Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.2/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
08-01-2013 18:25:55 | More by JMScowcroft
3.8/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-04-2013 03:29:04 | More by BKBassist
3.36/5 rDev -8.9%
A- Dark brown, settles black, frothy tan head that leaves some sticky lacing.
S- Just a hint of roasted barley with some toasted malt. No chocolate, no coffee, nothing.
T- Flavor comes through way more than the nose would indicate. Cocoa powder, hints of coffee and vanilla, roasted malt.
M- Full bodied, medium carbonation. Not thick, but drinkable.
O- A pretty good RIS, but the aroma is not there. Not terrible, but not recommended.
06-16-2013 02:20:53 | More by stephenjmoore
2.18/5 rDev -40.9%
OK so I've never liked over the top bottles with wax or corkers. This one however does the wax and does it with this messy crappy wax that is flaking everywhere. A can would be better folks, even of the snobs!
Pours a nice creamy black body with a nice tan foam cap. Totally a great looking beer. Though I guess we take a point off for the awful bottle.
Vanilla and light milk chocolate aroma with some slight roast hints. Not enough hop or enough roast given the imperial and RUSSIAN parts.
Hops, chocolate, vanilla, but it is almost a hint sour and it isn't well blended. This beer might need some age to see it blend together but right now it is a lot of odd flavors that don't blend together.
it's pretty drinkable with enough cream and yet kinda light and drinkable given the creamy feel. Still the flavor makes it less than desirable.
I'm not a fan of this beer. It has all kinds of good elements but they don't work together and it wasn't well thought out. Pass this isn't good beer.
06-10-2013 02:25:24 | More by bobhits
3.24/5 rDev -12.2%
Nearly black in the Ommegang chalice with a dark beige head. Not too foamy in the glass, but a prickly carbonation on the tongue. Aroma is not very pronounced. The body is almost watery, though it has very substantial maltiness.
A big black charred flavor with a faint sourness. Burnt sugar and something like a charred whiskey barrel. Starts out with some malty richness, but that seems to evaporate, leaving just the bitter chocolate, an alcoholic burn, and a dry finish. The hoppy tang leaves a little more bitterness, which is pleasant and adds some interest.
This is perfectly drinkable, and has some pleasant flavors, but the competition in this category comes from dozens of wonderful brews, so this one rates only average. Especially for 14 bucks. From the 22 oz bottle.
05-25-2013 06:15:30 | More by mactrail
Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.