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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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This deep dark delight harkens back to the days when such brews were shipped to the Imperial Court of Russia. With a firm roasty maltiness balanced against a generous helping of hops, Northwind has what it takes to stand up to the worst its namesake can dish out! Enjoy it by a roaring fire. Formerly called Iditarod Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2205) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has a good bit of coffee, some today, some lactic notes. The taste is mostly roasted malt, light smoke, light coffee. Good but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7055) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
This 12oz bottle was a sweet trade bonus from shrubber85. It pours with a dark mahogany body supporting a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of dark roasted malts, earthy malts and a dash of what seems like smokiness. The taste is rich and deep with dark roasted malts, a mild degree of burnt malts, a dash of toasted toffee and then malt sweetened chocolate. The taste comes together nicely and I get bonus notes of earthy malts and a faint sense of rauch malts heading into the finish. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
niday2288 (115) - - APR 17, 2013
Pour is dark brown/ black with a dark tan he's that's about two fingers thick and creamy. Nose is coffee and dark chocolate, burnt marshmallows and some roasted malt. Taste is pleasant with a slightly bitter taste on the back if the tongue which overwhelms the sweetness in the front. Taste of cocoa and coffee but with hop notes for balance. Mouthfeel is medium and a little thin for my tastes in this style. I expect really thick and viscous RIS. Overall not bad. Glad it was part of a build your own sixer. Needs to take some notes from bells expedition and founders imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1074) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2013
Lot 3182. Pours a deep black with a healthy finger or so of mocha-brown foam that settles slowly leaving touches of lacing. Nose involves roasted barley, vanilla, cherry, brown sugar and molasses, a touch of licorice and black olive, maybe even a little peat smoke in there. Fairly sweet but with plenty of bitterness to balance. Medium bodied, pretty actively carbed, with a lengthy warm roasted drying bitter finish. Pretty easy going for an impy strength-wise. Love the dry finish. The nose is odd at first but it has grown on me and proven to be quite complex, though it doesnít have perhaps that mind-blowing effect. Nice brew, tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle thanks to Champ. Pours a dark brown with small tan head that lasts awhile. The aroma is roasted malt and raisin. Medium mouthfeel with sweet chocolate and sweet finish. Very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13023) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2013
Draft. Almost blsck, brown head. Aroma pf chocolate civered espresso beans. Taste is rich dark bitter cocoa and burnt espresso. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2013 Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Opaque brown pour with a foamy tan head. Fair amount of lace at the start. Malty brew. Feeling vanilla over chocolate here. Toffee. Cinnamon. Pepper. Dark caramel. Slight funky Brett bite. Decent body, but maybe a tad thin for an Imperial. Interesting but not exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonKi11uminati (80) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2013
I quite enjoyed this imperial stout. It has a malty, roasted aroma and the palate is satisfying without being too heavy. Itís also not too sweet. Itís not quite as sweet as many imperial stouts, which makes it different but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Very dark with a thin light brown head. Roasty, malty, full, and smooth. Light toastiness, very balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sigh_borg (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pours solid black-brown with big foamy tan-colored head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt, with hints of coffee and some unidentifiable fruits as well. Taste is mildly sweet a first, followed by a mild bitterness. Getting a bit of hops when drinking. Mouthfeel full, more carbonated that what Iím used to in an Imp Stout. ABV is well-masked. Well-balanced, very drinkable. Not knocking my socks off, but solid and enjoyable.

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