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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: 125
Reviews: 23
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:
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(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-31-2012)
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Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mendvicdog, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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
Photo of Maltmaiden
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%

A: well it looks like a stout. a dark brown one.

S: Lots of milk chocolate. fig. alcohol. vanilla.

T: Bitter chocolate. Very roasted/burnt malt. alcohol is definitely there. some citrussy hops.

M: Medium. Moderately dry with a long finish.

O: Not bad flavors but the alcohol kinda killed the moment by being do overpowering. Probably won't drink another this year...maybe I'll age one to mellow it out a little...

Maltmaiden, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

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 ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

ScaryEd, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of jsteele
3/5  rDev -18.9%

jsteele, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

derkfromwi, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of seplo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

seplo, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +8.1%

nickfl, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Jasonrm72
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Jasonrm72, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of oldedog
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

oldedog, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%

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 Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

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

Rhettroactive, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of stoney1031
4/5  rDev +8.1%

stoney1031, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Hopstout, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of BRD14
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

BRD14, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

SawDog505, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +13%

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.

PorterLambic, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +8.1%

CoryR, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%

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.


JohnGalt1, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Gregfalone
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Gregfalone, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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
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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.