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RATINGS: 551   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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.

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   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Astrozombie (49) - 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 (165) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2902) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Draft at warrenville. Thick viscous black pour with a dark brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate with some licorice and tobacco. Taste is a dark cocoa luscious chocolate flavor with a light smoked tar note. Very thick and chewy. Dang good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ryecatcher (1064) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2015
Bottle. Looks typical for the style, decent head retention. Nose is roast, cocoa, slight smoke. Mouth is a bit watery for the style, medium bitterness with not nearly enough lot of the necessary balancing sweetness. Tastes exactly like it smells. Another average beer from an average brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2015
Sampled at the 2015 Joplin Pints ’n Paws Mac-Fest beerfest. Chocolatey up front; unfortunately then becomes very syrupy in finish and mouthfeel. Heavy and unbalanced. Bad aftertaste. Don’t care for impies like this; like boozy pancake syrup with some chocolate. Awkward and not very pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3633) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Very nice imperial stout. Jet black. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Some syrupy, thick finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2836) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Thanks to Justin. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and strangely, caramel corn. Thin medium-dark brown color. Mild chocolate, thin dark roast malt, and some lactic notes. Medium body. Nice, moderate flavors, and a bit light for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3865) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2015
12oz bottle picked up in Ohio. Pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is chocolate coffee roast malts and some ashtray. Taste is more of the roast malts chocolate coffee and some sweetness on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7989) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle. Nose of cocoa, milk, wood, brown sugar, some coffee, minerals, and something like caramel corn. Sweet flavor, cola, minerals, chocolate, cream soda. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1741) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing. Aroma of malt, chocolate, dark fruit with a trace of citrus. Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate and bit of vanilla. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Full body, thick and creamy. Nice balance with no real hint of the 9.1% ABV. Enjoyable beer to relax with.

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