Raspberry Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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4.73/5 rDev +20.1%
It may well be retired, but my cellar has been belching up all sorts of long-forgotten bottles over the course of this Summer's Bottle Purge.
I began with a gentle pour as befits these ancient gems, but when that failed to produce any head, I gave it a vigorous swirl in the glass just to see what would happen. I got a brief finger of deep-tan-light-brown head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was an Opaque Brown (SRM = 44). Nose had taken on a very raspberry preserve-like quality and I was really interested to see what else may have transpired. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was like chocolate-covered raspberries! Holy Panty Peeler, Batman! This had become a fantastic beer, eminently drinkable, despite its ABV. I was also put in mind of a Raspberry Tootsie Roll Pop, what with the way the raspberry was interacting with the chocolate malt. It was very sweet and definitely a dessert beer at this point, but I have been drinking Stouts today, so this was perfectly fitting for the occasion. Finish was semi-sweet with the raspberry balancing out the chocolate malt. My my.
08-12-2014 00:34:16 | More by woodychandler
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-29-2014 16:43:02 | More by GPHarris
4.6/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
12-24-2013 18:15:11 | More by aqualung23
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
12-29-2012 03:43:40 | More by Ryan011235
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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!
11-17-2011 14:04:00 | More by thain709
Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.