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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial PorterTwisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2002

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 89
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a pure black to rival the darkness of the devil's soul. The head is thin and short lived with a nice dark tan color that leaves a good lacing down the glass.

The nose is is fine blending of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, bread and delicious hop overtones.

The taste is extremely complex and rich with strong notes of alcohol that ride on a sweet malted bed of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and well blended hops.

The moutfeel is an appropriate richness for this beer as well and works perfectly for this particular style.

Overall this is an exceptional Imperial Porter and I am really enjoying it. I will enjoy having it again another day.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color with a tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malt, milk chocolate and coffee. The taste is full of flavor, with all of the components that are in the aroma as well as a little bit of sweetness from the malt. Coffee is probably the predominant flavor, but there is chocolate in there as well. Very enjoyable. The alcohol is very well hidden, making this very drinkable. The beer has a medium mouthfeel, not too thick and not too thin.

This beer just became available in Dallas and will be one of my go to baltic porters.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black in color. Smell is very roasted malts and nice deep, dark chocolate. Taste is more of the chocolate, roasted malt and some molasses. This is a very good porter. Medium to full on the mouthfeel. This has many characteristics of a stout. This is well done and very flavorful. Good porter.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another of the many fine brews I scored in the secret santa from Mentor. Thanks man! I am sampling in a snifter at cellar temp. The beer pour a pitch black with no light escaping through the other side. A large spongy and creamy tan head foams up 3-4 cm easily and fades slowly to a robust surface layer. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Some citrusy, (lemon) hops and also faint roasted malt.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and very fine yet tingly carbonation that gently rolls over my palate.
Flavor is choc sweet up front with caramel and toffee mixing with a roasted malt hit nicely. The flavor is all malt and finishes chocolate/coffee bittersweet, like a mocha. Very smooth and easy to drink. Wish I could get more of this very nice brew!

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a new belgium chalice black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. The smell is strong of both a carmel brandy and a little alcohol is evident. The taste is mellow for the strong scents, but it is very smooth. The alcohol that was apparent in the scent is not in the mouthfeel, which is very nice.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep black with a dark khaki head that reduces to a small ring and leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: The nose is full of chocolate, dark fruit, and roasted malt aromas.

T: Taste is awesome with milk chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, and loads of roasty malt. Great stuff and I can't wait to take another sip.

M: A bit thin at first but it coats the mouth with an oil consistency and lets the finish last for a while. If this was thicker I could have bumped up the score but this is the only bad part of this beer.

D: I could drink this all night and plan to buy this again. Not having the ABV is a bit annoying but I'm sure it's around 8%-10% being an Imperial Porter which would limit this to a bomber or 2 in a night.

If you love creamy, chocolatey, roasty porters this one is for you. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour as black as night.

Received a 4.0 on appearance due to an almost non-existent head. Poured aggressively and still nothing...

Taste was exceptional. Roasted chocolate malts... very sweet, creamy and chewy. Had a milky smooth feel in the mouth. The alcohol was very well hidden. Hops, bitterness, and sourness were all present, but hardly noticeable and were all overpowered by the intensely sweet malts.

This was an excellent beer. Warmed me up while watching the snow fall outside.

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Photo of BgThang
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beerwas recently distro'd in texas. Figured I would give it a try. This is a great porter. really full bodied and nice chocolate, coffee, roasted flavors come through.
I liek this one alot. Its almost an imperial stout. really nicely done.

I am looking forward to buying this beer more often.
The aroma is a little bit of dark fruits, coffee, and that of a nice imperial porter

I have another go to porter now

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Photo of csmiley
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very dark brown that borders black. An aggressive pour ends with little foam. The tan head is minimal at best. It only amounts to a thin cap on the brew and doesn't stick around for very long. Lacing is scarce. Appearance could probably be improved a little. Note: the second glass from the bomber looks a little better than the first - more head but retention and lacing are still minimal.

S - Subtle and nice. Chocolate notes come through first. A little smokey in the middle mixed with a dash of coffee bean. It finishes off with a sweeter aroma that is hard to pin point. Getting hints of brown sugar and maple syrup. Hey, sounds odd but it works out pretty well.

T - Now this is a porter that is put together very well. Flavor starts out with bittersweet chocolate and espresso. The coffee fades pretty quick and get replaced with some smokey additions. Chocolate turns to more of a dry cocoa flavor. Alcohol is barely noticeable on the tail end. Just like the aroma, it ends with a light sweet note that is hard to pick out. The flavor is knocking pretty hard on the door of 4.5 but just misses that mark by a hair.

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied with a very light carbonation level. Finish starts out pretty dry and ends with a little bit of sweetness that really just compliments dry aspect of the brew. Very well done.

