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%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
90
For Trade:
0
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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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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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Photo of Kaveman
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%

Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very dark, perfectly black beer. The head is a deep tan color, leaving a lot of lace, but not very thick. The smell is layered and intense....smoke and alcohol...roasted grain, charcoal, wood, booze, and malt. The taste is not as complex as the smell, but is sweet, warming, and has an abrupt bitteness that comes in the mid-taste. Full and satisfying mouthfeel. Good.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Baron_of_Suds
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Surprising amount of carbonation for RIS. Head dissipates to small, almond ring which lingers throughout consumption.

S: Dull and oddly reminiscent of a Belgian Strong Dark, but with burnt hops

T: Nutty roasted malt, dark chocolate as it warms, alcohol

M: Thin body. Carbonation.

O: Decent beer, but not a great representation of the style. Typical RIS characteristics are somewhat lacking.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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