Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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2.18/5 rDev -40.9%
OK so I've never liked over the top bottles with wax or corkers. This one however does the wax and does it with this messy crappy wax that is flaking everywhere. A can would be better folks, even of the snobs!
Pours a nice creamy black body with a nice tan foam cap. Totally a great looking beer. Though I guess we take a point off for the awful bottle.
Vanilla and light milk chocolate aroma with some slight roast hints. Not enough hop or enough roast given the imperial and RUSSIAN parts.
Hops, chocolate, vanilla, but it is almost a hint sour and it isn't well blended. This beer might need some age to see it blend together but right now it is a lot of odd flavors that don't blend together.
it's pretty drinkable with enough cream and yet kinda light and drinkable given the creamy feel. Still the flavor makes it less than desirable.
I'm not a fan of this beer. It has all kinds of good elements but they don't work together and it wasn't well thought out. Pass this isn't good beer.
06-10-2013 02:25:24 | More by bobhits
3.2/5 rDev -13.3%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout '13, poured into a Lawson's tulip.
Look - Pours thinner than most RIS, but still jet black. A small, quickly dissipating foamy head that retains slightly. Lacing is on the lower side but apparent.
Smell - Strange, almost like green beans.... Definite anise/black licorice (which works in brews like Ten Fidy but not so much here), very faint on chocolate. What the hell?
Taste - I was scared after the aroma but thankfully the taste was (somewhat) redeeming. Cocoa, coffee, some vanilla, all-in-all a bit watery though.
Mouthfeel - Probably the thinnest RIS I have ever had. Booziness makes it throat hot, drinkability is "meh" because flavor is just not there to make you want to put up with the abv.
Overall - This is the worst RIS I have had so far, but it's not a total failure, it's just dull and not good. Maybe my palate has been ruined by other greats of the style but I found this to be one I would tell my friends to skip if they see it. Would not recommend.
08-01-2013 18:25:55 | More by JMScowcroft
3.24/5 rDev -12.2%
Nearly black in the Ommegang chalice with a dark beige head. Not too foamy in the glass, but a prickly carbonation on the tongue. Aroma is not very pronounced. The body is almost watery, though it has very substantial maltiness.
A big black charred flavor with a faint sourness. Burnt sugar and something like a charred whiskey barrel. Starts out with some malty richness, but that seems to evaporate, leaving just the bitter chocolate, an alcoholic burn, and a dry finish. The hoppy tang leaves a little more bitterness, which is pleasant and adds some interest.
This is perfectly drinkable, and has some pleasant flavors, but the competition in this category comes from dozens of wonderful brews, so this one rates only average. Especially for 14 bucks. From the 22 oz bottle.
05-25-2013 06:15:30 | More by mactrail
3.36/5 rDev -8.9%
A- Dark brown, settles black, frothy tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.
S- Just a hint of roasted barley with some toasted malt. No chocolate, no coffee, nothing.
T- Flavor comes through way more than the nose would indicate. Cocoa powder, hints of coffee and vanilla, roasted malt.
M- Full bodied, medium carbonation. Not thick, but drinkable.
O- A pretty good RIS, but the aroma is not there. Not terrible, but not recommended.
06-16-2013 02:20:53 | More by stephenjmoore
3.41/5 rDev -7.6%
bottle from 2013
A: pours black with a finger of dense tan head from a vigorous pour that fades to a small pool and collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smell is heavily chocolate with some roast malt and a hint of coffee
T: taste is chocolate, roast malt, more chocolate, a hint of coffee and still more chocolate. Swallow is bitter dark chocolate and bitter roast malt with a tinge of coffee on the back end
M: I wouldn't call this a full mouthfeel as it feels a bit on the watery side. carbonation is soft but there and the finish is a little dry
O: Not bad but not great. there are better beers out there for the same price. Based on the way it poured I thought it would have a little more going on and drink a lot bigger.
04-08-2014 03:52:31 | More by SHODriver
3.46/5 rDev -6.2%
Picked up tonight at the COOP for $11ish... Poured into my slim tulip.. 1 finger of brownish head sticks around for a while and leaves decent lacing for the entire glass.. the brew is pretty much black but a tiny bit of light shows deep ruby in the stem end of my glass.
Nose is more oriented toward chocolate and cocoa than RIS aromas... cocoa nibs and some slight dark fruits are the highlights.. Unfortunately there is a bit of pronounced EtOH with warmth..
Flavor shows cocoa and light roast that is brought up front by a light sorta creamy sweetness... a bit of char and hints of smoke in the finish remind me that this is a bigger stout... some dark fruit notes show as the temp rises..
Body is a solid medium with a light carbonation... sorta silky..
Decent beer... not great... could use more traditional stout flavors (albeit light) to help make this brew standout a bit more.
01-17-2013 06:34:17 | More by JohnGalt1
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.