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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

835 Ratings
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Ratings: 835
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

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

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Photo of Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of williamherbert
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is black tar with 1/3 puffy brown head. Lots of bubbles in the head. Dark as a bowling ball, even up close to the light.

Bittersweet cocoa powder smell. Sweet caramels and stone fruits, like raisins and dates. Roasted coffee malts too. Complex and nice.

The taste is roasted coffee malts, like a porter with a mild kick of alcohol. More raisins, sweet grapes and cocoa in the taste. Balanced between sweet and bitter, especially with warmth. Light toffee at the end.

The mouth is thick and ashy, but with a buttery smooth finish. Oily but more ashy as it warms up. It's pretty good. Very thick, though, so repeats might be a tough sell. Still, it's a balanced, complex stout.

Photo of ruckus232
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce bottle pured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very dark brown (almost black) with a large amount of brown head.

Smell: Sweet malt smell with roasted scents accompanied by what seems to be like raisins.

Taste: There is some roasted bitterness with a little bit of sweetness. There is somewhat of an alcohol taste that is present at first but leaves quickly.

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BKBassist
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly hoppy, but with an odd lager-like aroma and very little roastiness, but some minor coffee notes. A deep black body lies beneath a dminishing mocha hued thin film of a head. Flavor is a nicely burnt/roasted melange of coffee and dark chocolate, hearty dark fruits and malt. Alcohol is almost unoticeable and the palate is thinnish.

Photo of CSO
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of JizackFH
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35-35 in Astoria, NY on 4/8/11.

Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a very very dark brown, almost black, color. It has a mocha colored 1-finger head. The head had decent retention, and left some scattered lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of very dark roasted malt, black coffee, and molasses. There are also notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, anise, and there is also a nuttiness to it.

T - It tastes of sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, and black coffee up front. There were also flavors of licorice, nuts, and dark fruits. The alcohol content was hidden very well, but it shows up a tad in the finish. I think it could have used some more char/roasted bitterness.

M - This has a medium to full body and lower carbonation. It goes down very smooth, and has a rich and creamy feel to it. The finish has just a hint of dryness to it.

O - This beer has pretty good drinkability. It goes down smooth and has a nice flavor. I could drink a couple of these in an evening. Overall, I thought it was a very nice beer. I just think it could have used a little more roasted bitterness in the taste, since it seemed to be a little more sweet than I would have liked it to be. Good beer though. I would try again.

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

Photo of klewis
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lot 36, listed at 8.5% ABV

A: Pours black with a tiny bubbly head. Very little lacing.

S: A nice malty aroma of mocha and cocoa.

T: Tastes like cocoa powder with a vegetal, celery-like finish. The flavor is thin for an impy stout and for a "big beer".

M: Medium-thin bodied and a bit fizzy, especially for the style. A bit chalky.

D: Thin, watery, and just plain off for the style. Pass.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of HopDerek
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hookup from Mr Taco.

Pours a deep, lightless dark brown almost black color with 1 pinky of creamy tan head, average retention with some good lacing. Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, oat, and molasses. Tastes of raisins and other dark fruit followed by chocolate. A sweet molasses-like backbone also contains some flavors of oat and roasted malt. Finishes with some smokiness and a touch of citrus bitterness. Medium in body and low in carbonation, semi-syrupy with good dark fruit flavors as well as chocolate and a touch of roastiness and hops make a nicely balanced RIS. More mild than some of the big bruiser RIS out there, but very flavorful and low in ABV making it easier to drink.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from Lot 3182.

Almost black, very dark brown while pouring. Pitch black inside the glass. About one finger thick tan-shining brown colored head, that does not stand well enough. Decent lacing on the sides.

Not one of the strongest aromas here. Some burnt up malts, some very minor hops, a well hidden alcohol. At least, does not give anything up. Some roasted malts, again very mild for an imperial stout. Chocolate and caramel, just a sprinkling.

Taste: Again alcohol is not felt. To me that is a bad thing for a RIS. To some it is good, but alcohol should come out and lead. Somewhat sweet due to malt presence. Very low to almost non-existent on bitter hops. As with stouts, roasted malts, caramel and some chocolate. But nothing worth remembering. Nothing that strikes out. Very mild taste. Dry finish.

Mouth feel: Full bodied, yet not very thick. Easy on palate, no astringency. A well drinking beer for over 9% RIS.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

This is my first beer from this brewery. It pours a very nice pitch black with a slight head.

The aroma is very subtle and has hints of chocolate, malt and smokiness. Taste wise is pretty much the same, there is a lot of malt and chocolate to taste and it's surprisingly mild for an Imperial Stout.

Despite the high ABV (9), there is no hint of alcohol in the taste or smell.

This is a decent beer, but not one of my favorites and certainly nowhere near the best Imperial Stout I have tried.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter

On-Tap at The Firkin Two Brother's Tap Takeover

This beer pours a pretty darkness with a finger of brown foam. The smell is a bit of oak, belgian-like aroma, brown sugar and a light roasted note. Most of the nose is really light. The taste has an odd hop bitterness that I didn't expect. There is a light bourbon flavor and a decent amount of cocoa. It must be said that this beer is a bit astringent on the palate and a bit thinner than I would have liked, but it is still rather drinkable. A good beer all around.

Photo of brianmandell
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An enjoyable, almost sessionable imperial stout due to its thin body. The score reflects the thin mouthfeel and relatively simple flavor profile. However, what is there is very enjoyable. Roasty malts, tart cherry, dark chocolate flavors. Active, creamy carbonation which offsets the slightly viscous but thin mouthfeel. The alcohols are well integrated. My bottle was aged for approximately 7 months from purchase.

Photo of sludgegnome
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of LarryMyers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 835 ratings.