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Raspberry Imperial Stout - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout

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306 Ratings

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 284
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 25
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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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick viscous black pour with a rich 1/4 inch creamy tan head. Smell of coco, red berries, and a hint of expresso. Initally I am suprised by its lighter than anticipated feel in the mouth. After that pour and look I was prepared for thick, thick stuff. Initally the taste is of flat malt on the tongue, then the mouth and tongue dry to tastes of roasty expresso and unsweetened cocoa powder. A slight raspberry lilt is in the finish as air hits the tongue. A good brew and quite drinkable for its ABV.

frank4sail, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best way to describe this beer, is to say that its almost like a dark chocolate rasberry candy. It pours out a nice dark black (like a stout should) with a rich tan head which stayed for a little while. The taste...Great! To my suprise the rasberry was not overpowering, it was simply a compliment to a fine crafted stout. Have i found the perfect desert beer? Yes yes I have.

Ianhockey91, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of Maestro
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is very odd. It reminds me of eating a chocolate covered cherry (except it is raspberry). The imperial stout is definitely in the mix. The raspberries seem to be overwhelming, which says a lot for an otherwise hefty stout. It is a nice beer for Christmas Time and can sway even the most uninterested of beer drinkers. The idea is cool, but not a very drinkable selection. I would say that this beer is well worth trying but that is probably all you will want to do. It is a novelty.

Maestro, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If the GreatPondBrewer is having one, I'll take one as well...

Poured black, with a mocha head that popped up fast then sat thin with carbonation circles on it. Pretty nice lace, too. Smelled of raspberries, very fresh and almost like candided raspberries. Edibly sweet and round, they were still holding on to the full smell of raspberry: tart, seedy, and biting. Behind this were serious dark and bitter chocolate, as well as very dark woody and toast scents. Raspberry was a good pairing with the dark and bitter character of an imperial stout, scents that were great in their own right.

Tasted of a snappy sort of imperial stout from large use of black malts - very dark and very bitter but not unctiously so, more refined though pronounced. A detectable and definite sweet flavor in the middle, too, a tad fruity of sort but not nailed down as raspberry. Finish stuck in the rear taste buds, full of dark and bitterly toasty flavor, and some fruity bitterness before the light salt and cream hop aftertaste. Good moderate bodied mouthfeel.

A quaffer and a good presentation of imperial stout flavors, I would enjoy this even without the raspberry additions. Points for being different.

nomad, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another present from nomad. Poured a jet black witha huge inch tall rocky tan head full of tiny bubbles that dissipated very cquickly considering the size. The smell was a little lacking with some strange soapy smells, but what impressed me was the fact that the raspberry did not dominate the smell. There was roasty malts and some subtle chocolate malts to boot. the taste made up for the lack of complex smell. It was dry with a sweet fruity beginning which morphed nicely into the more traditional Imperial Stout flavors. Plenty of sweet chocolate, syrup and mollasses and just a touch of fig. The alcohol was so well hidden. I could not detect the 8% at all which was quite nice. This is an excellent after dinner drink. Thanks again to nomad.

GreatPondBrewer, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown brew, almost black, topped with a massive pillow of tan foam that will cover you glass in stick lace. At first, the aroma was dominated by roasty malts, coffee, and chocolate. I did not pick up any fruit flavor, but after the head settled a bit, a delicious raspberry aroma started to lift out of the glass. It added to an already wonderful smelling brew.

Rich and smooth with light carbonation, this one was done just right. A full-bodied brew with masses of black patent and chocolate malt flavors. Roasty coffee flavors tone down the sweetness and provide a great bitter kick. Tart and sweet raspberry flavors come in toward the finish to add to the complexity of this brew. They do come in a bit strong and overpower the stoutiness of the beer in the finish, which is all that is keeping it from a 5 in flavor. The aftertaste brings it all back together with a bitter roasty flavor as well as the chocolate. This is not one to miss for anyone, especially the stout lover.

