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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Raspberry Russian Imperial StoutRaspberry Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.13%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: smulkowski on 03-25-2012)
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RickS95

Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark. Not quite black, but very dark brown. Faint lighter notes around the edge. A thin head forms, a burnt beige color, but doesn't retain well. Props for the dark color, but deductions for the lame head/retention/lace.

The smell is decadent. Very chocolatey. The addition of raspberries lightens the darkness of the chocolate with a fruitiness. Smells like dessert.

I like chocolate, raspberries and alcohol, so this taste is right up my alley. Think chocolate covered raspberries or chocolate cake with raspberries on top. It's dessert in a bottle.

As you might guess, it's extremely smooth and creamy. There's just enough bitterness to temper the tart and sweet. High ABV provides a warming throughout the finish. Very full bodied and rich. Would be splendid with a chocolatey dessert.

There isn't much for me not to like about this. It's super easy to drink, takes the place of both a dessert and a nightcap after dinner. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 03:11:02 | More by RickS95
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

a. Black with reddish huge. 1 finger foamy brown head

s. Malt and sweet raspberry. Alcohol sent is strong.

t. Alcohol is hidden well for 9.3 - surprisingly based on the smell. Do not get hit with the raspberry, more of a mild - easy drinking traditional stout.

m - OK. carbonation seems high for a stout - nothing to wright home about.

o. This is a nice stout - tasty, but not the taste I would have expected - not getting the raspberry. Smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 18:41:01 | More by gonzo000
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger head
S: Raspberry with a hint of cocoa and roasted malt
T: Roasted malt, just a hint of raspberry, some burnt sugars, but a bit watery
M: Medium-bodied but thin
O: Not disappointed I tried it but this could be more than just 'okay' if there was more malt to provide structure (though the alcohol didn't come through as is) and somehow the raspberry aromas came more through on the palate

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 05:09:39 | More by ONUMello
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jpd026

New York

4.99/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You will never have another beer like this ever. Never has any beer, of any style, been so smooth and drinkable, let a lone this is a f###ing Russian imperial stout. It flows in your mouth and throat like water, and drinks like a soda. Yet it has such a unique and rich taste, you will never be able to drink enough in one sitting. The raspberry is not by any means overpowering, but in perfect proportion to the rest of the flavors. Easily the best Widmer Bros. I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 02:24:08 | More by jpd026
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bomber into a snifter.

pours a dark black with a nice inch thick beige head. smell is very raspberry-ie... nice! taste kind of falls short though... not too much raspberries and it ends with a not so pleasant bitter finish. not too drinkable. its definitely no lindley park. however, its still decent. medium to full bodied...mild carbonation.

overall good for the 3 bucks i paid. wouldnt seek it out again though

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 04:31:37 | More by Axnjxn
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magictacosinus

California

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A big thanks to my friend Dan for handing me a bottle of this. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Split with a friend to help with the probable sweetness that's to come. Bottling date is "DEC 12 13," so pretty fresh.

Dark blackened in color, yet not completely opaque - casting this against the light showcases some dark reddish colors, as well as a light ruby (maybe violet or purple) color that must be from the addition of raspberries (although, how much, I've no clue). A generous frothy off-khaki head coats the top of the beer, with some rather impressive lacing from the foam sticking onto the walls of the glass in a way I've never seen from this brewery before. Lots and lots of sediment gathered to the bottom of my glass when I poured the dregs in. Again, unusual, but the entire thing looks like a home brew. And, from a brewery of this size, that deserves some mention on its own.

The aroma is, as expected, quite sweet, although it actually is relatively enjoyable for what it is. Big, milk chocolate notes meld with a raspberry, boysenberry, and blackberry jamminess and sweetness, to the sense where it resembles a sweet raspberry jam truffle of sorts. Some roasted coffee notes permeate, but they're definitely buried underneath the sugar and booze, which slightly stings. Licorice, vanilla, caramel, and light clove comes in, but it's for sure all about the chocolate/raspberry combo here. On the bright side, it never smells artificial, but it does get excessively sweet over time. Humorously enough, my friend and I were both seated at next to each other, chatting, while the beers were facing our opposite sides from where each of us were sitting. The effect clouded the entire nearby atmosphere with a sickly sweet aroma of raspberry and lavender, as if some scented candles were lit. A little too powerful for what it is, perhaps.

