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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series)Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-31-2012)
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Photo of metter98

New York

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of licorice and hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, although it also has favors of roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present. The chocolate flavors become stronger as the beers warm up.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste as roasty compared to other Russian Imperal Stouts and doesn't deliver as much chocolate flavors as I would have expected.

05-18-2013 04:01:36 | More by metter98
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-04-2013 00:00:49 | More by kjkinsey
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-04-2013 00:04:23 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-13-2013 00:57:29 | More by nickfl
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-06-2013 00:18:57 | More by mendvicdog
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

07-03-2014 22:38:24 | More by GClarkage
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-01-2013 17:15:43 | More by imperialking
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3.94/5  rDev +6.8%

A : Poured a deep brown, nearly black with a nice mocha colored head with good retention but minimal lacing...odd

S: Big roastiness and mounds of cocoa, not bakers powder cheap cocoa, but a deep reich cocoa like a bitter chocolate. Some coffee notes are also noted

T : Big dark chocolate upfront with a minute amount of milk chocolate, a bit of espresso in the background riding a full length roasted malt backbone which persists start to finish. The chocolate is pretty unrelenting.. The finish is a nice, chocolate, roasted, scorched malt taste, some bittering. The booze is pretty evident but not overbearing, well played.

M: Well carbonated for the style, medium-full to full body. A nice creamy and decadent feel, creamy.

O: This was a very good beer that lives up to its name. If the label had sound "Founders" or "Bells" this stout would have been rated much higher. The Widmer stigma prevents people from rating objectively but rather subjectively.

11-08-2013 19:56:24 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of Zorro


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Ale brewed with chocolate nibs.

Pours thick with the color of used motor oil. Light proof beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smell of chocolate and toasted grain with a little smoke and a charred grain aroma. Mildly sweet with some caramel in the scent and a little coffee. OK but it could be more aromatic.

Starts out sweet with a bittersweet flavor overall, chocolate is the after taste. Slight bit of smoke in the flavor the malt is about perfect to balance out the patent malt. Good chocolate and it is just slightly bitter. More of a 3.75 in the flavor area.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Tasty beer but not really outstanding. Similar to North Coast Old Rasputin.

12-31-2012 01:22:15 | More by Zorro
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

12-29-2013 19:48:36 | More by Gonzoillini
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-24-2014 03:08:51 | More by Latarnik
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%

A - pitch black with a thick, dark brown head

S - cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, coffee

T - huge, chocolate notes, big coffee presence, roasted malts, some alcohol, mildly bitter finish

M - full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This was a really nice offering. The chocolate was absolutely impressive. The balance was also impeccable. The coffee added a nice bitter balance to the sweet coffee. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've had from Widmer. This is definitely a beer I will have again.

03-05-2013 01:47:39 | More by tdm168
Photo of JohnGalt1


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
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-03-2013 15:33:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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1.25/5  rDev -66.1%

06-18-2013 03:06:26 | More by chippo33
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-01-2013 00:18:55 | More by smartassboiler
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-25-2013 06:05:01 | More by twelveinches
Photo of thecheapies


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Black color. Frothy and fluffy in the head department. Looks nice.

Roasty nose with bitter chocolate and charred grain; combatted by noticeable hop bitterness. Creamy notes also evident.

Sweet maltiness and dark chocolate with secondary notes of black coffee and licorice. Some char. Some toffee sweetness.

A little prickly with back-of-the-throat booze. Body feels okay. On the full side. Carbonation is soft.

Decent Chocolate RIS. Would buy again.

03-26-2013 01:14:00 | More by thecheapies
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-21-2013 08:07:15 | More by ste5venla
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-30-2013 00:48:45 | More by DarthKostrizer
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown, pretty close to black with a shim of tan head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Sweet dark chocolate, dark malts and molasses with a bit of licorice and smoke.

Taste. Bitter dark chocolate with high cocoa content (in a good way), a bit of dark malt and dark fruits, and some grain alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation with some soothing warmth.

Overall. A decent chocolate stout that's heavy on the cocoa. I liked it.

04-01-2013 17:48:18 | More by Rutager
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-24-2013 18:36:31 | More by CoryR
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4.18/5  rDev +13.3%

Arrives a deep, dark, nearly black liquid with a creamy, dark tan head. Retention is quite good and settles to a big island. Glass is just covered in a sheet of lace.
Smell is odd. The first and strongest note is cider. Not certain if this is just from an incompletely cleared line or intentional. Once past that, faint malt and cocoa are all I found.
Taste is rich with toasted malt, dark chocolate, some toffee and a whiff of rum and dark fruit in the post swallow/aftertaste moment.
Full bodied with just a minimum of carbonation. Rich, supremely smooth, almost like drinking velvet. Some coating of the tongue and palate. Extremely good once past the nose.

01-31-2013 23:12:07 | More by PorterLambic
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

02-24-2014 14:11:32 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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