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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

YourOnlyMan, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zorro, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

theminutemen, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Vancoubeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Vancoubeer, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured several times into a FW mini snifter

A - Dark brown with a 1 finger tan head.

S - Raspberries and dark bitter chocolate. A little hint of coffee.

T - Tart raspberries and those chocolate malts with the coffee and hop bitterness taking you home. Can't find the alcohol.

M - Medium full body. Oily coating. Carbo is off slightly.

O - Nothing to write home about but it could be worse. I don't mind the raspberries. It makes for something different but I could see others not digging it.

BeezNeezy22D, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

GTB, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Lob
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Lob, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of smutty33
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

smutty33, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

SaxmanRick, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Greene's (Atlanta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 3/12/12. Served in a Wild Heaven snifter.

Pours very dark brown with two and a half fingers tan head that leaves a good many pockets of lace.

Raspberries shine through in the nose with other smells of dark chocolate and rum raisins

Tastes of dark chocolate covered raspberries, coffee, roast malts and dark fruit.

Creamy medium full feel with mild carbonation. Long bittersweet cocoa raspberry finish.

This is what is says- a Russian imperial stout with a bunch if sweet tart raspberry character. Very enjoyable.

ThickNStout, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mactrail, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

muchloveforhops3, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

brendaniel, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

AudioGilz, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

MystikCelt, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Knapp85, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

vcoggins, Oct 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

FullObs, Oct 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

jacobdensford, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of sulldaddy
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Im sampling this 22 oz bottle at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. The beer pours a deep cola brown with some slight ruby red tinges, probably due to the raspberries.
Fluffy tan head foams up 2.5 cm with a gentle pour and recedes slowly as I sample the beer. Leaves some windowpane lattice as it fades to a sturdy, tightly packed edge layer.
Aroma is soft bakers chocolate, some fruity raspberry and hits of roasted malt. I also get some sweet brown sugar mixed in for good measure. The nose is pretty evident when I pop that cap, but oddly fades a bit in strength when poured into the glass.
The first sip reveals a soft silky textured beer with fine carbonation and pretty robust body.
Flavor is what the nose advertises with chocolate malt and brown sugar. I get some sweet and tart raspberry notes as well, but these fruit hits are definitely in the background. The malt flavors dominate and get more roasty as the beer warms to room temp. Leaves roasted notes across my palate and is similar to a high%cacao chocolate bar on the finish. I dont really get any booze or warming as I drink this beer.
A nice tasty imperial stout with decent fruit addition that isnt too big and in your face. Worth a shot for sure if you like roasted malt and robust beers.

sulldaddy, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, raspberry, black licorice, vanilla, earthy hops, coffee, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts with some dark fruits, raspberry, black licorice, and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, some more sweet berry flavor comes through with some earthy hops and some coffee. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate malts, dark fruits, raspberry, coffee, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Good russian imperial stout with good complexity added by the raspberries.

ngeunit1, Oct 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

tmhessel, Sep 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

koes0024, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Goatboy
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Goatboy, Sep 06, 2012
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.