Igor | Fullsteam Brewery

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Fullsteam Brewery
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by mechamifune on 10-30-2011

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Igor black as coal. Igor have one-half inch, creamy, chestnut head. Igor leave thick rings of lace. Igor cling to Offero glass.

Igor have breath of bourbon and oak. Vanilla puffs with warming.

Igor much sweeter than expected. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon are all present with some alcohol and far less roasted quality than was expected. The finish is mild and lingering, while warming brings out chocolate syrup.

A full-bodied, velvety texture belies an otherwise light feel. Alcohol is as one would anticipate. The carbonation is fine and cleansing.

Igor is clearly intended for sipping. I enjoyed it while reading and languishing in cabin fever. By the way, should it be pronounced E-gor or I-gor?

2013 release

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of bourbon are present in the nose along hints of dark fruits.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has lots of bourbon along with notes of dark fruits and vanilla along with hints of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of warming from the bourbon are noticeable towards the finish.
O: The beer is rather easy to drink for a bourbon barrel aged stout because you don't get any alcohol in the taste and it isn't as heavy compared to other beers in the style. There are interesting complexities in the flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: 2013 Vintage

A: Pours an opaque but clear jet black in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the surface of the beer and cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy tan head that reduces quickly to a large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted and toasted grains along with moderate amounts of dark fruit (cherry, fig, and plum) sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted malts and toasted grainy malts with a moderate to strong amount of dark fruit (cherry, fig, and plum) sweetness. Moderate flavors of bourbon with light to moderate flavors of oak and slightly stronger flavors of vanilla. Only a light amount of bitterness in the finish and it fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Not as full bodied as some of the other examples of the RIS style but still enjoyable. A nice combination of dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and oak without being too heavy or too intense. A moderate ABV for the style makes this one a little easy to drink but still a sipping beer.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to a fat, stubby tulip glass; this is the 2013 batch, released in early November of last year, making this bottle, oh . . . a bit over two and a half months old. Almost 12 weeks to the day. It’s been stored relatively well, chilled over 24 hours, and allowed to warm up a bit prior to opening.

Appearance (4.25): A solid 2+ fingers of coffee ice cream-colored head comes off of the pour, capping a black body. The head dies down pretty slowly for the style, and it leaves some really neat lacing—a solid sheet above the surface, at first, but it turns into a thick collar above legs and streaks that stretch to the surface of the beer.

Smell (4.0): Dark chocolate ganache, rum cake, molasses, black cherry, and a little bit of roasted coffee aroma combine to make something that smells like those little liqueur-infused chocolate bon bons. Not quite that boozy, but just as almost astringently chocolately, but also syrupy at the same time. It’s actually kind of unexpected, but very pleasant.

Taste (3.5): More of the fruitiness hinted at in the nose is clear here—some black cherry, a bit of licorice, dark chocolate, and just a bit of coffee bitterness at first. As it warms, it gravitates toward the fudgy ganache also promised by the nose, but it doesn’t abandon that sort of cherry-licorice fruitiness (light on the licorice, which is good because I’m not a big fan of black licorice). As it approaches room temperature, it settles into that fudgy, dark, liqueur truffle kind of profile fully, with a moderate booziness.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The body feels surprisingly light, with a smooth, tingly carbonation that covers all surfaces. It feels oddly thin for the style, and while the carbonation and weight don’t quite fit the style they’re not unpleasant in the least. In fact, it’s moderately viscous, in spite of the relatively light weight.

Overall (3.75): This is a pretty tasty stout, to be sure, but in my mind it’s missing some of the key notes of the style. For my taste it’s fortunate that it’s not the typically oak-soaked, chocolate vanilla-liquor that you get with some of the overblown bourbon barrel-aged stouts, but it’s also not quite reaching into the mocha motor oil type of drink I seek in these big stouts. Even so, it’s tasty, unique, and seems to be a different sort of stout.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a very dense appearing pour, almost jet black, with a tall, frothy, creamy, light tan head. Aromas of dark cherry, fig, vanilla, booze, oak, subtle chocolate, roasted notes, and oats. Very layered and deep nose. Flavors of rich and roast blast forward, with a tangy and bitter chocolate and coffee blend, heavy dose of booze underlying, and then comes the fun part. Subtle notes of vanilla highlight the booze, and also ease in the dark, old world fruit characteristics. Heavy and smooth bodied, with a slightly tart, heavily roasted, slightly bitter aftertaste of cherry and chocolate. Very rich throughout. Smooth, slightly lingering finish that never truly leaves your tongue, but more so waits for another sip. Fantastically large and drinkable, this is a wintery treat. Can't wait to welcome this monster back into my beer fridge next year!

