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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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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ya never know what to expect from the “Two Brothers”; a murky black, with a thin yet dissolving tan head. Anise, black licorise and coffee beans on the nose. Somewhat thin, yet creamy up front; a massive espresso twang to it. Sweet tasting; dark chocolate noticeable; some caramel and warming coffee notes. Expecting more of a belly warming effect for the style; yet, this doe not disappoint; sticky molasses left on the palate. This should be rated top in the “Not to the style listed on the label, but still pretty good” category; a decent “stout”.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 03:32:47 | More by GeoffRizzo
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. Formed a thick layer of khaki colored bubbles that quickly receded, leaving no lace behind. The body is dark, dense and pretty much black. You can force ruby slivers around the edges if backlit.

The nose is rather weak for a RIS...burnt chocolate, coffee, toasted malts, heavy cream, molasses...all very subtle.

Thank goodness the flavors do not follow the nose (in strength at least). Starts off with a black coffee bitterness that smoothly transitions into a sweet malt middle that turns roasty at the finish. No booziness make this really smooth drinking.

The mouth feel teeters on the heavy side of medium...creamy with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty solid stout. I had no problems putting a 12oz bottle away and found myself wanting more. Well worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 18:30:47 | More by mgbickel
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AmitC

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from Lot 3182.

Almost black, very dark brown while pouring. Pitch black inside the glass. About one finger thick tan-shining brown colored head, that does not stand well enough. Decent lacing on the sides.

Not one of the strongest aromas here. Some burnt up malts, some very minor hops, a well hidden alcohol. At least, does not give anything up. Some roasted malts, again very mild for an imperial stout. Chocolate and caramel, just a sprinkling.

Taste: Again alcohol is not felt. To me that is a bad thing for a RIS. To some it is good, but alcohol should come out and lead. Somewhat sweet due to malt presence. Very low to almost non-existent on bitter hops. As with stouts, roasted malts, caramel and some chocolate. But nothing worth remembering. Nothing that strikes out. Very mild taste. Dry finish.

Mouth feel: Full bodied, yet not very thick. Easy on palate, no astringency. A well drinking beer for over 9% RIS.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate: 4

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 22:39:22 | More by AmitC
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gmendez1122

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-10-2014 19:34:43 | More by gmendez1122
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MCain04

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 06:05:14 | More by MCain04
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a dark chocolate with a mocha head, pretty!

S: Chocolate and black patent malt in the nose, with some bittering hops in the back.

T: Lots of chocolate and creamy malts. A hint of lactose even? Really, just lots and lots of milk chocolate.

D: No joke, one of the top three most drinkable RIS. This brew is so well balanced I felt like I was drinking a Great Lakes beer.

Overall: Its been said before and its true: this is a one-note beer. Its just a huge load of chocolate. That being said, they really milk that one note for all its worth; this beer is never boring and is remarkably smooth and drinkable. A good and unpretentious RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 06:01:06 | More by JohnnyChicago
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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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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip: from notes
A: The tan head pours a thick 2 in. fluff. The Head holds very well with a nice layer throughout. The body is a deep pitch of black and in non transparent.
S: A bit subtle on the aroma, what is found is a sweet note, classic for the style.
T/M: The front is dry and creamy. The tastes pf sweet malts and nutty malts. A full, rich and creamy mouthfeel. The lingering taste is a bit short. Overall a good choice for the style.
D: This classic style is represented will with the Northwind. The ABV is hidden so well I could barely tell there was 9.1%(as per 2010 bottle stats.)

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 12:35:38 | More by GDBEERMAN
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JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-11-2012 04:44:37 | More by JxExM
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Everything about this beer cries mediocre. The head never really flourished and left only tiny hints of cling. The nose was roasty, in that day old coffee gound way.

And the taste? Mmm, unremarkably stout-y. Major hints of rubber and weirdly used hop tones.

Thin on mouthfeel and with a strangely annoying sting blend of hops and dry roastiness. I like some of Two Brother's beers ... but this just has average written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 22:49:27 | More by GreenWBush
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A very traditional look to a stout. Pitch dark, thin head, low carbonation.

Smell: There is light hop sweetness here. Malt, dark chocolate, and some very dark fruits play a role here.

Taste: Awesome here. A smooth hop presence hits at first. A creamy malt body carries this beer. Such a complex body really represents the the american stout well. I'm not really sold on this beer being a Russian Imperial Stout, but is an awesome American stout.

Mouthfeel: More of a clean smoothness here. Again not really the feel of a Russian Imperial Stout, but more of a traditional Stout.

