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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Raspberry Russian Imperial StoutRaspberry Russian Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
81
good

307 Ratings
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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 47 | 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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DocBrass

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.2%

07-27-2012 01:00:41 | More by DocBrass
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FosterJM

California

2.85/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1407th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
22oz

Feb/2012 Bottling
Purchased for $12.99 at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA

App- It looked like a stout but more hazy and like the label said purple. The raspberries added a nice depth of color. Nice mocha looking head with some decent cling.

Smell- It fell hard!!! The nose just comes tumbling down. Grainy, artificial, coffee, and puree. A little bit of coffee and bitter.

Taste- Price would run from this Raspberry. It just wasnt very good. The base stout is lacking the depth to pull this off. The grainular coffee notes really drop the raspberry flavors.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a pricky low medium carbonation. Residual raspberry puree.

Drink- Just not very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 04:06:22 | More by FosterJM
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videofrog

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-21-2012 20:20:44 | More by videofrog
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nlmartin

Ohio

1.73/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer was chilled and served in a pint glass. The beer was allowed to warm up to a proper drinking temperature.

A- The beer looks nice. The body of the beer is black with minimal opaqueness to light. Thick tan head rides the darkness. The lacing is thick and looks like pancake batter.

S- The aroma has darkly roasted, toasted and charred malty. Sure it has a whiff of cocoa and a light roasted coffee aroma. Sadly try as I might, no signs of raspberry or any other fruit can I find. Vague medicinal and or metalic aroma plays around as the beer warms up.

T- This beer falls into the trap of a straight forward dark roasted maltyness with no real layers. Very little in the way of cocoa or coffee flavors. Cant really find raspberry in this beers flavors. The finish on the flavor is like drinking cough syrup.

M- The body is full but the carbonation could stand to be lowered. Alcohol makes no appearance in the mouth.

O- Frankly this beer has bored the shit out of me. I will hang onto it in the glass and let it hit room temperature before finale drain pour but I dont see this getting any better. This was like drinking roasted cough syrup.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 02:05:45 | More by nlmartin
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Pencible

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with moderate thick tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee and licorice and alcohol, and a bit of raspberry.
T: It tasted like bitter dark chocolate, with some burnt coffee and cocoa powder, and a bit of raspberry. It had a bitter and mostly clean aftertaste, with a little lingering sweet raspberry.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Oily body.
D: This was a decent imperial stout with good scent and taste and body. It was a little harsh with a bit of alcohol in the finish, so better to sip. Age may help mellow, but the raspberry was already faint to start, so it would probably disappear entirely. Enjoyable beer, but not as great as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 19:07:50 | More by Pencible
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-17-2012 16:55:12 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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sludgegnome

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.2%

07-16-2012 20:10:40 | More by sludgegnome
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Dine

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

07-12-2012 23:22:01 | More by Dine
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-12-2012 20:34:25 | More by TXhomebrewer
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harrisjohnson

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

07-10-2012 01:33:24 | More by harrisjohnson
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bootdown21

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-09-2012 01:45:53 | More by bootdown21
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 01:31:10 | More by Mora2000
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

07-05-2012 13:44:23 | More by Hopmodium
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sevenshubby

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-05-2012 04:14:04 | More by sevenshubby
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

06-27-2012 18:23:49 | More by josephwa
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caverog

California

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-25-2012 03:26:21 | More by caverog
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-18-2012 19:25:53 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-18-2012 13:10:50 | More by TasteTester
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark with a little, dark tan head. Retention isn't the strong suit here.
Smell is very weak/faint with malt and peat notes and even weaker smoke and cardboard notes. No raspberry, though.
Taste is toasted/roasted malt, smoke, vanilla, dark chocolate and leather but no raspberry to be found.
Full bodied, light effervescence. Fairly smooth with a slightly drying finish and a cloying stickiness developing. Raspberry is absent throughout save a very,very slight whiff in the aftertaste. This beer just needs a nose presence and some of the raspberry to be here for this to be a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 23:17:36 | More by PorterLambic
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cowboy83

New York

2/5  rDev -44.1%

06-15-2012 19:08:41 | More by cowboy83
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle, bottled on date of March 12, 2012. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is a bit weak, it smells like raspberries, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. I would say the strongest flavor in this brew is a medicinal raspberry one, with there also being some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. At $12.99 a bottle, I wouldn't buy it again. It was nice to try and it's not a bad beer, but I don't think it's worth the price. But if you're going to split a bottle with someone, then why not?

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 00:47:14 | More by bluejacket74
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Victor

California

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-09-2012 01:04:43 | More by Victor
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

06-08-2012 01:49:38 | More by jaidenjb
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extremely disappointed with the price point on this brew - $13 for a bomber, really? Pretty damn proud of a RIS with some fruit tossed in...a RIS that was $6 bucks a sixer last year. Whatever, my brother bought it. Poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Where my disappointment starts; pours a fairly dark brown with light showing through, hardly stout dark. Khaki head is decent, and carbonation is visible on the side of the glass.

S: Faint raspberry/fruit tartness, burnt malt and smoky notes, hints of caramel with rich toasted malt underneath.

T: Burnt malt and hints of raspberry & fruit sweetness, toasted caramel and nutty notes, faint burnt sugar with a light char. Can't find any of the chocolate, coffee, rich roasted malt, licorice, etc. you would expect in a RIS.

MF: Fairly bitter and burnt and dry - medium-to-full mouthfeel, viscous.

O: Not at all impressive, I can kind of tell that its KGB but on the other hand it seems lighter with different flavor profile, and to me the raspberries don't add that extra dimension. Each beer I have from Widmer, I'm closer to be done with them forever. After this brew, I'm pretty sure I won't be missing much.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 22:08:49 | More by Scotchboy
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.78/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My two favorite flavors in beer: Imperial Stout and Raspberries. Now to see if it lives up to such a promise. Strong, smoky aroma has a decided overtone of raspberries. ME LUVZ RAZBURYS! :D It pours an opaque, scrumptious sable with a thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor is - uh, let me savor this for a while, oh, it is just so dee-lish! A sweet but not cloying raspberry core with smoky, malty, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice notes. I get a touch of cherry as well. So lip-smackingly delicious, it’s to die for! Smooth, full-bodied texture has a good amount of fizz. Widmer, y’all kicked a-- once again! That does it - I’m moving to Portland. :D

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 01:41:25 | More by Cyberkedi
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.