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Photo of oberon
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 32 oz growler bought from Bestway,pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a thinner deep beige head atop that settles pretty quickly.Aromas of vanilla and lightly toasted oak.a bit of spiced rum comes into play as well.Flavors of dark fruit and bourbon/vanilla dominate along with some sweet alcohol that burns a little in the finish,the more I drink the more I pick up a little char wich I like.Not bad but the bourbon barrel is dominant and it is quite sweet,saying that many bba beers are over the top sweet compared to this.

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Photo of platiuminthey2g
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - deep, deep brown/black with light head of coffee brown

S - almost sweet. first flavor I smell is caramel then bourbon. the bourbon is by no means overpowering. a perfect combination of the two

T - similar to above. the bourbon isn't powerful but acted like more of a compliment than the sole flavor. I drank about half, let it sit for 20 minutes and finished it. as you'd expect, the bourbon comes out a bit more as it warms, but all the flavors are still there.

M - having experienced few beers to blow me away with mouthfeel, this would be "normal"

O - By far my favorite Fullsteam offering - I've had them all except the Paw Paw, which I hope to try soon. Igor is easily among my favorite bourbon-aged beers now. Talked to a couple other patrons about how they couldn't drink much more than the 11 oz serving, but I would love to sit down and enjoy a bomber of this.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very deep dark brown with a very small 1/8 inch head. Small pour with a Fullsteam glass at Sams' in Durham.

Smells boozy and oaky. Slight roasted malts and alot of boozy. The booze is a little overpowering and dominant for me.

Taste is oak. Normally I hate alot of oak in a beer, but its just about on the line. All that oak really levels off what would be a very sweet syrupy beer. Roasted malts a touch of coffee round out Igor.

Body is just as thick as you would expect. Its a bit different from the mass of Breakfast Stouts ive been partaking in, and I like it. Smooth and boozy.

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Photo of wedge
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Fullsteam - Igor Release/Halloween Shindig

Pure, spooky black under a thin, wispy tan head. Lots of bourbon upfront in the aroma shrouding a chocolaty maltiness. Sweet chocolate and another hefty dose of bourbon on the tongue, though it's not quite so assertive. Warming and full bodied. Not bad, not bad...I had one and moved on. The BA character is a little too strong for my taste. There could be a really nice RIS under there, but it's hard to tell.

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Photo of bballmj2k
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this today - so impressed.

A - jet black, little to no head with a hint of mocha brown lacing.

S - bourbon, oak, sweet chocolate malts, hints of vanilla

T - wonderfully balanced. Sweet bourbon up front with roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Ends with some bitterness and goes down so smooth. Can't emphasize enough - there is no heat going down, beautifully brewed and beautifully aged.

M - light carbonation, silky and creamy mouthfeel.

O - fantastic. For a young brewery, the first attempt at a stout and one of the first barrel-aging efforts this is remarkable. So smooth, delicious and no heat at all. Can't wait to get more.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no head to speak of. Very light carbonation and almost no lacing to speak of. Not off for the style but not really inviting.

Smell is heavy boubon upfront. Slight notes of the usual IS flavors lie underneath it, but they are pretty overwhelmed by the bourbon.

Taste is heavy bourbon to start and then into notes of sweet malt and chocolate. Bourbon subsides a little as you get through it but this is a very "hot" barrel aged stout. Makes me think a little bit of some "fresh" bourbon county stout i've had in the past. I don't think the bourbon notes are incorporated as well into the rest of the beer as in some of my favorite examples of the style, but it is still a pleasant enough taste assuming you are a big bourbon fan.

Mouthfeel is about right for the style, maybe just a touch light for my personal preference. For as heavy as the bourbon character is, I think a little bit of a chewier mouthfeel would be beneficial, but this isn't what I would consider "thin".

Overall this is a solid barrel aged stout that is drinking a little hot (for me) right now. I think some time will do some great things for this beer. At present though, if you aren't a big bourbon fan you might not like it all that much.

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Igor from Fullsteam Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.
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