If the aroma wasn't enough of a warning sign, the flavor is even MORE sweet! Huge notes of sugar cream covered dark chocolate meld into a jammy, yet slightly sweet cascade of raspberries (much like a sweeter Zinfandel), as well as some blackcurrant, plum, and molasses. Finishes with a licorice-forward sensation, with some light bitterness from the roasted malts and high hop profile (for a RIS) resembling coffee. The finish is sweet, with vanilla, caramel, fudge, and some light heat from the booze clenching through. The aftertaste goes on for a very long time, even producing a little bit of the cocoa buttery sensation that I enjoy on these big beers. Still pretty cloying at times, and this is an undeniable sipper. Carbonation is good, although as it warmed up it started to get pretty syrupy, but never bad enough throughout. Definitely slightly sludgy, which further enhances the truffle profile this was going for. Not bad, but splitting a bottle was definitely way too much.

My friend and I could not finish our glasses due to the intense decadence and sweetness that this overall embodied. The raspberry flavor is a refreshing and fun addition to the RIS style but it became way too overpowering over time, and the loss of carbonation is to this beer's detriment throughout. I actually think it may be bottle conditioned, too, so no clue why this is happening. I'd happily take 3-4oz next time, but definitely no more than that, ever again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 07:59:13 | More by magictacosinus
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a thick black body that supported a firmly set head of brown foam.

The aroma has a fruity tart sweetness with dry chocolate, lactose and raisin.

The flavors hold a tempered raspberry, supported by a roasted grain and coffee end. At the end the finish it does give up a slight raspberry sweetness.

The feel is dry, not chalky, with some viscous fullness.

One of the better fruit stouts I've had, nothing liberally complex but an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:12:50 | More by KYGunner
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from 2012. Pours a very dark brown, not quite black with some ruby hues. Nice khaki head leaves some respectable lacing on the glass.

Definite raspberry aroma wafting from the glass. Further inspection reveals a sweet burnt-sugar-like sweetness with hints of alcohol. Maybe some chocolate malts as we'll.

Raspberry tartness melds into sweet malts and a burnt sugar taste with some boozy warming aspects on the way down. Solid roasted malt backbone produces some espresso-like flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium viscosity.

I think this one works. The raspberry element seems to blend in pretty well. I'm glad I took a chance with it. Have not tried one fresh, but this was drinking nicely after a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:21:39 | More by JohnnyP3
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SleepyDrunk

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with an initially clear white head that fades to brown. The viscosity looked more like a porter than a stout.

A nice raspberry smell up front with the burnt malts towards the end. The raspberry smell is quite nice - I didn't find it overpowering.

If I'm grading this as an imperial stout, this fell short of expectations. The characteristics were more along the lines of a porter. Outside of the raspberry taste, I didn't find any other complexities to the beer.

Sweet up front that fades to the bitty burnt malt taste. Tartness lasts throughout.

I do not think I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:32:19 | More by SleepyDrunk
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - It looked black enough to be a Russian Imperial Stout. Let's allow the comparison to end there.

Smell - This Russian Imperial Stout smelled like a raspberry candle or air freshener. The smell certainly did not make me want to drink the beer.

Taste - At the front, I detected burnt chocolate malt. The raspberry notes very faint and seemed very artificial. It tasted more like raspberry flavoring than raspberries. If there was an intention to make an imperial stout with a sweet fruitiness, this beer has a serious lack of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - There was a degree of thickness, but I would certainly not qualify it as motor oil thickness.

