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RATINGS: 541   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.


2.7
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2004
On tap and poured with a small, tan head. Aroma was toffee and oats. This has a relatively thin mouthfeel. This is very black and had some lacing. The taste is smooth with caramel and light chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
Rich chocolatey, roasty, caramel aroma. Almost like hot fudge. Very deep color with hints of brown and crimson. Slight lace of of a head. Bitter slightly sweet flavor, but overall not impressively rich. Hoppy finish ultimately ending roasty and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2004
Nice dark brown color with plenty of large yeast particles in the bottom of the glass.Small brown head that faded quickly.The aroma was nicely roasty and malty with a good chocolate,mild coffee and a fruit aroma that is hard to decide what it might be but it's there.Very light feel in the mouth with a slight clay like feature but thats coming from the yeast that i didn't manage to leave behind.Light malt and chocolate flavor with just a hint of coffee and the fruit escapes me,it there in a faint amount but i just can't put a finger on what kind.The hops show up but only mildly but decent enough to make this a nice brew.Thanks go to BBB63 for sending another good brew my way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 2003 bottle. Dark brown, nearly black. Wasnt able to get a head to form on this one. Unfiltered and seemingly bottle conditioned. Aroma of faint coffee roast, some mild chocolate and a bit of bittering hops. Flavor is immediately noticeable as being light. Soft palate with a smooth even, sweet mocha late flavor. Hops give some balance without being too strong or bitter. Good lingering chocolate notes on the finish, and a persistent roast flavor. The relatively low rating of this seems to me to be because it is not over the top with roast and malt and hops. I don’t think a beer’s rating should suffer just because it is not the most utterly full bodied, alcoholic, roasty, bitter example. It’s balanced, lighter (but not thin) and very drinkable. When I come home from work, I dont always want a 10%+ ABV beer. This was a great comprimise.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3221) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Very black. No head. Roasty, chocolate nose. Milky smooth palate. Roasted barley bitterness and a very slight vinous note in the finish. Slightly earthy. Very easy drinking for an imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Black body with no head except for some bubbles ringing the glass. Aroma is of molasses with corn syrup. Dissapointingly light mouthfeel with a dry coffee taste. There's some sweet fruity esters (pear) at the start of the beer but it feels sort of tacked on, not really integrated with the rest of the flavor. It's quite like having coffee with sugar added.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2004
got my nose a little too close when smelling this beer. Beer up the nose is not fun. Nothing too special baout this stout. It's tasty, but I've had better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Dark brown color with malty sweet coffee aroma. Flavor is nice and smooth without a strong chocolate taste. Not as strong as most imperial stouts.Finishes with some coffee flavors and slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Thanks to Darkover for hooking me up. Pours a deep dark black with a thin and quickly disappearing brown head. Slow, creeping carbonation up the sides of the glass and thin lacing. The aroma is bitter roasted coffee with a bit of malt. Not as rich as most Imperial Stouts, and not quite as flavorful either. There is a nice coffee flavor but not much malt to counterbalance. There is a small amount of chocolate in the flavor as well. The finish is roasted coffee. On the Stout scale this is pretty good but on the Imperial Stout scale it falls short. Still not a bad brew though.


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