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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

746 Ratings
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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | 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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scottwestphall

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Dark black stout with 0 transparency. Poured with little head and left no lacing.   Sort of disappointing. The aroma was really nice with a whiff of black licorice. The flavor was good as expected by this genre of beer. Bits of coffee, carmel, and roasted malts as a stout like this should have. The body was thick and kinda heavy. At 9.1% alcohol it's not something you can just throw back while watching the Superbowl.  Overall it's pretty good and I would drink it again, though for my money I'd opt for Ole Rasputin which is still the standard.   Decent effort, but not the top dog. 

03-05-2012 01:28:40 | More by scottwestphall
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harrylee773

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-01-2012 04:41:25 | More by harrylee773
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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
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stoutlover1978

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-27-2012 16:01:09 | More by stoutlover1978
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-25-2012 19:15:13 | More by steamboatbrewer
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Mreyes69

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-21-2012 06:56:11 | More by Mreyes69
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-21-2012 05:05:39 | More by imperialking
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

02-21-2012 02:23:25 | More by JohnnyMc
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Pours midnight black with a two finger tall foamy tan head. Lots of visible sediment that is also tan in color. Head reduces slightly but very good head retention overall. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Not as intense a smell present as I would have liked for this style. Hints of chocolate, oak, roasted dark malts, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Primarily dark bittersweet chocolate with hints of dark druit (plum + fig), oak, and some coffee bitterness. Not overly bitter and there is an underlying sweetness from the dark roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden in this beer - both in the taste and the smell. Very enjoyable and a very well balanced beer. Some complexity in the flavors. Good beer for a cold winter day.

02-19-2012 23:41:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Beezee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2012 05:17:38 | More by Beezee
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2012 05:04:43 | More by tdmccarthy
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Antnyd82

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-18-2012 05:11:28 | More by Antnyd82
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kennethkearns

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-16-2012 13:11:19 | More by kennethkearns
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-12-2012 15:57:04 | More by Tyrawlings
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TikiD

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-11-2012 19:47:11 | More by TikiD
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottled 20 December 2011.

Pours very dark brown, black at the center, with a little light coming through the edges. One finger of brownish tan head, fades fairly quickly and leaves little lacing. A whole lot of light brown sediment that I wasn't expecting - should have poured a little more gently.

Smell is slightly smoky. In fact, smoke is the one thing that jumps out at me, though it comes on the back end of some deep roasted chocolatey malts. Woody and high in the nose, without much of the deep rich robustness I might expect.

Taste comes through with, again, that hit of smoke. But here there's more going on. Some nice dark chocolate, a hint of dark fruit, and another chunk of wood to chew on. Bitterness is quite low. A lot of different flavors swimming around, lending some nice subtle variation to it.

Mouthfeel is solid. Fairly heavy body, about right in the middle of the pack for an impy stout. Good medium-low carbonation, and a lingering slick on the tongue.

An interesting, rather smoky imperial stout. Different, but pretty tasty. I like the variety in the flavor.

02-11-2012 04:31:27 | More by zeledonia
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thomismydad

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

02-09-2012 17:03:03 | More by thomismydad
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mpdrago

Illinois

5/5  rDev +31.9%

02-06-2012 05:04:52 | More by mpdrago
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ryancorn

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

02-04-2012 13:50:07 | More by ryancorn
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jt6174

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-03-2012 02:23:59 | More by jt6174
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therobot

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-01-2012 21:06:05 | More by therobot
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-31-2012 04:28:09 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Greywulfken

New York

3/5  rDev -20.8%

A: nearly opaque, but some dark brown translucence around the edges; dark tan head

S: mild roasted malt

T: more toward the bitter/dry end of the imperial stout spectrum; burnt notes, faint cocoa/chocolate notes

M: lighter than other imperial stouts, more carbonation, very slight astringency

O: as always, if you like stouts/imperial stouts it is worth a try. For me, the gold standard in stouts is Old Rasputin. This beer is not as smooth or mellow, and it is not as sweet either. A decent beer, but not something that I would purchase again unless I craved a stout and had no other choices available.

01-31-2012 01:52:24 | More by Greywulfken
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine goblet.
Inky black in color with a decent head of tan foam.
Aroma-Faint chocolate and dark toasted malt
Taste-Dark roasted coffee and cream,faint dark fruit, dark chocolate. Subtle hop note in the slightly warming finish. Friendly and pleasant, a nice imperial stout to cut your teeth on, or just a mellow-drinking sipper for a cold night.

01-31-2012 00:14:43 | More by hosehead83
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geoffsm12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-30-2012 11:55:38 | More by geoffsm12
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.