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Raspberry Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

302 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 302
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 10-01-2001)
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/14/12

Thanks to PDXHops

Dark brown - nearly black in the glass. A hot chocolate colored head hits about one thumb's worth but skims out shortly. A thin layer remains with a little lace.

Sweet raspberry aromas are dense but are integrated fully with thick swaths of chocolate and roasted dark grains. Raspberry chocolate cordial. Simple aroma; smells ok. Better with warmth.

At this point, the flavor is primarily dark roast with some coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. The raspberry is relegated to the peripheries. Mild hoppy finish.

As far as what I've grown accustomed to for Imperial Stouts (but who cares since this is a fruit beer, right?), this is medium/medium-light. Notable is a granular feel that is most appreciable on the finish. Carbonation kicks off on a high note and calms to a manageable level. I like the gritty feel.

As I never tried this fresh, I have no direct comparison, but this is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:43:40 | More by Ryan011235
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea why they retired this. Best beer Weyerbacher ever produced IMO. Great balance and deceptively strong. I feel like Weyerbacher puts too much effort into ridiculously strong beers, but this is one that had a really smooth finish for its ABV, and the raspberry was subtle but nicely present in the aftertaste. RIP.

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Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage, but a big thanks to whomever supplied this one to Stout Day 2011.

A - Poured a very dark brown body with some nice ruby highlights...the head was a lighter brown and showed some staying power...it feel to a wispy cap that left some decent lacing

S - The perfect combination of raspberries and dark chocolate...the age has muted the freshness of the fruit, but the tartness and real smell is still there...the chocolate has aged also, becoming darker and stronger

T - Again, the raspberries and dark chocolate are the perfect match for each other in this beer...the raspberries present their fruitiness at the beginning and they finish with a slight tartness...the dark chocolate becomes big in the middle and adds nice body to the beer...the tart and dark roast play off of each other with the dark roast calming the tartness...you're pretty much left with a bittersweet flavor on the palate

M - Full bodied...smooth, roasty, chocolate and raspberries, bittersweet

O - Too bad this one is retired...I thoroughly enjoyed this one and was left wanting more...I don't know the age, but it definitely aged well...maybe Weyerbacher will come out with this in a cork and caged 750?!?! One can only hope so!

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11-17-2011 14:04:00 | More by thain709
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3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had no idea that this was retired. Thought I'd just drink a stout.

/shrug

Pulled this one out of hibernation last week. Purchased from New Beer Distro about a year & a half ago.

Poured into a fatty goblet. Coffee-like black & brown body. A faint, tan ring of head sizzles & disappears.

It's all about jammy raspberries in the nose. In the background is cocoa powder & a subtle, nutty roast(& a bit of rubber). Just a smidgen of heat. Seems a bit simple so far, but at least the oxidation is well hidden.

Roasty, charred malt upfront. Faint berries give way to a citrus/rindy bitterness. Finish is cocoa powder, ashy burnt toast, & the beginnings of oxidation. Very light on actual fruit flavor even compared to memories of when it was fresh.

Feel is milky & soft, with subtle carbonation & not much noticeable alcohol. Starts off a little plush but ends up being quite thin once it registers.

A nice fruit stout without any candy sweetness. Pretty solid. Maybe it'll come back in 22oz bottles with a catchier name & a hefty price tag. Then people will eat it up.

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Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.