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Raspberry Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 24
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by resirob:
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resirob

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque black with the faintest ruby hints. Poured with no head to speak of, other than a thin ring of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate covered raspberries soaked in espresso. Very inviting.

Taste: A bit disappointing, really. Was anticipating a big Imperial Stout with a nice tart raspberry twang. Wholly unbalanced and harsh.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for an Imperial Stout, but still ok.

Drinkability: Not a lot going for it in this department. If it was better balanced, and a little less harsh, it could be pretty good even with the high ABV.

I will cellar the remaining bottle in the hopes that this one will become better with age. I really want to give this one a chance.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 03:43:23 | More by resirob
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2007 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter. the body was dark black with red edges.
s - raspberry and licorice dominate.
t - raspberry with a hint of chocolate sweetness.
m - thin, slick.
o - very balanced and drinkable. the raspberry has really come through strongly over the years.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2014 16:43:02 | More by GPHarris
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -74.6%

04-01-2014 12:15:36 | More by ShanePB
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:15:11 | More by aqualung23
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chicagoish

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

11-08-2013 23:41:55 | More by chicagoish
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Steve_Oldrati

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

09-15-2013 21:26:39 | More by Steve_Oldrati
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-19-2013 14:20:55 | More by Varkias41
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

07-14-2013 21:18:09 | More by dgherm
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-01-2013 00:58:30 | More by WOLFGANG
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-07-2013 02:54:20 | More by t0rin0
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Sipchue

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-31-2012 00:41:16 | More by Sipchue
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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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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-26-2012 00:58:51 | More by cliff1066
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-06-2012 17:06:30 | More by 603BeerMe
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

10-14-2012 20:28:37 | More by GeoffreyM
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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-13-2012 07:30:35 | More by ithinkimasofa
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-02-2012 03:11:38 | More by jfcaa193
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-27-2011 14:36:11 | More by kmwilson76
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-10-2011 04:01:09 | More by rab53
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

12-06-2011 22:12:32 | More by JohneHoodlum
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

11-23-2011 05:19:23 | More by deapokid
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-19-2011 14:07:49 | More by bacher468
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-18-2011 16:30:07 | More by ColForbinBC
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-17-2011 22:38:04 | More by jmdrpi
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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!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 14:04:00 | More by thain709
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Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.