Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by BeerandWhiskeyHQ:
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
A: Very Dark brown, almost black no light coming through it, mocha colored head and slight lacing
S: smells of cocoa, coffee beans, sugary sweet and dark roasted malt
T: thin- bodied for a stout, the dark roasted malt really comes through powerfully, strong flavored for sure. A slight citrus is hiding somewhere around in there and the finish is bitter, yet the roasted flavor stays along with it on the palate which makes for an interesting drink.
O: I like this beer, I don’t drink imperial stouts all of the time so this one is a nice change. It doesn’t sit too heavy either which I appreciate and the bitterness is nice too, if I had a suggestion though, it would be that the bitterness be dialed back a little bit so it doesn’t distract from the dark roast of the malt that is so dominating at the beginning, I think it could be better balanced and even though I didnt mind it being a little "thinner" it really ought to be a heavier beer but at the same time I like it and always recommend two brothers beers.
01-20-2014 18:00:08 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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3.95/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance Very dark in color, almost black, with a nice, tanned head that pooled over the liquid and left a nice foam ring on the inside edge of my goblet.
Smell This is a classic stout, with a roasted malt aroma that dominates the nose. I can also pick up some fine Arabic coffee and a lovely touch of anise.
Taste This is a bitter brew indeed. The coffee takes charge here, getting me to think I should try to get Starbucks to sell this in their stores (but only after 3:00 PM). Theres a bit of sugary sweetness at the finish, but mainly this is all about the traditional roasted malt and coffee flavors.
Mouthfeel This one was medium-bodied on the lighter side for an Imperial Stout but held up well in between the cheeks. I especially enjoyed the bitter nature of this one.
Drinkability This was a very drinkable stout that went down easily. It would be an excellent example of the style to let one of your Budweiser Buddies try.
Comments Special thanks to qarre for organizing the BIF 5.0, of which I was the first recipient (yippee!) and the lucky beneficiary of this promising effort from Two Brothers.
02-21-2004 03:03:08 | More by RoyalT
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
2010 vintage Batch 2860:
Deep black pour with an inch of tan head on top of the brew. Good sticky patchwork lacing on the glass. Aromas of deep roasted malts with a big dark chocolate forefront. Coffee weaves in along with a touch of char.
First sip is dark roasted, charred malts flowing into dark chocolate along with a touch of coffee as well. Burnt bread accents with caramel undertones and a slight creaminess. Hops kick on the way down as it finishes somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good carbonation, not as heavy and rich as most imperial stouts, however it's rather drinkable. Pretty good stout overall.
Pours from the bottle a deep onyx with a small tan coffee head on top. The head falls to a ring around the glass. Looks good in the glass. Aromas of dark roasted malts, liquid chocolate, ground coffee, sweet fruits and a hint of hops. Subdued overall..but there's still a nice mix of aromas there.
First sip brings a roasted, slightly smoky maltiness along with hints of chocolate and brewed coffee. I actually get more chocolate and coffee in the nose than in the taste. A hint of bitter citric hops hits on the way down. Not a bad stout...but this is nowhere near an imperial stout.
Mouthfeel is medium light and slightly dry. The body here is weak, even for a stout. I shouldn't find it this easy to down an imperial stout. This doesn't really excite enough to drink more. I'll leave one in my cellar and see what happens to it.
06-16-2005 02:45:28 | More by orbitalr0x
2.58/5 rDev -31.9%
Basically pitch black, miniscule amounts of light comes through in the crevases of the glass. Half inch of tan head floats along on top. Isn't sticky though so teh class is left clean as it is drank down.
Really has a simple malt flavor that is amazingly nondescript. Not really much else to it, no toasted notes.
This has a bit more flavor though but honestly no where close to what an RIS should be. Slight toasted flavor gives way to a touch of coffee. Still, not much to this one. I hate to give a below average rating...it isn't bad necessarily, but nothing draws me to this.
Medium mouthfeel which isn't that bad. A little lingering flavor. This one isn't that hard to drink, nothing to be offended by. But no flavor in this really. Nothing I want to revisit.
04-24-2007 01:21:46 | More by blitz134
3.38/5 rDev -10.8%
Bottle thanks to Mike B, thanks man!
This beer poured solid black with a thin chocolate head. The aroma consisted of roasted malts and fruits. I found the alcohol to be masked very well. The problem I had with this beer was its carbonation. It is overly carbonated and doesn't match the profile that I am used to. Regardless, it is a good drinking beer but not something I will search out again.
03-17-2009 00:25:25 | More by ROBORB
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
Opaque with a brown head, like most RIS. Aroma has something going on in it - almost lactic. like a milk stout, a mineraliness.
