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RATINGS: 524   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Very dark with a thin light brown head. Roasty, malty, full, and smooth. Light toastiness, very balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sigh_borg (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Pours solid black-brown with big foamy tan-colored head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt, with hints of coffee and some unidentifiable fruits as well. Taste is mildly sweet a first, followed by a mild bitterness. Getting a bit of hops when drinking. Mouthfeel full, more carbonated that what I’m used to in an Imp Stout. ABV is well-masked. Well-balanced, very drinkable. Not knocking my socks off, but solid and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewalkindude (8) - - FEB 22, 2013 does not count
A solid imperial stout although more bitter and not as fruity as some. Comperable to Ivan the Great by Brau Bros.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4053) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit, roasted malts, mild vinous notes and coffee. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts and a big tartness/acidity into the finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Pours like it should. Black with a dark brown head. In love with the aroma, charred wood, vanilla, and dark fruits. Surprisingly smooth and creamy. The flavor isn’t bludgeoning, but what is there is tasty and well balanced. Deep roasted malt, burnt marshmallows, and eventually toffee. Not the biggest Imperial Stout out there, but quite tasty. Quaffable, to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2209) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Draft at CWBF - pours black with light brown head. Nose is coffee and boozy. Malty goodness with milk chocolate flavors. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5823) - Indiana, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Draft to taster. Looks solid; cola with tan lacing. Smells and tastes of semi-sweet dark malt with an average mouthfeel. A decent beer overall, but weak and thin for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (2462) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Draught at Rattle & Hum NYC sept 2012. Black beer with a tanned head. Tar, malty, fruity, licorice, chocolate aroma, maybe a bit vinous and some kaffe notes. Hoppy, tar, malty, roasted, caramell flavour with some nice coffeenotes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b33f (23) - Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Poured at refrigerator temperature into a crystal tulip. Aroma: Dark and malty, I think I smelled some cocoa. Appearance: Very dark black, one finger’s worth of moderately thick head, the color of coffee flavored ice cream. The head dissipates rather quickly. Taste: Roasty malts, a slight bread flavor, a little earthiness. A bitter aftertaste, sort of like semi-sweet chocolate. At 9.1% the malts do a terrific job of masking the alcohol. Palate: Very thick and dense. It feels like it’s leaving a slight coating in my mouth post-swallow. Pleasant and refreshing. Other: Bonus points for moderately-high gravity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJack (42) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours almost black, with small light-brown head. Aroma and taste dominated by roasted malt - coffee-like acridness - with some hints of chocolate. Pleasant hop bitterness balances the sweet thickness of the malts but true to style, does not takeover. Full body conceals moderate gravity. A very respectable imperial stout. ---Rated whilst imbibing

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