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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter - Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial PorterTwisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter

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87
very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 83
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2002

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Reviews: 44 | Hads: 83
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

twisted pine has gotten a lot better lately. they dont have an amazing reputation among craft beer folks really, but their beer is really solid every time i have some, and this is super good porter, although im not sure if its listing here as a baltic porter is correct. doesnt matter, the beer is excellent. hersheys syrup brown with a good inch of lighter brown head at first, but it settles down to patchy bubbles pretty quickly. the nose is sweet and loaded with toffee and burning sugar qualities, rum raisin, bread pudding, and all sorts of other sticky sweet desserts and the coffee that goes best with them. surprisingly the flavor isnt anywhere near as sweet as the nose, but you still get all that awesome malt layering, with espresso being a strong overtone from the roasted barley in the finish. its thick beer, with a molasses taste to it and it totally coats the palate, but i dont find it overly sugary, and think it to be rather drinkable for its abv as well. drinks more like 7% or 8% abv, surprised to see it so strong. i have not seen bottles of this one ever, but was fortunate enough to have a pour yesterday at back country pizza up in nederland. twisted pine keeps impressing me this year, and while this one is more winter than spring beer, its delicious and decadent and appealing any time. (1,315 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A: poured into a snifter to a nice shade of black with a small tan head that fades quickly to a small mat and collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of roasted malt and bittersweet dark chocolate with a little coffee
T: taste is light roastyness with some chocolate sweetness and coffee. swallow is bitter roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate and a hint of hop bitterness
M: this beer sits with moderate heft on the palate with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Not a bad beer at all, good flavors and decent complexity without any hints of alcohol. (582 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pure black to rival the darkness of the devil's soul. The head is thin and short lived with a nice dark tan color that leaves a good lacing down the glass.

The nose is is fine blending of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, bread and delicious hop overtones.

The taste is extremely complex and rich with strong notes of alcohol that ride on a sweet malted bed of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and well blended hops.

The moutfeel is an appropriate richness for this beer as well and works perfectly for this particular style.

Overall this is an exceptional Imperial Porter and I am really enjoying it. I will enjoy having it again another day. (661 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice black complexion gave way to a powerful stout and firm head that fluttered away rather quickly.

The aroma was dank, musty and reminded me of the scent from an old dusty home. There was some prune and date aroma near the back but overall it was rather poor.

This is a beer better served warm as it held little taste at cold temperatures. Warmer it opened to a dry chocolate malt, with some dark fruits and a stripe of caramel sweetness.

This had a super light and easy smoothness with little to no carbonated sensation.

I have no idea why the scent didn't change as it got warmer as the taste certainly did. If it had the score could have been higher. (659 characters)

Photo of spense727
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - For the style, the color is spot on, but the head is a bit light.
Smell - There is a lack of smell. There is a hint of roast, but it is even very light.
Taste - There is some slight bitterness and its slightly roasty and malty. A tad boozy, but underwhelming.
Mouthfeel - The feel is a bit light, but ok.
Overall - Nothing is very "imperial" about this beer. (371 characters)

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet-black body topped with a light tan head. Slightly tangy aroma mixed with roasted grains and mint-chocolate notes. Rich chocolate flavors; good bitterness throughout the taste; charred grains; nice alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, semi-sweet with a dry finish.

A deep, dark, robust dark beer with corresponding tastes and smells. Bitterness and alcohol notes slightly trump the malt sweetness, yet everything seems to fit well together based on the style. This beer reminds me like a lot of the really good northern European dark beers: bold and complex. Well worth taking a plunge into the depths... (602 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this from codysjb a few days back. Thanks heaps for flying this stuff over man. Much appreciated.

From a bomber into a snifter
Timberline Series

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour produces a one finger, medium looking, lightly fizzy dark tan or brown head with decent retention. Head fades to half with and ring. Black body and lower levels of carbonation evident. A ring remains and some dots fall after every sip.

SMELL: Bolder nose of dark malts, caramel malts, dark chocolate, as well as some light licorice and cream. Cocoa notes as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some licorice notes and dark, pure, bitter chocolate at the swallow. Sweet dark malts, pure, bitter chocolate, light coffee and licorice flavors linger nicely. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate sit on the palate. Nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly stick. Medium weight. Creamy and heavy enough, though more weight is needed for top marks,

OVERALL: Really nice stuff for sure. Could be a little heavier on the palate, but the flavor is right on the money. With lots of malty goodness up front and a huge, persistent, bitter chocolate finish, this is definitely an enjoyale beer. Recommended for sure. Thanks again for the beers codysjb! (1,372 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It is decent. Dark black in color with only the slightest brown/Indian red. Head was about a finger + and a nice cappuccino head.

S - One of the most "whole lota going on" smells I have had in a while when not expecting it. Vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramel. Maybe a back hint of hops.

T - Some good chocolate notes and a bit of hops on the backend. Pretty simple. Some sweeter notes, like caramel as well.

