Northwind | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dark delights like this were once shipped to the imperial court of Russia. With a firm, roasty maltiness balanced against a generous helping of hops, Northwind can stand up to the worst its namesake can dish out! Enjoy it by a roaring fire.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,540
Reviews:
427
Ratings:
982
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
95
Trade:
0
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Photo of pstam87
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davisro1
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smooth beer.

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Photo of jkblr
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle lot #2858 (probably 2 months old) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 9.1% ABV 45 IBU. The beer pours midnight black with mocha brown head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a thin ring leaving some lacing. The aroma is faint with baker's chocolate and marshmallow. The taste is more dark chocolate without the strong roasty notes. On the end, there is a trace of tangy, berry like fruit along with a mildly bitter and semidry finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and adequately carbonated. Overall, good and a great value. Really would need more complexity to compete with style leaders.

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Photo of briandgilbert
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-nice dark pour with a slight head
S-good aromas I like it better than expected
T-impressed with taste compared to smell, others smell better and taste worse, this tastes as good as it smells. It’s smooth and easy, not powerful at all. Easy to drink.
F-feels like a usual stout with slightly thicker feel than other brews. Nothing special.
O-better flavor than others but not one to broadcast as amazing!

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Photo of cbrand
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice, hoppy imperial stout that checks a lotta boxes - jet black pour, dark tan head, nice char and dark chocolate aromas and flavors, and the hops are an added bonus.

It’s just a little thin for the style, but still a pleasure to drink. Nicely done by Two Brothers.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft a pint glass
A: Pitch black, thin head
S: Cocoa, nutty, coffee, earth
T: Matches the nose
M: Full-bodied
O: A good stout but little stands out

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/20/17; drank 3/30/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small tan head; minimal lace.

Fresh earth, cream, black licorice & faint strawberry notes in the nose.

Creamy medium thick mouthfeel.

Black licorice, cream & faint strawberry flavors up front; fresh earth & faint mint notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Robust flavors, true to the style, but a bit odd with the strawberry & mint accents. Interesting.

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

Photo of LeftyMike
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bret717
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- pours black with a 1 finger tan head

Smell- there's something strangely nutty right off the bat, like peanut butter almost; under that there's also a little dark chocolate and smoke

Taste- Follows the nose, making this an odd tasting imperial stout; again, getting that nutty thing followed by dark chocolate, mild smoke and a little hop bitterness

Feel- medium bodied and smooth

Overall- The peanut butter taste and nose in this one really through me off considering PB is not an additive here. Despite that, I did like it and enjoyed drinking it; it's just a different take on an Imperial stout than i'm used to

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AuntBea
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle, lot#3247. Almost black, no head but leaves a small tan ring.
S: Roasted malts, hints of coffee.
T: Plum, coffee and a nice smoky flavor.
F: A little thin for the style, minimal carbonation.
O: A very well done, reasonably priced RIS. I'd like to find it again and see how it ages.

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Photo of tigertwins
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaxOhle
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Cordyceps
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a super dark caramel colored head on top. Can smell lots of roasted malts with hints of coffee. Tastes exactly like how it smells, except no sweetness to it, just pure roastedness

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Photo of agreenman19
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Mxsluis
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown-black body, with a tan head, and some lacing.

S - Chocolate, plum skin, a bit of roasted malt note.

T - Rich integrated flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, dark bread, toast, and a mildly bitter close.

M - Moderate heft, but pleasant and drinkable.

O - I like it, a lot. This is a fine beer, and includes all the flavor notes I look for in a quality stout.

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Northwind from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 982 ratings