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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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no score

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | 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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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-08-2012 01:50:22 | More by olafphysics
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Nofear048

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

05-18-2013 05:32:58 | More by Nofear048
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Jamison85

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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stbo101

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-05-2014 21:26:58 | More by cwappelt
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captainbearcat

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-24-2012 22:26:00 | More by captainbearcat
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smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-04-2012 08:45:01 | More by smithmd4
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-10-2014 22:43:03 | More by Brushkanna
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KVota

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-28-2013 21:23:25 | More by KVota
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blmar311

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

03-14-2013 16:03:58 | More by blmar311
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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
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sully11277

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +17.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter glass.

A- Black with a light brown head. that fades a little but sticks around on surface of the beer.

S- it smells like cocoa, coffee, and dark roast

T- It is so smooth and the cocoa and roast flavors come through. You can hardly tell this beer is 9.1% ABV. You do not get much of an alcohol burn or anything.

M- Did I mention this beer is smooth. It is just a enjoy of all the notes that hit your tongue but nothing to overpower it.

O- This is a great beer, I poured it and before I knew it my glass was empty and I was wishing I bought a 6 pack of this beer. You could not drink it all day but it would be great for one of those snowed in nights.

11-30-2013 21:03:55 | More by sully11277
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

12 oz bottle courtesy of readbaron pours an opaque black color with a dense brown head. Nice retention.

Nose is not overly big, but what is there smells fantastic! Light sweetness, nutty chocolate and modest coffee. Clean, really showcases the malt. Very nice, I think Im gonna like this one.

Smooth and creamy, rich and chocolaty. Yea, this is my kinda stout. Alcohol prevalent, but smooth and blends well with the other flavors. Finish is pretty dry considering the full body and residual sugars up front. There is some hop complexity and bread-dough yeast as it warms. I dont think this would be a great candidate for aging, but right now, it is damn good! I am very impressed.

05-21-2011 19:25:48 | More by twiggamortis420
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours black with a 1" bubbly tan head that reduces to a thick 1/8" head.

Smells of cocoa, vanilla, molasses, some smoke and roasted malt. Very appetizing smelling!

Starts smooth, tasting of roasted caramel malt. Chocolate hits the roof of the mouth on it's way down, with a pleasant alcohol warmth as it finishes. Very pleasing and very drinkable.

Has a smooth mouthfeel, almost creamy. Warms the tongue as you drink your way through the pint.

An excellent brew that I will look for again.

05-14-2010 01:27:20 | More by TheHoppiest
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Good example of the style. Very accessible to beginners!

Appearance: Jet black with red at the bottom. Fast reducing head. (I had an older bottle)

Smell: Cocoa, Coffee, roasted malt

Taste: Cocoa, roasted malt

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing!

I think the low bitterness units on this beer make it far more accessible to those folks who are afraid of stouts or do not like the style. I am a big stout guy, and I'd endorse this beer for the neophyte or the seasoned stout fan. Pick up a sixer today!

01-07-2013 15:30:06 | More by BierStein711
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spointon

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

I had this one on tap at the Two Brother's pub in Warrenville on 2/14/2009.

A= This stout poured a deep dark black-brown color (no light passed through this one) with a dense 1/2" dark tan head. The head dropped slowly and left decent lace down my glass.

A= The aroma was of a heavy dark sweetness, roasted malts, treacle, dark chocolate, and light hops. Alcohol was only noticable after swirling the glass.

T= Sweet malt up front plays against a nice roasted coffee bean and bitter chocolate character. Some hops flash forward briefly before this one settles back into a sweet/roasy battle to the finish. Some nice warmng alcohol in the end.

MF= Heavy body wth a slightly viscous and creamy feel. Carbonation was moderate but seemed lighter due to the density of this beer.

D= I was really blown away by this beer. An excellent RIS for sure, on par with (or at least worth mentioning in the same breath as) Old Rasputin. Not the strongest of RIS' but the flavor was so good I didn't care. Highly recommended!

02-15-2009 07:42:20 | More by spointon
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.