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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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very good

44 Reviews
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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: 87
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with russet highlights at the edges; a two-fingered beige head spots the side of the pint glass with dots of lace

Smell: The twin darks (chocolate and fruit), with some caramel and a hint of spice

Taste: Dark chocolate, up front, with a burgeoning date and prune flavor that is joined by a sweeter caramel aspect in the middle; after the swallow, the chocolate and fruit flavors return, though there is a bit of hoppy bitterness to balance the profile in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The best beer, by far, that I have sampled from this brewery and a fairly decent Baltic Porter in its own right

Thanks, Schmittymack, for the opportunity

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber passed around at a BA tasting event in Austin. Thanks to JDV for the share!

Pours a rich, robust black body with a well-retained custard head. Chocolate everywhere in the aroma; an almost tootsie-roll like sweetness complements the cocoa.

Flavor starts off with molasses and lots of chocolate, giving way to bitter roasted malts, earthen hops, and a hint of spicy nutmeg and booze. Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes smooth, with a well-carbonated body that adds to the drinkability. Not quite sure if this is really a "Baltic Porter" as its listed--not enough dark chocolate and fruits. It more likely belongs in the straightforward "American Porter" category, even with the upped ABV. Overall, this was a nice introduction to Twisted Pine for me. Their Imperial Porter is rich, delectable, and drinkable. Definitely a brewery to watch out for in the future.

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Photo of Crosling
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Rayek
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep chocolate brown. Almost black. A dense and rocky tan head starts strong and has excellent retention. A heavy lace is left behind.

S: Strong aromas of espresso, baking chocolate and even a bit of dark fruit. A mild mineral quality is in the background.

T: Bittersweet, with a lean to the sweet side. Chocolate, molasses, espresso and dark berries make up the bulk of the flavor. An earthy bitterness has just enough oomph to keep the sweeter flavors in check. A mild alcohol warmth adds an extra dimension. Finishes with a lingering earthy molasses flavor.

M: The super heavy body is dense and syrupy. Carbonation is a bit too high.

D: A definite sipping beer. Not the best pick for a cool late summer evening, but an excellent beer overall. Perhaps a good candidate for a winter time revisit.

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Photo of bmwats
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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.

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.

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.

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

This one was decent. Its looks are the best part.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.