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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An absolute favorite for the season. Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE imperial stout pours pitch black with a rockin' tan head that slowly fades to a thick layer of foam with fantastic lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, light coffee, dark fruits, sweet dark malts, and moderate hops. Flavors follow the taste with sweet dark malts and chocolate to the front and sides, coffee and some light hop bitterness to the back with a light sweet aftertaste. Excellent! A beer I look forward to each year.

Cheers!

Photo of krubs
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreedeSon
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CycleDad
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kerry4porters
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of glass_house
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of scalffd
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hoosier222002
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gtk1989
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcsbeer
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sdlhy
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Italiano86
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vixie
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost pure black with a bit of a tan head that doesn't stay around too long, leaving some lacing across the surface of the beer and the dies of the glass.

The smell is a bit sweet, there's roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of caramel and toffee.

Taste starts out a bit sweet, like a dried fruit sweet. It's a bit like prune or raisin up front, there's also coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a bit of hop bitterness and a touch of smoke.

Pretty smooth going down, the carbonation is a touch high for the style, giving a bit more tingling than expected.

Overall an easy to drink example of the style. Not quite as in your face as usually is the case, making this a great beer for someone wanting to try an RIS for the first time, but a bit intimidated by their strength. It is a bit on the sweet side, but still one worth checking out.

Photo of Ri0
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into chalice.

A - Obsidian with a 1 finger light tan head that fades into a very thin ring. A few dabs of lacing on the glass.

S - Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a bit of burnt caramel.

T - Nice amounts or roasted malt to go along with dark chocolate. Picking up hints of toffee and caramel with burnt notes.

M - Medium body, quite smooth with creamy carbonation.

O - A nice imperial stout that is easy to drink despite the higher ABV.

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sacree99
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwood06
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark, almost black beer with a thick off-white creamy head that last forever. 4.5/5

S - Dark chocolaty richness with a hint of espresso. A bit of vanilla as well. 4.25/5

T - Taste follows the nose with a bit more cocoa, a bit less espresso, and a bit more vanilla. 4/5

M - Very thick and viscous with a wet finish. Not nearly as dry as most imperial stouts that I've had. Finishes very cleanly with a lingering bitterness. 3.75/5

O - Very good beer but the lingering bitterness brings down the score just a tad for me. Nice complexity while maintaining drinkability. 4.25/5

Photo of RMelyon
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NoHorsePiss
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Man, this is a black one, just how I like my RISs, 1/8" of head that disappeared in 15 seconds
S - Caramel and fruit. I'd use it as air freshener or cologne.
T - Good and malty. I love malt flavor and this has it in spades.
M - This is a chip-less, snack-less beer. Never a need to trade off tastes when drinking it. Let the taste sit there between sips.

I enjoyed my single bottle from the store and will do my best to get a 6-pack before the seasonal shipment leaves.

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