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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
81
good

363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 60 | 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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Ratings: 363 | Reviews: 88
Reviews by zander4dawin:
Photo of zander4dawin
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As it pours out of the bottle you notice a slight red hue. Once the beer settles down it resembles a common imperial stout. The taste is dry with a slight raspberry tart finish the makes it both unique and tasty. The stout base provide a chocolatly undertone with a sweet candy finish. It is a diffent tasting beer that is well done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

2012 bottle.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev +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.

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle
About a half finger of head on an almost black body, it does seems to have a blue hue to it.
The aroma is nice with milk chocolate, raspberry, alcohol and
The taste is a letdown. The raspberry is there with the roasted malt and chocolate, but it doesn't flow smoothly.
The texture is great. Soft and smooth with low carbonation.
Worth trying, maybe some aging will help out the taste.

Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent black with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Nice vicscious look to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry juice, faint roasty notes

T: Raspberry, a little cola, roastyness & Baker's chocolate, plus faint smokeyness & a little boozeyness. Boozeyness, dryness, raspberry, roastyness & a little more carob. Finishes dry, a little roasty & with woody hop notes

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, thins out a bit once warm

Okay, not one I would buy again. I doubt aging this longer is really going to improve this much. Widmer used to make some beers I really liked, not sure about that any more

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Widmer Brothers Brewing - Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout '12 [Stout ale brewed with raspberries with raspberries added] (220z ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 9.3% ABV)
With the Olympics having recently ended, I felt comfortable enjoying a new Russian stout without feeling it was overload, and on a windy, snowy day like today it felt appropriate to have myself a winter warmer... A semi-aggressive pour aided in a 3 finger sandy/khaki head with, dare I say, enormous bubbles, which faded at a moderately slow pace, leaving nice lacing on its' departure... A decent retentive cap sits atop this nearly pitch black brew, with the raspberry aromas already presenting themselves... So obviously, raspberry is prominent on the nose, but the alcohol seems to be presenting itself not far behind it, with traces of cocoa shining through from time to time... First taste is much like the aroma in it being extremely fruit forward, but a hop bitterness is also there which pair together quite nicely, but again the alcohol isn't far behind... As the tastes fade, there's some chocolate that becomes more pronounced and adds a touch of bitterness to the lasting raspberry flavors, with some bready notes in there also... The mouthfeel is quite nice, especially for a this style, as I find many stouts tend to be either too thin or far to chewy... The fruit flavors match the fullness in this beer very well, as it goes down smooth while retaining a nice "jammy" mouthfeel similar to a nice full bodied red, but enough carbonation so that it had some softness also... A classy representation of a very straight forward fruit based stout, though not extremely complex, the flavor profile is very pleasant... My only qualm with this beer is that the alcohol warmth was very prevalent, not to the point of displeasure, but it walked the thresholds of annoyance while I tried to enjoy this otherwise tasty ale... Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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!

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a pretty big head for an imp stout. Tan, sticky, about 4 fingers high. Smells like chocolate covered cordial candies. You do get a nice raspberry scent from it. Like a chocolate covered raspberry jam.

Whoa, very big, very wow, lot going on here. Tart raspberry with big chocolate flavor. Massive viscous body. Sour tartness big roasted flavor on the mid-palate. Big underlying bitterness. Not a sweet beer in anyway, very bitter black chocolate with dark fruit pure. I like it.

You can really taste the raspberries and they go well with the rich roasted chocolate dark character of this brew.

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this fine RIP with raspberries pours a deep dense black with hints of brown and a moderate layer of tan foam that dies down to a thin ring and light lacing. Nose of raspberries (duh), heavily roasted grains, and dark chocolate. Flavors are sweet malts and heavily roasted malts up front, raspberry flavor is to the back and on the finish with chocolate lightly making itself known. Light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel and coating nature makes this a fine beverage for a finisher. A very nice RIP with fruit that is a nice collaboration of the sum of it's parts.

Photo of goochpunch
2.65/5  rDev -26%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle, bottled on date of March 12, 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is a bit weak, it smells like raspberries, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. I would say the strongest flavor in this brew is a medicinal raspberry one, with there also being some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. At $12.99 a bottle, I wouldn't buy it again. It was nice to try and it's not a bad beer, but I don't think it's worth the price. But if you're going to split a bottle with someone, then why not?

Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a very deep brown, but not as dark as most in the style. A finger of tan head caps this glass and leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smell. Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts with some red berry and a little bit of citrus.

Taste dark and very roasty, slightly bitter malts along with some dark chocolate, red berries and a bit of fresh dark fruits. There are some bitter, lightly piney hops in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied with below medium carbonation.

Overall. A decent RIS with the nice (albeit slight) addition of raspberries.

Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.5)

- Pours a very dark jet-brown & black. A couple of pretty fingers of head formed which were a nice light mocha color. The head was rather spotty and mousse-like, like a fine dessert. The head slowly settles with lace all about the glass, and some spotty foam mixed in with an even paper-tin layer.

Smell: (4.0)

- Lots of roasted malt and a biscuit-like scent. Coffee seems to be a big aroma, while a soft and very subtle touch of tart currants and raspberry sit in the background. I like that this isn't melting my nose hairs like say - Widberry (Though I liked that beer). As it sits and warms a little, the raspberry really starts to shine. Smells very well blended and balanced.

Taste: (4.0)

- Yes. Very good. Lovely bittering hops which have a light grassy and earthy touch, balanced perfectly with a lightly sweet malt. Light chocolate, biscuit, and a touch of coffee make for a good base stout. The raspberry flavor is just the right strength. This is dangerously balanced. There is a slight tart quality about the raspberry, but it fits the stout very well. Certainly bitter! Sure some of that would settle over time, but it doesn't need to.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is lighter bodied than most imperial stouts. I personally find most of Widmer's stronger beers to be rather light in body compared to others, especially the last KGB stout release. This one has a heavier body than the KGB. Medium body, slightly drying while a touch cloying, and has a slight chalky texture to it. Overall it is nicely carbonated, and very easy to drink.

Overall: (4.0)

- Overall I am impressed with this beer. It is very tasty, very well balanced, and very easy to drink. It is sure to be a hit, even with the coming Spring days. One of my more favored beers of the last Brother's Reserve Series beers, and now the Alchemy Project. Still hard to top that 25th Anniversary Double Alt though. I really loved that beer. Get a few of these, and share them with many friends! It is sure to please even the most finicky of drinkers. And no, the fact that I was given this beer did not cause an increase in review marks.

Photo of yamar68
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of DPJ3322
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

I've been aging this Russian Imperial Stout since last year. It has held up quite well, I get a lot of raspberry in the smell, nice chocolate and oak flavors in the taste. The carbonation is light and appropriate for a robust stout. There is some astringency as it warms and that takes away from the beer, but that comes with the territory.

Photo of Immortale25
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says DEC 13 12.

A- Pours an entirely opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains a bit before relinquishing to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Sticky, thin lacing.

S- You can really smell the raspberry and, unfortunately, it's a seemingly artificial sort of aroma...and that's actually all you can smell. That and a bit of booze.

T- The taste has much more character and depth. Raspberry in the front followed by rich dark malts that are chocolaty and roasty. The sweetness lingers and is decidedly a bit artificial, but it helps to balance the heavy char that's also present. The alcohol is also certainly present but balanced enough.

M- Creamy and smooth with a bitter feel from the heavy malt. Medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- Very drinkable while just being a fruity stout with high ABV.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin and dense beige head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: Aromas of cocoa nibs and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of raspberries in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing impressive about the smell or taste of this beer—it’s a very average Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of SHODriver
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black with a one finger dense light tan head
S: smells of roast malt and chocolate and a whisper of raspberry
T: tart raspberry flavor up front that fades to a solid backbone of roast malt, coffee, some chocolate flavors and some burnt sugar type flavor. whispers of raspberry immediately on the swallow with another dose of roast malt and coffee to slowly fade away.
M: medium bodied with fairly light carbonation, typical for the style
O: pretty decent with a nice twist on the style. well made and the raspberry flavor is not overpowering and complements the flavors of the beer instead of distracting and detracting from them. I don't know if I'd buy another bottle at 12 bucks but it isn't bad at all and it has enough malt presence to age well. I'm sure the flavors will meld together and transition smoother in the future.

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.