D - Drinkability is very good for this brew. Alcohol is hidden quite well. All the good characteristics of a Baltic Porter are present in most categories. Taste and mouthfeel are where this brew really excels. It comes in bombers but that is no problem at all for this beer. I would gladly have another Northstar if I had the chance. Granted, the look of the brew could use some tweaks but it really does well in all other areas. Glad I got the chance to try it out.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with russet highlights at the edges; a two-fingered beige head spots the side of the pint glass with dots of lace

Smell: The twin darks (chocolate and fruit), with some caramel and a hint of spice

Taste: Dark chocolate, up front, with a burgeoning date and prune flavor that is joined by a sweeter caramel aspect in the middle; after the swallow, the chocolate and fruit flavors return, though there is a bit of hoppy bitterness to balance the profile in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The best beer, by far, that I have sampled from this brewery and a fairly decent Baltic Porter in its own right

Thanks, Schmittymack, for the opportunity

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Photo of katan
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2010 version, 22oz into a pint.

A - Pours a deep dark amber, brown, to pretty much black. Lots of head formation, clearly mocha in color. Very bubbling, appearing to have a strong carbonation.

S - Chocolate, toffee, some yeast, bittersweet nose. Only gives off the hint of being roasted. Hopping is minimal.

T - Starts off with a strong hint of chocolate, some toffee. Perhaps some raisins sneak through. Mar-mite and yeast notes build through the mid-stream. Some light bitter grainy notes appear. Finishes with the strongest bitter notes, with some coffee and roast. Overall a malt forward beer.

M - Thick and creamy, very complimentary carbonation profile. Finishes somewhat sticky, sweet, thick. Light bitter remains on the center of the tongue.

D - Scary drinkable. Smooth and easy drinking. ABV is scary and sneaky.

A very solid baltic porter, I'm a fan. I made a homebrew that tasted similar (I think), but was flat as a board - this rectifies it.

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Photo of bmwats
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint

A: Very dark brown. About a quarter finger, bubbly, brown-white head. Settles quickly leaving just a smattering of carbonation on the surface. Seems to feature pretty substantial carbonation. Sparse lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, molasses, raisin, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Roasted malt and raisin are featured here. Something of a smoky tone and woody too.

M: Heavy, robust body. Thick, syrupy texture. The sweet pungent flavor sticks to the palette and lingers throughout. Something of a woody, dry finish. A pretty strong alcohol feel to it.

D: Sip and enjoy. Pungency and strong alcohol might lead to a couple of breaks through the experience.

Atmosphere is really solid. Appearance is deep, dark, and intimidating. Nose is a great combination of malt, fruit, and sweet components. A really well-balanced mixed bag. Flavor is sweet and pungent, malty and robust. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of Rayek
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep chocolate brown. Almost black. A dense and rocky tan head starts strong and has excellent retention. A heavy lace is left behind.

S: Strong aromas of espresso, baking chocolate and even a bit of dark fruit. A mild mineral quality is in the background.

T: Bittersweet, with a lean to the sweet side. Chocolate, molasses, espresso and dark berries make up the bulk of the flavor. An earthy bitterness has just enough oomph to keep the sweeter flavors in check. A mild alcohol warmth adds an extra dimension. Finishes with a lingering earthy molasses flavor.

M: The super heavy body is dense and syrupy. Carbonation is a bit too high.

D: A definite sipping beer. Not the best pick for a cool late summer evening, but an excellent beer overall. Perhaps a good candidate for a winter time revisit.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into a snifter

L: Reddish black with irish cream head, 2 fingers.

S: Deep, deep malts with a goodly amount of booze. Rich.

T: Lot of booze up front with a burnt sweetness to it. Fades into a bitter boozefest with a twang of iron.

F: Rich and super-thick.

D: Damn tasty, supremely drinkable on a cold night.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber passed around at a BA tasting event in Austin. Thanks to JDV for the share!

Pours a rich, robust black body with a well-retained custard head. Chocolate everywhere in the aroma; an almost tootsie-roll like sweetness complements the cocoa.

Flavor starts off with molasses and lots of chocolate, giving way to bitter roasted malts, earthen hops, and a hint of spicy nutmeg and booze. Mouthfeel is creamy and finishes smooth, with a well-carbonated body that adds to the drinkability. Not quite sure if this is really a "Baltic Porter" as its listed--not enough dark chocolate and fruits. It more likely belongs in the straightforward "American Porter" category, even with the upped ABV. Overall, this was a nice introduction to Twisted Pine for me. Their Imperial Porter is rich, delectable, and drinkable. Definitely a brewery to watch out for in the future.

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Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet-black body topped with a light tan head. Slightly tangy aroma mixed with roasted grains and mint-chocolate notes. Rich chocolate flavors; good bitterness throughout the taste; charred grains; nice alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, semi-sweet with a dry finish.

A deep, dark, robust dark beer with corresponding tastes and smells. Bitterness and alcohol notes slightly trump the malt sweetness, yet everything seems to fit well together based on the style. This beer reminds me like a lot of the really good northern European dark beers: bold and complex. Well worth taking a plunge into the depths...

