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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Northwind Imperial StoutNorthwind Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

834 Ratings
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Ratings: 834
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 23
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

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Photo of Neccy60
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dradair
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of allenson21
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikus
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured pitch black into a stemless wine glass (shoot me, my snifter was dirty), clean division between body and the cocoa-tinged head. Looks were the best quality unfortunately. Didn't live up to the IS moniker to me... slight roastiness and bitterness on the nose, with a weird smoky note too. Bit smoky and pleasantly bitter on the palate, actually the smokiness would be perfect if this was supposed to be a smoked beer)... lacked some of the bigger coffee and chocolate flavors I expect, and came off a bit thin on the mouthfeel. Upside is that the wife really liked it, and that has to be taken into account, I suppose. Wouldn't search this out, unless I was in the mood for a smoked porter.

Photo of jds16
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A bit too far on the sweet side, which is fine for half a glass but drinkability suffers. A bit drier and I'd like this a whole lot more. Solid, but falls short of great.

Photo of DanLane
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jabo134
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhilMiller
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap at Tall Paul's (FL).

Pours essentially black with a lght tan head that has good retentino and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is a bit sweet, there's roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of caramel and toffee.

Taste: Dark roasted grains. A touch of sour and only a faint bit of dark fruit. Coffee, smoke and dark chocolate in the finish.

Feel: reasonablt smooth; medium-full body.

Overall: a poor example of the style although the high ABV is well hidden.

Photo of wytman71
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a must try stout chocolate covered cocoa beans

Photo of Jae61
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dannycohen62
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

We pour this brew from the bottle into our three-quarter sized tasting snifters. It glugs out a deep, velvety espresso coloring, holding virtually no head. Few specks of lacing are left around the glasses as the beer begins to disappear. A dense haze obscures clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light, but what little bubbles are there are large. The aroma is cloyingly sweet yet heavy, giving up notes of metallic and sugary molasses, soy sauce, salted toffee, dried coral, tin, iced passion fruit tea, vodka and bourbon booziness, buttery diacetyls, dark fruitiness of fig, dried plum, apricots, and cherries, roasty chocolate and black maltiness, raw barley powderiness, pecan nuttiness, clean vanilla bean, and astringent and bitter red wine grapeiness. The taste to follow gives cold caramel, rich red cherry fruitiness, lactic creaminess, salty soy sauce, tin and aluminum, oily chocolate and butterscotch syrups, wet chocolate, black, and caramel maltiness, lime rind, poppy seeds, dusty dried rose petals, thick wood lacquer, phenolic plastics, powdered cocoa, high fructose corn syrup, vinyl plastics, and smoky leathers. The body is medium but oily, and the carbonation is a bit on the high side. Each sip provides appropriate slurp and smack, but cream and froth are lost to oily slickness, which coats the mouth before drying it significantly. The abv remains stylistically approachable, and drinkability sits at a cool sipability.

Overall, this was a reasonable representation of the style that was easy to enjoy. If we had to complain, the mouthfeel thinned more than we hoped, and contributed towards washing out the brightest punches of flavoring. The best thing about it was hard to pin down, as the aromas and flavors naturally coiled into one another, but unfortunately the same dullness persisted throughout. We were in a very stouty mood when we pulled this one from the cellar, and it shared between the two of us nicely, and warmly. Going along with the bottle’s label, we too would recommend enjoying this beer by a roaring fire. It makes the experience that much richer.

Photo of kraticus41
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Polish1989brew
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mpolewan
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jak
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of little_star
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barneysdad
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An absolute favorite for the season. Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE imperial stout pours pitch black with a rockin' tan head that slowly fades to a thick layer of foam with fantastic lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits, sweet dark malts, and moderate hops. Flavors follow the taste with sweet dark malts and chocolate to the front and sides, coffee and some light hop bitterness to the back with a light sweet aftertaste. Excellent! A beer I look forward to each year.

Cheers!

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Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 834 ratings.