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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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81
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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 11
Gots: 61 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: smulkowski on 03-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 362 | Reviews: 87
Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of brendaniel
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of vcoggins
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FullObs
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jacobdensford
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Photo of tmhessel
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of koes0024
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Goatboy
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ctc862
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of snaotheus
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split between two snifters

Pours dark syrupy black with a big brown head. Fades to little clumpy islands. Small, fine, slow carbonation. Smell is mild, tart, slightly roasty, but fairly mild.

Taste is a not so hot combination of fruity tartness and coffee bitterness. Not great, but not a drainpour.

Mouthfeel is rich and gritty. Overall, not a huge fan, but I'll finish it.

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of 3Hops
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of zander4dawin
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As it pours out of the bottle you notice a slight red hue. Once the beer settles down it resembles a common imperial stout. The taste is dry with a slight raspberry tart finish the makes it both unique and tasty. The stout base provide a chocolatly undertone with a sweet candy finish. It is a diffent tasting beer that is well done.

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.