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Raspberry Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A full stout and a half, with a half punch of raspberry. Drinkable, fine, but I could not have this every night. A touch of coffee, of chocolate, good dessert beer. Good balance, as not too tart nor sweet. Good craftmanship. I believe courtesy of Dr. Jay, a hard one to find,

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 03:14:55 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky, light-sucking black capped by one of the darker caps that I've seen in a while. The head is also impressively large and starts life as a cascader that would make a nitro pour proud. It melts over time to a fat creamy disk that leaves a substantial portion of itself on the glass. A great RIS look. The nose is menacingly dark and contains thunderous notes of black coffee and concentrated dark chocolate. Fruity little 'raspberry boy' doesn't stand a chance.

This is amazingly delicious beer that tastes like a piece of Godiva chocolate. How about a raspberrry-espresso filled truffle covered in bittersweet chocolate and dusted with finely ground coffee beans? Or how about a thick slab of dense chocolate cake with raspberry puree between the layers and espresso-laced fudge frosting on top?

Thankfully, the raspberry doesn't get overwhelmed on the palate like it does in the nose. In fact, there's more and more raspberry flavor as the beer warms toward room temperature. This is one fruit beer in which the fruit tastes natural and is well integrated with the rest of the flavor profile, especially the roasted chocolate malt. Where did Weyerbacher find raspberry chocolate malt?

The finish is looong and chocolatey with echoes of raspberry puree and the body is full, smooth and pleasantly slick. A barely noticed amount of carbonation is a perfect match mouthfeelwise. This gorgeous beer is built to be sipped and savored or gulped with abandon. I've been joyously doing both.

The perfect dessert beer? Forget the sweets, I'll just have a few bottles of this nectar. Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout is the rompin-est, stompin-est, baddest fruit beer that you're ever likely to run across and is higly recommended. Many thanks to Jason for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 20:44:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark thick black with a small tan head that quickly dissipates; not much lacing

Smell: Raspberry chocolate truffles on the nose

Taste: Raspberry preserves first coat the tongue and linger, the middle tastes of typical coffee/chocolate stout flavors and then it all breaks down somewhat in the finish with a burnt taste. It had me going until the finish so I was somewhat disappointed in the outcome.

Mouthfeel: Nice, thick and chewy with a bit of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, quite enjoyable and, other than the finish, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2005 22:34:12 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up as an extra, and needless to say I was thrilled to get it. I had heard about this one before, but had not had much luck in finding one. Poured into a pint glass, it had the look of your classic stout. Rich dark black, with a touch of reddish highlight on the side. Nice one inch head of tan that came up over the top and settled down gently to form a thin layer that never did really let up. Nice side glass presentation as well.

The aroma was a mix of roasted malts, touches of light fruit, Raspberry, although lighter then I would have thought and a nice bit of coffee. Very interesting blends, and very welcomed. The flavor was equally as complex. Starting out in a nice rush of cocoa and roasted malts, it quickly was evident that this full bodied stout was going to be providing a bit of a kick in the flavor department. Nice hints of molasses and caramel quickly rolled over to just a kiss of Raspberry, not nearly as strong as I thought it would be, rather just a touch, just enough to let you know it was there and to really highlight the flavor. Touch of hops and coffee in the finish, just enough to dry out the palate and leave you with the slightest bit of a fruit like aftertaste. Nice blending here and easily a session able Stout for me, as the ABV was nowhere to be seen.

