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Northwind Imperial Stout - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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746 Ratings
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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of LarryMyers


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

10-19-2013 01:40:16 | More by LarryMyers
Photo of brbrocc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

12-26-2012 22:01:49 | More by brbrocc
Photo of beachbum1975


2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Batch 3178

Poured into my over-sized Duvel tulip a dark, opaque rootbeer color with a medium to dark tan head. Minimal, spotty lacing...

This nose is light on this one. Hints of sweet malts, vanilla and an unusual banana-like essence. Not too impressed by the nose...

Ok, the strange banana smell that had me worried faded as I drank. This is a medium to full bodied beer with medium to full flavor. Medium to high carbonation on the mouthfeel, as well. Flavors include heavily roasted coffee, a touch of dark chocolate and sweet malts all bundled up in a sweet, vanilla bean package. Mouthfeel is wet (almost watery) in the beginning, then the hops kick in just a bit go lend to a semi-dry finish. Aftertaste carries the same slightly bitter hops...

Overall, this is a decent example of a Russian Imperial Stout, but not big enough for me. It's reminiscent of an English version RIS and I prefer the extreme American RIS'es...

01-31-2009 02:25:41 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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

03-01-2012 02:09:11 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of zenwatts


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-30-2012 16:15:18 | More by zenwatts
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

12-03-2010 06:01:06 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of larryarms847


4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-07-2014 02:54:06 | More by larryarms847
Photo of kegger22


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout is a very dark brown color and has a one finger light brown head that reduces to a self sustaining collar.

The aroma is just what you would expect in RIP, roasted coffee and rich chocolate.

The taste follows in lock-step with the aroma. Coffee and chocolate, but there is an interesting, light sour taste in the background for variety.

The mouth feel is full bodied with pretty good carbonation that works well for this stout.

Too thick, rich, heavy and alcoholic to rate very highly in drinkability, but not bad.

I found Northwind to be a very good Russian Imperial. The flavor was strong and tasty, with chocolate being most prominent. The price was also right at $1.99 for a 12 oz single, a bargain for this style. Another good job by Two Brothers Brewing.

01-02-2010 02:06:49 | More by kegger22
Photo of target88


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-26-2014 02:59:50 | More by target88
Photo of jcalabre


2.68/5  rDev -29.3%

I originally sampled this beer on 19 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes:
Appearance: It has the usual Imperial Stout characteristics: black with a tan head,
Aroma: It's chocolately on the nose,
Mouthfeel: Unfortunately it has a very light mouthfeel & is a bit thin by this style's standards. Somewhat roasty, but not what I'd expect fm an imperial

09-03-2003 01:51:04 | More by jcalabre
Photo of assman79


3/5  rDev -20.8%

12-25-2012 04:37:37 | More by assman79
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Dark black that pours a cascading guiness like head although much darker. Pretty good lace and good head retention as well

S: Slight roastedness followed by sweet chocolate. The too flavors much each other out a little bit

T: Very nicely balanced between the sweet chocolate and a milded roasted flavor. Normally I like my stouts dry and roasty but the sweetness in this one was quite enjoyable

M: A slight hint of acidity but no heat and mostly creamy

D: A very easy drinking stout

03-16-2010 00:46:38 | More by mikey711
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

12-29-2013 22:39:56 | More by JLapadura
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

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”.

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


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

05-21-2010 18:30:47 | More by mgbickel
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

11-28-2013 03:00:20 | More by linnymtu
Photo of themind

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

04-16-2013 01:47:56 | More by themind
Photo of ruckus232


3.98/5  rDev +5%

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.

05-07-2011 02:21:25 | More by ruckus232
Photo of gmendez1122


4/5  rDev +5.5%

04-10-2014 19:34:43 | More by gmendez1122
Photo of ToadiesForCody


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-15-2014 16:28:43 | More by ToadiesForCody
Photo of MCain04


4.04/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

02-03-2013 06:05:14 | More by MCain04
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-04-2014 00:41:39 | More by superdoopersauce
Photo of Fcolle2


4.23/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours slick black and solid in color with a one finger tan head that has good retention.

Smell is good. rich roasted coffee and cocoa forward. The midsection has a great rich toffee like malt aroma before a moderate alcohol presence finishs.

Taste is great. Rich chocolate flavors forward before a sweet warm toffee flavor dominates the middle of the beer. Finishes with a mild roasted bitterness that is very well balanced. Fair amounts of alcohol also detectable.

Mouthfeel is great. Nice thick body and moderate amount of carbonation keep this a highly drinkable velvety smooth brew

11-15-2013 03:14:53 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of JxExM

New York

4/5  rDev +5.5%

05-11-2012 04:44:37 | More by JxExM


4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.)

10-04-2010 12:35:38 | More by GDBEERMAN
Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 746 ratings.