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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6205) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Deep dark brown pour. Medium sized brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of oatmeal, roast, raisin, some malts come through, some iron, hint of something sweet and a hint of creamy bay leaf. Flavours of roast, oatmeal, caramel, malts, light roast to more toast, some mocha, some raisin, light bitter, some chocolate and a creamy edge. Very nice! Aftertaste is roasty, toasty, malty, light chocolate, oatmeal and some grainy toast. Low carbo, creamy oily close to silky mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and an oily texture. Nice beer, creamy, round, balanced!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6731) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring that has some lacing. Aroma is roasty licorice. Flavor is surprisingly astringent and acidic, strong anise, roasted malts and chocolate. Medium plus body, a bit creamy. Not bad, but I am just not much of a fan of anise-heavy stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle. 3/11/14. Pours dark brown-black with a thin, fluffy brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark berries, creamy, chalk, earth, hint of vanilla, touch of berries. Taste is dark chocolate, bubblegum, fruit esthers, grass, light fruits, dark berries, grass, hint of spruce; finish is dark chocolate, leather, bitter fruit peel. Interesting. Thin lacing; not particularly resilient. Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation; active carbonation, thin bubbles. Tasty, interesting, enjoyable. A bit odd for a Russian Imperial Stout but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3062) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2014
A strange brew for me due to the lack of an aroma. Try as I might, the only aroma I got was a hint of chocolate and booze, The flavor I thought was excellent. More milk or sweet stout with chocolate and a little vanilla along with some oak. It has a silky feel and is very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle, pour is black and oily, thin brown head that fades. Aroma is heavy roasted malt, coffee, some cocoa, light lemon and grass. Taste is rich malt, roasted and burnt, some citrus from hops, cocoa in the back. Heavy enough to linger on your tongue, but not too sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. Dark black pour, small ring of carbonation and an aroma of dark chocolate. Flavor is also nice roasted dark malt, chocolate, hints of hops and slightly sweet on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (2160) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On tap at Lemmings. Poured dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt choc. Light carb med bod. Light bitter choc taste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
On tap poured into a 12oz snifter. A very earthy, dirt-like aroma comes forth early on. When it mellows a bit, this is replaced with the smell of a dark roast coffee. It pours a relatively clear and transparent (for an Imp Stout) dark brown with decent retention of a tan, foamy head, eventually subsiding to a thin, trace layer. It has a nice micro-bubble sheet-like lacing. It’s mostly a taste of bittersweet chocolate malt with some minor, salted caramel-creamy sweetness. With some warmth, this flavors start to become more espresso bitter and dark fruit sweet (grape and cherry come to mind). This medium bodied beer is oily and sticky with some light carbonation. This finish is mild but coats the mouth with a coffee and tobacco finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle at HV. I think bro left this. Black color with medium head that dissipated some. Aroma of chocolate and vanilla beans, some roasted malts. Medium light sweetness. Hidden alcohol. Creamy texture. Below average carbonation. Some bitter finish. Enjoyed it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiddleBrau (3) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2014 does not count
Bottle pours a near sumi ink black with a tan head that dissipates quickly, and smells of french roast coffee, vegetables, and a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is chalky with mild carbonation, should hit a bit harder for a stout of this magnitude. Flavor starts out with a big dark roast coffee, dark chocolate with vanilla and caramel trying to sneak in there, but hides the alcohol well. Cherry begins to assert itself as the beer warms and the glass empties.

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