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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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jimmycoulas
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of EB1
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Monteiro
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of bernat1971
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of brureview
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of cleve00
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of CBodamer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Dhamma73
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Armando_Perez
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Soxfan45
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BKBassist
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip.

A - Nice deep dark brown. Initial two finger head was mocha with hints of red. Looks every bit like a stout.

S - Rich milk chocolate and cocoa. Hints of milk stout type sweetness.

T - Chocolate is more featured in this than raspberry was in the other 13 release. Rich and roasty, not overly sweet intially, sweetens and bitters at the finish equally. There are hints of some dark fruit, raisins and figs, and some coffee notes, but mostly a solid stout base with chocolate throughout.

M - A bit thinner than the velvety smooth feel that a good sweet stout can bring. Perhaps a bit overcarbed. Not unpleasant by any means, just not ideal.

O - Having had this and the raspberry only a few nights apart, I think this is the more successful of the two. The chocolate is fairly front and center, if not overly so. I think this is a solid chocolate stout, if not one that I would go out of my way for again. A cut above Widmer's usual offerings at least.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.