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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrymel (1549) - 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 (1306) - 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 (1322) - 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 (754) - 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 (1375) - 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 (3998) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Deep dark brown coloured body with a muddy brown glow and an oily top with no head at all. Aroma of vanilla, milk, malt, oak, earth and way more vanilla - this is potent! Medium to Full-bodied; Strong vanilla flavour with some oak, roasted malt, light coffee and nuts with an earthy finish and some light grape and cherry flavours. Aftertaste shows caramel, roasted malt, earth, a touch of pit fruit flavours and bunches more vanilla - not too complex however, especially for the style. Overall, a drinkable Imperial Stout, but not complex nor showing a flavour range than most Imperial Stouts have - this tastes like it could have come from a brewpub down any street in mainstream America, not a great offering from Two Brothers, like I was expecting. Nice to try, but definitely wouldn’t buy more of this to age, at all. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Whole Foods (Bowery) in New York, New York on 25-November-2011 for US$2.99 sampled at home in Washington on 09-September-2013. Lot 3071 // Alcohol (on bottle): 9.1% // purchased Nov 2011 // sampled Sep 2013

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle from BottleSelect.com. Pours very dark brown/black with a slight dark tan head. Aroma of dark malt and darkish fruit. Full bodied or nearly. Flavor is smooth dark malt, burnt, a touch of coffee, and dark fruit/hop. It’s certainly dry. Not one of those syrupy versions. Not getting chocolate. It’s clean and dark.

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