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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

323 Ratings
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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
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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1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

DmanGTR, Sep 12, 2013
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1.73/5  rDev -51.7%

The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass. The beer was allowed to warm up to a proper drinking temperature.

A- The beer looks nice. The body of the beer is black with minimal opaqueness to light. Thick tan head rides the darkness. The lacing is thick and looks like pancake batter.

S- The aroma has darkly roasted, toasted and charred malty. Sure it has a whiff of cocoa and a light roasted coffee aroma. Sadly try as I might, no signs of raspberry or any other fruit can I find. Vague medicinal and or metalic aroma plays around as the beer warms up.

T- This beer falls into the trap of a straight forward dark roasted maltyness with no real layers. Very little in the way of cocoa or coffee flavors. Cant really find raspberry in this beers flavors. The finish on the flavor is like drinking cough syrup.

M- The body is full but the carbonation could stand to be lowered. Alcohol makes no appearance in the mouth.

O- Frankly this beer has bored the shit out of me. I will hang onto it in the glass and let it hit room temperature before finale drain pour but I dont see this getting any better. This was like drinking roasted cough syrup.

nlmartin, Jul 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Lare453, Feb 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

cowboy83, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.35/5  rDev -34.4%

Bottled 13FEB12
Pours a black beer with a solid quilt of tan foam. Smells of leather, coffee, black malts, maybe when I really focus, some berry comes through - but I almost feel like I'm trying to convince myself. Flavor of burnt malts, dark, really dark chocolate, coffee and the slightest hint of raspberry (this time not convincing myself). Taste is overly bitter for what I would expect from a fruited beer. Medium bodied and moderately carbed with a semi dry finish. Overall, this beer does not strike as the beer advertised. A previous review mentioned possible pedigree to KGB, wouldn't suprised me as much as I disliked this beer, but it wasn't nearly as poor as KGB for me. I will argue they missed the mark on the berries, and the bitter characters were overplayed. Needed a little sweetness, berry flavor and body with a hint less carb.

harrymel, Apr 20, 2012
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2.43/5  rDev -32.1%

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with foamy, bubbly tan head.

A bit subdued, but definite raspberry, cocoa and roast malts are present.

Light cocoa and roast, followed by a large dose of medicinal raspberry flavor. The medicinal raspberry is really perfected by a light booziness, as one would find in a cough syrup.

Medium, slightly viscous body, low carbonation.

I was really looking forward to this one, but unfortunately the raspberry was much to cough syrup-esque in the taste.

vkv822, May 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

mscudder, Mar 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

YourOnlyMan, Nov 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

krl2112, Feb 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

PEIhop, May 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

DSkilling, Jun 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Timvon, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
2.61/5  rDev -27.1%

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.

goochpunch, Sep 26, 2013
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2.73/5  rDev -23.7%

Based upon my enjoyment of other Widmer beers, I was really looking forward to this one. After getting through the purple wax, it had a fruity aroma, but not quite as sweet/tart as I was expecting. Had a good dark pour, with a really deep head. Took a taste, and ... raspberry? Just didn't get those here. It had a roasted malt taste, with just a bit of a tang, and then a slight bit of berry on the aftertaste. However, it wasn't a good flavor throughout like I was planning to enjoy. Wouldn't buy this one again.

yankeepride, Apr 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

The_Craft_Deviant_Rob, May 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

-NESTO-, Jan 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

markasparov, May 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

litheum94, Feb 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

jacobdensford, Oct 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

JMBSH, May 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Herky21, Mar 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

millertime416, Feb 23, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -20.4%

1407th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
22oz

Feb/2012 Bottling
Purchased for $12.99 at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA

App- It looked like a stout but more hazy and like the label said purple. The raspberries added a nice depth of color. Nice mocha looking head with some decent cling.

Smell- It fell hard!!! The nose just comes tumbling down. Grainy, artificial, coffee, and puree. A little bit of coffee and bitter.

Taste- Price would run from this Raspberry. It just wasnt very good. The base stout is lacking the depth to pull this off. The grainular coffee notes really drop the raspberry flavors.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a pricky low medium carbonation. Residual raspberry puree.

Drink- Just not very good.

FosterJM, Jul 23, 2012
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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.