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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: 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-31-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Meleah, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Dactrius
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Dactrius, Apr 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Massbmx, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of ramo
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ramo, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mendvicdog, Apr 06, 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
Photo of Maltmaiden
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
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
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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%
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 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 Rhettroactive
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

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

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

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

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

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

PorterLambic, Jan 31, 2013
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.