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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Raspberry Russian Imperial StoutRaspberry Russian Imperial Stout

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 374
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 29.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 66 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: smulkowski on 03-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by TheHopHeadGirl:
Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint bottle costs $14.99 at Whole Foods.
It's expensive. I think of this beer as a dessert stout.
Tastes like a piece of Godiva chocolate filled with raspberries. After drinking it with food, I thought it tastes like blueberries.
I'm just getting into stouts and I like this one!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, still not clear whether or not this is retired, as we're getting the 2012 version just now up here in Alberta.

This beer pours a solid black hole (purplish tinge? hah!), with subtle basal cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and caked beige head, which leaves some sudsy chainlink lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of my mom's raspberry pie puree (fresh fruit, cream, and raspberry Jello), bready, slightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, weak latte coffee, and leafy, earthy, and mildly perfumed hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a more subdued, but still duly fruity raspberry character (it's very much like this was 'dry-raspberried', which of course seems like an altogether different thing, but I digress), roasted coffee, a bit of isolated wet char, stale cocoa powder, a weak earthy anise note, and tame leafy, weedy hops, all informed by a surprisingly cutesy cold booziness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its subjugated, barely tangible frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and pretty smooth, though any nascent creaminess is kiboshed by the lurking big-assed ABV. It finishes off-dry, the obvious fruity and malty essences not quite being allowed to run the table, as the metallic alcohol and earthy hops testily await their turn to deal.

A pleasant enough raspberry-tainted big stout, with a varying amount of fruitiness, depending on the particular sip, sniff, or swallow, but that's ok, it all turns out fine on that front. Otherwise, not the most complex imperialized version of the style that I've yet to come across, being the slavish base that it is, but again, worthy of tolerating if you're any sort of fan of the guest ingredient.

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Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/13/2012: Pours pitch black color with a creamy 1-2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded quicker than I expected, leaving decent spotty lacing and a tan layer on top eventually fading to an oil slick looking trail of tan head.

Smells like raspberry up front with an initial sweetness that moves aside for the coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, charred wood, a hint of vanilla and some more fruity sweetness that is a cross between fruit, floral hops and dark chocolate. I'm very glad the nose was not dominated by raspberry with the fruit playing a nice part in the overall experience and helping to hide the ABV with the roasted and chocolate notes.

Tastes like it smells but the cocoa powder, chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla strike first before the raspberry hits the tastebuds. More coffee and burnt notes in the flavor, with other berry flavors, ashy notes, candied sugar, floral hops and orange peel that blend together for a slightly bitter finish that is dry with a tartness from the raspberry. The sweetness is kept at a moderate level by the charred grains and coffee/cocoa, and the alcohol is there only if you search for it. Aftertaste is actually like a blueberry but has the tart feel of the raspberry.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery for an imperial stout, with a medium body that has mild carbonation and as much charred grainy bitterness as it had fruity tart sweetness. I wish it was a bit thicker and more like a meal, but it was quite easy to drink.

I'm happy that this was as good as I hoped for when I purchased it in early 2013, especially after just suffering through the Founders Big Letdown (Big Lushious), which was the same style of stout but 100 times sweeter. It was an effort to get the wax and cap off, but this beer delivered what I expected and was a very tasty winter treat. Not the boldest RIS, but a nice hybrid with the rasberries added that went down smooth and easy.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

2012 bottle.

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Photo of SuqMadique
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, with not too much raspberry. The fruit notes come through more in the aroma. I get a raspberry and cream component to go along with the roasted malt and chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium carbonation and thick, chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, a little lighter than most black ass double stouts, but sometimes when you have bright colored fruit additions, that will dilute the blackness.

Aroma was burnt malt and sweet berries. Don't get your bramble hopes up, not anywhere near that good. Milk chocolate is a nice contribution to the aroma.

Taste delivers some tartness from the raspberries, some alcohol from well, it being a beer, some bitterness, probably from both hops and acrid burnts malt. Slight coffee-esque existence in the mouthfeel as it warms. Wish it had more 2 row. A tad too thin for my tastes. Could do without the small anise aspect, even if small, its distracting and doesn't help the beer here. Tastes like the KGB RIS from '11, but with some berries thrown in.

Ultimately, while I might have spent $10 for a 6 pack of this beer, that amount of money for this bomber assures that this will not be a repeat purchase. Decent, but would not purchase again at such a high price point.

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Photo of NMG318
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - A deep, dark ruby brown with served to me with a thin, light tan head. Fair retention. A lining of everpresent bubbles cling to the surface around the glass.

Smell - Strongly boozy on the nose. Faint raspberry and chocolate character struggle to pop through behind this boozy oppressor.

Taste - Thankfully, the brew is tamer on the tongue than on the nose. Big raspberry sweetness upfront, quickly anchored down by a massive bitter chocolate character that hits mid-taste, then gives way to a mildly roasty finish. Raspberry is there too, though severely diminished by the gauntlet of roasty malt depth.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied. Sticky. Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth drinker.

Overall - Well, I'm sold. At $12 for a bomber? Not so much. On tap for $6? Yes please. Fine dessert beer here. Does well to balance out the raspberry sweetness, which a few of the raspberry based brews fail to do.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of whatname
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a thin white head that has little retention

S - coffee, faint roasted malts, faint raspberries

T - big raspberry flavor up front, tart, sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, some alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, smooth, warm, well carbonated

This is a nice twist to a big stout. The base stout would have been delicious if it had stood alone, but the raspberries came through added a great unique flavor. They were forward, tart, and the fruit blended greatly with the dark malts of the stout. This beer was complex and very flavorful. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a deep dark brown with garnet highlights, with a good coating of tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt with notes of cocoa and coffee, and an underlying layer of sweet blackberries and a subtle smoky note. Palate is big on roasted dark malt, with notes of mocha and blackberries, along with a good dose of hoppy bitterness. Body is hugely creamy up front but strangely dry on the finish, an odd combo that actually seems to work pretty well here. A big and complex beer that doesn't betray itself as being as strong as 9% ABV.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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