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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Fresh bottle, Mar. 2004. This one is a bit drier and more astringent than the last batch I had. Still, itís not been aged that long. Iíll put some more down and see how it comes out later. Still at $8-9 for a sixer, a good price for any imperial.
2-year old bottle, tasted Nov. 2003. Very smoky, tobacco-y and dry. Not quite to style (though with a beer intended to age, itís hard to keep the flavor from changing) but an enjoyable brew. Extra points for its pleasantly unusual smell.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 11, 2015
Very nice imperial stout. Jet black. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Some syrupy, thick finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maekchu (2607) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (3249) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7337) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bif (1637) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1793) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2015
Pours a dark brown almost black like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of sweetness and roasted character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1326) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2015
The beer pours an opaque black color with a medium light brown head. The aroma blends roasted malts, milk chocolate, booze and vanilla, and the taste is mildly sweet, mildly boozy, slightly umami, and a touch bitter with a boozy aftertaste reminiscent of light roastiness. The palate fuses an oily texture, medium body, and a soft carbonation with a bite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2015
The aroma is semi-sweet with chocolate, coffee, and burnt malt. The appearance is dark brow with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma with a bitter finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer but nothing outstanding or memorable here.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (662) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2015
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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (1204) - New York City, TURKEY - MAR 10, 2015
Draught. Opaque dark brown with small foamy beige head, light mocha aroma, medium carbonation, full body, mocha taste, medium finish with sour coffee aftertaste. Good stout, but the coffee beans sour aftertaste degrades the brew.


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