Overall I thought this was a very good stout. I was expecting a little more, but I still have to admit that this one turned out to be quite tasty indeed. I would definitely not be opposed to having another one at any time.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 15:01:32 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a very dark stout –looking beer with an off-white head with little retention. Aroma is a balance mix between some lightly roasted malt and some raspberry. Taste is quiet interesting and I was very surprised as I originally though this mix wouldn’t be all that great. Roasted malt are mix with some lightly sweet raspberry and it all end with subtle sour notes. Good but wouldn’t go for more then one bottle once in while.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 21:54:08 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true desert beer. Begins with everything that you expect from a heavy imperial stout with less hops than expected from American brews. This allows the raspberry tartness to contribute a fruity sweetness to the brew without becoming swallowed up by it's complexity. Reminescent of cherry chocolate cake. Bold with the roasted grain and caramelized malt. A bold coffee-chocolate flavor with a lightly thick and oily texture; thinned nicely by berry tartness and acidity. Finishes with an increasingly flavorful raspberry flavor--not overly sweet, more of a ripe raspberry character. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 17:23:08 | More by BEERchitect
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the blackest of black with nice creamy mocha colored head that very slowely disapates,aroma is very nice,chocolate covered raspberry with an almost lactic tinge to it.taste is of mocha coffee and alcohol with the raspberry making a very nice appearance towards the finish.Very creamy tasting and in the mouthfeel department,by far the best from Weyerbacher I have had yet.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 21:43:24 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Managed to pick up a bottle of this a few years ago before the shelf had been cleared of these. This beer was already retired by the time I had it I think. I cracked open the bottle one night and poured it into a pint glass. The color was a deep black and looked pretty thick. The head wasn't enormous or anything. The smell was a bit fruity with some tart raspberry aroma coming out with the roasted malts mixing in a pretty good manner. The taste was like a chocolate cake with a raspberry drizzle over top of it, mixed with some deeper roasted notes and alcohol. This was a prety good beer. I think that the mouthfeel could have been a little thicker but other than that it was a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 03:59:38 | More by Knapp85
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that was aged for one year and then enjoyed at cellar temperature. The body is an opaque black, and reveals only a thin glint of mahogany at the base of the glass. The thin lid of creamy dark tan foam drops quickly to a razor thin surface covering, and it leaves little more than spotty lace. The nose reveals dark, roasty chocolate; a delicate but lively note of raspberry; and some yeastiness. The body is medium-full, and it's silky smooth in the mouth with a low-level, very fine and natural carbonation from bottle conditioning that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor delivers a dark malt with a bittersweet chocolate character and a soft, roasted edge. Its raspberry lends a touch of tartness that's similar to the acetic character that some brands have, particularly as they age. It finishes dry with a flash of tart fruit that fades to bittersweet chocolate. Interestingly, it's alcohol never shows up. The fruit adds a layer of compexity that keeps it interesting and lends to its drinkability. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 03:40:15 | More by NeroFiddled
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Sticky, chunky, rocky light brown head … it is all over the place. A shade away from pitch black, there is no light coming through this brew.

Smell: Freshly macerated raspberries with an undertone of ice coffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy with a lost crispness, lots of body with a moderate carbonation. A perfectly level raspberry flavour throughout, it complements the roasted characters that seem to be subdues by the fruity flavours. A bit of char in the finish as the fruit fades, vague alcohol draws a deceiving alcoholic character. Faint chocolate tones in the end pair well with the lingering fruit.

Notes: Tasty to say the least, this is one the best fruit beers ever. You have to pair this with chocolate, it is the only way.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2004 03:03:59 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black as black can be, with a thick, roasted brown head atop.
Aroma: terrific prominence, wafting from the bottle, and the glass, from afar, and indicating sweet, tart raspberries stongly, with slight hints at truer stout characteristics underneath.
Very interesting beer, this...one of a kind...full-bodied, flavorful, nice texture, delicate dance on the tongue...but it leaves me a little unsatisfied, and I'll tell you why. The Imperial Stout style itself offers up so many large, luscious, richly rewarding flavors, that it makes very little sense to dress it up, and drown them out with other, competing, and someimtes clashing characteristics. The match between raspberry flavor and chocolatey essence didn't mesh as well as you might imagine in this beer.
A raspberry stout, perhaps, but Imperial? The beer should have so many magnificent flavors already, that the fruit would only smother them, drown them, mask them into oblivion...
I liked this beer, it went down nice and smooth, but for all those things listed above, I've got to hold back my applause.
thanks to PintofAle for providing.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 02:46:08 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured slowly and formed with a massive tan head, this beer is black can't pick out any ruby highlights when held toward the light, scatterd spots of lacing in various patterns very sporatic. Aroma: Creamy chocolate mild coffee and the ever so pleasant tone of Raspberries covered with chocolate takeover this is awesome. Massive alcholic nose blended with the raspberry chocolate is envigoratingly rediculously good. Taste: Mostly fruit flavored beers never come out right, I could see how the raspberry can be over done, but in this Imperial Stout the brewers add just a touch of whole raspberries to the boil building the conservative raspberry note that induces this beers overall likability so much. Each sip causes just the lightest hop burp just enough to let you know the presence in the flavoring bitterness very nice. Mouthfeel: Silky creamy perfect Imperial stout wow some Weyerbacher's products are hit or miss with me this one's out of the park. Drinkability: Incredbible so good a dessert beer that you wish was available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 19:48:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Quick Six on Mt Rose Avenue in York, Pa. Decanted at cellar temp. into my corsendonk tulip.

