Northwind Imperial Stout | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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3.81/5
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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:
#15,953
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
974
pDev:
11.81%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 974 |  Reviews: 422
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

Photo of user785335
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Hereforbeer92
4.89/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Boy is this beer ever underrated. In a world where so many companies are failing to get imperial stouts right, two brothers is producing a world class product. Dangerously drinkable, and since it comes in a 6 pack instead of the usual 4 when it comes to stouts of this calibur, it's also an incredible value for very very good beer. Do yourself a favor and keep an eye out!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thin,frothy,dark khaki colored head that dissolves quickly,leaving a thin ring around the glass.Oily jet black in color,with absolutely no light coming through the glass.

On the nose I get mostly roasted malts,with some faint dark fruit notes.A little bit of dark chocolate,but it is subdued.A little bit of toffee and licorice.To be honest this beer doesn't really have much of an aroma at all.Maybe it needs to warm a little.

The palate follows the nose.Mostly roasted malts,with just a little bit of dark fruit characteristics.Not much alcohol flavor,no smokiness,really nothing that would lead you to believe that it is a RIS besides the slight dark fruit flavor.

The body is around medium,which is pretty thin for a Russian Imperial.A little bit of alcohol warming,but not enough to move the needle for me.

I wouldn't say this is necessarily a BAD beer,but it is lacking as far as Russian Imperials go.If you expecting a RIS,you might be a little disappointed.I know I was.

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

Photo of nwhittin
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TH28
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. No apparent code dating on bottle. Appearance: Typical RIS, jet black, opaque, with a quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma: Dark chocolate, black cherry, with a touch of light roast and some papery oxidation. Taste: Rich malt sweetness that comes across as strong dark chocolate. A touch of dark fruit, with only a light roastiness. A slight oxidation is there, with a moderate perceived bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess, but on the lighter side of the style, and a low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not sharp. Finish: Leaves some chocolate and roast on the palate, with a bitterness that seems to strengthen after the swallow. Overall: Faiely average RIS. Heavier on the dark chocolate and dark fruit character, low on roastiness. Seems to lack some complexity and body of other notable beers within the style. Almost cloyingly sweet and a touch out of balance

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Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 974 ratings