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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2002)
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Reviews by briman:
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briman

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours very dark brown, virtually opaque, with some ruby highlights around the edges. Very small medium brown head only lasts a short time, and doesn't result in much lace.

Aroma is moderate to strong dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and a sweet note of tofee or molasses. No clear evidence of hops in the nose.

Flavor follows suit with roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee notes. Sweet note comes through more like caramel and is more evident in the finish and aftertaste. Some fruit and light hop flavors come out in the finish, and an alcohol bite makes an appearance as well. Some bitterness, but more like a slightly burnt note than a hop bite.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick and silky on the tongue, but a little thin. Overall, an interesting beer, fairly roasty, but could use more body. Though it's "imperial" there really isn't any in your face kind of hop contribution in either the nose or taste. The hops are there but subtle, which works for me as I don't feel like hops should make a bold appearance in a quality porter. Would try again next season.

02-26-2010 04:10:19 | More by briman
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7%

22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish brown head that quickly diminishes to a collar that laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate and some dark fruits with a little hops in the background. As it sits, alcohol comes out.

The flavor is sweet chocolate, lactose and grains with a little dark fruits. It has a crisp finish, but negligible bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden. The mouthfeel is pretty full with light carbonation.

Overall, an OK imperial porter. It's a bit too unbalanced on the sweet side - almost like a milk stout.

01-09-2007 06:52:18 | More by Beaver13
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a dark brown/black color with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, milk chocolate and coffee. The taste is full of flavor, with all of the components that are in the aroma as well as a little bit of sweetness from the malt. Coffee is probably the predominant flavor, but there is chocolate in there as well. Very enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden, making this very drinkable. The beer has a medium mouthfeel, not too thick and not too thin.

This beer just became available in Dallas and will be one of my go to baltic porters.

11-10-2009 23:50:43 | More by Mora2000
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +13%

Poured into a new belgium chalice black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. The smell is strong of both a carmel brandy and a little alcohol is evident. The taste is mellow for the strong scents, but it is very smooth. The alcohol that was apparent in the scent is not in the mouthfeel, which is very nice.

11-13-2009 00:17:25 | More by whoneeds8
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-18-2014 23:33:54 | More by acurtis
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

02-14-2011 01:03:13 | More by Sammy
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +29.9%

11-15-2011 15:22:32 | More by kkrez
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

22oz bomber pours light mahogany with 1 finger of brown head. Some lacing & a bit of head retention

S: Chocoate, booze & molasses

T: Chocolate with booze up front. Iron & a hint of mocha follow. Roasted grains & hot booze dominate the finsh

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinks a bit slow, but a nice Baltic Porter that needs some aging

04-04-2007 07:19:59 | More by russpowell
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40ontarget

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-07-2012 02:52:16 | More by 40ontarget
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-19-2013 22:29:48 | More by zillo043068
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Acoke

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-19-2012 01:11:53 | More by Acoke
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DrIPA

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-16-2013 14:07:05 | More by DrIPA
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

01-05-2014 16:52:10 | More by KYGunner
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-08-2014 19:00:21 | More by BuckTuckian
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-28-2014 04:36:18 | More by jaydoc
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Hopmodium

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-25-2012 16:44:31 | More by Hopmodium
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-08-2013 20:29:34 | More by st9647v3
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pours an opaque black color with a thin, but dense, long lasting foam. Not much lacing. It's a decent looking porter, but not a whole lot of wow factor here.

Smell is pretty nice...equal parts chocolate, light fruits and oats. The fruitiness is mainly strawberries, prunes and a hint of something tropical. Malts are really smooth smelling and high on the chocolate and low on the roast.

Taste is a pleasant surprise as well, with sweet and dark malts competing with ripe fruits. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a bit of tropical papaya to the mix. Not an overly robust or roasty porter, but it's a pretty nice and easy drinking take on the style. Hops are there and as with the other Twisted Pine offerings I have had, are a bit too...well...piney for me. ABV feels like it is around 7.5 or 8. All the flavors are pretty decent, there just needs to be a bit more of them.

02-07-2010 00:26:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

04-22-2014 01:36:38 | More by AtrumAnimus
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color. Smell is very roasted malts and nice deep, dark chocolate. Taste is more of the chocolate, roasted malt and some molasses. This is a very good porter. Medium to full on the mouthfeel. This has many characteristics of a stout. This is well done and very flavorful. Good porter.

09-28-2008 21:48:18 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

12-13-2011 01:20:35 | More by Pegasus
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

04-14-2010 23:10:57 | More by alcstradamus
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cncbofh

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Pour as black as night.

Received a 4.0 on appearance due to an almost non-existent head. Poured aggressively and still nothing...

Taste was exceptional. Roasted chocolate malts... very sweet, creamy and chewy. Had a milky smooth feel in the mouth. The alcohol was very well hidden. Hops, bitterness, and sourness were all present, but hardly noticeable and were all overpowered by the intensely sweet malts.

This was an excellent beer. Warmed me up while watching the snow fall outside.

11-28-2004 22:06:52 | More by cncbofh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

04-17-2011 23:22:47 | More by jlindros
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Another of the many fine brews I scored in the secret santa from Mentor. Thanks man! I am sampling in a snifter at cellar temp. The beer pour a pitch black with no light escaping through the other side. A large spongy and creamy tan head foams up 3-4 cm easily and fades slowly to a robust surface layer. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Some citrusy, (lemon) hops and also faint roasted malt.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and very fine yet tingly carbonation that gently rolls over my palate.
Flavor is choc sweet up front with caramel and toffee mixing with a roasted malt hit nicely. The flavor is all malt and finishes chocolate/coffee bittersweet, like a mocha. Very smooth and easy to drink. Wish I could get more of this very nice brew!

01-23-2005 01:39:03 | More by sulldaddy
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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.