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Northwind Imperial Stout | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Northwind Imperial StoutNorthwind Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.81/5
Very Good
962 Ratings
Northwind Imperial StoutNorthwind Imperial Stout
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:
#14,249
Reviews:
418
Ratings:
962
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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A deep, dark liquid that produces little head and minimal lacing.

Plums, smoke, sour fruit, and alcohol make for a very unexpected nose. Not what I generally look for in the nose of a Russian Imperial, but it's not an unwelcome change from the average take on this style.

Begins startlingly on the sour side (not like a Flemish sour) for the genre but opens up with nice fruity qualities complimented by the dark bread flavors that follow. There are strange hints of cola/root beer and citrus on the finish (could they have used too many hops?). An unusual and not entirely enjoyable take on the RIS. The alcohol, however, is brilliantly masked (the bottle claims 8.5%, NOT the 7.5% listed by BA).

Some don't care for syrupy beers but I look for a thickness in an RIS that is lacking here. In addition, for mostly having non-existant head this is much more carbonated than I could have guessed. Liked certain aspects of this but I don't know if I'd have another.

OK, why are the scores so high? This beer improves in a massive way as it warms up. Rich, roasted malt tones become more pronounced as does the nuanced sweetness. Drink this just under room temp and I think you'll enjoy it a whole lot.

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Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 962 ratings
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