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RATINGS: 550   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.


3.2
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Dark brown but with plenty of light coming through at the edges. There’s virtually no head and what does form fades quickly. The aroma is roast, raspberries and nuts. The flavor adds a bit of chocolate and nougat to that combination. Still, this is a very light Imperial Stout. It’d be a decent sweet stout, but would still be a bit thin.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Roasty, bitter. Lacking fruitiness, sweet maltiness, and hop aroma. Somewhat light palate, spritzy carbonation. Even objectively (disregarding style), this fails to impress me at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle pours deep brown, almost black, with tons of yeast flakes at the bottom, mediocre tannish head, which quickly dissipates.   Aroma is dry, chalk like, and of bittersweet chocolate.   Very reminiscent of Rogue Chocolate Stout in its aroma.   However, flavor is a different story.   No real chocolate detected.   Slight roasted malt and soy make up the initial flavor.   Slight pine as well, but its very minor.   Finishes somewhat crisp, initial flavors slowly fading.   Nothing wrong with this one, just not very robust.   Body and mouthfeel are so-so, but it could use some more umph!   Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2004 Pours a dark black with floating yeast. Thin diminishing tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with hints of coffee. Thick palate but thinner than most imperial stouts. Roasted and slightly acidic flavor. Some backend bitterness, but this seems closer to a normal stout than an imperial. As it warms, a smokey flavor comes through. More complex than most have given credit to.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Pours an oily black with a very thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malty and mildly sour. Body is semi-sweet, decently complex and tart, with a smooth lightly roasted finish. Not quite as balanced as it could be, but a decent imperial.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2004
Brown color and dirty look. It had a little head but, before I could write it down it was gone. Slight coffee smell but, no enough to kill it for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
Dark brown color, with conspicuous floaties, and a head that is small and swiftly diminshing. Aroma is brisk and brimming with espresso character, rich with cocoa. Texture is thick and warming, but a little difficult to swallow. I have to wonder if I have an old bottle, and if that could be the cause. (This came in a Two Brothers 12pack sampler) Lacks the complexity that I come to enjoy in better Imperial Stouts. This clearly is not one of those. Later on, others flavors come to mind, and I’m tasting brandy, molasses, dates. Why so slow to show? It’s too late, I’m bored already.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Pours with a thin tan head.Aroma of coffee, chocolate, cola, and soy. Flavor is mostly a mild coffee and cola. Falls a little short for an imperial. But is a nice sweet stout.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Just a tiny light-brown fizzy head with a dark red/brown body. Some yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Deep aroma, but not much in it. Some coffee, nuts, and just a mixture of dark malt. There may be some fruit hiding in there, but the roasted nuts and coffee block it. Taste is very watery, unfortunately. Its a bit sour with some bitter nuts, some grain, and coffee. It does't taste horrible, and its not that I'm rating by style, but this just isn't that good. I'm starting to conclude that Two Brothers beers either suck, or are delicate and must be drank right away.


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