Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter | Twisted Pine Brewing Company

Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial PorterTwisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter
BA SCORE
65.9%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 91 ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,499
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
91
Liked:
60
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
10.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery's tasting room. Imperial black colour (opaque), good lacing. Mollasses, a bit salty and sour, the latter as you would expect from a baltic porter, but still a bit less than expected. Perhaps ageing would improve it. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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 jlindros
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for this one.

Pours a creamy darker colored 1/2 finger head that fades semi quickly, no lacing, over pitch black thick baltic porter like with nice legs.

Nose is a great baltic porter, tons of dark roasty malts, lots of chocolate, some coffee, dark syrupy molasses and brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, baker's chocolate, cocoa nibs, light chewy oats, just a hint of earthy hops i think.

Taste starts with lots of roasted malts, again chocolate, baker's and cocoa nibs, bit of burnt coffee, some oats and creamy malts, fairly creamy, some vanilla and caramel, light syrupy flavors, a bit boozy. It has almost no carbonation, and just seems overall flat and water like something is missing esp the body. Finishes syrupy and mouth coating, with some sticky syrupy tastes and chocolate lingering.

Mouth is medium to thicker and a bit syrupy, but just missing a lot of the body, and almost no carbonation.

Overall decent, it has a great nose, and some good flavors but missing the body, a bit boozy, and it just feels watery and flat.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber pours light mahogany with 1 finger of brown head. Some lacing & a bit of head retention

S: Chocoate, booze & molasses

T: Chocolate with booze up front. Iron & a hint of mocha follow. Roasted grains & hot booze dominate the finsh

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinks a bit slow, but a nice Baltic Porter that needs some aging

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this, Bobby.

A: The beer pours almost black in color with about a finger of khaki head.

S: The aroma starts off with plenty of roasted malts. There is just a very slight acidity which is quickly followed by plenty of dark fruits, licorice, and dark chocolate. Toward the back end there is a light sweetness of molasses.

T: Things begin much the same way on the palate. Roasted malts and dark chocolate with a hint of cocoa powder. There is a mild vanilla note as well as some molasses. A few notes of black cherry, too.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Other than that light acidity to the nose, this was pretty solid overall.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of IPAchris
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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 biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 corby112
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage on draft at the brewpub.

Pours a deep dark brown color that's almost black with a 1.5 finger beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with lots of chocolate along with some toffee, caramel and licorice. Silky sweetness and subtle lactic cream in the nose.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of roasted and sweet malt notes. There's a strong chocolate presence up front along with hints of caramel, toffee and nut countered by faint spice, licorice and dark fruit. Well balance and easy to drink but nothing overly complex. This was the best beer I had during my visit to Twisted Pine.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, opaque brown color. A small bubbly tan head forms that recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. An odd citrus hop aroma that does not mesh right with the roasted aroma. Also an odd mineral aroma. Not bad, just...odd.
T: More roasted malt than the nose. Chocolate and coffee again. Some alcohol, and mineral flavors.
M/D: A medium to full body. A little to much prickly carbonation though. The alcohol is noticeable. A bomber is a bit much for one person.

Just so so. Nothing special, but nothing bad. Kind of a run of the mill porter. It is worth at least a try though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber without a freshness date. Pours an opaque black color with a thin, but dense, long lasting foam. Not much lacing. It's a decent looking porter, but not a whole lot of wow factor here.

Smell is pretty nice...equal parts chocolate, light fruits and oats. The fruitiness is mainly strawberries, prunes and a hint of something tropical. Malts are really smooth smelling and high on the chocolate and low on the roast.

Taste is a pleasant surprise as well, with sweet and dark malts competing with ripe fruits. Alcohol is noticeable and adds a bit of tropical papaya to the mix. Not an overly robust or roasty porter, but it's a pretty nice and easy drinking take on the style. Hops are there and as with the other Twisted Pine offerings I have had, are a bit too...well...piney for me. ABV feels like it is around 7.5 or 8. All the flavors are pretty decent, there just needs to be a bit more of them.

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Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Beer rating: 65.9% out of 100 with 91 ratings
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