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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

733 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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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illini4x4


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-02-2012 03:15:54 | More by illini4x4
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dhannes

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A=Very dark brown...poured a large (3 finger) golden head that lasted over a minute.

S=Almost non-existant. Faint smell of semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder.

T=Coffee with tangy aftertaste; hints of irish whiskey flavoring, as well as slight chocolate flavors; slightly sweet as well.

M=Very drinkable...perhaps a bit less body for the style; almost no carbonation left; cannot taste the alcohol.

O=My bottle had been in the cellar for 3+ months, and probably was on the shelf for a month or two before that. Very nice beer that is good by itself or may go well with red meat or barbecued chicken, perhaps. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:30:41 | More by dhannes
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KalH

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-26-2012 23:22:56 | More by KalH
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-24-2012 22:53:37 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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antoines15

California

2.5/5  rDev -34%

04-19-2012 00:51:38 | More by antoines15
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johunnic

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

04-16-2012 23:56:31 | More by johunnic
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vbiliyar

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-13-2012 02:30:39 | More by vbiliyar
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

04-04-2012 03:45:04 | More by rinhaak
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TobinMitnick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03-26-2012 22:57:14 | More by TobinMitnick
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 36, 22oz bottle from at least a few years ago.

Pours blackish with brown edging and barely a trace of tan head. A flat surface with zero lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with roast, char, chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Hints of Oreo shells and brownies.

On the fuller side of medium bodied with a slickish, slightly flat mouthfeel. Thin for the style.

Brownie bits, Hershey syrup, and roasted malts start the palate. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee grounds follow through.

Finishes quickly with fading chocolate and roast.

This is like a RIS-mini, or even closer to a Porter. The classic RIS profile is subdued in every way and the beer is thin and flatish with no warmth on the throat.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:33:14 | More by brewandbbq
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etjoyce

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-12-2012 01:49:37 | More by etjoyce
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BFro

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing over the top about this effort from Two Bros. Not sure if it's the norm with other batches of North wind, but the bottle I poured had tons of sediment. Looked like orange rind pieces. Whatever it was made the end of the glass start to taste like a bitter orange peel. Otherwise it was a par effort on this imperial stout. Not the best I've had, but not the worse either. Probably wouldn't buy again, but if someone offered me one, I'd drink it.

Characteristics: smoky, matly, slight dark chocolate, bitter orange rind. Drinks smooth though. Not overly harsh/bitter as some stouts in this genre can be.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:34:39 | More by BFro
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scottwestphall

Illinois

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

Dark black stout with 0 transparency. Poured with little head and left no lacing.   Sort of disappointing. The aroma was really nice with a whiff of black licorice. The flavor was good as expected by this genre of beer. Bits of coffee, carmel, and roasted malts as a stout like this should have. The body was thick and kinda heavy. At 9.1% alcohol it's not something you can just throw back while watching the Superbowl.  Overall it's pretty good and I would drink it again, though for my money I'd opt for Ole Rasputin which is still the standard.   Decent effort, but not the top dog. 

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:28:40 | More by scottwestphall
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harrylee773

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

03-01-2012 04:41:25 | More by harrylee773
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BigPlay1824

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a very deep brown that is impenetrable and has a ton of suspended sediment, pours with a finger of frothy mocha brown colored head that lingers nicely and has large bubbles, leaves spotty lacing
S: very nice mocha scent, very reminiscent of a strong coffee, very deep and enjoyable
T: begins with a nice coffee note which just intensifies and deepens throughout the sip, really deep and tastey, not entirely complex but yummy nonetheless
M: medium carbonation tingle, very thick on the palate and has a wonderful velvety texture which sticks to the palate
O: a delicious brew, lacking a bit in complexity but incredibly deep, really delicious

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:09:11 | More by BigPlay1824
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stoutlover1978

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-27-2012 16:01:09 | More by stoutlover1978
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-25-2012 19:15:13 | More by steamboatbrewer
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Mreyes69

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-21-2012 06:56:11 | More by Mreyes69
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-21-2012 05:05:39 | More by imperialking
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first beer from this brewery. It pours a very nice pitch black with a slight head.

The aroma is very subtle and has hints of chocolate, malt and smokiness. Taste wise is pretty much the same, there is a lot of malt and chocolate to taste and it's surprisingly mild for an Imperial Stout.

Despite the high ABV (9), there is no hint of alcohol in the taste or smell.

This is a decent beer, but not one of my favorites and certainly nowhere near the best Imperial Stout I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 02:23:25 | More by JohnnyMc
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours midnight black with a two finger tall foamy tan head. Lots of visible sediment that is also tan in color. Head reduces slightly but very good head retention overall. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Not as intense a smell present as I would have liked for this style. Hints of chocolate, oak, roasted dark malts, coffee, and vanilla.

T: Primarily dark bittersweet chocolate with hints of dark druit (plum + fig), oak, and some coffee bitterness. Not overly bitter and there is an underlying sweetness from the dark roasted malts.

M: Medium bodied with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden in this beer - both in the taste and the smell. Very enjoyable and a very well balanced beer. Some complexity in the flavors. Good beer for a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:41:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Beezee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2012 05:17:38 | More by Beezee
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2012 05:04:43 | More by tdmccarthy
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Antnyd82

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-18-2012 05:11:28 | More by Antnyd82
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kennethkearns

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-16-2012 13:11:19 | More by kennethkearns
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.