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RATINGS: 551   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Dark inky black appearance, medium head. Aroma is nutty coffee, slight alcohol. Flavor is predominantly dry coffee along with a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malt. This doesnít seem to have the amazing depth of other imperial stouts, but itís very zen in itís seeming simpleness. A lot of imperial stouts are overly sweet and syrupy, but this isnít. Therefore, this gets extra points for not trying to be everything to everyone. Damn, I would consider this in my top 5 impy stouts.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (14389) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours thick black with a strong, tan head. Heavy roasted malt aroma with cocoa powder, dark chocolate and dark fruits. Sweet flavor with dark malts and chocolate, along with some faint bitterness. Full in body with average carbonation. Finishes sweet with lingering dry roast. Very decent Imperial Stout.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3368) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle sample at beerandbeyond farewell tasting at Daganís place. Thanks zvikar. Coke colour, cloudy, some off-white foam. Cask, wood, soft cherry aroma, wooden soft bitterness. Light body, dry finish, wooden hints.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Aromas of lemon and coffee. Flavors of caramel, whole grains, with a rich finish. An enjoyable imperial stout.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1938) - Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 2012 bottle fresh. Very dark opaque black. This thing is is jam packed with dark roasted malts and then fades to a nice sweet chocolate. Bit of coffee in there too. Iív had this before, but I dont remember it being this good. I would put this on par with Breakfast stout. Also the imperial stout deal of the century. Iíve paid over $10 for a bomber this good. But it came in a Costco variety case 4 diferent 6 packs for $25.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dutch23mp (296) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
for an imperial stout very smooth and the high Alc content is really hidden. Just a really good crafted brew. High marks for the overall taste and after taste on this local brew

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle, pour is black and oily, thin brown head that fades. Aroma is heavy roasted malt, coffee, some cocoa, light lemon and grass. Taste is rich malt, roasted and burnt, some citrus from hops, cocoa in the back. Heavy enough to linger on your tongue, but not too sticky.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5337) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass: Deep dark brown pour. Medium sized brown foamy head on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of oatmeal, roast, raisin, some malts come through, some iron, hint of something sweet and a hint of creamy bay leaf. Flavours of roast, oatmeal, caramel, malts, light roast to more toast, some mocha, some raisin, light bitter, some chocolate and a creamy edge. Very nice! Aftertaste is roasty, toasty, malty, light chocolate, oatmeal and some grainy toast. Low carbo, creamy oily close to silky mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and an oily texture. Nice beer, creamy, round, balanced!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gene2002 (3) - Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
The beer has hints of coffee, but itís a bit rough compared to most imperial stouts Iíve had. very drinkable but could be more smooth. Black and tan head aroma is of roast coffee.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SK0RL0RD (9) - Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2015 does not count
Bold and rich, with a unexpectedly sweet finish that doesn't end. Easily the smoothest 9.1 ABV that I've ever tasted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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