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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Northwind Imperial StoutNorthwind Imperial Stout

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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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HungarianCount

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%

08-07-2012 01:28:39 | More by HungarianCount
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JMBSH

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.8%

07-29-2012 15:17:04 | More by JMBSH
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-19-2012 23:53:44 | More by jpd7374
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger dark tan head with little retention and lacing on a dark brown with light passing through body. some clumps are noted floating around.

S: roasted malt, dark chocolate and brown sugar but overall light aroma.

T: lots of confectioners chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar. The roasted malts are mild and mostly contribute a slightly bitter finish with coffee notes as well.

M: medium body, creamy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Not too bad. Flavor is mildly complex, the aroma is good but a little weak. Overall very drinkable however with well hidden alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:06:59 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of medium tan foam on top of an opaque, black body with some sediment floating in it. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Very roasty with a strong coffee aroma as well as some peaty smoke.

T - Dark, roasted malt up front with notes of burnt caramel, chocolate, and espresso. More coffee and baker's chocolate in the middle and smoky notes in the finish that provide lots of roasted grain bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This stout is robust and roasted to the point that it really tastes like a coffee stout. It quite a contrast compared to many other imperial stouts that finish much sweeter than this one. This relative dryness allows it to be fairly drinkable even though it does nothing to lighten the overall experience or hide the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:04:45 | More by nickfl
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Brenden

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2B tap takeover at Swig 7/11/12. The wife's beer; #2.5?

This beer is big and black with a brown head about one finger tall that shows good retention. Lacing is a bit understated on the glass. It's not a big, thick, heavy stout, by any means, and one can see the direction they wanted to take with this beer by looking at it. It's more even and balanced than a big, destructive monster.
Northwind has a strong malts foundation with roasty notes. The chocolate is more bittersweet baking chocolate than sweet, but a sweetness certainly does come through, vanilla and dark fruits, making it sweeter than is typical without being cloying. I can see some in the beer community with the new trend of face-melting beers not liking that this beer is lighter than some, but the focus really is on the overall flavor, balance and attenuation. It succeeds. There's a complexity to this beer with the malts, the sweetness, cocoa, coffee grounds, and even caramel/toffee. There's a nice earthiness as well and just enough light hops to keep it malt-forward but balanced.
The body isn't as big as one might expect and, I'll admit, perhaps not as big as it should be. It does have a richness to it, though, a nice flow, smoothness, and a nip of crispness to keep it moving.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 14:39:23 | More by Brenden
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brealbg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-12-2012 13:13:40 | More by brealbg
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lern

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

07-12-2012 01:50:56 | More by lern
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glowsun

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

07-11-2012 23:20:55 | More by glowsun
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vfgccp

New York

3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Beautiful bowling ball black with a creamy tan head builds out of no where and hangs around with fantastic retention and ok lace.

S - Nice crisp roast with deep cocoa and coffee highlights. Slight sour/musty edges.

T - Relatively light. Hammy smoke, char, and dark roast coffee.

M - Thin body for the style. Hides the 9% well though.

O - I'm ambivalent about the smoke, but overall it's the light body that really hurts the profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:27:51 | More by vfgccp
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-26-2012 01:13:32 | More by kwjd
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cestlavie

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-25-2012 01:48:26 | More by cestlavie
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

06-20-2012 04:52:58 | More by mrebeka
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juliusseizure

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-18-2012 00:57:19 | More by juliusseizure
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ccozzi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

06-10-2012 23:07:50 | More by ccozzi
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dlello2

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy black. Lots of brown head with big bubbles.

S - Chocolate is first. Definitely roasty. Surprised to not really get any hops here. Some wood and smoke.

T - Follows the nose quite closely. Less chocolate and more burnt toast. Roasty qualities fail to wow. Actually find it lacking in flavor which is interesting considering the 9% abv. Not the best.

M - Thinner body than I'd have liked. Lacking in carbonation and slick.

O - Not impressed by this one. Following it with a hop juice black... hopefully that will treat me right!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 00:29:08 | More by dlello2
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-02-2012 20:00:12 | More by stortore
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wakajawaka76

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-30-2012 14:47:04 | More by wakajawaka76
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-27-2012 03:12:57 | More by hoppymcgee
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rudy0908

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-25-2012 21:41:12 | More by rudy0908
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Farky87

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-25-2012 00:49:37 | More by Farky87
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Havion383

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-24-2012 15:25:24 | More by Havion383
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-22-2012 14:41:55 | More by RichH55
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Skye1024

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-12-2012 19:38:58 | More by Skye1024
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jnikkel

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-12-2012 14:37:47 | More by jnikkel
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.