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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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129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-31-2012)
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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

metter98, May 18, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Texasfan549, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

nickfl, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Some roastyness & cocoa, carob & plums

T: Cocoa, a little bit of charred grain up front. Dryness, roastyness, plums & cocoa as this warms, some charred grain too. Finishes dry, roasty, a little plummy & a with some nice Baker's chocolate notes
MF: Firm carbonation, medium body, warming

Fairly drinkable, the rest of their big stouts seem to be boozey messes compared to this. Would buy again if the price was right, still not quite put together well enough to get too excited about...

russpowell, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

mactrail, May 25, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mendvicdog, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

imperialking, May 01, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

barleywinefiend, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zorro, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Gonzoillini, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

tdm168, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

3.75/3.25/3.5/3.5/3.5

JohnGalt1, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Rhettroactive, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -66.2%

chippo33, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18.9%

smartassboiler, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

twelveinches, May 25, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

thecheapies, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of SadMachine
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%

SadMachine, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

DarthKostrizer, May 30, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Rutager, Apr 01, 2013
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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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