Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

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90 Ratings
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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial PorterTwisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
twistedpinebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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 +3.1%
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 bkrbdan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MattGrimley
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 a77cj7
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of beergoot
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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 biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Northstar Imperial Porter has a label depicting a forest of coniferous trees, a ground full of fresh-fallen snow, and a sky of bright stars on a dark, seemingly frigid night. The beer itself is appropriately, reciprocally black and wintry, also topped with a fine, powdery dusting (albeit severely muddy instead of pristine white). A perfect look for a winter seasonal from Colorado.

The aroma isn't overpowering, though with a cast of flavours that includes black licorice, caramel, raisin, fudge, coffee, and currants it's a wonder how it's not. I was expecting more hops but there's scarcely more than a hint of pine. No matter, this maltiness is rich and satisfying - it needs no help. 'Thanks but no thanks', it says. 'I got this.' Indeed it does!

Northstar is far too soft and cuddly for an Imperial Porter. High alcohol beers typically want a fist-fight but this one offers free hugs. Its 25 IBU predictably puts up little fight but the 9.5% is unexpectedly absent - or perhaps just crowded out by those full, creamy, well integrated flavours of toffee, dark honey, chocolate truffle, hazelnut, coffee and raisins.

Some (or maybe a lot) of this may relate to the fact this bottle is one day away from celebrating its 2nd birthday. Time in the cellar has certainly thinned out the mouthfeel, even oxidized it slightly. The brewery insists it can be aged for up to 4 years but I wouldn't go further than this; there's no sense trading in any more of that gooey, delicious flavour. It's drinkable enough as is.

Twisted Pine absolutely delivered on their promise to "warm up any winter's night and provide a perfect fireside companion". Northstar Imperial Porter is a gentle giant, a Newfoundland dog that sits in your lap and let's you scratch behind her ears. It's not as profound as some may want and is more enjoyable than impressive, but, by all accounts, is well worth buying.

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Photo of Wheels2532
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Skagnetti
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dankabier1
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wagenvolks
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 codewarrior
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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 Schoeni
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rayek
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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 bmwats
4.19/5  rDev +8%
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 brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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