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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.8
CAnders (1) - Shorewood, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2017 does not count
I love this beer. In a world of high octane hop beers, this beer is a welcoming imperial stout. This beer is not real heavy but taste really good. I could drink this anytime the temp drops below 80 degrees F.

4.6
IrishLad (2) - Lyons, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2009 does not count
This is a good one. It has a nice flavor and feel to it. Good for drinking in itself or to have with a meal. This one will keep you going back for more. It has a nice aroma and the taste that it leaves in your mouth is a good one. I get annoyed when a beer has a nasty after taste, but this one definitely has a good one. I would recommend this to anyone, new or experienced drinkers. I was new when I first had it and now I still drink it. Overall it is a nice dark beer that will leave you coming back for more. It does not fill you up like other dark beers can. So you will enjoy the taste and keep enjoying it because it will not fill you up.

4.5
Nsanders (1144) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Thick, near black color. Rich, malty chocolate with light smokiness. Light bitter/sweet balance. Medium body with light carbonation. Delicious!

4.5
ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 11, 2015
UPDATED: APR 30, 2017 Very nice imperial stout. Jet black. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Some syrupy, thick finish. I didn’t really notice it at first, but it has a strang almost smoky lingering finish.

4.4
JimboHD2005 (8) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2009 does not count
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2009 This poures pitch black with no light coming through in a snifter held towards light, even at the upper edges. Looks just what I expect from an Imperial Stout. Has a slight quarter inch or so head that disapates after a couple of minutes. Scents of carmel, toffee and chocolate come through nicely. Notes of a deep chocolate, rich maltiness and slight bitterness. Malt is nicely balanced with the hop bitterness. Very easy to drink and will be picking up more of this to share with friends. A perfect warmer in this colder than usual winter we’ve been experiencing. One of the better imperial stouts I’ve had. I am so pleased that Two Brothers brought this back to six packs again this year.

4.4
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 4, 2009
I don’t even get why this is rated below a 3.5. Maybe early batches were off, but I had a year old bottle last night that was stupid awesome. Nose of cinnamon, cream, candied fig, espresso and chocolate. Flavors of the same with darker fruit and spice. Seriously smooth and very unique.

4.4
WildTurkey (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Pitch black. Tan, mocha color head, about one finger thick. Slightly creamy. Coffee and roasted malt smell. Little bit of chocolate. Lots of roasted malts. Some coffee and dark fruit. Some mild hops and alcohol are coming through at the end. Great mouthfeel, Medium-to-Fuller bodied. Very rich and creamy. It really coats the mouth.

4.3
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Bottle. Opaque black, big tan head. Some yummy cherries/strawberries in the aroma and flavor. Rich chocolate, thick mouthfeel. Calorie-riffic. An excellent example of the style, I'm surprised it isn't rated higher.

4.3
Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle -- I am really starting to be seduced by really dark beers -- this is like Venus to my eyes, deep, dark and inspiring. The aroma isn’t quite as sexy, but still pretty interesting. This drinks with an incredibly soft touch for a 8.5% beer, sessionable even -- nicely smooth, yet hinting at some nice warm flavors of roast, toast, and German chocolate cake. Wow, this is drinkable and dangerous. (#3553, 5/25/2009)

4.3
fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle at Monk’s Café, Wallingatan, 45 IBU
Black color, medium creamy head. The aroma shows initially a nice cheesy touch (blue cheese), then other components appear too: caramel, roasted malt, cookies. The mouthfeel is very smooth, it has a medium body strength, good caramel and chocolate flavor, light residual sweetness and correct bitterness. Overall, a well balanced beer with a few interesting sides.


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