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RATINGS: 519   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.


1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2003
Lesson to self: never buy a beer from a brewer I am not fond of just because it is the last 6 pack of a seasonal beer. The beer, well it has a nice head. This is a very thin, nonflavored, musty stout. All the Two Brothers beers I have tasted have a unpleasant musty, gym shoe flavor. On the plus side you cant taste the 7.5% alcohol.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 10, 2003
I didn't like this much, mostly because it caused a weird spicy, tingling bitter cardboard-taste sensation in the back of my throat. Not imperial, more of a figurehead stout. Pretenda not a contenda.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 I finally get to rerate one of my very original brews! Black color with no head. Slightly bitter malt aroma with something like port. The taste is a pretty odd blend of things I’m not sure work together. There’s a bit of coffee, but slightly soured. The bitterness of hops and malt are not really jiving together: a little burnt and a little... musty? There just isn’t a ton of good, redeeming flavor. It’s not terrible, but this is not nearly as good as my early tastebuds thought.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2003 I would say this semi sweet and creamy beer is as good Very high quality.Not my favorite style though.It also has a bit too much fizz.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Roasty aroma. . . Dark smooth pour, very little head. Deep dark in a thick woods I came across a patch of dark black cherries. . . The forest begins to thin after a short time, and some strange metallic underbrush becomes present. A good brew, but I was expecting quite a bit more.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1007) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
An alright imperial, but lacking in any real depth of flavor that makes some imperials simply spectacular.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Milk chocolate aroma. Avg. sized, light brown head; mostly diminishing. Fully opaque. Smooth initial moutfeel, with moderate bitter bite in the finish. Quite creamy and quite decent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2014 Chocolatey aroma. Malt is a bit too bland to classify this as a top-notch imperial. Not very complex flavors going on here at all..a slight choclate hint and that is about it. Finish is dry, hoppy and smooth. 7.5% abv is covered well but just not a whole lot going on here overall. Retaste- Higher abv of 9.1% and packs a bit more maltiness with roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. FInish trails off a bit still, but abv is covered well. Upgrade from 3.3 to 3.6.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2003
roasty, choc., alcohol aroma; no fruitiness, fairly clean for R.I.S.; Choc. flavors and alc. warmth; hop finish. Astringency from hops, low alcohol for an R.I.S. and body is a little thin for style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Dark ruby-black color,has a small tightly bubbled tan head. Sweet roasted caremel and coffee aroma, sweet plum-caremel flavor. Medium body with creamy smooth and slick mouthfeel, seems a little light for the style, still all in all decent stout.


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