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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

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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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%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 17:30:54 | More by brureview
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cleve00

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent RIS but probably won't repeat due to price point where I live.

After pour, dark brown/black with a plum color at the stem of glass at bottom. Head 2 fingers at the pour which dissipates quickly after a minute, which leaves you with a flat cola look.

Smell has major notes of roasted coffee, and hint of raisin, plum

Drank at room temp in a glass goblet, not much carbonation noted. Bitterness comes in and stays to the swallow but eventually gives way to the roasted coffee and finishes dry.

I would love to see what this limited 2013 would be like in "14" or "15", alas the price point detracts from this pursuit.

Much more to explore below this price range that will fill my needs/wants.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 20:20:10 | More by cleve00
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CBodamer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

08-15-2013 22:33:56 | More by CBodamer
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Dhamma73

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-15-2013 18:54:54 | More by Dhamma73
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cornpone

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

08-08-2013 21:11:10 | More by cornpone
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout '13, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours thinner than most RIS, but still jet black. A small, quickly dissipating foamy head that retains slightly. Lacing is on the lower side but apparent.

Smell - Strange, almost like green beans.... Definite anise/black licorice (which works in brews like Ten Fidy but not so much here), very faint on chocolate. What the hell?

Taste - I was scared after the aroma but thankfully the taste was (somewhat) redeeming. Cocoa, coffee, some vanilla, all-in-all a bit watery though.

Mouthfeel - Probably the thinnest RIS I have ever had. Booziness makes it throat hot, drinkability is "meh" because flavor is just not there to make you want to put up with the abv.

Overall - This is the worst RIS I have had so far, but it's not a total failure, it's just dull and not good. Maybe my palate has been ruined by other greats of the style but I found this to be one I would tell my friends to skip if they see it. Would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 18:25:55 | More by JMScowcroft
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

08-01-2013 00:18:55 | More by smartassboiler
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.