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.4%

A: poured into a snifter to a nice shade of black with a small tan head that fades quickly to a small mat and collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of roasted malt and bittersweet dark chocolate with a little coffee
T: taste is light roastyness with some chocolate sweetness and coffee. swallow is bitter roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate and a hint of hop bitterness
M: this beer sits with moderate heft on the palate with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish
O: Not a bad beer at all, good flavors and decent complexity without any hints of alcohol.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany brown, nearly opaque, with a modest, dense tan head, which retains well, and scattered coarse lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malt, coffee, sweet alcohol, most earthy hop notes. The aroma seems a bit understated.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt, burnt caramel, dark chocolate. As the taste progresses, there are bitter cocoa notes, which carry to the end of the taste. There are subdued dark fruits later in the taste, and a late flourish of earthy hops. The alcohol is warming, again, late in the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example of the style, very drinkable.
Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cobeerbuff for this one. I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is jet black with a quickly fading tan head. The aroma has lots of toffe, chocolate, coffee and a hint of booze. The first sip is warming, lots of chocolate and coffee. The finish lingers with coffee notes. The body is medium, well carbonated, alcohol notes. A nice impy porter, enjoyable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

twisted pine has gotten a lot better lately. they dont have an amazing reputation among craft beer folks really, but their beer is really solid every time i have some, and this is super good porter, although im not sure if its listing here as a baltic porter is correct. doesnt matter, the beer is excellent. hersheys syrup brown with a good inch of lighter brown head at first, but it settles down to patchy bubbles pretty quickly. the nose is sweet and loaded with toffee and burning sugar qualities, rum raisin, bread pudding, and all sorts of other sticky sweet desserts and the coffee that goes best with them. surprisingly the flavor isnt anywhere near as sweet as the nose, but you still get all that awesome malt layering, with espresso being a strong overtone from the roasted barley in the finish. its thick beer, with a molasses taste to it and it totally coats the palate, but i dont find it overly sugary, and think it to be rather drinkable for its abv as well. drinks more like 7% or 8% abv, surprised to see it so strong. i have not seen bottles of this one ever, but was fortunate enough to have a pour yesterday at back country pizza up in nederland. twisted pine keeps impressing me this year, and while this one is more winter than spring beer, its delicious and decadent and appealing any time.

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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a color bordering on black but not quite there, but in the thickest parts it might as well be. About a finger's worth of light tan head slowly creeps together, before it casually swirls away to leave a milky cap behind. Rather than having any sticking power, the lacing instead lackadaisically tumbles back into the liquid in due time.

S - The nose is quite sweet, filled with dark malts in the form of chocolate and molasses and there's even a touch of roast and char in here as well in small doses. Rounding out everything is a trace of alcohol heat.

T - Right away from the flavor I am getting a lot of sweetness, almost like a blast of sugary chocolate at first, but it eventually does even out a bit and actually tip in the favor of bitterness. The flavor in general is a bit smoother than the nose would have me believe, as there isn't the extreme range along the spectrum. The roast and char are still there but toned down which helps the overall flavor. There's some dark fruits here that cut both the roast and chocolate and add that extra wrinkle.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonation. This is pretty smooth on the palate, but I would've liked to have a little more carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry.

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. The nose and flavor on this are both very nice and cover a broad range of both sweet and bitter, with even some fruit in here as well. Relatively easy to drink too, which has me yearning for more.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this from codysjb a few days back. Thanks heaps for flying this stuff over man. Much appreciated.

From a bomber into a snifter
Timberline Series

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour produces a one finger, medium looking, lightly fizzy dark tan or brown head with decent retention. Head fades to half with and ring. Black body and lower levels of carbonation evident. A ring remains and some dots fall after every sip.

SMELL: Bolder nose of dark malts, caramel malts, dark chocolate, as well as some light licorice and cream. Cocoa notes as well. Good stuff.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with some licorice notes and dark, pure, bitter chocolate at the swallow. Sweet dark malts, pure, bitter chocolate, light coffee and licorice flavors linger nicely. Lots of dark, bitter chocolate sit on the palate. Nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly stick. Medium weight. Creamy and heavy enough, though more weight is needed for top marks,

OVERALL: Really nice stuff for sure. Could be a little heavier on the palate, but the flavor is right on the money. With lots of malty goodness up front and a huge, persistent, bitter chocolate finish, this is definitely an enjoyale beer. Recommended for sure. Thanks again for the beers codysjb!

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Photo of emmasdad
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap last night at Twisted Pine in Boulder. Poured a dark brown, almost black, color, with a solid off-white head. Aromas of roasted malt, roasted espresso and chocolate. Medium bodied and easy to drink, with flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Might need to pick up some bottles next winter.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in Houston, and poured this brew into an imperial pint glass. It's a deep rich dark brown color with about a finger worth of creamy tan head. This is a great looking beer in my opinion.

The aroma is a little weak but what I do pick up is some roasted bitter dark chocolate malt notes. Nothing too special here.

The taste is a lot more bold, those same roasted malt flavors burst through and are followed by a cool bitterness that really balances out each sip.

It's thick and full bodied, the flavors linger well together on the tongue. Other than the weak aroma this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 19 Mar 2010.

Bottle was filled to about an inch of the cap. Poured in a Twisted Pine pint glass. Small dark brown bubbly head, medium carbonation. Dark reddish brown, almost maroon in color. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, pumpernickel, ethanol, figs. Starts chocolate sweet with some cinnamon and cola flavors. Caramel, cherries and figs come through in the middle. Warming finish. Aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate. Foamy slick mouthfeel.

Overall a decent imperial porter.

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