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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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751 Ratings
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
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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Photo of MaximalC
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with a healthy khaki head of heterogeneous bubbles that slowly settles into a veil of frogspawn. The aroma smells of roasted dark chocolate and little else.

The flavor features warming alcohol and herbal hops up front atop a mild roasted malt and molasses base. I'm thinking some serious warming is in order to tease out the full glory here. Indeed, some dark fruit and chocolate begin to emerge with the aforementioned warming, though the bite of the hops is still quite present. The body is heavy and the mouthfeel is thick and luscious, like an imperial stout ought to be.

Overall, this is a no-frills imperial stout with solid flavor and a great consistency. One of my preferred brews from Two Brothers.

MaximalC, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

MN_Beerticker, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Porter, Mar 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

KFrank729, Mar 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

buzzy, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

beersdmf17, Mar 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DarthGuitarHero, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

larryarms847, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of JohnnyNicks
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

JohnnyNicks, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Knoxrb12, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of J2t645
4/5  rDev +5.3%

J2t645, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As deep black as it can be with a thick caramel head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Light and predominant aroma of dark and creamy chocolate.
Flavor of sweet mocha, pine, caramels, roasted, nutty and smoky malts, licorice, earthy and citrus hops, and a bit of dark fruits. Dry aftertaste with a log lasting roasty bitterness.
A super creamy feeling. Full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 9.1% abv is very well hidden.
Very good Imperial Stout, no defects, though not overly complex but still pleasant. Good bridge for the style.

FLima, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Berg-the-Boiler, Feb 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

DavidHume, Feb 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

kwa357, Feb 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

gkoz, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

mlklein27, Feb 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

KolbMarley, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Will_Turner, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours pitch black, rim of a light tan lacing for a head.

Smells of brown sugar and roasted coffee, maybe a hint of milk chocolate.

Flavor is of light cocoa with a roasted coffee and buttered toast undertone.

Full body with a viscous feel, light sting of carbonation throughout.

Tasty and drinkable stout, goes down really smooth and hides its strength well. Pretty enjoyable and looking forward to more.

Cylinsier, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

norinco, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

JTomczak, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of ravot
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First review, bear with me.

Thanks to my buddy who left me in charge of drinking his beer since he had to move to the west coast.

Serving type:
Northwind Imperial Stout poured into a Surly Darkness Tulip from a bomber.
Bottle vintage is 2006.

The pour is a very dark brown yet you can still see through it with minimal light. Little lace that quickly disappears except for a tiny ring around the perimeter. Carbonation was fine considering the vintage. Once poured, this thing looks like motor oil. Jet black.

At first pour, I smelled smoke, I was a bit disappointed this would be a smoky beer. Maybe it needed to breathe but the smokiness disappeared. Some coconut in the air, a little bit of chocolate fudge, hints of vanilla.

You can definitely taste the hops in this imperial stout. Considering it's over 7 years old. Bitterness isn't quite there of course but boy I was surprised. I can still taste the coconut and more of the chocolate. Vanilla flavors are non existent. A little bit of that burnt/smokiness but not heavy at all. I'm 'sensitive' to the burnt/smokiness and i'm not a fan of it overall but this is dandy.

This is a thin beer. Probably as designed and not a bad thing. I mentioned carbonation early and it's definitely there. In typing this quick review, I burped out a few times already. Carbonation/fizzyness tickles the tongue. A little dryness after a drink and can taste the hops' slight bitterness.

I must say, this is a fun beer. Definitely one you can age. As a disclaimer, I never had Northwind fresh but this overall feels like a fresh beer I just opened. I'm curious on buying one fresh to compare. This beer had no signs of oxidation and could probably hang out in the cellar a few more years. I have one more bottle of 06 vintage so I might just do that.
edit: currently the ABV for this is 9.10% but the bottle label is 8.5%

ravot, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of BradC
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft, pours a jet black with a finger of head that thins but lasts.

Not much aroma here at all, maybe a little bit of roasted grain but not much else.

Tastes of roasted grain, chocolate and toffee followed by a hop bitterness that lingers

Moderately carbonated, not as chewy as I usually like my RIS,but only 9%abv.

Overall, not as flavorful as I usually like these beers but easy drinking and not too strong.

BradC, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Feb 09, 2014
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.