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RATINGS: 539   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bamsen78 (3766) - 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 (4946) - 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 (11921) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (974) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Aroma is slightly toasty with a touch of a chocolate note. Hints of fig and prune. A touch of wet cardboard oxidation is starting to show through. Overall fairly muted. Pours black with a small, faint mocha head that quickly recedes. No legs and no lacing. Touch of a head on the edges. Flavor is fairly sweet with a moderately strong prune note and lighter notes of chocolate and roast. A touch of red grapes and figs also present. Medium bitterness that is more apparent in the finish. Lingering bitter chocolate and prunes in the finish. This is one of the more prune forward stouts I have had. Some lingering sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Low astringency is moderate alcohol warmth. Overall an alright stout, but the fig character is fairly strong. A nice chocolate note and light roast but not enough to overcome the fruit notes. I prefer my fruit notes to be more of a background note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (3583) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Draft at farmhouse. Black pour brown head. Nut and cocoa aroma. Chocolate malty taste. Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3610) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Draft at Brass Rail. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves a bit of lacing. Slight chocolate note on the nose. Tastes malty but a tad burnt on the tongue. It also fades rather quickly. Finishes clean. Hides its alcohol well. Eh!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1883) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Cocoa, coffee and roasted malts dominate the sample. Medium bitterness followed by an alcohol zing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2319) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a medium sized brown head. The aroma has a good bit of coffee, some today, some lactic notes. The taste is mostly roasted malt, light smoke, light coffee. Good but unremarkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2013
This 12oz bottle was a sweet trade bonus from shrubber85. It pours with a dark mahogany body supporting a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up a mix of dark roasted malts, earthy malts and a dash of what seems like smokiness. The taste is rich and deep with dark roasted malts, a mild degree of burnt malts, a dash of toasted toffee and then malt sweetened chocolate. The taste comes together nicely and I get bonus notes of earthy malts and a faint sense of rauch malts heading into the finish. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
niday2288 (115) - - APR 17, 2013
Pour is dark brown/ black with a dark tan he's that's about two fingers thick and creamy. Nose is coffee and dark chocolate, burnt marshmallows and some roasted malt. Taste is pleasant with a slightly bitter taste on the back if the tongue which overwhelms the sweetness in the front. Taste of cocoa and coffee but with hop notes for balance. Mouthfeel is medium and a little thin for my tastes in this style. I expect really thick and viscous RIS. Overall not bad. Glad it was part of a build your own sixer. Needs to take some notes from bells expedition and founders imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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