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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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QueerBeer

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

06-06-2014 15:55:25 | More by QueerBeer
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spense727

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 03:04:06 | More by spense727
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champ103

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, opaque brown color. A small bubbly tan head forms that recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. An odd citrus hop aroma that does not mesh right with the roasted aroma. Also an odd mineral aroma. Not bad, just...odd.
T: More roasted malt than the nose. Chocolate and coffee again. Some alcohol, and mineral flavors.
M/D: A medium to full body. A little to much prickly carbonation though. The alcohol is noticeable. A bomber is a bit much for one person.

Just so so. Nothing special, but nothing bad. Kind of a run of the mill porter. It is worth at least a try though.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 02:13:13 | More by champ103
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RudnicsMEB

Colorado

3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-21-2013 03:28:52 | More by RudnicsMEB
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allengarvin

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very dark, opaque beer. A vigorous pour results in a small, dark-tan head leaving a slight lacing. The nose is quite malty, with notes of expresso, lots of chocolate, and a hint of alcohol behind it. Very thin, watery mouthfeel gives way to a harsh taste of roast cocoa and caramel. A touch of medicinal alcohol is present as it warms up.

Reminds me of a homebrew first-attempt at the style. Needs a lot of work to bring things in balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 16:39:20 | More by allengarvin
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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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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-14-2013 04:51:49 | More by JMBSH
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-04-2014 20:03:58 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-07-2012 03:28:28 | More by Texasfan549
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 00:31:00 | More by MbpBugeye
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Belittle

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-29-2014 15:40:40 | More by Belittle
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

01-06-2014 05:37:53 | More by jkball01
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

02-03-2014 01:57:55 | More by djrn2
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-03-2013 21:06:04 | More by kylehay2004
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 09:27:10 | More by corby112
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northaustin

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smell: subdued vanilla syrup with alot of alchohol.

taste: alot of toffee and caramel. backed by chocolate and sweet malts.

pours a thick black with a minimal brown head which vaporizes upon touching the air and leaves absolutely no lacing. the beer is flat at best.

mouthfeel: mega syrup at first but surprisingly balances itself out well and leaves a slight oilyness in the back of the throat as well as moist cheeks.

drinkability: first good thing ive had from twisted pine. fans of big beers should at least try this one out just dont hope for the best of all time.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 04:38:08 | More by northaustin
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briman

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a moderate sized tan head. Poor head retention but the lacing wasn't as issue.

Smelled of molasses, toffee, almonds, chocolate, coffee and a hint of raspberries.

This beer starts out nice. The mid-palate gets a little worse and then the finish is just plain poor. A thin body with poor mouthfeel.

A pretty poor offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 06:16:23 | More by Crosling
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:47:25 | More by RuckusDu
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 16:52:10 | More by KYGunner
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:26:39 | More by twiggamortis420
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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.