Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.36/5 rDev -6.1%
On tap at Congregation Ale House in Azusa, CA.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a thick cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight berry aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and berry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the raspberry aspect is pretty subdued.
05-13-2013 04:59:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-25-2012 22:56:36 | More by metter98
2.99/5 rDev -16.5%
22 ounce bottle - $11.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a black body topped off with a sizable (though, it settles fast), foamy, beige head.
Smell: Heavily roasted malts, giving a noticeable creosote aroma, along with acrid coffee, bitter chocolate, boozy wafts, and raspberries, natch.
Taste: Again, there's the astringent, blackened maltiness. A lightly sweet touch of dark chocolate helps, but it's in far too short of supply. Then, there's the raspberries. Sometimes, you're treating to a really great raspberry taste. Other times, it's a slightly medicinal, off-putting Smarties flavor. It certainly leans towards the latter here. Burnt, berryesque, warm finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It's definitely not Olde Hickory Lindley Park, that's for damn sure.
04-14-2013 05:07:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.9/5 rDev -19%
This poured out as a very dark brown but appears black once in the glass. This head is thin and tan in color, had a moderate retention without much lacing. The smell of the beer is slightly fruity with a dominant amount of roasted malts. The taste is heavily roasted and kind of tart, it's an odd blend in my opinion. The flavors got a little better as the beer warmed up but still not something I found that appealing. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for a Russian Imperial. Carbonation was decent but the body just wasn't there. Overall this beer sounded like it was going to be awesome but I was just hoping for a lot more Raspberry flavor and a little more body too. I wouldn't buy it again.
10-13-2012 18:59:51 | More by Knapp85
3.38/5 rDev -5.6%
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
08-13-2014 03:53:04 | More by russpowell
4.26/5 rDev +19%
On tap. Russian Imperial Stout, with raspberries. 9.3% ABV.
Cast in solid ebony, with a lush, creamy, meringue-like dollop of froth capping it off, leaving lace. Looks utterly lovely.
Aroma: fruit greets the nose right off, with cocoa, raisins, and other dark fruit sensations coming right behind. Slightly tart, a little sweet, while still rich and malty in the nose.
Taste: Mmm, there it is, again, gripping the palate, true raspberry flavor, sliding over a coating of chocolate and coffee. More tart, more sweet, more rich and delicious. A little rum in here, some molasses, a trickle of anise.
This works together. They really deliver. This has subtle, wonderful interplay, and, damn it, it really rocks.
02-07-2013 01:39:56 | More by feloniousmonk
3.44/5 rDev -3.9%
Shitty plastic wax was very hard to get off even with the pull tab, and fractured and went flying across the room.
Pours a decent fizzy slightly fluffy dark colored head that fades semi quickly then slows to a med pace with nice lacing, over a pitch black beer, no light coming through.
Nose brings dark roasty malts, pretty much all roast and char, burnt characters, like the malt was burnt to oblivion, a bit of cocoa too which I was hoping there at least was some, slight acrid burnt coffee, very burnt coffee, and faint raspberry fruity aroma, touch of a booze aroma.
Taste starts with a raspberry actually, more like bitter tannic raspberry seed though with a bit of juice, then into the dark malts quickly. A decent dark chocolate and cocoa do come out a little which blends well with the raspberry. Then a bit more roast and char, a bit of burnt coffee but not much, powdered cocoa comes through, and a bit of roasty char. Just a touch acrid, and some warming booze also in there. Finish is drier but a bit sticky sweet still, lingering burnt coffee and dark roast, as well as some powdered cocoa and hint of raspberry seed.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming booze, fairly thick almost creamy, decent carb.
Overall not bad, but not nearly as good as I hoped it would be. Very dark malt characters, with too much burnt roast and burnt coffee esp on the nose, chocolate is there but more mild than I hoped, raspberry brings more seed than juice and is barely there on the nose. Booze is about on par, but just doesn't quite hit where the beer should be.
06-15-2013 01:44:52 | More by jlindros
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA
Poured a dark brown-black with a thick, foamy, cinnamon-colored head; nice retention and a thick blanket of lacing on the glass. Typical stout aroma, dark malts, moderately roasty. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the taste, and a definite, permeating raspberry flavor that was more tart than sweet; surprising citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty smooth, on the heavier side of medium-bodied, and fairly good overall, though probably not something I'd want to revisit often. Bottle version had a lot less raspberry and a lot more bitterness.
04-18-2012 00:52:12 | More by Rifugium
3.58/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-06-2012 01:31:10 | More by Mora2000
3.2/5 rDev -10.6%
Quite appealing appearance in the tapered Bushmills glass. Dark brown brew with a white foam that lasts well. Spritzy on the tongue.
