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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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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 374
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 29.25%
Wants: 12
Gots: 66 | 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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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 374
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.27/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.07/5  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

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Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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Photo of wakadaka
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of seand
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of BeezNeezy22D
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of zander4dawin
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is a ruby highlighted dark brown coloring with a low profile, thin, frothy light beige head that starts around an inch but settles out quickly into a filmy coating. Aromas of rich, syrupy raspberry concentrate in the background to underly the sweet molasses and bitter coffee blend on the nose. Smells a little clumsy. Flavors are much more roast on the initial palate, with a ribbon of tart, syrupy raspberry flavors winding along your tongue. A subtle, middle of the road coffee characteristic makes up the majority of the backbone, with some darkly sweet caramel and molasses highlights keeping it on the sweet side as a whole. The aftertaste is roasty, and not much else other than some hints of bitterness. Slick, coating, and slightly lingering finish of bitter and tart flavors aren't overly appealing in mouth. I can appreciate what they were going for, but I was hoping for a bit more.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mar 12 2012. 2012 vintage. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm curious about how the raspberries work.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm considerably over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and great retention considering the high ABV. Colour is a very dark brown-blackish. Nontransparent; nonopaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Chocolate malts, hints of roast, grapefruit citrus hop character, some hop bitterness, clean malts, dark malts, and cream. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Cream, dark malts, chocolate malts, raspberry, floral hops, grapefruit hops, and some hop bitterness. Poorly balanced, to be sure. A strange mix. I do like it, and it hides its ABV quite well. No yeast comes through. Nicely layered. Not quite roasty enough.

Mf: Creamy on the open. Smooth and wet, which is wrong for a stout. Nice thickness. Carbonation is off, but I can't tell in which direction.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from impressive - especially within the style. I'd like to try it on nitro. So many elements are just wrong within the style - the lack of roast, the lack of coarseness, the lack of dryness - but it remains okay. Sadly, okay just ain't good enough.


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Photo of FosterJM
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1407th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter

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.

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Photo of nlmartin
1.76/5  rDev -51%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.11/5  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?

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%
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

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Photo of Tracerboy
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.