A - Deep shades of black - opaque, not letting light through w/ a sandstone head and an ultra tight bead. The lacing is impressive and clings to the glass for a period that seems like forever.

S - A rich toasty and deep roasted coffee aroma w/ subtle fruit and cream in the nose. The slightly caramel and milkball mixed w/ Chambord scent is enticing w/ subtle dark chocolate odors.

M - Rich, luxurious, creamy w/ dark mildly effervescent and nutty w/ sweet and roasty textures all rushing the palate simultaneously. Very smooth w/ a hint of booze in the finish.

T - A dark chocolate bar taste w/ plenty of chocolate and caramel malt sweetness. The raspberry puree flavor joins the luscious Imperial Stout taste midway in w/ a sweet fruity taste that is natural and delectable. A crisp earthy hop note is slightly noticeable w/ citrus and nutty flavors w/ dry french roast style coffee w/out the acrid burned qualities or smokiness. As you might expect stone fruit notes like plum and subtle brandied cherry-like tinges that are complex are there. The taste is pleasant and not overdone. Dark sugar and biscuit w/ a light spice taste is hidden well beneath the large malty bounty.

The chocolate malt and raspberry blend is a treat w/ the subtle roasted coffee flavor making the pair almost too good, I can't keep from swallowing larger gulps of this sweet luscious stout.

D - This has just enough sweetness to make it very drinkable, but the roasted and subtle spiced hop notes help to make it balanced w/ a touch of booziness, but not too much that it tastes like 8% or anything. A taste of passion which is perfect for Valentine's day. Not cloying in the least. This is a fantastic fruit infused beer - Possibly the best I have tasted in the Imperial Stout realm. Kudos Weyerbacher!

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A - 4 S -4 M - 4.5 T - 4 D - 4.5

12oz brown bottle without any discernible date poured chilled into a goblet allowed to warm slowly

A - totally opaque black like a shiny 8 ball in the glass w/ 1/2 inch of medium tan cream, the head is smooth and has a tiny bead while rings of lace stick to the glass very well

S - The scent has vinous notes w/ mild fruit esters from the yeast. The nose has slight sweetened cocoa notes the emanate from the glass w/ a subtle chocolate covered raspberry effect

M - The feel is very pleasant w/ a mix of sweet roasted malt and dry yeast textures w/ a moderately high level of carbonation for the style. The raspberry gives a tinge of tanginess to the feel and the beer is less than full bodied leaving a warm sensation on the way down

T - The taste is like a raspberry cocoa blend, not too sweet -I imagine if this has been sitting the yeast fed on some of the sugar from the raspberry and it may have gotten slightly drier in flavor. There is a roasted flavor that is subtle yet plenty of coffee like accents in the dark malts come forward. The taste of berry is noticeable but not too ostentatious to make the stout seem fruit dominated. A bit of dry biscuit flavor and mild hop spice gives depth and balance while the yeast is subtle adding a bit of creaminess to the malts toasted flavors. A little like the ghiradelli raspberry chocolate squares which is a very pleasant taste combo. The flavor is both dry, spiced and fruity w/ a creamy sweet malt tinge as it warms. the finish is both warm and dry.