Overall - I told my brother not to buy this one. He did not listen. Now you can listen to me: You need not buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:40:01 | More by JohnnyHopps
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WetCoaster

California

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer looks a bit more like an imperial porter than a stout, a somewhat opaque dark brown with a reddish golden edge when held to the light. The head—once it warms a bit—is pretty good, a manila-colored, frothy, sticky inch or so with good retention.

S: I loved the smell of this beer. The initial wave is a burst of tart raspberry, fresh, real, and juicy—delicious. It's followed by a chocolate and burnt coffee dark malt, some brown sugar, and a bit of bitter smoke. It all mixed together beautifully, in my book.

T: A bit of a mixed bag here. The raspberry flavor was outstanding, again real, fresh and wonderfully tangy. The stout was, IMO, a bit underpowered. The chocolate and roasty dark malt was there, but it just didn't quite have enough heft to really balance out the berries, and the bitter coffee-like finish seemed to fight the raspberry rather than complement it.

M: This is where the beer didn't quite get it right. Again, it really need a bit more weight and body. The carbonation was mild and fine, but it really lacked the heavy, creamy, dense smoothness of some of the better imperial stouts.

O: Overall, I'm still a big fan of this beer—the berry flavor is fantastic and really works well with a stout flavor profile. If it were paired to a fuller, richer stout, it would really be a top-tier beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:14:37 | More by WetCoaster
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours dark brown to black with one finger kahki head. Looks thin for the style, but maybe just me eyes playing tricks. Aroma is roasted grains, bit of chocolate, and what smells like rotted fruit. I got a similar aroma from Dark Horse Tres. Pretty thick mouthfeel. Roasted chocolate up front, followed by some radpberry, then finishes with lots of bittersweet chocolate. This is not nearly as offensive as Tres and the raspberry provides a subtle flavor that doesn’t linger too much. Medium carbonation and a pretty good beer. Expected this to be very sweet, but it is more bitter than sweet. Maybe feuit is better for a sweet stout. I still don’t think the fruit helps anything. This seems like an excellent base stout with no need for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:45:47 | More by BMMillsy
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goochpunch

Texas

2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1

Bottled in March 2012

Pours out black with ruby highlights. Head is khaki with a pink tinge. Smells of roasted malts, raspberries and ethanol. Taste is so strong with raspberries. Lots of roast and ashy burnt taste. Kind of works but kind of clashes. Lots of burnt in the aftertaste with a sickly sweet fruitiness. The mouthfeel is nice. Kind of full with creaminess. This is kind of hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 02:06:16 | More by goochpunch
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of the 2012 edition of this beer today- bottle says "MAR 12 12" on it. Only had it in the fridge for a few hours before I opened it up, seemed like it was just about the perfect temperature, not too cold.

A: Pours very dark, with an inch of foam on top. About 1/8" of foam lasted throughout.

S: Aroma is strong with raspberry puree or jam

T: Notes of bittersweet chocolate and hops are in each sip. Strong, artificial tasting raspberry flavor is also impossible to miss

M: A mix of hoppy carbonation hits me and dries my mouth out a little

O: I had much higher hopes for this beer. I think I got it confused with another Widmer Bros beer I was looking for when I picked this up. Overall, this reminds me of one of those truffles that comes in the Whitman Samplers chocolates- dark chocolate w/ raspberry filling.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 00:43:30 | More by FrankShirley
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours the usual imperial stout coloration and appearance, pitch black with a tinge of brown, a nice tan mocha head about 1 finger in height that dissipates to a fine lacing around the outside of the glass.

S: The beer gives off a faint raspberry smell that is present from about a foot and a half away, upon closer smell, the usual imperial stout flavors dominate, putting the raspberry notes on the back burner. Present is coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and a bit of sweetness, likely the raspberry.

T: Again, cocoa, coffee, and dark roasted malt tones mostly dominate the taste, with a faint hint of raspberry in the mix, giving a sweet, light fruit flavoring to a style that usually has dark fruit notes. Some sweet notes are present along with a little bit of what tastes like blackberry.

