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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

735 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | 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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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip. lot 3293.

A: pours a very dark brown. head is slightly off white and tightly bubbled. good retention and a decent lace.

S: chocolate and roast. coffee is there but minimal. mostly chocolate. soft and full of sugar.

T: even more chocolate and roast. bittersweet finish. lactose flavor in there too. the flavors of a stout are there, but the body is not, which is mostly pointed out to me by the lack of complexity in these described flavors.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: good flavor on a light body for a RIS. if you are looking for a well made balanced stout, this is a great example. but really nothing to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 03:14:17 | More by Jimmys
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batfireman

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-22-2014 16:07:27 | More by batfireman
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at brass rail deli, enjoyed chilled from a tulip out of a longneck 12 oz brown.

The color is dark almost black with 2 + fingers of medium beige with fluffy almost rocky looking head. The bead is fine and lace sticks well. The smell is very nice, lots of cocoa type aroma with moderately sweet malt and slight vanilla-like floral aspect with low alcohol odors and mild woody hop ester. The feel is decent with moderately full body with medium bitterness and slight alcohol warmth with a gentle toasted texture and medium sweet feel with slight spice in the relatively dry finish.

The taste is has a dark and milk chocolate flavor with light caramel and mild woody hops with toasted grain and subtle creamy yeast which adds to the sweet malt body w/ a mild molasses type richness. Overall this may not be the most complex stout but still not really flawed and pretty darn drinkable because you barely taste any alcohol + the malt is sweet without being cloying. I could drink a couple of these easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 23:51:28 | More by Slatetank
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-21-2014 14:04:30 | More by jgunther71
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BeerandWhiskeyHQ

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very Dark brown, almost black no light coming through it, mocha colored head and slight lacing

S: smells of cocoa, coffee beans, sugary sweet and dark roasted malt

T: thin- bodied for a stout, the dark roasted malt really comes through powerfully, strong flavored for sure. A slight citrus is hiding somewhere around in there and the finish is bitter, yet the roasted flavor stays along with it on the palate which makes for an interesting drink.

O: I like this beer, I don’t drink imperial stouts all of the time so this one is a nice change. It doesn’t sit too heavy either which I appreciate and the bitterness is nice too, if I had a suggestion though, it would be that the bitterness be dialed back a little bit so it doesn’t distract from the dark roast of the malt that is so dominating at the beginning, I think it could be better balanced and even though I didnt mind it being a little "thinner" it really ought to be a heavier beer but at the same time I like it and always recommend two brothers beers.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 18:00:08 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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bauermj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-18-2014 04:30:43 | More by bauermj
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

01-17-2014 23:03:39 | More by mattmarka1
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-10-2014 01:26:52 | More by enelson
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-09-2014 02:02:21 | More by smartassboiler
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admonster00

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-08-2014 02:31:44 | More by admonster00
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krome

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-07-2014 22:28:48 | More by krome
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Salud24

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-03-2014 03:13:28 | More by Salud24
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lucasj82

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-02-2014 05:00:30 | More by lucasj82
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-01-2014 16:34:17 | More by jjd315
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Sarunas7

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-31-2013 03:30:43 | More by Sarunas7
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rmp5262

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recently I have been drinking Speedway stout, Ten-Fidy, and Bell's Expedition Stouts so I have acquired a taste for the more thick stouts.

Appearance: Black, more translucent than other russian imperial stouts. Aggressively poured with a brown head of one finger that dissipated quickly. Carbonation bubbles could be seen on the glass.

Smell: Dull smell that closely resembles a dark ale or porter.

Taste: Tastes like a porter, smooth with hints of chocolate and malt. Hides the alcohol well

Mouthfeel: Very thin, almost watery. Too much carbonation for a stout

Overall: Okay beer, I wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: Poured from bottle into a stout glass

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 23:49:45 | More by rmp5262
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JLapadura

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-29-2013 22:39:56 | More by JLapadura
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Danegerous123

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

12-28-2013 09:56:05 | More by Danegerous123
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Qbdoo

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - black as night.
Smell - not very distinct.
Taste - hints of chocolate, dark fruit, with a slightly smoky tinge.
Mouthfeel - somewhat light but very smooth. Although doesn't pour in a highly carbonated way, there slightly bubbly feel to it.
Overall - not superb but a really good introduction to the style. I had this after going through a succession of Russian Imperial Stouts that I wanted to love but felt were too boozy. They should probably be cellared. This you can drink and enjoy now.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:43:14 | More by Qbdoo
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-27-2013 17:58:50 | More by Kaveman
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IPAdams

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-26-2013 02:33:18 | More by IPAdams
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vfalstad

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-22-2013 15:39:13 | More by vfalstad
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-22-2013 13:06:01 | More by oldvines
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark, perfectly black beer. The head is a deep tan color, leaving a lot of lace, but not very thick. The smell is layered and intense....smoke and alcohol...roasted grain, charcoal, wood, booze, and malt. The taste is not as complex as the smell, but is sweet, warming, and has an abrupt bitteness that comes in the mid-taste. Full and satisfying mouthfeel. Good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:59:54 | More by Suds
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shredder83

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-21-2013 13:34:45 | More by shredder83
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.