booze and chocolate upfront followed by some oak roasted malts, sweet coffee and toffee. Hints of smoke, earth. Creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't taste as hot as I thought it would. A bit earthy. I didn't get to grab a bottle of this when it was released at the brewery so I'm glad I got a chance to have it on tap. Overall, solid Imperial Stout.

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Photo of dpianka
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

date of tasting: 4/12/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine - Bristol, CT
beer: Igor’s Dream
brewery: Two Roads
brewery location: Stratford, CT
type: Ale
style: American Imperial Stout
abv: 10.9
ibu:
glass: mug w/appearance test in tasting glass
temperature of beer: 55F

Appearance: Poured and then looked like it came out of an oil drum. but cuidado because the head is ridiculously thick and heavy, caught me by surprise.

Smell: ohhh sweet sweet malt! It smells pitch black, if that makes sense. There is a small whiff of floral hops that is bogged down by the heavy malt.

Taste: imagine for a minute that you had a bottle of cream soda and a nicely charred whisky barrel. You looked at the two and said, “hey you soda, get inside that barrel and sit there, I’ll get back to you later.” You then actually forget about your little experiment. A month later you realize oh yeah what about that cream soda in a whiskey barrel thing I had going on. Well you taste it and damnit that is what this beer is.I could get into depth about toffee and cocoa and coffee and maple and blah blah blah but no, just think cream soda in a charred whiskey barrel.

Mouthfeel: creamy, heavy like dark matter, so heavy the carbonation is muted to the point of barely noticeable.

Overall Impression: I am happy with this beer in my mug. It’s like dating Aunt Jemima.

Food Pairings: charred steak, banana bread pudding, italian onion soup with tomato and taleggio bruschetta

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Photo of tigg924
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the brewery--served into a tulip

Appearance: black in color, 1 inch head, opaque, low carbonation

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, and whiskey

Taste: dark and sweet chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, then a big dose of oak

Mouthfeel: heavy bodied, medium-low carbonation,chewy, sweet with light bitterness due to the oaking

Overall: This beer is phenomenal. I think it may be my new favorite RIS and is certainly in my top 10 of any style. I love the oaking and the deep vanilla taste. The flavors come out one by one and jump and the beer becomes more complex as it warms. I would certainly pick some up if you can find it. That said, I do think the $20 price tag is a bit high for any beer, but...If you are ok with paying those prices, this one did not disappoint. The best beer from the brewery so far.

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Photo of TheLostGringo
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle ???/999, autographed by Phil, poured into a Two Roads snifter last night.

A: Dark black with a nice full kahki colored head, lacing was more then expected for the style and 10.9% ABV.

S: Dark Fruit, some raisin, with Rye whiskey in the nose but definitely not overwhelming.

T: Surprised how drinkable this is upfront, rye whiskey malt flavor, some nice sweetness. some light booziness but adds to the drink-ability. Could see some people say that there is not enough boziness for a BA Beer. Enjoying this more and more as it warms to room temp.

M: Solid medium to full bodied and really would not want anything more as I don't like my BA Stouts to full.

O: I expected this to be solid but honestly far exceeded my impressions. Tried it first in the tasting room and then went home and opened one of my bottles. Really enjoyed. Look forward to other realeases by Two Roads as their standard stuff has just been ok so far to me.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle 646/999, autographed by Phil, poured into a Duvel tulip the evening after the release.

A: A careful pour is needed to limit the frothy light-brown head to a generous 2 inches; beneath is the fully pitch black body you'd expect from a big stout. Retention is pretty good, but the lace isn't quite as thick as I would have liked given the pillowy nature of the head. It's stunning, but not quite perfect.

S: Rye whiskey dominates, with a big, spicy, boozy blast right off the bat. Charred oak. Some overripe dark fruit and faintly solventy alcohol on the back side give it complexity, but not quite in the way I'd like. It's definitely big and bold, but there are some aspects that fall short of being really inviting.

T: Rye whisky and solvent up front, followed by spicy rye malt midway through and even spicier whiskey-tinged booze on the finish. The whiskey and barrel elements are hugely present and (since I enjoy Rye) quite enjoyable, but I don't think they really go that well with the base beer. Some nuttiness does welcomely creep in as it warms, along with a bit of a graham cracker note. Straight Rye whisky booze never fades from the finish, though.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation. Definitely a bit more lively than I'd like for the style, but ok.

O: I was really excited about this beer, but when I tried it on tap while in line for bottles I changed my mind about buying a full allotment. I'm sure some people will go nuts over its huge, spicy whiskey character, and perhaps with some time it will gain some balance and delicacy, but right now it's pretty much a one-trick pony. It's good, but not great enough to justify additional $20 bottles for this cash-strapped beer nerd. Here's hoping the next Two Roads limited release is a sour!

Cheers!

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