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RATINGS: 548   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (1462) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2014
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 1-11-14. Labeled as "North-Wind" (with a hyphen). Scents of chocolate, cigar tobacco, vanilla, bran muffin, plum, and urine. Pours a dark brown, perhaps a deep red or maroon. Small to moderate amount of tan head with large bubbles in the head. Produces thin lacing. Tangy start, burnt malt middle, and sweet finish in taste. Chocolate, lemon, and table sugar flavors. Some sourness but most notably sweeter than ideal. Burnt malt bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Fizzy in the palate. Easy to drink, especially for an imperial stout. Overall, this is not a typical imperial stout, yet it is forgettable nonetheless and definitely subpar for the strong style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlastairEvans (16) - - JAN 2, 2014
Thick, pours dark but not black, most sweet notes as listed on bottle are hidden behind an up front grainy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Thanks to dhren1979 for this extra! Poured from crown capped bottle to NB Globe. Says Lot 3190 on back of bottle, not sure what this means. A: Black, soily ale drizzles to the glass and excites a nice single finger of mocha head. This head dissipates in a couple minutes, but is easily reintroduced with a quick swish of the stout. Scattered sticky lacing. S: Inky, industrial, smokey. Sweetened cocoa with a nice blending of licorice, roasted figs, dates, cinnamon. Intriguing and brings me back in repeatedly. T: Very malt forward. Coffee, cocoa nibs, cinnamon. The beer has a nice creamy taste. The finish is long, and gradually keeps me coming back for more. M: Low to no carbonation in mouth. The beer is thick, creamy and viscous. This beer makes me think of Wilcox farms Chocolate milk in body. D: This was such a wonderful surprise of a beer! If you can get your hands on this, give it a go. Serving type: bottle 01-25-2011

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgrganto (3) - lockport, USA - DEC 24, 2013 does not count
Pour very dark medium tan head this is made from one of my favorite breweries. Overall a very good stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Finhead (1325) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Very dark, nearly black, pour with a creamy, tan head. The aroma has roasted chocolate with some plum and mild earthy hops. It has a full body with silky texture and average carbonation. The taste is sweet with a slightly dry, roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1342) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a deep black with a rich tan head. Aroma of maple and smokey roasted oats. Taste is smooth and subtly sweet up front with a syrupy middle that gives way to a dark roasted coffee burnt toast bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scipio (756) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Pours black with a medium dark tan head. The aroma has roasted malts, coffee, and vanilla, with the roasted elements standing out most. Taste still contains the malts, less coffee, but chocolate flavors coming through now. I still detect mild vanilla. Aftertaste is a roasted chocolate. Full bodied and with a thick texture. There is minimal carbonation. This one is a bit odd. It has everything that I enjoy in a stout. However, all of the impressions are muted. There isn’t anything that is robust that captures your attention. This one isn’t bad, and I have no problem drinking it. But I’m looking for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
valpoaj (661) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Aged bottle pour (unsure how long this has been cellared for - I really need to keep better tabs on this!) Medium tan pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty, some roasted nuts, hint of cocoa & toffee. Flavor is a bit thin....chocolate malts, roasted nuts...more bitter than sweet, which was a bit of a surprise. Palate is a bit thin as well. Not a bad beer, but neither was it particularly good for the style...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1431) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Extra from rxeight- thanks, Al! Nice nose of dark roast cold press coffee and mushrooms. Taste of sweeter dark roasted malt light soy and tar. Decent, bit thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (4271) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2013
Draught @ Rattle & Hum, NYC. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small tan head. Dark aroma of coffee, chocolate and caramel malt. Sweetish, boozy flavour with notes of caramel and chocolate. Very mild aftertaste. OK but I have tasted better imp stouts.

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