ElGuapo, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of beerinator
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a brownish head. Very thick head. Beer is almost opaque.

Aroma: Like raspberry candy. Very sweet smell. Not quite a lambic aroma, but very very raspberry.

Taste: Front bitterness, a little bit of fruit in the middle and a lingering bitter finish. Not as much fruit as expected from the aroma. Dry finish. A hard core imperial stout with a tiny drop of framboise lambic in every swallow.

Notes: Very good beer. Something different to try for those that aren't huge fans of a sweet fruit beer. Nice choice for a cheesecake or alongside a dish of ice cream.

beerinator, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holy foam freak-out! Massive brunette head tops a deep, black body with faint highlights of ruby. Eye-candy. Marvelous head retention… very little lace was produced though. Inviting nose with modest potency… roasty with chocolate notes and raspberry kisses (similar to chocolate covered raspberries). But the carbonation is out of control! Much of the flavors are muted by this fact… so I let it sit for a while.

… a few minutes laps…

The carbonation has softened and the beer has warmed. The raspberry persuasion was much more distant and weak then expected. For an Imperial Stout, well, it lacks depth. The roasted malt is too burnt; too flat… there is nothing to savor. Lacks coffee flavors. The aftertaste is charcoaled malt. The alcohol is not noticeable in the taste. Medium body… thin. Far too easy to drink and, sadly, its not all that enjoyable to quaff… not really noteworthy either. The sweetness is very limited… dry, chalky. One-dimensionally boring… it is basically a thin stout. Disappointing.

bditty187, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black in color with no light getting through...had DARK tan head that dissapeared too quick
Aroma was of a raspberry liquor...Raspberries, alcohol, roasted malt
Taste...Tartness of the raspberries is mild overall and lasts the whole time...Nice mix of raspberry roasted chocolate malt and alcohol
Mouthfeel was nice and creamy...
Not a beer to pound a ton of in one night...but a nice slow drinking beer throughout the night

stegmakk, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
2.73/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orginally sampled on 20 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer has the usual Imperial Stout appearance: blackish with a tan head. It has a nice coffee nose. It has some some good chocolate flavors, but it left a tart raspberry finish in my mouth.

jcalabre, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of MissOrch
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It pours a beautiful, dark mocha color with a white frothy head that is rimmed with larger, brown bubbles. It smells of raspberry liquor and chocolate. It reminds me of the deep fudge raspberry cake I love to make for special occasions. I also detect underlying notes of malty caramel.

It has a nice, creamy feel to it, and it tastes almost smoky rather than roasted like I thought it would be for a beer that smells and tastes kind of like coffee. It has a very muted, earthy finish. The first state is almost sour, and then chocolate, coffee, and raspberry flavors subtly add their presence. I would have to give this beer a kind of low drinkability rating since the smoky finish increases as I move along the point, almost to the point where I feel like I'm licking an ashtray. With cocoa powder dusted on top.

MissOrch, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is solid black with a quarter inch head of tight bubbly foamed froth, dark caramel tannish in color with a slight pink tint which faded moderately to a thin haze on top and leaves curtains of lace that breaks up fast into spots and sticks somewhat. Smell is soft and fresh of dark chocolate and raspberries and notes of banana and dark citrusy hops. Taste is lovely of dark chocolate, partially sweetning, lightly tangy, smooth and mild, darkly toned a bit with the perfect smack of raspberry coating in the middle and finishing even better with more raspberry and dark fruit sweetness and mildly fruity dryness and a nice light earthy hop twingyness. Amazingly yummy and delicious! Feel is pretty full to medium and nearly heavy, starts easy, middle goes sweet, tart, smoothing into fruity tangyness and real nice creamyness throughout. An absolutely fantastic stout, highly recommend getting your hands on some.

