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RATINGS: 549   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3537) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Pour is black as midnight with a small tan head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is roasted malts with some chocolate in there. I agree with some of the raters here that the flavor is overall weak for the style. Rather average brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Dark brown/black, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Body is rather light for this style. Thanks to Dough77 for is one.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5140) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 26, 2005
This draft brew poured a very large sized invigorated head of finely sized long lasting bubbles that left behind an opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation. The aroma was malty and the mouth feel was incl bubbly initially with a tingly smooth finish that contained notes of dark malts and mild coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Dark brown, not quite black, with a decent but short-lived caramel head. Low aroma, no hops in it, just slight burnt sugar smell. The body feels thin, not quite imperial thickness. Good sweet maltness, with quick,sharp bitterness giving a tinny effect. The aftertaste is most definitely coffee with a caramel flavor lingering on the tongue. Pretty good, but these guys need to step it up in order to get recognized. It seems like they’re skimping on ingredients. Pump it up with malt & maybe it would fly, but as is.....kinda so-so.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Like a can of black olives in color, consistency and aroma. I’m not kidding, the brown hazy color of this dishwater instantly made me question whether it had gone bad. The flavor is hoppy and sour with little body or dignity. There is a roasted malt and a hop quality, else it remains as flacid and lifeless as Bob Dole’s weiner (sans viagra). No head, punishing palate and poor presentation. Pretty weak. I expected something a little classier from Two Brothers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Pours a jet black bubbly "alive" head of off white coloration. Aroma is sweet creamy roasted malt, choclate, and coffee. Flavor is Roasted and dark, choclolate and creamy malts, very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Pours black with a large frothy brown head. The aroma has chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Fairly sweet for an imp, this has plenty of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and anise in it. Nice dry, coffee finish.

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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle. Huge tan head with fine-large sized bubbles, sparse lacing, opaque, and a dark brown hue. Malty, coffee, and roasty aroma. Flavor was somewhat sweet, coffee and roasty tasting. Smooth mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Deep balck, oily. Almost no head--what is there is dark tan. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is mostly coffee with some soy-sauce notes. A bit light in the body for an imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2004
duvel tulip glass: aroma of roastiness... chocolate and coffee. appearance of near midnight topped with a tight and tan cloud called "head." the head quickly leaves itself as a pretty ring and there's barely any lacing. it looks alright. the beer looks purdy thick. it feels like it isn’t. hmm, this shouldn’t be imperial. it tastes as it smells... roasty, chocolately... it feels dry and tastes a little sweet, it’s rich and not quite smooth, and well it’s good. a bit thin indeed; watery. it just doesn’t deserve to be called imperial. egh, i like it and think it's good. however, i expected a LOT more. this beer, personally, first reminded me of Anchor's Porter. a porter comparable to an imperial stout? no.


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