Igor's Dream | Two Roads Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,960
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
204
pDev:
9.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
46
Trade:
3
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Photo of Curt3
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

raft at Pennsport. Dark as night with lasting beige creamy head. Aroma is subtle, mild sweetness. Taste brings stronger bitterness, chocolate, some lacto. Smooth and creamy. Not any sign of the barrels, but super tasty.

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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's nothing like some rye on rye action to get the party started. And Two Road's dream of a stout uses a combination of rye grains, rye whisky barrels and a subtle hint of spruce for balance and interest.

Igor's Dream pours jet black and with a hardened opaque exterior. Its boisterous tan head floats the rim and brandishes the nose with char, toast, smoke and whisky. A tingle of pepper draws the senses closer while its taste is robust and sweet with molasses, cocoa and cream.

Saturating the tastebuds with its sweet char, the middle palate brings a bittersweet, smoky chocolate flavor with expresso, burnt toast, black walnut and burnt cream. Hints of vanilla lead to a slightness of grilled cherry, grape and licorice dive into a spicy finish of oak, whisky, husky, caramel, peppercorn and juniper.

A late palate of woodsy bitterness is moderately resinous with pine cone, smoldering embers and a tannic balance to assist the hops in offsetting the lingering sweetness. Full bodied but offering a sense of roast and oak derived dryness, the stout is decadent and palatable, right down to its long and gritty linger.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head retention is impressive, and the aroma is more of the oak. Very easy drinking, but the barrel is more apparent than the malt, just a bit boring for me

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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

General oak, whiskey, and cherry notes on top of a fairly mediocre stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agreenman19
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AccipiterofBeer
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown. The head is big and soft with little retention.
Nose is roasty with lots of whiskey notes followed by espresso beans. Taste is roasty and oaky. Lots of very bitter black coffee with some milk chocolate covered cherries. There's a lot of whiskey flavor but very low heat for the ABV.
This comes in squarely on the thin side. I prefer much more viscosity in a big stout. Carbonation is very high. Decent stout overall but it has it's flaws. Too thin. Too bitter. Too much carbonation. Some nice whiskey notes though and it's a bit of a change of pace from your typical barrel-aged stout.

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

don't get me wrong...a good beer but i personally would prefer them to be a bit sweeter & fuller. had a 5 year vertical (13' - 17') at the source on igor day. each year was on the thinner side. 13' & 14' were very smooth, roasty in flavor w/ a mild barrel character. the 15' had the the whiskey bite and was the best overall imo. 16' & 17' were hot. glad to finally tick these and am looking forward to this years armagnac variant!

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Igor's Dream from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 204 ratings