Another big thanks to Francisweizen for the bottle!

tavernjef, May 22, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice khaki colored head. The beer itself is pure black. Fantastic aroma. Bold, raspberry smell. Tastes like a very good combination of chocolate and raspberry. MissOrch makes an amazing chocolate raspberry cake. It smells and tastes a lot like this beer. The mouthfeel is good. Sweet, but not filmy. Smoky, too, like a good imperial stout.

dwarbi, May 19, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. This is my second brew from Weyerbacher, and it did not dissapoint. This beer poured a very dark, jet black colour with a frothy, brown head. The aromas were of Raspberries, malts, coffee, and bitter, dark chocolate. The taste was more of the same. Very bitter, malty, and chocolaty with a nice raspberry and coffee finish. The mouthfeel was thick and viscous, and NOT overly carbonated. The drinkability was very good, especially considering that this brew is over 8% ABV!

A world class brew!

francisweizen, May 15, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The body has the same blackness (not quite opaque at the edges, though) with the same head with the same grayish tint. The raspberry brings out chocolate in the aroma which I didn't notice much of in the Old Heathen. Charcoal is still present underneath. In the flavor, the raspberry is so complete and unadulturated that you can taste the seeds. While the flavor still lacks the body that I think is important for a good Imperial, the raspberry makes up for some of that. Unfortunately, towards the end I started getting this bad saltwater aftertaste that really detracted from the experience.

aracauna, May 10, 2003
Photo of allboutbierge
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was going to be my last beer for the night so I was thinking to try something different. 'Raspberry Imperial Stout' sounded like it was just what I was looking for.

Black and dark, but not as opaque as other Imperials like Storm King, Shakespeare or Brooklyn. Small and quickly fading beige head. Aroma is an orgy of sweet smelling raspberries and deep roasted hops and malts. The typical aroma characteristics of an Imperial are run over by the raspberry scents however. Flavor is much the same. One can note the deep 'charcoal roasted like' flavors of malts and hops with some bitter chocolate in the back but again Raspberries trump all else. While the raspberries were very strong and fruit flavors in beer usually is more of a detremental than beneficial characteristic this isnt necessarily the case here. Body is heavy but smooth drinking...its light carbonation just tickles the palate. While this was a pretty good single, I couldnt picture myself drinking more than two of these; the raspberry taste would be too much after a beer or two, but until then its refreshing and interesing.

allboutbierge, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a kickass Imperial. Very similar to the Old Heathen, but the raspberries add a whole new dimension to this beer. Pours out black with little carbonation a la Old Heathen, but the aromas are so potent. Hops, and a load of chocolate and raspberry aromas come out. I didn't know what to expect at this point...is this actually going to be sweet? It got better.

While this brew is drank, raspberries are in your face at all times. The flavors remind me of ripe fruits covered in Hershey's syrup with whipped cream on top. Chocolate covered rasperries, but in beer form with delicious hops as well. Roasted malts and coffee are all present as well. The body and mouthfeel were very rich and creamy, more so than the bottle of Old Heathen I had. A wonderfully complex stout, I would imagine this would be good as a dessert, or at any other time too. This beer gets me excited.

IrishRedRock, Apr 13, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an deep opaque brown color, topped by a brown head that is dense and long-lasting. The aroma is very strong on chocolate and raspberry, with a hint of coffee as well. A truly wondeful aroma. The taste is also a bunch of dark chocolate/cocoa mixed with coffee and whipped cream. A slight hint of the raspberries appears in the finish. A decent hop bitterness also reveals itself in the finish. The aftertatse is chocolate covered raspberries with a cappuccino chaser. The mouthfeel feels like cream, with a mild carbonation and a very supple caress on the tongue. The drinkability is very good, although the strong bitter chocolate notes detract just a bit from drinking many of them, but add to the overall enjoyment of this beer. I can't believ I waited so long to try this beer. Truly outstanding. Thanks to WilliamPhilaPa for providing this beer. I'll be buying more of it for sure.