M: Nice, slick, and oily on the tongue with a mild amount of carbonation well suited for the style. A nice taste remains after the finish.

O: Overall, quite tasty, this would definitely be a buy again, a worthwhile choice from the style, exhibiting a slightly sweeter quality than most imperial stouts have.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 20:09:04 | More by Daktyls
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BKBassist

New York

3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Batch.

A - Poured into a tulip. Initially poured a great two finger mocha brown head, stuck around for a bit. Otherwise, this looks like a stout. Deep dark brown, bordering on black.

S - Roasted cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, tiny hint of sweetness.

T - Milk chocolate, finishes with the sweet raspberry. There is a tart and acrid character here as well. Still, roast and chocolate dominate.

M - Silky smooth, nice amount of carb.

O - One of the better offerings I've had from Widmer. A very enjoyable, highly drinkable take on a slightly sweet RIS, if not overly complex or really showcasing the raspberry.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 04:53:18 | More by BKBassist
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" tan colored head that falls quickly to a thick surface foam. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: overtly sweet raspberry flavor hits you first, follow by a roasted malt aroma.

Taste: big roasted malt here, leaning a bit towards a burnt flavor. The raspberry flavor is like a sweet syrup, and doesn't seem to mesh here at all. Dark coffee, prunes, molasses, and a strong bitterness are the other flavors. There is a chaulkiness here too. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a very slow sipping beer that seems to have flavors that don't marry at all - the fruitiness stands apart from the roasted malt and coffee tones. Tough to finish a glass, let alone the larger bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 16:55:51 | More by Gavage
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shitty plastic wax was very hard to get off even with the pull tab, and fractured and went flying across the room.

Pours a decent fizzy slightly fluffy dark colored head that fades semi quickly then slows to a med pace with nice lacing, over a pitch black beer, no light coming through.

Nose brings dark roasty malts, pretty much all roast and char, burnt characters, like the malt was burnt to oblivion, a bit of cocoa too which I was hoping there at least was some, slight acrid burnt coffee, very burnt coffee, and faint raspberry fruity aroma, touch of a booze aroma.

Taste starts with a raspberry actually, more like bitter tannic raspberry seed though with a bit of juice, then into the dark malts quickly. A decent dark chocolate and cocoa do come out a little which blends well with the raspberry. Then a bit more roast and char, a bit of burnt coffee but not much, powdered cocoa comes through, and a bit of roasty char. Just a touch acrid, and some warming booze also in there. Finish is drier but a bit sticky sweet still, lingering burnt coffee and dark roast, as well as some powdered cocoa and hint of raspberry seed.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming booze, fairly thick almost creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but not nearly as good as I hoped it would be. Very dark malt characters, with too much burnt roast and burnt coffee esp on the nose, chocolate is there but more mild than I hoped, raspberry brings more seed than juice and is barely there on the nose. Booze is about on par, but just doesn't quite hit where the beer should be.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 01:44:52 | More by jlindros
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BilbosNuts

California

3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown in color, but some light comes through along the edges. A one-finger, mocha colored, creamy head sits on top and leaves behind cobwebs of lacing. Appears very still.

S: Typical roasted malts upfront, followed by a subdued fruitiness of raspberries and a mild coffee finish. Overall, a bit toned down.

T: Similar to the aroma with roasted malts and a finish of sweet and lightly tart raspberries. I'm able to experience the raspberries in the taste more so than the aroma, which give it a slight puckering effect while adding a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, with a slick finish. A carbonation level that is enough to allow the flavors to wander without being intrusive.

O: Not a bad offering overall. The addition of raspberries was a welcomed one which added a unique element to one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:41:31 | More by BilbosNuts
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage - poured into a tiny ass glass:

The chocolate and raspberry control the schnoz... smells like the Northern Lites mocha that I used to make at Caribou Coffee.

