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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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very good

749 Ratings
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Ratings: 749
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Troville1990, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

superdoopersauce, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Mikegonzo, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

paulish, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

RussBeercier, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Poured quite darkly from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The stout has a nice opacity to it and a brown head was briefly present. What remains of the head does leave a nice lacing on the glass.

S: I'm left a tiny bit wanting here, though it is nice that the high (9.1% ABV) doesn't overpower. There are roasted malt and coffee overtones, but I get nothing underneath. Not much subtlety to this brew.

T: Pretty damn decent, overall. The taste matches the smell (malt and coffee) and the alcohol lingers pleasantly on the tongue. I want to taste the alcohol in a Russian Imperial Stout, and this fits the bill.

M: Again, largely pleasant. This is not a heavy stout by my standards, but it has a nice dryness on the finish.

O: Two Brothers Brewing has done very well with North-Wind. The Imperial Stout is probably my favorite kind of beer, and this ranks right up there with the best, though the flavors aren't quite as BOOM as I would like.

foglemgs, Jan 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

MikeCactusGordon, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

magnusdave, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BoJengs, Jan 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

DannyMac614, Jan 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

mportnoy, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

target88, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

aszatk01, Jan 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

psmith161, Jan 23, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Jimmys, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

batfireman, Jan 22, 2014
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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Slatetank, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jgunther71, Jan 21, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

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, Jan 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

bauermj, Jan 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.