M - I guess I can never get over the lighter mouthfeel of a porter. Just expect so much more, especially when called imperial. Carbonation is lighter and body is not quite there.

O - Just to up and down with this one. It is good, but there are qualities that are average. (692 characters)

Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a color bordering on black but not quite there, but in the thickest parts it might as well be. About a finger's worth of light tan head slowly creeps together, before it casually swirls away to leave a milky cap behind. Rather than having any sticking power, the lacing instead lackadaisically tumbles back into the liquid in due time.

S - The nose is quite sweet, filled with dark malts in the form of chocolate and molasses and there's even a touch of roast and char in here as well in small doses. Rounding out everything is a trace of alcohol heat.

T - Right away from the flavor I am getting a lot of sweetness, almost like a blast of sugary chocolate at first, but it eventually does even out a bit and actually tip in the favor of bitterness. The flavor in general is a bit smoother than the nose would have me believe, as there isn't the extreme range along the spectrum. The roast and char are still there but toned down which helps the overall flavor. There's some dark fruits here that cut both the roast and chocolate and add that extra wrinkle.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonation. This is pretty smooth on the palate, but I would've liked to have a little more carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. The nose and flavor on this are both very nice and cover a broad range of both sweet and bitter, with even some fruit in here as well. Relatively easy to drink too, which has me yearning for more. (1,517 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown, nearly opaque, with a modest, dense tan head, which retains well, and scattered coarse lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt, coffee, sweet alcohol, most earthy hop notes. The aroma seems a bit understated.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt, burnt caramel, dark chocolate. As the taste progresses, there are bitter cocoa notes, which carry to the end of the taste. There are subdued dark fruits later in the taste, and a late flourish of earthy hops. The alcohol is warming, again, late in the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example of the style, very drinkable.
Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a standard Pilsener glass. (734 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage on draft at the brewpub.

Pours a deep dark brown color that's almost black with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with lots of chocolate along with some toffee, caramel and licorice. Silky sweetness and subtle lactic cream in the nose.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. There's a strong chocolate presence up front along with hints of caramel, toffee and nut countered by faint spice, licorice and dark fruit. Well balance and easy to drink but nothing overly complex. This was the best beer I had during my visit to Twisted Pine. (657 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours almost black in color with about a finger of khaki head.

S: The aroma starts off with plenty of roasted malts. There is just a very slight acidity which is quickly followed by plenty of dark fruits, licorice, and dark chocolate. Toward the back end there is a light sweetness of molasses.

T: Things begin much the same way on the palate. Roasted malts and dark chocolate with a hint of cocoa powder. There is a mild vanilla note as well as some molasses. A few notes of black cherry, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Other than that light acidity to the nose, this was pretty solid overall. (662 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in Houston, and poured this brew into an imperial pint glass. It's a deep rich dark brown color with about a finger worth of creamy tan head. This is a great looking beer in my opinion.

The aroma is a little weak but what I do pick up is some roasted bitter dark chocolate malt notes. Nothing too special here.

The taste is a lot more bold, those same roasted malt flavors burst through and are followed by a cool bitterness that really balances out each sip.

It's thick and full bodied, the flavors linger well together on the tongue. Other than the weak aroma this is a fantastic beer. (612 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one from Boatshoes. Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance
There's pretty much no flaw to how this beer looks. Its a deep, thick black, capped with a super rich, creamy tan head. Great retention and solid lacing.

Aroma
It has a good, if not atypical aroma. Its got a lot of vinous qualities blended with rich chocolate, coffee, licorice and molasses. The fruitiness gets a little tart, but that's something that I find in quite a few Baltic Porters.

Taste
The taste is pretty much in line with the aroma. The deep vinous, port wine flavors give a tiny bite of tartness while rich chocolate smooths things out.

Mouthfeel
Just as full bodied and it looks. Its got a soft, pillowy carbonation making this one really smooth.

Overall
This one was decent. Its looks are the best part. (801 characters)

Photo of drewba
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Completely opaque jet black with a two finger bubbly mocha head with fantastic retention. The lacing doesn't hang around forever, but cascades down the glass nicely.

S - booze soaked raisins, chocolate, brown sugar. This smells a lot like sherry.

T - A lot of raisin and licorice. My worst nightmare. The flavors here are really big - roasted malt, molasses, tobacco, leather, prune, some honey. There isn't a date on the bottle, so I can't tell how fresh this bottle is, but I cannot detect any "American and English hops" as described by the bottle. The raisin and licorice aren't overpowering, but it is the dominant flavor that maintains through the progression of the taste. Some alcohol in the finish.

M - thinner than I was expecting, but the body is still substantial with a nice balanced carbonation.

O - If I was a fan of raisin and licorice, I'll love this. Even though I'm not at all, it's still drinkable and tasty, but gets old quickly. (960 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for this one.

Pours a creamy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, no lacing, over pitch black thick baltic porter like with nice legs.

Nose is a great baltic porter, tons of dark roasty malts, lots of chocolate, some coffee, dark syrupy molasses and brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, baker's chocolate, cocoa nibs, light chewy oats, just a hint of earthy hops i think.

