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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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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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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-06-2014 05:38:18 | More by jkball01
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sia478

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

01-05-2014 17:19:45 | More by sia478
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a thick black body that supported a firmly set head of brown foam.

The aroma has a fruity tart sweetness with dry chocolate, lactose and raisin.

The flavors hold a tempered raspberry, supported by a roasted grain and coffee end. At the end the finish it does give up a slight raspberry sweetness.

The feel is dry, not chalky, with some viscous fullness.

One of the better fruit stouts I've had, nothing liberally complex but an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 17:12:50 | More by KYGunner
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

01-04-2014 20:04:43 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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aquazr1

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-03-2014 04:45:36 | More by aquazr1
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Erik-P

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-03-2014 00:35:08 | More by Erik-P
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-30-2013 17:54:44 | More by twenty5
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acashk

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-24-2013 04:46:51 | More by acashk
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moarmare

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-24-2013 01:15:55 | More by moarmare
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ThirstyMavros

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-21-2013 15:18:34 | More by ThirstyMavros
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

12-18-2013 02:16:13 | More by capuchinpilates
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-18-2013 01:17:46 | More by BostonPhilly
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4/5  rDev +11.7%

12-03-2013 12:23:01 | More by rbmjr1
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jak

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

12-02-2013 00:13:14 | More by jak
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-29-2013 02:55:39 | More by mmulebarn
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Screper

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-23-2013 14:18:44 | More by Screper
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JohnnyP3

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from 2012. Pours a very dark brown, not quite black with some ruby hues. Nice khaki head leaves some respectable lacing on the glass.

Definite raspberry aroma wafting from the glass. Further inspection reveals a sweet burnt-sugar-like sweetness with hints of alcohol. Maybe some chocolate malts as we'll.

Raspberry tartness melds into sweet malts and a burnt sugar taste with some boozy warming aspects on the way down. Solid roasted malt backbone produces some espresso-like flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium viscosity.

I think this one works. The raspberry element seems to blend in pretty well. I'm glad I took a chance with it. Have not tried one fresh, but this was drinking nicely after a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 06:21:39 | More by JohnnyP3
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JSchock7

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

11-12-2013 08:58:20 | More by JSchock7
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Denzo

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -16.2%

11-09-2013 04:32:00 | More by Denzo
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SleepyDrunk

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with an initially clear white head that fades to brown. The viscosity looked more like a porter than a stout.

A nice raspberry smell up front with the burnt malts towards the end. The raspberry smell is quite nice - I didn't find it overpowering.

If I'm grading this as an imperial stout, this fell short of expectations. The characteristics were more along the lines of a porter. Outside of the raspberry taste, I didn't find any other complexities to the beer.

Sweet up front that fades to the bitty burnt malt taste. Tartness lasts throughout.

I do not think I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:32:19 | More by SleepyDrunk
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - It looked black enough to be a Russian Imperial Stout. Let's allow the comparison to end there.

Smell - This Russian Imperial Stout smelled like a raspberry candle or air freshener. The smell certainly did not make me want to drink the beer.

Taste - At the front, I detected burnt chocolate malt. The raspberry notes very faint and seemed very artificial. It tasted more like raspberry flavoring than raspberries. If there was an intention to make an imperial stout with a sweet fruitiness, this beer has a serious lack of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - There was a degree of thickness, but I would certainly not qualify it as motor oil thickness.

Overall - I told my brother not to buy this one. He did not listen. Now you can listen to me: You need not buy this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:40:01 | More by JohnnyHopps
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Mike

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-29-2013 17:09:07 | More by Mike
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WetCoaster

California

4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer looks a bit more like an imperial porter than a stout, a somewhat opaque dark brown with a reddish golden edge when held to the light. The head—once it warms a bit—is pretty good, a manila-colored, frothy, sticky inch or so with good retention.

S: I loved the smell of this beer. The initial wave is a burst of tart raspberry, fresh, real, and juicy—delicious. It's followed by a chocolate and burnt coffee dark malt, some brown sugar, and a bit of bitter smoke. It all mixed together beautifully, in my book.

T: A bit of a mixed bag here. The raspberry flavor was outstanding, again real, fresh and wonderfully tangy. The stout was, IMO, a bit underpowered. The chocolate and roasty dark malt was there, but it just didn't quite have enough heft to really balance out the berries, and the bitter coffee-like finish seemed to fight the raspberry rather than complement it.

M: This is where the beer didn't quite get it right. Again, it really need a bit more weight and body. The carbonation was mild and fine, but it really lacked the heavy, creamy, dense smoothness of some of the better imperial stouts.

O: Overall, I'm still a big fan of this beer—the berry flavor is fantastic and really works well with a stout flavor profile. If it were paired to a fuller, richer stout, it would really be a top-tier beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:14:37 | More by WetCoaster
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Mat_Rampson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

10-15-2013 01:45:10 | More by Mat_Rampson
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours dark brown to black with one finger kahki head. Looks thin for the style, but maybe just me eyes playing tricks. Aroma is roasted grains, bit of chocolate, and what smells like rotted fruit. I got a similar aroma from Dark Horse Tres. Pretty thick mouthfeel. Roasted chocolate up front, followed by some radpberry, then finishes with lots of bittersweet chocolate. This is not nearly as offensive as Tres and the raspberry provides a subtle flavor that doesn’t linger too much. Medium carbonation and a pretty good beer. Expected this to be very sweet, but it is more bitter than sweet. Maybe feuit is better for a sweet stout. I still don’t think the fruit helps anything. This seems like an excellent base stout with no need for it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:45:47 | More by BMMillsy
Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.