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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

811 Ratings
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Ratings: 811
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a very dark black color with a tan foamy head on top. The retention and head are really quite good. The smell of the beer is roasted with some notes of chocolate, subtle sweetness too. The taste is rich with roasted malt and chocolate, decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, a smooth rich thickness. Overall this beer is pretty good. Not as rich or extreme as some Russian Imperials but still pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SerialHiker
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown to black…a pinky finger of dark mocha head formed and remained…looks a bit watery, the head swirls around faster than normal and thins a little quicker than I woulda liked…(3.5/5)

Smell: Roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee, lactose…a very nice aroma, fairly straight forward…with deeper inspection, I get a hint of citrus…not overly pungent or diverse, but nice…(4/5)

Taste: Deep roasted malts, chocolate, oatmeal, very much like the nose…I don’t get as strong of a milk flavor as the nose had, but it does have a creaminess to it…roasted coffee and coffee bitterness stand out and really become the dominant flavors as the beer warms…there’s some sweet candy toffee taste that is very mild, but apparent…I do get a light citrus freshness with each sip after I swallow that rounds everything off…this is a somewhat robust imperial stout and is definitely the best quality of this brew…(4.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, light to medium carbonation…it does fluff up a bit, bringing some chocolate milkshake to the palate, but it’s super thin and wears out quickly…it’s a little watery for what I would expect and that is this brew’s flaw…roasted malt, oatmeal and coffee bitterness in the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: This is maybe my favorite Two Brothers beer, I seek it out when I come to Chicago during the winter months and take some home with me to share…the flavor is robust and very tasty, but unfortunately it’s a bit watery and that rushes the mouthfeel away…I do find that after 15 minutes out of the fridge, the coffee aroma and flavor awake, taking the flavor to another level…in the future, I’ll set the bottle aside a few minutes before opening…while all it’s components may not be “world class”, the flavor is outstanding, making this one of my favorite stouts...overall, I couldn’t recommend this brew more, if you see it at the store (or me with one), give it a try…(4.5/5)

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of schoolboy
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I went to a stout tasting event yesterday and this was not one of the featured beverages, but I bought one of these to try yesterday, and I like it a lot.

It opens beautifully to a foamy dark dark brown. The head keeps going and lace continues too. The aroma is first rate. It's a mild combination of hops and roasty aroma. Nice.

The taste is well balanced and extremely drinkable. You could have several of these and not notice the booze taste or aroma, but it is there. It has a bitter and sweet aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very satisfying Russian Imperial Stout. It may be a little lighter on flavors than some, but it is more drinkable than most.

On a later re-tasting I did not like this nearly as much and it had a slightly sour taste.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of McNealc31
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like it should. Black with a dark brown head. In love with the aroma, charred wood, vanilla, and dark fruits. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. The flavor isn't bludgeoning, but what is there is tasty and well balanced. Deep roasted malt, burnt marshmallows, and eventually toffee.

Not the biggest Imperial Stout out there, but quite tasty. Quaffable, to say the least.

Photo of litheum94
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of vodkammunion90
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of MCain04
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown tow black with a 1 finger kahki head. Some retention, some lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, roasted malts. Burnt marshmallows and campfires.

Taste: I get the roasty malts but disappointed a bit by the lack of other flavors. I had this last year and thought there was a more robust taste, let down by this year's vintage.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, a bit thin, bitter and a little dry on the finish.

Overall: Last year this was one of my go-to imperial stouts. This year... not as much. Still, for $10/6-pack for a 9.5%ABV brew, I'm impressed with the value. There's better taste for taste stouts out there, but for the price, this is a really solid offering.

Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, tan head that is woven with hop resin and has fantastic retention and leaves lacing all over. Toasted malt makes for a coffee-like aroma with just a touch of floral hops. Black. A thick, viscous liquid is almost syrupy and starts bright with floral hops and roasted malt (which combines for a very coffee-like flavor), with warming booziness. The hop bitterness grows while keeping up with the whelming toasted malt, until there is just a crushing, deep roasted malt flavor. This subsides and merges with a slight hop floral flavor in the finish.

This is a really, really nice Imperial stout.

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 811 ratings.