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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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BA SCORE
82
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86 Reviews
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Reviews: 86
Hads: 371
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 64 | 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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

2012 bottle. (12 characters)

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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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. (398 characters)

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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. (975 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +9.2%

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. (1,764 characters)

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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. (958 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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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. (585 characters)

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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. (531 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (952 characters)

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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