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RATINGS: 520   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
brown with reddish-yellow edges. Beige head. Aroma was raisin and plum. Flavor was roasted tobacco and sweet chocolate, nice bitter hop twist towards the dry finish. Well masked alcohol....decent imperial, nothing outstanding though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5937) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2003
#31 of my Stouts of November: Opaque with a large tan creamy head that settled into a more oily appearance, moderate lace. The aroma hinted of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, raisin, coffee, smoke, aromatic hops, and chalky yeast esters. The initial taste comes off malty mocha sweet. The undertone of bitterness and smoke makes an in and out and back in again showing. The mouthfeel of this medium-bodied brew is somewhat watery and soft, chalky as well. More sweet stout than Imperial, but this is still a well-crafted beer. Serve at near room temperature to get full aroma and taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2003 Dark brown,near black. Thin,tan,head. Very roasty aroma,with some black malt and hop undertones.Medium body. Thin,oily mouthfeel. Clean,roasty and dark malt flavors. Maybe a hint of vanilla and caramel. Finish is hoppy,and roasty caramel. Lingering leaf hops and fudge. Finish is similar to Storm king,not as full,but the hoppiness is similar. This has the roastiness it boasts,very full in aroma and flavor. Not a nightcap Imperial but a good,easy drinking one.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Fresh bottle, Mar. 2004. This one is a bit drier and more astringent than the last batch I had. Still, itís not been aged that long. Iíll put some more down and see how it comes out later. Still at $8-9 for a sixer, a good price for any imperial.
2-year old bottle, tasted Nov. 2003. Very smoky, tobacco-y and dry. Not quite to style (though with a beer intended to age, itís hard to keep the flavor from changing) but an enjoyable brew. Extra points for its pleasantly unusual smell.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
Aroma of dark chocolate, oil, wood, charcoal, earthiness, espresso, toffeeish sweetness and some very faint prune, with light alcoholic fumes. Took at least 20 minutes to pour due to excessive foaming which was a bit of a nuisance, but it finally settled into a surprisingly slight head, allowing me to partake. Malty, chocolatey flavor, roasty with some syrupy sweetness and almost unnoticeable background hop spices. Palate is initially somewhat thick, but thins out and develops some rather unwelcome fizzy carbonation on the finish. Needs some adjustment, but has potential.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Not much aroma at all. Black color with a few unknown chunks in it. Great flavor, though not much like an imperial stout. Roasted malt and deep rich flavor.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Disappointing. This is a great brewer who has failed to make a convincing imperial stout. THin, ugly with very little aroma and thin dark grain flavor. Not as bad as all that, but cannot compare to Victory, North Coast, Avery &c.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2003
Smells slightly of chocolate malts, roasted and some coffee. Pretty much what is expected in an imperial stout from the aroma. Black, with small amounts of head. Flavor is amlty, kind of a chalky texture. This beer seems to be slacking in the palate department, which is it's beggest problem. Otherwise, a damn tastey beer.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 19, 2003
It has the usual Imperial Stout characteristics: black, tan head, chocolately on the nose, but has a very light mouthfeel & is a bit thin by this style's standards. Somewhat roasty, but not what I'd expect fm an imperial

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vikingbeau (67) - Albertville, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2003
This bitch has golden particles in her snatch...which i like. She tastes of coffee and is dirty black in color with a dark golden diminishing head.


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