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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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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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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

bootdown21, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev 0%

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.

Mora2000, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Hopmodium, Jul 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

sevenshubby, Jul 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

josephwa, Jun 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

caverog, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

TasteTester, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

PorterLambic, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of cowboy83
2/5  rDev -44.1%

cowboy83, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

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?

bluejacket74, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Victor
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Victor, Jun 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

jaidenjb, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -5%

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.

Scotchboy, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.78/5  rDev +33.5%

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

Cyberkedi, Jun 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

hickmancase, Jun 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

BCross, Jun 01, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -20.4%

Pours very dark brown with a beautiful amber-orange tint if held to the light. Bit of a creamish tan head with nice lace. A good looking beer.

Smell: A little malty fruit on the nose with hints of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Immediate raspberry chocolate cough syrup with a bitter edge flavor.

Feels smooth and wet.

Wouldn't go out of my way to get this beer but my wife brought it home so I can't complain to much.

Tracerboy, Jun 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

cestlavie, May 28, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

JMBSH, May 27, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin and dense beige head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: Aromas of cocoa nibs and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of raspberries in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing impressive about the smell or taste of this beer—it’s a very average Russian Imperial Stout.

metter98, May 25, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours from bomber to tulip an opaque flack, no light escapes, black edges, a smaller 1/2 finger khaki head, little retention but nice lacing. The nose is rather muted with roast being most prominent A backdrop of fruity sweetness is also present. The flavor starts of with the roasted malt and then immediately is dominated by the raspberry, not overpowering but not mellow. Sweet and strong with the warmth. Mold bitterness and the raspberry flavor lingers for a while. Full bodied and adequately carbonated, my favorite aspect of the beer is he mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Overall decent but I likely wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

hopfacebrew, May 25, 2012
Photo of vkv822
2.43/5  rDev -32.1%

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with foamy, bubbly tan head.

A bit subdued, but definite raspberry, cocoa and roast malts are present.

Light cocoa and roast, followed by a large dose of medicinal raspberry flavor. The medicinal raspberry is really perfected by a light booziness, as one would find in a cough syrup.

Medium, slightly viscous body, low carbonation.

I was really looking forward to this one, but unfortunately the raspberry was much to cough syrup-esque in the taste.

vkv822, May 20, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +2%

1 pint bottle costs $14.99 at Whole Foods.
It's expensive. I think of this beer as a dessert stout.
Tastes like a piece of Godiva chocolate filled with raspberries. After drinking it with food, I thought it tastes like blueberries.
I'm just getting into stouts and I like this one!

TheHopHeadGirl, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

DM1293, May 19, 2012
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.