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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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746 Ratings
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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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Photo of nheinzie57


2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

01-21-2013 05:47:17 | More by nheinzie57
Photo of KFBR392


4.19/5  rDev +10.6%

Appearance: A very traditional look to a stout. Pitch dark, thin head, low carbonation.

Smell: There is light hop sweetness here. Malt, dark chocolate, and some very dark fruits play a role here.

Taste: Awesome here. A smooth hop presence hits at first. A creamy malt body carries this beer. Such a complex body really represents the the american stout well. I'm not really sold on this beer being a Russian Imperial Stout, but is an awesome American stout.

Mouthfeel: More of a clean smoothness here. Again not really the feel of a Russian Imperial Stout, but more of a traditional Stout.

Overall: I think Two Brothers is one of the better breweries in my home state of Illinois. Their beers tend to be very solid. This beer is one of my favorites and can go toe to toe with many other American Stouts.

01-22-2013 05:35:39 | More by KFBR392
Photo of throwback


4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-14-2011 17:49:11 | More by throwback
Photo of AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

12-18-2012 22:39:22 | More by AmitC
Photo of Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

04-10-2014 22:43:03 | More by Brushkanna
Photo of ohiobeer29


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-24-2013 05:57:45 | More by ohiobeer29
Photo of Skidz


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours out a very dark brown finishing black with nothing showing through on the sides, a smokey brown head on top. This is very unique, I've never seen such color in a stout head before, it was like thunderclouds were forming right before a storm...

Smells stongly of roastiness and coffee. Tastes very rich, the roastyness coming through, moving to the coffee tones and a nice bitter tang at the end.

Very nice, full body with plenty of character to please. Easily consumed, this beer would fit well in an all-star stout session. Definately one of the best Imperials I've had.

02-22-2004 03:42:31 | More by Skidz
Photo of LarryMyers


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-19-2013 01:40:16 | More by LarryMyers
Photo of ferrari29


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter-shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a black, lights out, colored body; brown/coffee colored head; half finger size head, which dissipated rather quickly; good amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass; some visible bubbly in the body of the beer

S - Hop front; mostly roast malt; american coffee nose; dry and chalking notes; hay; dry grass

T - Irish dry stout taste; chalky; dark chocolate and roasted malt; strong coffee bean flavor; grass and hop flavor washes around a bit, but is lost in all the roasted-chalky flavors; comes up mostly on the back-end of the sip; dark fruit, like dates

M - Creamy and chewy; slight effervescent feel on the tongue; light flavor, kind of airy, like a Irish dry stout (Guinness); lacking in the strong RIS category; not very bitter aftertaste, but smooth texture

D - Kind of missed the whole RIS - strong Imperial hop and roasted taste; slightly above average RIS; easy to consume; plenty of light stout flavor; needs a bit more hop and roasted malt punch

12-04-2011 05:54:03 | More by ferrari29
Photo of brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-26-2012 22:01:49 | More by brbrocc
Photo of scootercrabb


4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-29-2011 18:19:55 | More by scootercrabb
Photo of EricCioe


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

On tap at the University of Chicago Pub, 4 May 2011.

This pours black with a half finger khaki head that leaves just a bit of lace on the way down. On the nose there is rich molasses mixed with some deep fruits, mostly unidentifiable, but nice nevertheless. There is also some roasted malt, but on the whole the nose is pretty muted and holds this brew back a bit for me. In the mouth, the molasses and dark fruit get a little coating in some chocolate. The biggest flavor that I got was dark fruit, with was a nice prominent flavor here. The body is pretty full and chewy but not huge, though finish is ultra-long with dark fruit and extraordinarily bitter malt hanging on.

Overall, I was happy with this beer, but it wasn't my favorite imperial stout. Worth a look for sure.

05-05-2011 00:40:12 | More by EricCioe
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-07-2014 02:54:06 | More by larryarms847
Photo of beachbum1975


2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Batch 3178

Poured into my over-sized Duvel tulip a dark, opaque rootbeer color with a medium to dark tan head. Minimal, spotty lacing...

