Imperial Raspberry Stout
Thornbridge Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,046
Ranked #24,339
3.89 | pDev: 14.14%
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Imperial Raspberry StoutImperial Raspberry Stout
Notes: Collaboration with S:t Eriks Bryggeri
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Brewed 2013. ABV is 10%. Black colour, dark ruby in the highlights, large tan head. Strong aroma of raspberries, raspberry chocolates and dark malts, hints of blackcurrants. The flavour is distinctly roasty and fruity - dark malts, coffee and dark bitter chocolate, and distinct raspberries. Hints of liquorice and blackcurrants. Bitter and tart finish.

Jun 07, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.34/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

L- Very dark brown (effectively black) but very cloudy too, the sediment must have been easily stirred up as this had rested well. Pours with thin pale tan head.
S- Strong raspberries and nothing gets through that. This will either soar or fail...
T- Good... grief... Well, it's very different! This is a very unusual beer. I get pungent somewhat sour raspberries on top of presumably (it's quite masked behind the latter) deep stout beer. But the perfumed raspberries win out big time.
F- Very unorthodox. Highly perfumed and fruity which almost totally dominates.
O- Without wishing to me impolite or unfair this is a pretty weird beer. Imagine adding say 25% raspberry juice to 75% a strong pungent stout, this might be the result. I will finish it, but I won't buy it again.
I see now the lable refers to liquorice and chocolate, but for me neither penetrated through the wall of raspberry. Very different.
BB: 31/01/2021 500ml Bought from Beerhawk/UK

Dec 03, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled and is this bottle conditioned, I don’t know
Pours a jet black body with red tinted tan head
Aroma is full on raspberry,!hints of treacle and buttery biscuit
Red fruit tartness and dry charred grain

Oct 02, 2019
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Spike from England

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Very dark brown (nearly black). One finger of rich, dark mocha head that recedes at a moderate pace but leaves plenty of lacing.
S: Lots of raspberry. Plus hints of coffee & chocolate.
T: Raspberry. Treacle. Sweet with a bitter kick.
F: Light to start but then wraps around the tongue in a thick coil. Smooth, bitter finish. Alcohol is present but not overt.
O: A mix of fruit beer and stout with the emphasis on the fruit. The dark and chocolate malts add body but the flavour and smell is dominated by raspberry. 10% ABV is hidden superbly (and dangerously).

This was an £8 ($10) beer. Pretty steep. An interesting beer and certainly worth trying. But I'd say it's 2x overpriced. Not reflected in the score, just a comment to Thornbridge. I'd drink it again...but not at £8 a bottle.

Nov 19, 2016
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Martine from England

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours darkest opaque brown into a glass from a bottle. Crispy, foamy tan head is two-three fingers high - quite impressive for 10% ABV - with moderate retention.

Aroma is wonderful sweet, tart raspberry from start to finish, with a mild roasted quality between the lines. There's a toffee like biscuit malt character accompanying the dark flavours which lingers in the back of the nose.

The flavour is smooth and well balanced for a stout of this ABV. Creamy raspberries and blueberries make up the sip like a summer cheesecake, while the hint of vanilla, roasted milk chocolate and black cherries sit beneath the surface. Flavour-wise there isn't much 'stout' in this stout - more dark lambic if I had to choose, with a slight tart quality. There aren't any deep dark flavours going on that I can identify apart from the malty, umami style base which blends with the cherry.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, with a zippyness on the sip. This doesn't feel like a regular stout of this ABV; more like a thick quadrupel or dunkelweizen; that carbonation too noticeable.

I was expecting a dark, thick, charry stout, black as the abyss with a fresh, lifting raspberry bouquet; what you get instead is certainly visually appealing but lacking in layers for a £9.50 beer.

Jul 26, 2016
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Hoppsbabo from England

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mine's a 2013 bottle.

A: Gloopy black with a beige head.
S: Frambroise lambic.
T: Tastes like one too. While there is some sweetness in there, for a ten percenter it's dry. Dry and sour. Too sour for my liking. I was really hoping for a nice chocolatey brew to sup on this lovely autumn evening, but what I got was 75% lambic, 25% stout.
O: Great brewery but not their finest offering. I paid £11 for my bottle and I feel robbed.

Nov 02, 2015
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

3.5/5  rDev -10%

500ml bottle bought from the Thornbridge Shop, Bakewell

Poured a deep dark mahogany brown. Mocha head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to thin wispy layer with thickish edges... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Strong sour raspberries backed by roasted malts, some vinegar sourness coming through, woody and earthy notes, peppery, cocoa, light chocolate sweetness, light biscuit malts, cut grass hints, some oakiness, almond nuttiness

Tast - Tart creamy raspberries mixed with light roasted malts, some sweetness, bitter chocolate, faint liquorice, some light vanilla, musty and woody notes, peppery, again some almond nutty notes

Feel - Quite sharp but becomes smoother after a few sips... light / medium bodied... fairly drinkable considering it's 10%

Overall - A good but not great beer... i would like to have seen the roasted malts more to the fore. I was expecting a big rich full bodied brew but it turned out a little thin... worth a try (just, considering the price)...

Sep 06, 2014
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark brown, nearly black pour with a foamy light caramel-colored two finger head with good retention and lacing. Huge fresh raspberry nose with hints of dark chocolate, subtle roast, and a bit of sourness. The taste follows suit with sour raspberries dominating along with hints of bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, black cherries, red licorice, and a touch of espresso. The mouthfeel is really thin for the style with fizzy carbonation and an almost mouth-puckering sourness that does get sweeter as it warms. Overall, not at all what I was expecting, but still a decent beer. Definitely not worth the steep price tag though.

Aug 23, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Label says 2013.
Pours pitch black, two finger light brown head. Visibly turns to a little foamy lace, also leaving lots of traces on the pint.
Smells of roasted malts and very dark chocolate, acidic berries (with a bit of sweetness too), toffee, faint dark spices. A bit of salt too. Weirdly, the first sniff made me think of black olives.
Big tartness up front, sour-cherry like, a bit lemon-zesty too, but with the subtle sweetness of raspberries. Acidic and juicy berries from start to finish. A bit after the first sip the roasted malts start to settle in, with earthy cocoa powder, dark chocolate and faint (not so strong) espresso, some faint vanilla and licorice, low caramel. Finish is a mix of sour and roast-bitter, like charcoal and lemon peel, rather dry and also a bit boozy.
Medium body and fizz, almost smooth, crisp, a nice balance. Maybe a tiny bit watery for a stout.
Been wanting to try a raspberry stout for some time, and it seems that this is the right way to start in the style. Very complex and balanced brew.

Apr 15, 2014
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bark from Sweden

3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The colour is very dark brown, almost black (100 EBC). The three finger head is compact and warm brown. Good retention; very little lacing.

The smell is sour-sweet with distinct fruity mature raspberry flavours. Some toffee and a hint of smoke. It gets sweeter as the temperature rises. Pleasant and not at all synthetic.

The taste is sour-tart with lots of red berries, especially raspberries. Some roasted notes; a hint of dark chocolate. Almost no sweetness at all. Medium body. The aftertaste brings more mature raspberries, some tart fruits and a hint of salt. Gunpowder and raspberry squash in the finish.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the mid-sized bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth and very dry.

There is not much complexity in this one, but the roasted flavours and ripe raspberries work well together.

Oct 31, 2013
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 21 ratings