Northwind Imperial Stout | 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
Ratings:
962
Reviews:
418
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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32
Gots:
91
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jimmys
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a tulip. lot 3293.

A: pours a very dark brown. head is slightly off white and tightly bubbled. good retention and a decent lace.

S: chocolate and roast. coffee is there but minimal. mostly chocolate. soft and full of sugar.

T: even more chocolate and roast. bittersweet finish. lactose flavor in there too. the flavors of a stout are there, but the body is not, which is mostly pointed out to me by the lack of complexity in these described flavors.

M: moderate carb on a medium body.

D: good flavor on a light body for a RIS. if you are looking for a well made balanced stout, this is a great example. but really nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of batfireman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at brass rail deli, enjoyed chilled from a tulip out of a longneck 12 oz brown.

The color is dark almost black with 2 + fingers of medium beige with fluffy almost rocky looking head. The bead is fine and lace sticks well. The smell is very nice, lots of cocoa type aroma with moderately sweet malt and slight vanilla-like floral aspect with low alcohol odors and mild woody hop ester. The feel is decent with moderately full body with medium bitterness and slight alcohol warmth with a gentle toasted texture and medium sweet feel with slight spice in the relatively dry finish.

The taste is has a dark and milk chocolate flavor with light caramel and mild woody hops with toasted grain and subtle creamy yeast which adds to the sweet malt body w/ a mild molasses type richness. Overall this may not be the most complex stout but still not really flawed and pretty darn drinkable because you barely taste any alcohol + the malt is sweet without being cloying. I could drink a couple of these easily.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very Dark brown, almost black no light coming through it, mocha colored head and slight lacing

S: smells of cocoa, coffee beans, sugary sweet and dark roasted malt

T: thin- bodied for a stout, the dark roasted malt really comes through powerfully, strong flavored for sure. A slight citrus is hiding somewhere around in there and the finish is bitter, yet the roasted flavor stays along with it on the palate which makes for an interesting drink.

O: I like this beer, I don’t drink imperial stouts all of the time so this one is a nice change. It doesn’t sit too heavy either which I appreciate and the bitterness is nice too, if I had a suggestion though, it would be that the bitterness be dialed back a little bit so it doesn’t distract from the dark roast of the malt that is so dominating at the beginning, I think it could be better balanced and even though I didnt mind it being a little "thinner" it really ought to be a heavier beer but at the same time I like it and always recommend two brothers beers.

-BeerandWhiskeyHQ

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rmp5262
2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recently I have been drinking Speedway stout, Ten-Fidy, and Bell's Expedition Stouts so I have acquired a taste for the more thick stouts.

Appearance: Black, more translucent than other russian imperial stouts. Aggressively poured with a brown head of one finger that dissipated quickly. Carbonation bubbles could be seen on the glass.

Smell: Dull smell that closely resembles a dark ale or porter.

Taste: Tastes like a porter, smooth with hints of chocolate and malt. Hides the alcohol well

Mouthfeel: Very thin, almost watery. Too much carbonation for a stout

Overall: Okay beer, I wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: Poured from bottle into a stout glass

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Photo of JLapadura
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Qbdoo
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - black as night.
Smell - not very distinct.
Taste - hints of chocolate, dark fruit, with a slightly smoky tinge.
Mouthfeel - somewhat light but very smooth. Although doesn't pour in a highly carbonated way, there slightly bubbly feel to it.
Overall - not superb but a really good introduction to the style. I had this after going through a succession of Russian Imperial Stouts that I wanted to love but felt were too boozy. They should probably be cellared. This you can drink and enjoy now.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Northwind Imperial Stout from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 962 ratings.
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