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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
85
very good

746 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002)
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

05-05-2013 17:18:45 | More by Bubba569
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HESSLER500

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Poured slowly down the side of a glass, there really is no head to mention of. A sniff of this stuff reveals hops, cocoa, and coffee. Mouth feel is just about thick, but not overbearing. Taste reveals an exceptional balance of malts, hops and sweetness. Much better blended then Storm King which i think is way to hoppy for my tastes. Northwind is a wonderfully easy to drink stout that, even though has a relatively high abv, doesn't knock your socks off with the burn. I think this stuff is slightly better then Rasputin, which i think is excellent in it's own right.

06-11-2011 13:34:00 | More by HESSLER500
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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-12-2012 13:13:40 | More by brealbg
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Illinois

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11-15-2011 01:49:52 | More by KingBiscuit
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Indiana

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01-25-2013 03:38:13 | More by Smextongo
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

10-17-2012 04:43:20 | More by CorneliusBunker
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-08-2012 01:50:22 | More by olafphysics
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

05-18-2013 05:32:58 | More by Nofear048
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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-27-2013 05:39:10 | More by Jamison85
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nmeiborg

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-17-2012 18:47:28 | More by nmeiborg
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scott2269

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-15-2011 03:44:25 | More by scott2269
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stpaulsipper07

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-18-2012 00:09:35 | More by stpaulsipper07
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

11-25-2011 23:55:52 | More by stbo101
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-19-2013 00:47:57 | More by ScottyBonzai
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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-24-2012 22:26:00 | More by captainbearcat
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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Illinois

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Connecticut

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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%

Appearance - inky black pour with some thickness to it. A conservative head evaporating quickly to a thin collar-ring and a few pockets of stray foam on top.

Aroma - roasty malts and chocolate syrup. Simple, effective, well done.

Taste - malts, sweet like melted chocolate up front. A burnt malt bitter char on the swallow, leaving the palate dry. The aftertaste is warm and roasty, and stays that way at length. The abv fills the finish with vapory warmth, lucious and full while showing off some roasted coffee notes. I like the balance.

Mouthfeel - my earlier comment regarding melted chocolate was primarily aimed at the mouthfeel. Very smooth and easy-flowing.

Drinkability - a well-constructed beer, another one wouldn't be out of the question, nor would laying a few down for some cellar time. Big for a stout, a little light for an Impy. No matter, this is on the short list for a tasty winter warm-up.

11-24-2007 08:23:22 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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scott

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

V.06
When I initially had this, it hadn't reached the market yet, and I couldn't wait for it to get there. This a highly recommended offering. A smooth and well-balanced drinker, this maintains a nice coffee/chocolate backbone with nice notes of vanilla & oak. Dark and heady. I can sum this up with one word. Excellent. Pricey, though.

06-12-2007 01:23:05 | More by scott
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

I am sampling a bottle bought on a recent trip to Boston. Pouring at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a thick viscous pitch black. A soft fluffy tan head of 1 cm foams up easily. the head does fade gradually to an almost non-existent edge layer.
Aroma is deep and malty with molasses, brown sugar, some dark fruit, plums and maybe fig with some roast malt and chocolate too. A little bit of everything and it mixed well.
First sip reveals an average body with mild rolling carbonation. There is a bit of a slick mouthfeel and is generally lighter than I expected.
Flavor is similar to advertised by nose, starts with some sweet malt qualities, chocolate and brown sugar with molassess again. Then it rolls to some roasted malt and a hint of bitter espresso as well. Maybe the bitterness is actually from hops as it develops to more of an herbal/resiny bite than coffee after more sips. This is a sipper as it is large and robust, but no hint of alcohol so be careful. The drinkability is high and I would recommend this brew to others. A nice stab at an Imperial Stout. Look for it!

04-08-2006 02:17:51 | More by sulldaddy
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cosmicevan

New York

4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

Big thanks to Pellinore1 for the great BIF box that included this brew.

a - popped the bottle and poured into oversized snifter. Deep sludgy black with a full 3 finger head after pouring the full bottle abruptly into my glass. The head isn't going nowhere. This is frothy and here to stay. Lacing shows evidence of where the beer once was.

s - Odor screams of milky roasted malts. Good amount of roastiness and a fair amount of smoke to round her out. Smells really nice.

t - I am surprised at the smokiness of this beer. How could I have gone this long without hearing about this gem?

m - Creamy and rich. Full and milky. Carbonation is nice for the beer, but not in your face. Perhaps a bit too milky, but otherwise, pretty spot on.

o - I am really surprised that I don't hear people raving about this beer. Fantastic milk stout flavor with a campfire of smokiness. Really great flavor and somewhat unique. Not sure if properly categorized as a RIS, but if so...a damn fine one and one that could be a gateway rauch.

04-05-2011 05:44:48 | More by cosmicevan
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.