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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

362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 61 | 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: 362 | Reviews: 87
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3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CaptBreadbeard
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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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!!

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3.76/5  rDev +5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

03/10/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not what I expected. Only the slightest hint of raspberry. A gentle taste of stout to say the least. This is a quirky drink that evades my description & I guess that's what lead to the confusing title.

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.