This nose is light on this one. Hints of sweet malts, vanilla and an unusual banana-like essence. Not too impressed by the nose...

Ok, the strange banana smell that had me worried faded as I drank. This is a medium to full bodied beer with medium to full flavor. Medium to high carbonation on the mouthfeel, as well. Flavors include heavily roasted coffee, a touch of dark chocolate and sweet malts all bundled up in a sweet, vanilla bean package. Mouthfeel is wet (almost watery) in the beginning, then the hops kick in just a bit go lend to a semi-dry finish. Aftertaste carries the same slightly bitter hops...

Overall, this is a decent example of a Russian Imperial Stout, but not big enough for me. It's reminiscent of an English version RIS and I prefer the extreme American RIS'es...

01-31-2009 02:25:41 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a very deep brown that is impenetrable and has a ton of suspended sediment, pours with a finger of frothy mocha brown colored head that lingers nicely and has large bubbles, leaves spotty lacing
S: very nice mocha scent, very reminiscent of a strong coffee, very deep and enjoyable
T: begins with a nice coffee note which just intensifies and deepens throughout the sip, really deep and tastey, not entirely complex but yummy nonetheless
M: medium carbonation tingle, very thick on the palate and has a wonderful velvety texture which sticks to the palate
O: a delicious brew, lacking a bit in complexity but incredibly deep, really delicious

03-01-2012 02:09:11 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of zenwatts


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-30-2012 16:15:18 | More by zenwatts
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark chocolate with a mocha head, pretty!

S: Chocolate and black patent malt in the nose, with some bittering hops in the back.

T: Lots of chocolate and creamy malts. A hint of lactose even? Really, just lots and lots of milk chocolate.

D: No joke, one of the top three most drinkable RIS. This brew is so well balanced I felt like I was drinking a Great Lakes beer.

Overall: Its been said before and its true: this is a one-note beer. Its just a huge load of chocolate. That being said, they really milk that one note for all its worth; this beer is never boring and is remarkably smooth and drinkable. A good and unpretentious RIS.

12-03-2010 06:01:06 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of target88


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-26-2014 02:59:50 | More by target88
Photo of kegger22


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout is a very dark brown color and has a one finger light brown head that reduces to a self sustaining collar.

The aroma is just what you would expect in RIP, roasted coffee and rich chocolate.

The taste follows in lock-step with the aroma. Coffee and chocolate, but there is an interesting, light sour taste in the background for variety.

The mouth feel is full bodied with pretty good carbonation that works well for this stout.

Too thick, rich, heavy and alcoholic to rate very highly in drinkability, but not bad.

I found Northwind to be a very good Russian Imperial. The flavor was strong and tasty, with chocolate being most prominent. The price was also right at $1.99 for a 12 oz single, a bargain for this style. Another good job by Two Brothers Brewing.

01-02-2010 02:06:49 | More by kegger22
Photo of jcalabre


2.68/5  rDev -29.3%

I originally sampled this beer on 19 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes:
Appearance: It has the usual Imperial Stout characteristics: black with a tan head,
Aroma: It's chocolately on the nose,
Mouthfeel: Unfortunately it has a very light mouthfeel & is a bit thin by this style's standards. Somewhat roasty, but not what I'd expect fm an imperial

09-03-2003 01:51:04 | More by jcalabre
Photo of assman79


3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-25-2012 04:37:37 | More by assman79
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Dark black that pours a cascading guiness like head although much darker. Pretty good lace and good head retention as well

S: Slight roastedness followed by sweet chocolate. The too flavors much each other out a little bit

T: Very nicely balanced between the sweet chocolate and a milded roasted flavor. Normally I like my stouts dry and roasty but the sweetness in this one was quite enjoyable

M: A slight hint of acidity but no heat and mostly creamy

D: A very easy drinking stout

03-16-2010 00:46:38 | More by mikey711
Photo of themind

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

04-16-2013 01:47:56 | More by themind
Photo of JLapadura

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-29-2013 22:39:56 | More by JLapadura
Photo of linnymtu


4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-28-2013 03:00:20 | More by linnymtu
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.