D - A great stout with an added taste complement of raspberry, it doesn't seem artificial and it is easy to drink this stout without thinking of the abv of 8%. I really like this obviously enough to get it again and re-review. I consider this a good intro to Imperial Stouts for those who like fruit beers. Highly recommended - I hope it comes back if it is truly retired-one of Weyerbacher's best.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 16:13:26 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dark malt scent that is dominated with chocolate and black patent malts. There is little raspberry aroma here. The taste is great. This beer has a good dark malt palate, but the raspberry flavor is the dark horse which makes this beer special. It has good flavor with a subtle fruity kick. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks well. I love this concept. This is craft brewing at its' best; creating brews that are different from the norm.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 23:27:52 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that almost immediately fizzles to nothing.

The smell is of raspberries and chocolate.
The raspberries that were ahead of the chocolate go to just behind it. Chocolate with a background of raspberries is the taste. Some roasted coffee notes come through. Sweetness controlled by a vague bitterness.
Fuller side of medium body. Fairly creamy. Smooth. Recommended if you want a chocolate stout with raspberry hints.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 00:15:37 | More by jwc215
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modest half finger head, but it does leave spotty lace on the glass. The color is nearly pure black. I could not get any light to shine through (even on the edge of the glass).

Relatively mild raspberry behind the stronger black patent aromas. Not a hefty smell, in fact, it may be lightest Stout I've ever rated.

This reminds me of a raspberry stout I once homebrewed--it was one of favorites. Lots of acrid black coffee flavors with a small hint of berry. Very dry. The aftertaste reminds me of a latte, yet I cannot discern any milk/lactose. The body is solid. There is no indication of the higher level alcohol.

Very low raspberry presence overall. This Stout comes across as a mild, but delicious, Imperial offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 23:05:31 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a brown head. The head quickly recedes. Some lacing was left on the glass at the finish. The aroma is wonderful as raspberry and chocolate are easily detectable. The flavor is also nice, as this is not an overpowering imperial stout. The raspberry, chocolate, and coffee flavors are there but not screaming in your face.

The mouthfeel is somewhat thinner than expected for an imperial stout, but it goes down smooth. Raspberry and coffee tones seem to last on the tongue briefly. Since this is lighter bodied than other imperial stouts, this is nicely drinkable and more than one can be consumed in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 01:17:06 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06/24/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black pour with a solid 3/4 inch head and very light lacing.

Smell- Bit of coffee, bit of dark chocolate and some dark raspberry.

Taste- Almost like eating some raspberry truffles with some espresso thrown in for good measure. Wasn't as sweet as I was expecting though. Not a big raspberry flavor that I was expecting. More dark malts and dark chocolate than anything.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light carbonation. Fuller sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine brew. Wish it had more berry flavor. Also wish that I had some chocolate to pair it with at the time. Would try it again though if the chance came up.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 14:58:45 | More by GClarkage
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a pitch black color with a small tan head that quickly collapses into a collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, nuts, cracked oats, and fresh raspberry syrup that's been drizzled over cake with some yeast with some old, dusty coffee beans.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mild astringency. The flavor seems to fade in and out with the sweet raspberries and cocoa. There just isn't a definitive, solid flavor that jumps out.
Mouthfeel is mildly grainy, medium-full bodied, sweet, hitting the middle of the tongue with some cocoa, roastiness, and fruit. The body is also a tad thin for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 18:57:30 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Almost black, opaque thick liquid with a slight red hue to it (might just be my imagination). Tan colored head that quickly dissipates to a thick ring with some small bubbles.
S: Tart fresh raspberry, chocolate, slight coffee. Nice balance between the sweet fruit and chocolate and roasted smells.
T: Tart from raspberry is on tongue entire time, starts like a nice, mild (not bitter) imperial stout with some roasted coffee flavors and then some dark chocolate and finally the tart raspberry. Never gets too sweet or artificial tasting.
M: Medium body, creamy, slightly less thick than expected feels a little heavy on carbonation but difficult to separate that from the tart taste.
D: This is great. First Weyerbacher beer I've been excited about in a while. Alcohol is well hidden, though the beer still warms you up. Never gets overly sweet, but still not something I would drink that frequently and I think I'd struggle to finish more than one bottle at a time of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:46:42 | More by yourefragile
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I little simple for such a strong beer, but it still made for a great dessert. There's a big, but well-balanced malt body with milk chocolate, chocolate grains (like bread with cocoa baked in), and a dash of roasted grains. The raspberry flavor then comes in around the edges with a sweet and just slightly tangy feel. The beer felt very smooth, without cloying sweetness, and did a good job over covering the alcohol. So it's a good beer, but compared to the standard for the style, it's just not as complex. I didn't get as much aftertaste as I'd like, and it reminded me of Saranac's promising but somewhat disappointing imperial stout. Worth a try if you dig chocolate and raspberries though.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 06:04:23 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of vwcraig. This one is no longer in production.

