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RATINGS: 549   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
Rich chocolatey, roasty, caramel aroma. Almost like hot fudge. Very deep color with hints of brown and crimson. Slight lace of of a head. Bitter slightly sweet flavor, but overall not impressively rich. Hoppy finish ultimately ending roasty and bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2004
Nice dark brown color with plenty of large yeast particles in the bottom of the glass.Small brown head that faded quickly.The aroma was nicely roasty and malty with a good chocolate,mild coffee and a fruit aroma that is hard to decide what it might be but it's there.Very light feel in the mouth with a slight clay like feature but thats coming from the yeast that i didn't manage to leave behind.Light malt and chocolate flavor with just a hint of coffee and the fruit escapes me,it there in a faint amount but i just can't put a finger on what kind.The hops show up but only mildly but decent enough to make this a nice brew.Thanks go to BBB63 for sending another good brew my way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4218) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 2003 bottle. Dark brown, nearly black. Wasnt able to get a head to form on this one. Unfiltered and seemingly bottle conditioned. Aroma of faint coffee roast, some mild chocolate and a bit of bittering hops. Flavor is immediately noticeable as being light. Soft palate with a smooth even, sweet mocha late flavor. Hops give some balance without being too strong or bitter. Good lingering chocolate notes on the finish, and a persistent roast flavor. The relatively low rating of this seems to me to be because it is not over the top with roast and malt and hops. I donít think a beerís rating should suffer just because it is not the most utterly full bodied, alcoholic, roasty, bitter example. Itís balanced, lighter (but not thin) and very drinkable. When I come home from work, I dont always want a 10%+ ABV beer. This was a great comprimise.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (3341) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Very black. No head. Roasty, chocolate nose. Milky smooth palate. Roasted barley bitterness and a very slight vinous note in the finish. Slightly earthy. Very easy drinking for an imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Black body with no head except for some bubbles ringing the glass. Aroma is of molasses with corn syrup. Dissapointingly light mouthfeel with a dry coffee taste. There's some sweet fruity esters (pear) at the start of the beer but it feels sort of tacked on, not really integrated with the rest of the flavor. It's quite like having coffee with sugar added.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2004
got my nose a little too close when smelling this beer. Beer up the nose is not fun. Nothing too special baout this stout. It's tasty, but I've had better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Dark brown color with malty sweet coffee aroma. Flavor is nice and smooth without a strong chocolate taste. Not as strong as most imperial stouts.Finishes with some coffee flavors and slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Thanks to Darkover for hooking me up. Pours a deep dark black with a thin and quickly disappearing brown head. Slow, creeping carbonation up the sides of the glass and thin lacing. The aroma is bitter roasted coffee with a bit of malt. Not as rich as most Imperial Stouts, and not quite as flavorful either. There is a nice coffee flavor but not much malt to counterbalance. There is a small amount of chocolate in the flavor as well. The finish is roasted coffee. On the Stout scale this is pretty good but on the Imperial Stout scale it falls short. Still not a bad brew though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
1/27/04: bottle.
black-brown body with no head or lace. malty nose with hints of toasted sweetness. roasted coffee flavor with malt and chocolate mixed in. finish has a suggestion of a vanilla to the taste. there is also a bit of a burnt, bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2004
Dark, dark brown body with a thin, tan head. Some lacing.
Coffee, chocolate and roadted malt dominates the aroma.
Big roast and chocolate malt flavor. Pleasent bitterness. Alcohol gives to a slightly sour/astringent flavor.
Full bodied, thick and smooth. Not bad.


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