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RATINGS: 559   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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.

b33f's rating

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coachd (599) - Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Weak smell for an imperial stout, but what is there is pleasant. Cocoa, vanilla, lactose sweetness and just a little roast. Dense black color with a sizable tan sticky head. Tastes sweet, then roasty, then bitter with some coffee in the aftertaste. Not bad, just not very well balanced. Average palate, overall a slightly above average IS.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 6, 2016
Quite strong and good in taste. Very well brewed and with a nice head with great features too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2016
On tap @ Radio Maria. Dark brown, Amber highlights. Weak profile overall, blackened malts with coffee and aniseed character, but notably weak and simple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21899) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle in hotel room Orlando 2016.. Dark black... Thin tan lacing.. Soft dark chocolate roast malts nose... Dark chocolate roast... Soft mellow chocolate roast front..light bitter roast linger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (5226) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2016
12 oz single bottle from John’s Grocery. Black appearance with a lingering, lacy tan head. Aroma of chocolate malt, light roast and earthy hops. Similar flavor, rich, moderately sweet and mildly bitter. Medium body with a creamy feel. Fairly balanced and easy to drink overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
akoeninger (686) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Dark with tan head. Roasty and sweet with hints of vanilla, chocolate. Slightly floral hops in finish. Straightforward with an approachable complexity. Drinkable, though dangerously so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Troupis (217) - - JAN 1, 2016
A highly drinkable stout. It's surprising given the ABV. Inoffensive yet complex. Straightforward and well-crafted. Mainstream but that makes it drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (971) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2015
This pours a dark brown/black color with a small head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor sweet with hints of caramel and vanilla. Nice clean sweet finish. We’ll made and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Astrozombie (53) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Coco coffee and malt aroma. Dark. Black with a surprisingly large tan head. Taste is a little thin but deep dark malt notes and bitter. Alcohol is a bit strong upfront

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mfhennig (281) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Poured from a bottle, nice dark brown color, beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is mostly dark fruit, taste is similar. Overall this is ok at best. It just doesn’t have the complicity of o great Imperial Stout.

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