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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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.


2.4
   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 (4641) - Fort Wayne, 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 (1037) - 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 (3349) - 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 (6599) - 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.


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