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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Northwind Imperial StoutNorthwind Imperial Stout

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748 Ratings
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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002)
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Photo of etjoyce
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

etjoyce, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of BFro
3.23/5  rDev -15%

Nothing over the top about this effort from Two Bros. Not sure if it's the norm with other batches of North wind, but the bottle I poured had tons of sediment. Looked like orange rind pieces. Whatever it was made the end of the glass start to taste like a bitter orange peel. Otherwise it was a par effort on this imperial stout. Not the best I've had, but not the worse either. Probably wouldn't buy again, but if someone offered me one, I'd drink it.

Characteristics: smoky, matly, slight dark chocolate, bitter orange rind. Drinks smooth though. Not overly harsh/bitter as some stouts in this genre can be.

BFro, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of scottwestphall
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

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. 

scottwestphall, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
3/5  rDev -21.1%

harrylee773, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

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

BigPlay1824, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of stoutlover1978
4/5  rDev +5.3%

stoutlover1978, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mreyes69, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

JohnnyMc, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

dbrauneis, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Beezee, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

tdmccarthy, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Antnyd82
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Antnyd82, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of kennethkearns
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kennethkearns, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of TikiD
4/5  rDev +5.3%

TikiD, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

zeledonia, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

thomismydad, Feb 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

mpdrago, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of ryancorn
3/5  rDev -21.1%

ryancorn, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jt6174, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of therobot
4/5  rDev +5.3%

therobot, Feb 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TastyIsBeer, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Greywulfken, Jan 31, 2012
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.