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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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BA SCORE
83
good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-31-2012)
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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
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kvgomps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-22-2014 02:18:58 | More by kvgomps
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sia478

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-14-2014 18:33:36 | More by sia478
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MeganPhillips

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-11-2014 02:22:16 | More by MeganPhillips
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-10-2014 20:13:56 | More by -NESTO-
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squack

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-01-2014 20:25:38 | More by squack
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-28-2013 14:51:04 | More by hellhammermario
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-27-2013 05:34:52 | More by cjgiant
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frothy_80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-25-2013 19:27:35 | More by frothy_80
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TheRougeBastard

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-22-2013 01:09:30 | More by TheRougeBastard
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jlivings757

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22%

12-13-2013 00:56:48 | More by jlivings757
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

12-09-2013 19:36:13 | More by Zach122
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BradShook

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-05-2013 01:53:19 | More by BradShook
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JorSince88

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-30-2013 04:51:05 | More by JorSince88
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Danegerous123

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-24-2013 07:08:39 | More by Danegerous123
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ImperialStout

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

11-18-2013 15:50:29 | More by ImperialStout
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jimmycoulas

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

11-15-2013 02:18:03 | More by jimmycoulas
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

10-27-2013 18:42:18 | More by Ohiovania
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.4%

10-27-2013 17:27:29 | More by Lanstrum
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jplopez21

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-30-2013 21:50:47 | More by jplopez21
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EB1

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-28-2013 20:58:42 | More by EB1
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Monteiro

District of Columbia

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%

Look - About as black as black gets. Medium lacing for a RIS.

Smell -Pretty style-standard. Alcohol and heavily roasted malts.

Taste - Cocoa, coffee, cocoa and cocoa. Did I mention cocoa? More reminiscent of powder then nibs. Not a lot of stone-fruit tones but decent maltinesss.

Mouthfeel - Dry and thin, A little less carbonated then I would other wise prefer.

Overall - Decent. Split a bottle with 3 others as a dessert at $13.99 retail. Totally delicious and passable, but grab the Yeti or the Surly darkness if they are on the same shelf.

09-23-2013 00:30:15 | More by Monteiro
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bernat1971

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-15-2013 10:25:09 | More by bernat1971
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

The beer poured an attractive dark chocolate color with a 1Finger head.

Nice aroma-cocoa with hints of vanilla.

The mouth feel was a bit carbonated, almost pungent.

Unfortunately, the taste was disappointing- the aroma did not carry to the taste.

The chocolate- cocoa was not rich and does not stand out as in other Imperial stouts.
There isn't a bold character to this beer, which is an important element to an IS taste.

The finish was semi-hoppy. No alcohol finish prominent in other Imperial stouts.

The beer mellows with warming- it tastes a little better.

Overall, a decent Imperial stout- but not in the same tier as Old Rasputin, Ten Fidy, Storm King,
Parabola and the Yetis.

09-04-2013 17:30:54 | More by brureview
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.