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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

844 Ratings
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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 23
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

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Ratings: 844 | Reviews: 398
Photo of Joeyphunk
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WKyle
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeff96gt
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GFD400
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wapcap
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Standard stout, but nothing I would pickup again.

Photo of mta11c
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chiefy770
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz Bottle
Bottled on January 15th, 2015
Reviewed on March 6th, 2015
Served in a Snifter

Eyes
Poured a rich dark brown, nearly black body. Not much of a head... just a thin lining of light brown foamy bubbles. Sparse amount of sticky light brown lacing throughout.

Nose
Dense notes of toasted grains. Thick and sweet notes of molasses and caramel. Faint smokey bitterness.

Mouth
Toasted grains up front. Light, sweet malts gained steam. Good notes of caramel and toffee. Sweeter flavors lived in a pretty strong backbone of toasted malts. Finished semi-sweet with a noticeable hit of alcohol. Full-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Overall
Certainly not as thick as other Imperial Stouts. Toasty and tasty. Dangerously drinkable for my taste. Another delicious offering from Two Brothers!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.