RATINGS: 564   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.

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2934) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2017
12 oz bottle that I now regret opening. The pour is a darker brown/light black with a thicker light tan head that leaves a strong soapy lace behind. The aroma is bitter roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. There isnt much complexity here and thats a bummer. The flavor isnt much different. There is the bitter malt and a hint of chocolate before it just falls out. The malt dominates and finishes with a metallic spit at the end. The mouth feel is watery and painfully light. There is a light carbonation and a lingeringly bitter malt that just drags out. This isnt good. Sigh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TH28 (409) - - JAN 14, 2017
12oz bottle. No apparent code dating on bottle. Appearance: Typical RIS, jet black, opaque, with a quickly dissipating brown head. Aroma: Dark chocolate, black cherry, with a touch of light roast and some papery oxidation. Taste: Rich malt sweetness that comes across as strong dark chocolate. A touch of dark fruit, with only a light roastiness. A slight oxidation is there, with a moderate perceived bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess, but on the lighter side of the style, and a low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but not sharp. Finish: Leaves some chocolate and roast on the palate, with a bitterness that seems to strengthen after the swallow. Overall: Faiely average RIS. Heavier on the dark chocolate and dark fruit character, low on roastiness. Seems to lack some complexity and body of other notable beers within the style. Almost cloyingly sweet and a touch out of balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1545) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of alcohol. Thick and chewy with plenty of roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Bitter finish with some warming.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5088) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2016
12 oz.bottle. Nose of dusty oats, dry cocoa, coffee and a bit of caramel. Deep black with a ring and some islands of foam. Flavors of chocolate, lactose, coffee, lightly tart berry, toffee and oats. Occasional notes of soy, licorice and iron. Medium body has a decent balance and medium carbonation that remains mostly smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
coachd (655) - 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 (4178) - 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 (9747) - 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 (22446) - 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 (5661) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2016
12 oz single bottle from Johns 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.

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