The raspberry flavor starts right out but is soon overtaken by a bitter coffee flavor. The barest hint of sweetness. The fruit just drops out of sight, but a little berry remains in the nose. Is there chocolate in this, or just the rather charred malt? A plasticky taste from somewhere. Woody and a little puckery. From the very dry aftertaste I would say that they use a Belgian yeast for some reason, but maybe it's just all the seeds and stems. Quite a bitter ending. Very austere.
One of the less-successful brews from Widmer, in my opinion. Unfortunately it has to compare in my mind with the sensational raspberry RIS at the Wedge in Asheville. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's Marketplace in San Diego.
11-04-2012 05:39:05 | More by mactrail
3.06/5 rDev -14.5%
Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" tan colored head that falls quickly to a thick surface foam. Some lace paints the glass.
Smell: overtly sweet raspberry flavor hits you first, follow by a roasted malt aroma.
Taste: big roasted malt here, leaning a bit towards a burnt flavor. The raspberry flavor is like a sweet syrup, and doesn't seem to mesh here at all. Dark coffee, prunes, molasses, and a strong bitterness are the other flavors. There is a chaulkiness here too. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and warming.
Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.
Overall: this is a very slow sipping beer that seems to have flavors that don't marry at all - the fruitiness stands apart from the roasted malt and coffee tones. Tough to finish a glass, let alone the larger bottle.
06-22-2013 16:55:51 | More by Gavage
3.2/5 rDev -10.6%
Mar 12 2012. 2012 vintage. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm curious about how the raspberries work.
Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and great retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a very dark brown-blackish. Nontransparent; nonopaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Chocolate malts, hints of roast, grapefruit citrus hop character, some hop bitterness, clean malts, dark malts, and cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.
T: Cream, dark malts, chocolate malts, raspberry, floral hops, grapefruit hops, and some hop bitterness. Poorly balanced, to be sure. A strange mix. I do like it, and it hides its ABV quite well. No yeast comes through. Nicely layered. Not quite roasty enough.
Mf: Creamy on the open. Smooth and wet, which is wrong for a stout. Nice thickness. Carbonation is off, but I can't tell in which direction.
Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from impressive - especially within the style. I'd like to try it on nitro. So many elements are just wrong within the style - the lack of roast, the lack of coarseness, the lack of dryness - but it remains okay. Sadly, okay just ain't good enough.
07-27-2012 03:20:22 | More by kojevergas
4.11/5 rDev +14.8%
I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for fruit-infused stouts, so this tickled me anyway. 650ml bomber purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Pours a deep black-brown, with good clarity at the edges, and with a certain sheen of red-pink in the hue. Head forms with frothy ebullience and settles down to a fine ring. Lacing is minor and patchy, but present, at least. Body is surprisingly light, but the carbonation is fine. Overall, it looks pretty good: at least as good as it should look.
Nose is musty and dark, with a mild roasted character than nonetheless remains rather smooth and clean. Some leafy freshness comes through as well: perhaps a slight lift from being truly a straight, dark RIS, but no real raspberry character on the nose at least.
The flavour is where this beer starts to shine: here the raspberry is pronounced, providing a bright, fruity counterpoint to the roast and dry darkness. This is certainly based on a Russian Imperial Stout, which is often darker, roastier and drier than the American style. But the raspberry provides that lightness, the sweetness and the character that stops it from being too intense. On the back, there's a lovely mingling of the charred roastiness and the fragrant berry.
Feel is quite light: the dryness on the palate translates into quite a light, dry feel as well. However, given this is 9.3%, it's quite impressive how clean and light this feels. The booze is extremely well hidden.
Overall, yeah, I'm a sucker. This is a decent (if dry) RIS, made interesting with raspberries and gaining balance and structure in the process. I think that the fruit addition to big stouts is always interesting, and in this case I think it helps a lot. I'm a fan.
05-07-2013 04:13:16 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
Clear brown colored ale with a tall brown colored head.
Smells of raspberry and chocolate with some bitter coffee aroma. Coffee candy malt scent with a little razzles candy to it.
Starts out sweet with a distinct raspberry taste. Chocolate and bitterness appear after the initial taste. Warming in the chest can't really taste the alcohol though. And that is about it, raspberry, chocolate and coffee.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall a tasty beer on the sweet side of stout. Really more of a porter, it is worth a try.
11-30-2012 02:16:08 | More by Zorro
4.35/5 rDev +21.5%
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.
01-19-2013 23:54:18 | More by tdm168
3.46/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
04-02-2013 16:43:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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