Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #509
Ranked #19,792
3.82 | pDev: 11.52%
Dec 06, 2021
May 14, 2002
Very Good
Notes: 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. Inspired by the infamous imperial court of Russia, it features a firm, roasty maltiness and a generous helping of hops.

Appearance: Color resembles that of black licorice with a light brown head.
Taste: A firm, roasty maltiness delivers rich, creamy chocolate flavors, which are balanced against a generous helping of hops. A perfect blend of alcohol and sweetness combines for a smooth, warming finish.
Pairings: Foie gras, smoked goose, game meat, dark chocolate truffles, chocolate raspberry mousse cake.

45 IBU
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3.79 by cd34 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
3.93 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 18, 2021
3.92 by Chipwells from Georgia on Jul 09, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by AndreaAleWise from Illinois

L: Viscous jet black with almost no foam remaining after a pour into a tulip glass.
S: Slight odor of black licorice.
T: This is very flavorful imperial stout with a very tart black licorice and/or dark bitter chocolate taste initially that predominates, and then offers an aftertaste that lingers and does not diminish that brings to mind walnuts, molasses, dark bread. The high alcohol content is imperceptible to me until I'm nearing finishing the glass when it hits me. This imperial stout reminds me of bitter red wine (don't ask me the variety, because I rarely drink wine): it has an inextinguishable, bitter aftertaste that can compel you to have some bread or cheese to counteract it (unless you savor such an aftertaste).
F: Tongue-tingling, black tart licorice explodes than softens into a long-lasting aftertaste of strong black tea, toasty dark bread.
O: This is an unusual imperial stout with an over the top black licorice flavor. As a result, it's not among my favorite, go-to imperial stouts, but once in a while I'll drink one.

Mar 21, 2021
3.96 by stucat from Illinois on Dec 27, 2020
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Stooven from Illinois

First, for the price it's well worth it ($11/6 12oz bottles). It's muddy looking and the head/lacing is week. Smell is a bit subdued and while the alcohol is well-hidden, I've put this beer at a disadvantage because I've had a lot of barrel-aged beers recently. Still, it's not a complex taste. The mouthfeel is surprisingly rich, in that regard, maybe really well engineered carbonation.

Dec 21, 2020
3.88 by h4ger from Connecticut on Oct 18, 2020
3.67 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jan 11, 2020
3.44 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Dec 29, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Nass from Florida

There is no date just a julian code on the back of the bottle. The pour is nighttime black. The taste is char, dark chocolate, anise, fig, faint coffee note & faint vanilla note, not bad at all. Cheers! B

Dec 25, 2019
3.71 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Dec 17, 2019
5 by acrazedbear from Illinois on Mar 17, 2019
3.77 by einman from Minnesota on Jan 07, 2019
4.49 by MacStinson from Michigan on Dec 17, 2018
4.27 by pstam87 from Illinois on Dec 13, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by davisro1 from Tennessee

Smooth beer.

Dec 09, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

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.

Nov 28, 2018
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by briandgilbert from Illinois

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!

Nov 20, 2018
4.08 by cbrand from Illinois on Nov 17, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Nov 13, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ONUMello from Ohio

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

Nov 09, 2018
4.6 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio on Nov 09, 2018
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 08, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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.

Mar 31, 2018
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Mar 23, 2018
5 by LeftyMike from New Jersey on Mar 17, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by bret717 from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 21, 2018
3.1 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Feb 04, 2018
4.08 by AuntBea from Illinois on Jan 14, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

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.

Jan 07, 2018
4.47 by tigertwins from Indiana on Jan 05, 2018
4.1 by MaxOhle from Illinois on Jan 02, 2018
4.02 by Cordyceps from Illinois on Dec 30, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by The_Snow_Bird from Florida

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

Dec 25, 2017
3.24 by agreenman19 from Connecticut on Aug 26, 2017
3.78 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Apr 23, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

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.

Apr 02, 2017
4.09 by BrewmanCapote from Illinois on Mar 20, 2017
3.78 by drstalker from Illinois on Mar 02, 2017
3.92 by user785335 from Florida on Feb 28, 2017
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