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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-28-2002

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 45
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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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 thebouch01
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 jkball01
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MattGrimley
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a finger of quickly dying head. Aroma is lipstick and dark fruits, some toasted malt, marshmallow, and floral hops.

The flavor is roasted malt up front, with a hint of cherry fruitiness and a metallic twinge. A bit of ashiness but not so much to be off-putting. Not bad.

The body is medium to full. Drinkability is slightly above average. This has a nice enough flavor profile, but doesn't really beckon me for more.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It is decent. Dark black in color with only the slightest brown/Indian red. Head was about a finger + and a nice cappuccino head.

S - One of the most "whole lota going on" smells I have had in a while when not expecting it. Vanilla, milk chocolate, and caramel. Maybe a back hint of hops.

T - Some good chocolate notes and a bit of hops on the backend. Pretty simple. Some sweeter notes, like caramel as well.

M - I guess I can never get over the lighter mouthfeel of a porter. Just expect so much more, especially when called imperial. Carbonation is lighter and body is not quite there.

O - Just to up and down with this one. It is good, but there are qualities that are average.

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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 Wheels2532
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 kkrez
5/5  rDev +29.2%

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 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 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 DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of bkrbdan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 zillo043068
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Skagnetti
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of briman
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown, virtually opaque, with some ruby highlights around the edges. Very small medium brown head only lasts a short time, and doesn't result in much lace.

Aroma is moderate to strong dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, and a sweet note of tofee or molasses. No clear evidence of hops in the nose.

Flavor follows suit with roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee notes. Sweet note comes through more like caramel and is more evident in the finish and aftertaste. Some fruit and light hop flavors come out in the finish, and an alcohol bite makes an appearance as well. Some bitterness, but more like a slightly burnt note than a hop bite.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Slightly slick and silky on the tongue, but a little thin. Overall, an interesting beer, fairly roasty, but could use more body. Though it's "imperial" there really isn't any in your face kind of hop contribution in either the nose or taste. The hops are there but subtle, which works for me as I don't feel like hops should make a bold appearance in a quality porter. Would try again next season.

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Photo of 40ontarget
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RudnicsMEB
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Twisted Pine Northstar Imperial Porter from Twisted Pine Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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