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 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 Acoke
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 +3.6%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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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Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.5%
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 hozersr
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of theboozecruise
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 mcloud2
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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