aaronh, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of pezoids
2.13/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had sampled this beer at a microbrew tasting. I was excited to try it since I heard alot about it. To be honest, this beer really isn't for me. I remember the robust and rich stout flavor mixing with the taste of tart berries. Maybe a more conditioned sample might be better. Kind of reminded me why I don't like flavoured coffees.
Nice try anyways.

pezoids, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of Murph
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with no light escaping and a nice brown film on top that leaves minimal lacing. Strong roasted malt aromas come through first with a nice light bitter coffee aroma and a bit of chocolate floating along in there as well. The raspberry aromas seem a bit over the top to me but are balanced out by the roasted qualities. The raspberry flavors are a bit too sweet but they remain in the backround for the most part and give the brew a slightly black forest cake like flavor when mixing with the maltiness. There is a ton of bitter roasted malt present that has a nice sweet side to it as well with a bit of chocolate qualities thrown in. The chocolate/roasted flavors jump right out off the start with a bit of background raspberry. The chocolate then fades to leave only the roasted malt to meld with the raspberry. The chocolate sweetness then returns as the bitter roastedness fades away and you are left with a raspberries with chocolate sauce taste that lingers nicely before the coffe-like roasted ness returns to kick the berries out and the brew finishes with a nice roasted, bittersweet, light chocolate flavor that lingers a bit and leaves a fairly clean palate for the weight of the brew and its flavors. A nice coating and smooth texture to this brew make it seem to glide over the tongue. Although it does seem to coat your mouth with flavor right away it is not a cloying coating at all and is more just a slightly roasted flavor that lingers and just leaves me wanting the next sip. A very nicely crafted brew that I certainly wouldn't mind drinking again.

Murph, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a black with a dark brown glow to it. I noticed on the sides of the glass that this beer was well carbonated. The head was a medium brown color that stayed to at least half way down the glass. It was thick and creamy in nature but left no lace. The aroma was fairly simple, raspberry, chocolate, sweet coffee, some roasted malt. These aromas seemed to take there turn in the forefront along with the raspberry. I also noticed a citrus hint in the middle nose but only a few times. Seemed kind of tart just from the aroma, and waited to find out if the taste was indeed this. The raspberry was the dominant aroma as well as the flavor. All others were secondary. The tastes were raspberry, bitter chocolate, semi-sweet coffee, some slight hops, and raspberry again. I also noticed some citrus notes in the flavor but they were kind of hard to taste most of the time. It was watery in the middle and dry at the finish. I also noticed that the last flavor that stayed in my mouth for quite some time was raspberry. Good job Weyerbacher, another top beer. I would get this again.

Jarod, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of yen157
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was another tasty brew from the folks ar Weyerbacher.

Black body that flashed some ruby red when the light caught it just right. Dark brown head quickly dissipated. Toasty, rich beer featuring flavors of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, charcoal, and even peanut shells. Raspberry was evident only slightly in the form of a brief acidic bite and a touch of true raspberry flavor instead of the fake, syrupy flavor that Pete's Winterbrew has. Those expecting a fruity beer will be disappointed in this one, but IMO it was well done. It was an average imperial stout with a thin mouthfeel made exciting with some fruit.

yen157, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very intriguing stout from Weyerbacher. The consistency is a tad shy of what I had hoped for as it is a little thinner than many stouts. The aroma or raspberries is present, yet not as overpowering as some - and that is a good thing. All in all, a really good beer if you are looking to try something different the next time you are out. Bottoms Up!

goindownsouth, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of John
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This black brew refuses to allow any light penetration whatsoever...even when held to light. The head is a respectable milk chocolate color. The aroma is a bit tentative, merely suggesting the roasted goodness an Imperial Stout should be shouting out. The flavor is also somewhat restrained, but contributes to the overall excellent drinkability. The alcohol is well masked. The raspberries are barely detectable. Mild roastedness and reserved coffee bitterness accentuate this fine brew.

John, Nov 24, 2002
Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.