Same thing in the flavor - if there's an Imperial Milk Stout category, this could be the flag bearer. Starts out with an underlying coffee-cocoa roastiness, but there's an odd roundness in here that I couldn't figure out until I recalled Keegan's Mother's Milk stout - a similar flavor. Indescribable, not offensive, just not what I was anticpating. Finishes creamy-smooth, no hop character to speak of. Appropriately chewy, could have another to figure it out.
Gracias to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!
02-05-2007 00:17:05 | More by sponberg
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
This is my first sampling of a brew from Two Brothers. Thanks to clvand0 for the trade. This 12 oz bottle pours an opaque, deep brown body with a small, tan, head that quickly drops into film and collar lace.
Aroma features prominent, dark roasted malts with a coffee dominance. Hints of dark chocolate, anise, and walnuts are picked up in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but somewhat light for style. Carbonation is low, and there is a tingling hops presence that comes from the 45 IBUs proclaimed by the label.
The taste is dominated by coffee bitterness. Smoky, roasted malts are prevalent, with some dark fruits(prunes and figs) and nuttiness. A hint of licorice is also noted.
This isn't as substantial as most imperial stouts, but is still a good one that is worth a try.
11-06-2004 11:53:06 | More by merlin48
3.6/5 rDev -5%
Dark brown, borderline black with a half finger of tan head with a very agressive pour...disappears almost instantly...no lacing.
Not a lot going on in the nose...some vanilla, milk chocolate, carmelized malt.
The taste is good, but it is not wowing me at this point. Served near room temperature and it has a decent chocolate profile, plenty of hops, but the mouthfeel is terribly thin for the style and seems watered down when I think of my favorite Russian Imperial Stouts.
I like the folks at Two Brothers and this one drinks fairly easily...I would try this one again when I see it on tap, but I won't be stocking up on this one at this point.
02-01-2006 01:37:07 | More by warriorsoul
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured a dark black with a tan colored head; it even had a bit of a reverse cascade to it. Smell was of cocoa, chocolate, earthy hops and roasted coffee. Taste was much of the same, but this beer felt a little green to me, and the others who tried it. It had a very nice finish to it, and we seemed to agree that with a bit more age on it, this would be a much better beer than it already is. Higher side of medium bodied and lower carbonation. This was pretty nice, and I am going to pick up a couple bombers to age next time. I think this one gets much better with time.
11-20-2006 07:48:09 | More by badbeer
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Opaque, murky almost black appearance, with a residual reddish-skim head. Aromas seem decent, promise fruits and some burnt java. Slightly oily mouthfeel, malting is dry and somewhat Irish-style in some senses. A bit of anise and plum to the impression with a full swallow. Bitterness in the aftertaste, some from the hops, and it builds with continued sips. Overall, I liked this beer, but without interesting sweet complex tones it lacks as a brew in the Imperial Stout category.
12-12-2002 08:24:10 | More by ADR
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
Pours pitch black dark body full of malt and hops, dark tan head forming thick and dwindling slow, forms fine even lacing with eadh sip. Aroma dark chocolate malts, hints of coffee, and a touch of soy sauce. Flavor creamy dark chocolate, ripened fruit notes. A touch of saoy sauce. Mouthfeel is full bodied carbonation is moderate. Nothing heavy or cloying on the palate, drinkability is solid version of a great Impy Stout.
01-14-2011 20:09:18 | More by WVbeergeek
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
On-tap at Sunswick in Astoria, NY.
Pours one shade from black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate. As the beer warms the chocolate aromas come out a bit more.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors up front are soon joined by mildly bitter dark chocolate flavors. These carry through to a solidly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thinner than most RIS's with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.
Overall the tap version of this tasted a little cleaner however whether it be tap or bottle this beer still didn't quite deliver. Not a bad beer but not worth seeking out.
01-08-2010 18:43:49 | More by glid02
3.63/5 rDev -4.2%
(Served in a snifter)
A-This beer pours a dark black with tiny bubbles of carbonation and a thin tan head that fades quickly.
S- This beer has a smell of deep roasted malt and a hint of sourness. Some faint hints of toasted malt and maybe a faint cold coffee smell aswell.
T- This beer has a nice cocoa, toasted barley and a hint of smoke mixed in the initial sip. The finish has a faint aged cheese taste in a good way. The finish has a faint hop note that is a bit watery.
M- This beer has a medium body with a faint hint of sourness but not really an astringent flavor. No alcohol warmth either.
D- Although the alcohol content is a bit lower than I like in an Imperial Stout, it does have some unique flavors that are very nice. It does have a good malt base but it does have an interesting aged cheese flavor that I haven't found in any other beers. Maybe yeast characteristic? Nice beer and I will have to get a few in the winter months.
07-10-2005 21:44:23 | More by rhoadsrage
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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