A: The stout pours thick and black, nothing escapes the darkness. The beer's head was average, small even and quickly dissapated away to an off-white cappucino colored band.

S: There is little coming off of the stout aroma-wise. I struggled to pick up a bit of roasted stout body and even that was weak.

T: The raspberry purée is immediately noticeable, a sweet sugary mix that conjures up a Lindeman's framboise. That sweetness is immediately mey by a strong stout body. Espresso and roasted malts are most distinguishable elements. As the ale warms, some deeply complex grain flavors emerge that push the stout close to Double Stout range.

M: The mouthfeel nicely balances the sweet fruity raspberry and the big dark stout lines, creating a mixed flavor that is darn near reminiscent of a raspberry tootsie pop.

D: The abv is deceptive, strong but well hidden. I am not sure of how old this bottle is, but I suspect that it could still stand up a few years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 01:57:29 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, enjoyed at room temp. Pours nice and black , with a very dark tan head, didnt leave lmuch lace. Nose of chocolate and Strong raspberry. Thick body and coating mouthfeel. Abit chalky, dry hoppy bitterness. Roasted malts dominate, fruity flavor is loud and clear. not overly sweet, which I was a tad afraid of. Alcohol not overly pronounced. Well put together and pleasant sipper. I'd like to try it with a piece of chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 20:42:43 | More by Billolick
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was delighted last year to find a sixtel of this which was kicked faster than any other brew I have ever put on my 4 tap system. I was even more surprised ~6 months later to find a few bottles in a shop. I am down to only a pair of bottles after cracking this one open tonight. No dating that I can locate but I am guessing this is from 2007 based on a conversation had with a Weyerbacher rep.

Poured into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears black in color with some ruby clarity around the edges that also displays some lighter brownness. A finger of dark tan head forms and slowly fades to a thin layering atop the brew. Swirls revive the cap and place some leggings of lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with raspberry right upfront. It is sweet and enjoyable with a very natural smelling raspberry scent. Mixed with the fruity scent are some citrus hop indications through the middle along with a tingle of slightly solvent alcohol. In the back of the nose comes the first indications that this brew might smell like a stout. It has a smooth chocolate character that is very appealing and blends well with the fruity scent.

The taste of this brew includes the raspberry flavor right upfront with a modest amount of perceived sweetness that immediately blends into a combination of dark grain bitterness and alcohol. The roasted grain imparts quite a bit of chocolate character that lasts inside the mouth with a bit of musty grain flavor. Some citrus hop indications are present but blend quite well with the raspberry flavor.

Every once in a while I get an slightly estery flavor of alcohol that blends right with the flavors of this brew. It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated however it has a bit of a watery feel. The warmth in the back of the throat is consistent with a 8% brew. I am glad I took the time to sit down and enjoy one of these again however I am sad to see one less bottle to enjoy at a later time or to share with friends. In a way I am pissed at how well this is holding up, it honestly could hold out for a few more years.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 01:10:17 | More by stakem
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Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.