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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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83
good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-13-2013 00:57:29 | More by nickfl
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Jasonrm72

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-10-2013 00:05:22 | More by Jasonrm72
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oldedog

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-07-2013 02:08:18 | More by oldedog
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:47:39 | More by tdm168
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-04-2013 00:04:23 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-04-2013 00:00:49 | More by kjkinsey
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-03-2013 15:33:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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stoney1031

Texas

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-02-2013 20:45:20 | More by stoney1031
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-28-2013 03:51:16 | More by Hopstout
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BRD14

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-27-2013 03:14:32 | More by BRD14
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

02-21-2013 08:07:15 | More by ste5venla
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey glass, bottled on 12/13/12. Pours a slick black with a 3 inch light brown head, that leaves lace all over the sides of the glass. Smell is very large dark chocolate, coffee, some roasted malt, and toffee. Taste is similar, rich chocolate dances on the palate to start and gives way to some roasted coffee and carmel. Body is medium, plenty of life, a little dry, and very drinkable. This is very nice, maybe a little more expensive than some equal or More quality beer, but tasty for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:22:10 | More by SawDog505
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2013 23:12:07 | More by PorterLambic
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-24-2013 18:36:31 | More by CoryR
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 06:34:17 | More by JohnGalt1
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Gregfalone

California

3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, bottled 12/13/12

Appearance is appealing, dark brown, damn near black. A very high pour into my newcastle nucleation glass yields about two inches of dense, tight light tan head, which dissipated to a thin layer after about 10 minutes. Nice lacing

Smells of chocolate, hops, and alcohol.

Tastes strongly of dark heavy chocolate up front, followed with a bitter hops taste, and a warm, but boozy taste. The flavors aren't bad, but the don't blend smoothly enough for my taste. The potential is there, and I think this beer might benefit from a year or two in the cellar. Maybe ill update this next year.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, and slightly over carbonated for my liking. Not unpleasant, but not great.

Overall, I think there is potential here, and I'm going to get a couple more bottles to drink in a year, and later.
Unfortunately that is not what I am rating, and I have to say that fresh, this beer is a little dissapointing for the price. A good beer, but I definately feel like I overspent

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 07:47:47 | More by Gregfalone
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Zorro

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 01:22:15 | More by Zorro
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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.