5th Anniversary
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 9.27%
Ratings:
269
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Feb 17, 2020
Added:
Dec 04, 2015
Wants:
  20
Gots:
  59
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Notes: Our 5th Anniversary beer is a dark and decadent imperial stout fermented with raspberries and finished on cocoa nibs and a touch of vanilla.
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4.08 by edthehead from New York on Feb 17, 2020
 
4.25 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Sep 06, 2019
 
4.02 by Mikexw from New York on May 13, 2019
 
4.21 by eppie82 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by scottyshades from Florida

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.

Nov 03, 2018
 
4.24 by Eman17 from Illinois on Mar 31, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Feb 23, 2018
 
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Dec 28, 2017
 
3 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Sep 13, 2017
 
4.1 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 25, 2017
 
 
4.24 by bcsbeer from Florida on Aug 02, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Prager62 from Colorado

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!

Jul 05, 2017
 
3.5 by smcel371 from New York on May 29, 2017
 
4.25 by Muss42 from Michigan on May 14, 2017
 
4 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan on May 14, 2017
 
4 by kraticus41 from Minnesota on Mar 20, 2017
 
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jan 16, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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

Dec 16, 2016
 
4.19 by rjknyy from Georgia on Dec 04, 2016
 
4 by Kegatron from Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2016
 
4.19 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Nov 13, 2016
 
4.09 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 12, 2016
 
4 by fredmugs from Indiana on Oct 24, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Furlinator from California

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.

Oct 12, 2016
 
4.37 by Jkolls from Ohio on Oct 11, 2016
 
4.13 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Sep 25, 2016
 
4.6 by ArghImaPenguin from Massachusetts on Sep 22, 2016
 
4.31 by Cubatobaco from Virginia on Sep 21, 2016
 
4.4 by cp45 from New Jersey on Sep 18, 2016
 
4 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Sep 07, 2016
 
3.75 by OneEye78 from Texas on Aug 21, 2016
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothman from Minnesota

Tan head. Black color.

Chocolate and cocoa with roasted malts. Tart raspberries. A little sweet.

Medium to full bodied.

Decent beer, but not overly impressed.

Aug 19, 2016
 
4.01 by taospowder from New Mexico on Aug 16, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Thanks to alefish for this 22 oz. bottle dated 1/14/16, just past its half birthday, & celebrating the trade of Ricky “Horseshit” Nolasco. Split with my wife.

Pour is black - no raspberries floating in the murk. Smells like a wild raspberry patch, full stop. Nothing beer-like about it. But hey, I like raspberries. I’d like to put a few plants out near my strawberries.

Westbrook’s 5th Anniversary Imperial Stout gives off the flavor of hand-made ice cream. The raspberries & chocolate come on like gelato in Volterra. Subtext is articles of alcohol, malt planking, light roast & bitterness. The mouthfeel is a riotous victory, serious ice cream, which makes it no chore to down.

I will confess I wasn’t looking forward to this. I mean, brewers, why you waste good fruit in good stout? Me no understand. This, however, is the rare fruited stout that works. Very good beer.

Aug 02, 2016
 
4.15 by psdonnelly from Alabama on Jul 29, 2016
 
4.12 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Jul 24, 2016
 
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jul 21, 2016
 
4 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jul 19, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KevSal from California

Was expecting much more from this one, very thin and I didn't feel the raspberry added very much, kind of a bad taste actually. I like fruited stouts, there are much better fruited stouts out there

Jul 17, 2016
5th Anniversary from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 269 ratings