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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
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324 Ratings
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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 11
Gots: 51 | FT: 3
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

weonfire, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

LuceScrew, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of tmaestro
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

tmaestro, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a snifter

Appearance- Pours a nearly pitch black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades over about a one minute time frame to leave a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is heavy of a roasted malt smell with some stronger smells of chocolate and coffee as well as a nice bit of a caramel sweetness. Mixed with these smells are some lighter aromas of raspberry as the name would suggest giving a sweeter chocolate and raspberry flavored coffee smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with a decent chocolate and coffee flavor up front. It begins slightly sweeter with some almost milky and caramel flavors. As the flavor advances the chocolate gets stronger while the coffee remains relatively constant. During this time a vanilla and raspberry flavor come to the tongue. The raspberry gets stronger to the end of the taste, but never makes the brew too sweet as toward the end the milky, chocolate and caramel flavors dwindle a bit and the coffee flavors get even stronger. These drier and roastier coffee and raspberry flavors mix with a little bit of a boozy flavor to leave a warming dark flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is on the average to slightly lower side for a stout of nearly 10% abv with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. More creaminess and less carbonation would likely have suited the drier fruit and roasted cocoa and coffee flavors a bit better, but overall not bad.

Overall – A pretty nice imperial with a moderate and not to overpowering raspberry flavor. A nice one to give a try if you are looking for a brew to just sit back and sip slowly.

Darkmagus82, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Thedrizzle
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Thedrizzle, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of Skunkdrool
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Skunkdrool, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

jmmy3, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of yankeepride
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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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3/5  rDev -16.2%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

tobelerone, Apr 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

CWhite, Apr 08, 2013
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 offering poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a lovely 2 finger brown khaki colored head. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasty malts, some smoke, and raspberry. Very little if any chocolate or coffee in the aroma.

T: Getting a nice smokey-ness, roasted malt, toffee. Getting some dark fruits in there as well, raspberry is coming through but not over poweringly so.

M: Medium bodied, not overly thin but on the thin side of full bodied. Would prefer it to be fuller. Slight bitter finish, almost no residue sweetness/creamy feel which I crave in Imperial Stout. About the perfect amount of carbonation and hides the alcohol well.

O: A very solid offering, though I would like more coffee/chocolate and a thicker body. Outside of those minor complaints its a pretty good beer. One that I would buy again next year.

CommanderOfAwesome, Apr 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

ressling, Apr 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

st9647v3, Apr 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

lancecenter, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of pma7779
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

pma7779, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of MEGAawesomeLAUREN
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MEGAawesomeLAUREN, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark. Near black. Beige head with excellent retention.

Bitter cocoa and vinous notes, interpreting that as the raspberries. Roasted grain and spent coffee grounds. Creamy aroma.

Chocolate, rugged roastiness, char, whiff of smoke, light licorice, and nuances of berry. As it warms more, a perfumey raspberry skin and floral note comes through.

Smooth enough. Somewhat chewy. Good balance with a medium carbonation.

A fun try, but not the moneymaker.

thecheapies, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Herky21, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout pours a black color, with a nice lasting brown head. There is a diaper like aroma with hints of berries and coffee. The taste lucky has a nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, and hints of raspberries. Great blending of all the flavors, nothing is overpowering, and good full flavor, and also the alcohol is subtle. Overall a nicely put together beer, very enjoyable.

vette2006c5r, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Rutager, Mar 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.