5th Anniversary | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
westbrookbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our 5th Anniversary beer is a dark and decadent imperial stout fermented with raspberries and finished on cocoa nibs and a touch of vanilla.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
266
pDev:
9.27%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
60
Trade:
15
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Photo of eppie82
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scottyshades
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1/5/16 almost 3 years old at this point

Raspberry in the nose and flavor big time. Roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, a little coffee. Vanilla as it warms almost tastes like it's been in a barrel. Really nicely done on the semi-sweetness of it all.

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Photo of Eman17
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small brown head, and not much lacing.

This smells like chocolate, soy sauce, slight olives, raspberry, creamy coffee, vanilla, and caramelized sugar.

I'm not sure this aged well, as I get both soy sauce and a strange olive flavor. It's stronger in the aroma, luckily. The raspberry flavor is kinda funky, and a little bit sweet. The chocolate heavy base is nice, but I wish there a bit more vanilla.

This is medium bodied, fairly creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

This is about two years old at this point, and I'm sure it was better fresh.

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Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prager62
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bomber dated 1/5/16 that's been languishing in the fridge for too long. I don't make a habit of reviewing old beer, but I felt this held up remarkably well. Poured in a 14oz. stout glass for the review.

Look- Pours a medium thick and oily dark black with a slight ruby tint. A generous finger of creamy mocha colored foam is left. It settles rather quickly to form a thin ring with no lacing in it's wake.

Smell- Raspberries galore along with some bakers chocolate and a slight hint of vanilla.

Taste- Raspberry forward followed by dark chocolate, tobacco and a minuscule amount of vanilla in the finish.

Feel- Medium thick and oily with a milk stout creaminess. Very smooth on the palate!

Overall- It's a very amazing raspberry-chocolate dessert after a year and a half. The vanilla may have faded, but everything else is there. I'd love to try a barrel aged version of this!

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Photo of smcel371
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Muss42
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fishwhisperer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kraticus41
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received as an extra in a trade.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a one finger mocha head that faded slowly to leave light lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of nice dark malts, good roast, very little chocolate. Not getting much vanilla or raspberry. Maybe a slight 'generic dark fruit' but certainly not raspberry.

T - Taste has more of those nice dark, roasty malts. The first sip brings loads of jammy raspberry followed by fresh seedy berry. It's there only for an instance before the dark malts, roast, and dark chocolate and cocoa knocks it all down. It's like drinking a dark chocolate raspberry truffle.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden very nicely.

O - Overall this was a really, really good imperial stout. The raspberries really popped on the taste . Only knock would be the lack of berries on the nose and overall lack of vanilla. Other than that, this drinks like liquid raspberry truffle.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of rjknyy
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Furlinator
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 01/05/16.

Pours opaque black with a thin beige head that disappears completely and leaves no lace. The smell is of decadent dark chocolate and liqueur soaked ripe raspberries. The taste follows with dark chocolate, sweet raspberries, roasted malt and subtle alcohol presence. Full texture with low carbonation. A solid, sweet dessert brew.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ArghImaPenguin
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5th Anniversary from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 266 ratings