Taste starts with lots of roasted malts, again chocolate, baker's and cocoa nibs, bit of burnt coffee, some oats and creamy malts, fairly creamy, some vanilla and caramel, light syrupy flavors, a bit boozy. It has almost no carbonation, and just seems overall flat and water like something is missing esp the body. Finishes syrupy and mouth coating, with some sticky syrupy tastes and chocolate lingering.

Mouth is medium to thicker and a bit syrupy, but just missing a lot of the body, and almost no carbonation.

Overall decent, it has a great nose, and some good flavors but missing the body, a bit boozy, and it just feels watery and flat. (1,053 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cobeerbuff for this one. I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is jet black with a quickly fading tan head. The aroma has lots of toffe, chocolate, coffee and a hint of booze. The first sip is warming, lots of chocolate and coffee. The finish lingers with coffee notes. The body is medium, well carbonated, alcohol notes. A nice impy porter, enjoyable. (395 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room. Imperial black colour (opaque), good lacing. Mollasses, a bit salty and sour, the latter as you would expect from a baltic porter, but still a bit less than expected. Perhaps ageing would improve it. Alcohol well hidden. (258 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at Twisted Pine in Boulder. Poured a dark brown, almost black, color, with a solid off-white head. Aromas of roasted malt, roasted espresso and chocolate. Medium bodied and easy to drink, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Might need to pick up some bottles next winter. (323 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint

A: Very dark brown. About a quarter finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving just a smattering of carbonation on the surface. Seems to feature pretty substantial carbonation. Sparse lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, molasses, raisin, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Roasted malt and raisin are featured here. Something of a smoky tone and woody too.

M: Heavy, robust body. Thick, syrupy texture. The sweet pungent flavor sticks to the palette and lingers throughout. Something of a woody, dry finish. A pretty strong alcohol feel to it.

D: Sip and enjoy. Pungency and strong alcohol might lead to a couple of breaks through the experience.

Atmosphere is really solid. Appearance is deep, dark, and intimidating. Nose is a great combination of malt, fruit, and sweet components. A really well-balanced mixed bag. Flavor is sweet and pungent, malty and robust. Overall, this is a great quaff. (998 characters)

Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2010 version, 22oz into a pint.

A - Pours a deep dark amber, brown, to pretty much black. Lots of head formation, clearly mocha in color. Very bubbling, appearing to have a strong carbonation.

S - Chocolate, toffee, some yeast, bittersweet nose. Only gives off the hint of being roasted. Hopping is minimal.

T - Starts off with a strong hint of chocolate, some toffee. Perhaps some raisins sneak through. Mar-mite and yeast notes build through the mid-stream. Some light bitter grainy notes appear. Finishes with the strongest bitter notes, with some coffee and roast. Overall a malt forward beer.

M - Thick and creamy, very complimentary carbonation profile. Finishes somewhat sticky, sweet, thick. Light bitter remains on the center of the tongue.

D - Scary drinkable. Smooth and easy drinking. ABV is scary and sneaky.

A very solid baltic porter, I'm a fan. I made a homebrew that tasted similar (I think), but was flat as a board - this rectifies it. (966 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a snifter

L: Reddish black with irish cream head, 2 fingers.

S: Deep, deep malts with a goodly amount of booze. Rich.

T: Lot of booze up front with a burnt sweetness to it. Fades into a bitter boozefest with a twang of iron.

F: Rich and super-thick.

D: Damn tasty, supremely drinkable on a cold night. (330 characters)

Photo of sdawson
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade by the amazing wagonvolks. Thanks for the great trade and generosity!!!

Northstar Imperial Porter poured into my pint with a modest patch of cream foam. The lacing was more impressive and intricate for this one, lingering over the glass. The color is one of deep chocolate brown, with only the faintest hint of red and amber undertone. The scent is overwhelmingly dark, bittersweet cocoa, backed by sweet cherry and a tangy alcohol note. True to it's scent, this one opens with the sweetness of a chocolate bar, but it is soon overwhelmed with a bright bitterness. The mouth feel on this one is good, though could use a bit more carbonation to prevent the initial sweetness from being so weighty. (715 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 19 Mar 2010.

Bottle was filled to about an inch of the cap. Poured in a Twisted Pine pint glass. Small dark brown bubbly head, medium carbonation. Dark reddish brown, almost maroon in color. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, pumpernickel, ethanol, figs. Starts chocolate sweet with some cinnamon and cola flavors. Caramel, cherries and figs come through in the middle. Warming finish. Aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate. Foamy slick mouthfeel.

Overall a decent imperial porter. (497 characters)

Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a finger of quickly dying head. Aroma is lipstick and dark fruits, some toasted malt, marshmallow, and floral hops.

The flavor is roasted malt up front, with a hint of cherry fruitiness and a metallic twinge. A bit of ashiness but not so much to be off-putting. Not bad.

The body is medium to full. Drinkability is slightly above average. This has a nice enough flavor profile, but doesn't really beckon me for more. (464 characters)

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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
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