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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

322 Ratings
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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 80
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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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

mitch3114, Mar 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

2beerdogs, Mar 10, 2013
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3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

TheSixthRing, Mar 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

GFG, Mar 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

montrealbcr89, Mar 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Vitacca, Mar 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Rhettroactive, Mar 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

kjkinsey, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

PStriedl, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

akttr, Mar 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

mscudder, Mar 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

BKArmstrong, Feb 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

siddhartha, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

BRD14, Feb 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

dachp, Feb 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

duff247, Feb 25, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

krl2112, Feb 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

millertime416, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Danielr26, Feb 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Fatehunter, Feb 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Lare453, Feb 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

ejane, Feb 15, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Immortale25, Feb 12, 2013
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.