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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

804 Ratings
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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 21
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

My man Rob hooked this up as an extra in our trade! Thanks again!!

A - Poured from 12oz bottle to a pint glass. The beer pours gjet black with a huge 3 finger head that overflowed the pint glass. The quite bubbly tan head slowly fades to a thin film throughout the glass with huge bubbly lacing.

S - Not a lot of aroma for a Russian Imperial. Slight hints of roasted malt, alcohol tones, and not much more.

T/M - The beer starts thin but gradually fills your pallete with a plethora of flavors: numerous specialty grains, nice roasted malts, slight acohol warmth, mild bittnerness. I was suprised at the creamy mouthfeel which lasts from the beginning to end though it finishes a tad dry. I'd say the beer is more of a medium-full than full bodied beer with reasonable carbonation.

D - A very drinkable beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was a pleasure to sample another Two Brothers brew. If I had the opportunity I'd drink it again and recommend to friends.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-28-2011 03:02:37

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, with a light, creamy brown head. Leaves good lacing. The aroma is chocolatey, with a deep roastiness toward the end. The flavor is chocolately up front, it then flows to a light roasty, coffee-like flavor. It finishes dry with burnt roast malt bitterness. The texture is somewhat oily and creamy. A very tasty full-bodied brew.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out black, with no head at all. Sweet chocolate and caramel aroma. The flavor is sweet chocolate with some bitter coffee. This is hardly an Imperial Stout, though. This beer is thick without being big on flavor. On top of that, there is very little carbonation, so it is like drinking sludge. Low marks for drinkability. I think I would have liked this beer more if it just had some bubbles, although it still wouldn't be an imperial stout.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into nonic pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a motor oil black with a coffee and milk colored two inch head that fades down into a thin ring in a minute or two, leaves nice looking lacing down the sides of the glass

S: It's a pretty subdued smell for a suposedly big beer, I had to nearly dip my nose in this one to pick up the scent, but hey, sometimes I like a little subtlety. Get the normal smokey caramel malts paried with a burnt espresso background, this one seems to rely more on the smoked malt scent than the chocolate and coffee I'm used to which is nice, but still seems a bit off.

T/MF: Sort of a greasy mouthfeel which is a bit offputting. Tastes of toasted malts and sweet raisins and plums, the fruits dominate this one though, finishes rather clean with only a bit of oil hanging around on the tongue. A chocolatey tobacco sweetness lingers in between each sip. Not nearly as hoppy as other Imperial Stouts I've tried which is a nice change of pace but really threw me for a loop when I took the first sip.

D: To be honest I almost wanted to pour this one out after the first sip, but it grew on me after a while, not much mind you but not terrible.

Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of LoganMc
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Radome
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - A very, very dark brown, but not black. No light penetrates. Head is dark tan and made of tiny, creamy bubbles. It piled about 3/4" high after the pour, then slowly faded to a 1/8" layer and thick lacing.

S - The aroma is mostly grainy malt. Hops and alcohol are muted in comparison. Not as complex as other Imperial Stouts I've tried.

T - Taste is warm and bready malt. There is a crisp graininess to it. There is some of the rummy, dark fruit complexity that I like in this style. Not much alcohol flavor and the hop flavor is non-existent.

M - Thick body, creamy/silky carbonation feel. No hops presence.

O - Overall, this is a well-crafted, clean beer. It is not as big and bold as many other examples, but it is very enjoyable.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SCZ
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ToadiesForCody
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of karst
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocky tan head falls quickly over pitch darkness with redish brown glints as light refracts off its edges. Arising aromas of coffee bean, prunes, bittersweet chocolate are carried to your nose by is fine appropriate carbonation. Creamy medium body with flavors of caramel, fruit,black cherry molasses and balancedhops. Finishes dry and bitter with roasted flavors. Mile IBUs and abv a nice stout but only a warmup for a great RIS.

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 Agold
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not quite as dark as i would usually like for an imperial stout. It also is a bit lacking in lacing and head retention. The aroma makes up for its shortcomings in appearance. It smells of chocolate, roasted barley, and caramel. The flavor has these aspects as well, but adds in a subtle licorice flavor. Really enjoyable. The mouthfeel was full with a moderate amount of carbonation. The drinkability, is really nice on this beer. I barely feel the 9.1% at all. Really enjoyable and affordable RIS.

Photo of themind
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Two brothers makes a decent stout. I enjoyed this brew and would not turn it down if offered. There are so many great stouts out there that I am always looking for the next big thing...unless it's KBS or BCBS. That said I would say any stout lover needs to give this a go.

Bottom Line: Decent stout worth a look.

Photo of Kaveman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tsauce2
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a New Belgium snifter.

A: SRM is dark brown/black. Nearly opaque. Head is tan, 1 in, dissipates to the outsides of the beer. Light carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Dark roast malt, light coffee and hop additions, bittered chocolate malt.

T: Dark roast malt, bittered chocolate malt, oats, light hop additions. Slight sweetness on the back end. No alcohol is discernable. Aftertaste is bittered dark roast malt and some coffee notes.

M: Medium body. There is a creamy, oat taste to this that very nicely compliments the bittered chocolate malt feel. Dry finish.

O: This is a good RIS, but in terms of the whole broad spectrum of RIS's, I think it lacks just a bit. Very little carbonation, which if it was more viscous, would be fine. For the body, imo, more carbonation needs to be present. The flavor overall was good, but was a little bland. Nice job of covering any boozy flavors; I did not detect any. The mouthfeel is also very nice. I would by this beer again at the right price and certainly would not turn this beer down.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle on a whim in Hudson today, and although Two Brothers are available in Minnesota, I haven't seen this around.

12 oz bottle has "Lot 3508" printed on back, and from what I can gather, it has nothing to do with bottling date, but it actually represents the hops they used, which I haven't figured out yet.

Poured into a Darkness tulip, viscous dark brown, nearly black liquid seeps into the glass. Initially, no head is produced, but with a more aggressive pour and a little agitation, a half finger dark brown sugar colored head is produced. It doesn't stay long, and only leaves a little bit of lacing.

The nose is sweet at first, but then gives way to roasted malts and bitter coffee. Pretty decent nose actually, much better than I was expecting from a beer with a B average on this site (typically meaning an "average" beer, nothing more). More bitter than sweet.

Diving in...starts out sweet, much like the nose, but then gives way to bitter coffee and bakes chocolate, roasted malts and grains, sweet malts and molasses. Pretty complex and tasty if you ask me. Light warming alcohol comes out in the finish, along with a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Not very smooth or creamy, kind of a train wreck to be honest.

Drinkability is ok, but I'm just not digging the mouthfeel. Thankfully, there is enough flavor and complexity to distract me long enough to forget it, but it still brings the score down.

Based on the rating system on this site, I now see why it gets a B average. All other reviewers probably aren't the same as me, but what I thought was a great beer only ends up getting an average rating, all because I didn't dig the mouthfeel. Oh well, it's still a good beer and I would gladly have more.

Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.