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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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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Photo of ejane
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

ejane, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
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
Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pretty much jet black with a light brown head and decent lacing

S - some sweet raspberry caramel notes that make me think of Brachs candy; light roasted malts; a subtle bit of coffee

T - a shot of stouty booze in to those raspberry Brachs chewy candied; again, the malts are subtle and the nutty coffee undertones are present but muted

M - this beer is generally pretty solid here: nice, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish; solid carbonation and medium-heavy bodied with no sugary aftertaste given the raspberry elements

O - I think this is a pretty solid offering overall with the sweet infusion of raspberry goodness; the abv is there but the beer is balanced with the tasty flavor nuances and clean stout finish; solid shelf offering for $11.

SkeeterBoganski, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Goobastic
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Goobastic, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is black with a thick tan head leaving chunky, foamy lace.

Smell is dark malts, some chocolate, very faint raspberry, from cellar temp to warmer.

Taste is malty, again heavy chocolate, not much roast. The berry remains subtle. A sweet, strong, clean alcoholic flavor lingers on the dry finish. I expected more complexity here, maybe it just needs time to come together as this is a new bottling. A little tight now perhaps, but generally any fruit component is most pronounced when fresh.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium +, and very dry from the alcohol.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I was looking for a lot more out of the berry, from my memory of having it at previous winter ale fests.

ccrida, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Rojada1988, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Braz
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Parkway Tavern. Reddish brown in color with a thin head that fades to a ring around edge of glass. Aromatics of raspberry like fruit and some dark chocolate. Tastes a bit fruity with dark chocolate undertones. Bitter aftertaste. Body is thin for an Imperial Stout. Sounded interesting but didn't really work for me.

Braz, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

feloniousmonk, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of TheTinDoor
4/5  rDev +11.7%

TheTinDoor, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a CCB snifter

A- pours black with a half finger tan head that quickly fades away to nothingess. Man, disappointing as hell...

S- nice smash of raspberries in the nose, along with a slight bit of chocolate...very nice

T- tart raspberries, chocolate, lots of roast. Pretty nice, very different

M- medium bodied. Not overly thick. Nicely balanced

O- very interesting beer, and I'm a fan of it. The price was a little much, but it's pretty close to being worth it

bigfnjoe, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of litheum94
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

litheum94, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

marct, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of csustar001
4/5  rDev +11.7%

csustar001, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tdm168, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of brewdude1982
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

brewdude1982, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of SBoyar1
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SBoyar1, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of azdback
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

azdback, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of BruceBruce
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

BruceBruce, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Cjtytler
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Cjtytler, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

sendbeer, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of wakadaka
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber split 2 ways

A: Good and dark, Tannish head, with good lacing to the bottom

S: Raspberries initially, with chocolate

T: Raspberry up front, tart, turning malty sweet with chocoalte, returning to raspberry for a long tart finish.

M: Medium bodied, zippy on the sides of the licker. Nicely carbonated.

O: Very nice. I suppose some age would mute the zippiness and add more caramel or raisin, but a pleasantly enjoyable beer right now. A touch more body would benefit it right now as well.

wakadaka, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of NickThePyro
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of seand
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark reddish brown with a fair amount of dark tan head. The head dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass with spotty film on the surface.

S: Sweet heavy raspberry with a thick malt base.

T: Strong and sweet, with the raspberry note present but not quite as prominent as the smell suggests. The finish is slightly bitter and the raspberry also comes through a bit more.

M: Full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, good, but not outstanding. The raspberry does add and interesting touch, but it's otherwise an unremarkable imperial stout.

seand, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of adkieffer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

adkieffer, Dec 17, 2012
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.