Chalky milk chocolate, dry vanilla and raspberry extract. I think it's actually pretty tasty, I'm a total sucker for raspberry though... Raspberry puree with hot chocolate and caramel.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 01:43:23 | More by yamar68
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Azusa, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight berry aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the raspberry aspect is pretty subdued.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 04:59:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TBoneJones

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black into my chalice, with a cola-tinged opacity near the rim when held to light. Head is very short-lived, trickles to nearly no foam.
I smell the raspberries, along with bitter cocoa/ roasted coffee, booze.
Starts off with coffee grinds, then comes the creamy raspberries, and with a strong bitter, boozy finish. Not complex and could use more balance.
Feels slick and creamy. Sticky, smooth but with a strong medicinal feel to the aftertaste. .
Worth a shot if you like trying different imperial stout flavor experiments. Otherwise for me, I wont be revisiting this one shortly, especially at around $12.00 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:25:25 | More by TBoneJones
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for fruit-infused stouts, so this tickled me anyway. 650ml bomber purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Pours a deep black-brown, with good clarity at the edges, and with a certain sheen of red-pink in the hue. Head forms with frothy ebullience and settles down to a fine ring. Lacing is minor and patchy, but present, at least. Body is surprisingly light, but the carbonation is fine. Overall, it looks pretty good: at least as good as it should look.

Nose is musty and dark, with a mild roasted character than nonetheless remains rather smooth and clean. Some leafy freshness comes through as well: perhaps a slight lift from being truly a straight, dark RIS, but no real raspberry character on the nose at least.

The flavour is where this beer starts to shine: here the raspberry is pronounced, providing a bright, fruity counterpoint to the roast and dry darkness. This is certainly based on a Russian Imperial Stout, which is often darker, roastier and drier than the American style. But the raspberry provides that lightness, the sweetness and the character that stops it from being too intense. On the back, there's a lovely mingling of the charred roastiness and the fragrant berry.

Feel is quite light: the dryness on the palate translates into quite a light, dry feel as well. However, given this is 9.3%, it's quite impressive how clean and light this feels. The booze is extremely well hidden.

Overall, yeah, I'm a sucker. This is a decent (if dry) RIS, made interesting with raspberries and gaining balance and structure in the process. I think that the fruit addition to big stouts is always interesting, and in this case I think it helps a lot. I'm a fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 04:13:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
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LittleDon

Texas

3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle aged approximately 6 months.

Visually appealing with a good amount of lacing a jet black appearance. Faint amount of raspberry and roasted malt aroma, albeit a bit light for the style. Same goes for the flavor. Hints of raspberry and a mild burnt sugar finish. A bit on the dry side. Solid but not great. Medium heavy body and average carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 22:16:57 | More by LittleDon
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance- Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades over about a one minute time frame to leave a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heavy of a roasted malt smell with some stronger smells of chocolate and coffee as well as a nice bit of a caramel sweetness. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of raspberry as the name would suggest giving a sweeter chocolate and raspberry flavored coffee smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with a decent chocolate and coffee flavor up front. It begins slightly sweeter with some almost milky and caramel flavors. As the flavor advances the chocolate gets stronger while the coffee remains relatively constant. During this time a vanilla and raspberry flavor come to the tongue. The raspberry gets stronger to the end of the taste, but never makes the brew too sweet as toward the end the milky, chocolate and caramel flavors dwindle a bit and the coffee flavors get even stronger. These drier and roastier coffee and raspberry flavors mix with a little bit of a boozy flavor to leave a warming dark flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is on the average to slightly lower side for a stout of nearly 10% abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. More creaminess and less carbonation would likely have suited the drier fruit and roasted cocoa and coffee flavors a bit better, but overall not bad.

Overall – A pretty nice imperial with a moderate and not to overpowering raspberry flavor. A nice one to give a try if you are looking for a brew to just sit back and sip slowly.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 22:33:44 | More by Darkmagus82
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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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