Overall: I think Two Brothers is one of the better breweries in my home state of Illinois. Their beers tend to be very solid. This beer is one of my favorites and can go toe to toe with many other American Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 05:35:39 | More by KFBR392
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giblet

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good brew. poured nice and had a lot of appeal. a little lighter in taste than what i had expected, but still nice. it has the coffee smell and taste from the roasting. not as hoppy as i prefer.

this is another of the good micro - mini brews that is worth the effort to try. i would recomend trying this one.

not sure that it makes my top 25 overall. for a darker beer - imperial stout it does make my top 25 in that category.

once again not the best but certainly worth the experience!

drink more beer!

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Serving type: bottle

06-12-2007 14:39:18 | More by giblet
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Natural510

Ohio

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

12oz bottle w/batch number.

Pours a deep, dark brown with creamy, light-brown foam which leaves a solid ring of lace. Very inviting.
The nose is mostly chocolate but overall fairly unremarkable.
Flavor is a roasted, malty mix of dark chocolate, hazelnut and coffee bean. Hop kicks in Sweet, bitter and dry in the finish.
Body is not quite as thick as some of the style, but complements the flavor well and adds a bit to the overall drinkability.
With its thinner body and lack of harsh elements which would require blending with age, this is a good choice to purchase and drink right away.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 16:13:13 | More by Natural510
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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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themind

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Two brothers makes a decent stout. I enjoyed this brew and would not turn it down if offered. There are so many great stouts out there that I am always looking for the next big thing...unless it's KBS or BCBS. That said I would say any stout lover needs to give this a go.

Bottom Line: Decent stout worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:47:56 | More by themind
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2-year old bottle. We sampled this at the homebrew club meeting, so these are consensus impressions. Very smoky and tobacco-y, with a dry finish. Not quite to style (though with a beer intended to age, it's hard to keep the flavor from changing) but an enjoyable brew. Extra points for its unusual, but very pleasant smell.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 13:51:41 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemless red wine glass.

A-Opaque black beer, looks as cold and dark as the northwind for which this beer is named. A full, dark brown head formed off the pour and retained nicely.

S-This beer smells heavy. Roasted malts dominate with some chocolate. A slight alcohol aroma pokes its head in a bit.

T-Charred, roasted malts weigh heavily on my palate. Some chocolate character comes through, which lingers into the finish. Hop bitterness is reinforced by the black malts. Some slight esters in the realm of dark fruit. A slight boozy flavor appears near the finish.

M-Medium-heavy, feels just a bit thin for the style. Still, this beer feels substantial, slightly oily as it moves, with a slight grainy roughness. A low, creamy carbonation allos for the warming alcohol to reign in.

D-A lighter RIS, compared to some, but nonetheless quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 16:40:08 | More by CHSLBrew
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-24-2013 05:57:45 | More by ohiobeer29
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce bottle pured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very dark brown (almost black) with a large amount of brown head.

Smell: Sweet malt smell with roasted scents accompanied by what seems to be like raisins.

Taste: There is some roasted bitterness with a little bit of sweetness. There is somewhat of an alcohol taste that is present at first but leaves quickly.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 02:21:25 | More by ruckus232
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EROCK75

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-11-2012 15:04:04 | More by EROCK75
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hopswap1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

05-11-2013 14:54:04 | More by hopswap1
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-04-2014 00:41:39 | More by superdoopersauce
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linnymtu

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-28-2013 03:00:20 | More by linnymtu
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harrylee773

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep, dark liquid that produces little head and minimal lacing.

Plums, smoke, sour fruit, and alcohol make for a very unexpected nose. Not what I generally look for in the nose of a Russian Imperial, but it's not an unwelcome change from the average take on this style.

Begins startlingly on the sour side (not like a Flemish sour) for the genre but opens up with nice fruity qualities complimented by the dark bread flavors that follow. There are strange hints of cola/root beer and citrus on the finish (could they have used too many hops?). An unusual and not entirely enjoyable take on the RIS. The alcohol, however, is brilliantly masked (the bottle claims 8.5%, NOT the 7.5% listed by BA).

Some don't care for syrupy beers but I look for a thickness in an RIS that is lacking here. In addition, for mostly having non-existant head this is much more carbonated than I could have guessed. Liked certain aspects of this but I don't know if I'd have another.

OK, why are the scores so high? This beer improves in a massive way as it warms up. Rich, roasted malt tones become more pronounced as does the nuanced sweetness. Drink this just under room temp and I think you'll enjoy it a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 16:31:38 | More by malcontent
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.