5th Anniversary
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Stout - American Imperial
4.13 | pDev: 9.2%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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.
Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 269 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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scottyshades from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 03, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Feb 23, 2018
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Jul 05, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Dec 16, 2016
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Furlinator from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Oct 12, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

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

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
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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KevSal from California

3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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OrangeMen from New York

4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 release
~6 months since bottling date

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Finger thick, creamy, medium tan colored head. Lots of spotty head lacing w/ some alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Roasted malt, rich dark chocolates. Bittersweet cocoa w/ creamier milk chocolates and caramel. Hints of coffee and dark fruits. Good amount of tart raspberry, w/ a mild berry sweetness.

Taste- Rich dark chocolates, cocoa nibs, milk chocolatey sweetness. Roastiness come through w/ coffee and ashy, smoky undertones. Sweeter raspberries on the finish and creamy vanilla.

Feel- Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth, mainly sweet but has a slight lingering dry feel. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- Rich and decadent chocolates make way to wonderful roasty notes w/ complexities of smoke, coffee, and ash. Raspberry is well integrated, adds a balance of fruity sweetness and slight tartness. Creamy flavors throughout of vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolates round everything together.

Jul 03, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CBC 2016. Pitch black with a tall espresso head. Tons of chocolate in the nose. Tastes like chocolate, cocoa, coffee. A lot of chocolate in the aftertaste, without the usual malt roastiness. Excellent.

Jun 22, 2016
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a taster glass.

A: Dark black with a tan one finger head that held on for a bit.

S: Raspberries rally for attention with dark chocolate and cocoa nibs bubbling up in the rear.

T: Decadent, sweet and inviting. Rich, dark chocolate merges with cocoa and tangy raspberries to give a sinful taste sensation. Vanilla creeps in for a light finish.

M: Medium with medium, thick carbonation.

O: Another birthday winner from Westbrook.

Jun 20, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BOD 1/5/16. Pours dark as a starless night. Outstanding head volume and lacing, world class retention.

Quite outstanding nose of raspberry, dark bakers chocolate, light roast and cocoa notes over a slightly sweet base.

Medium body that is smooth with a touch of oily slickness. World class carbonation / body balance that really opens the flavor profile up. The middle has a prickly effervescence that bursts into a finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding when cold and approaches world class at room temperature. Raspberry takes the lead from the get go and never gives it up. The middle adds a light roast bitterness, notes of cocoa and semi-sweet chocolate. Malt sweetness peaks mid-palate coupled with a touch of caramel. That plus the raspberry keep all bakers chocolate aspects from the nose subdued. As the sweetness fades, tart aspects emerge that highlight the raspberry component. Just before the finish, subtle vanilla arrives underneath - at room temperature it is more noticeable. The finish has a touch of dryness and is a slow fade of everything noted reemerging. The finish is amazingly complex...something to savor. The 10% alcohol remains covered throughout and is revealed only as a slight warming at the back of the throat.

Jun 09, 2016
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gibgink from Missouri

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with a friend. Pours a pitch black. Can pickup a little of the raspberry on the nose. The flavor was a very good blend of both raspberry and chocolate, which is hard to do on 2 very big flavors. The sweetness of the raspberry enhanced the chocolate flavoring, turning it into one of the sweeter chocolate outings I have had in a while.

My only knock on the beer comes from my pour. There was a lot of residual yeast that was at the bottom of the bottle that I was unaware of. While my friend got nothing, his pour remained black throughout. During the enjoyment of my glass, my beer went from black, to looking like a nitro pour, then ended up looking like dirt brown water.

Jun 02, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the last beers from the legendary box i received from wcu80 a few months back. had been saving this for a special occasion and finally had one yesterday. such a cool brew, dark dark brown, nearly black, super shiny, and without much head after a moment. viscous and slick. smells great, lots of dark chocolate both from the nibs and from the malts, which are roasty and earthy and quite intense. i dont smell the fruit anywhere near as much as i taste it, so when i take the first sip, i am pretty floored by the fresh raspberry pungency right smack in the middle of the trip. its tart and sweet at the same time, somehow so bold that it pushes right through all the heavy flavors and textures of a base beer like this to be the most dominant flavor going. there is a pucker from them more than a preserved jammy sweetness, almost serves to cut the weight of the stout. the fruit aspect of this is really amazing. i like the bitter chocolate too, it provides some balance and keeps this from getting too sugary later on. its delicious all together, and while i dont get much vanilla, i dont really miss it either. there is enough going on here. tons and tons of body with very little carbonation, it drinks a little slow because of that. filling and desserty, but also really good and distinct. one of the better uses of fruit in a big stout out there in my opinion. thanks again to wcu80 for this awesome bottle. it was shared with good friends and all were stoked. lovely and memorable brew.

May 15, 2016
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

4.75 A: Black color. One finger of creamy/frothy light brown head. Retention is very good for a beer this big and a half finger of thick lacing is left.

4.25 S: Interesting even though it hits the mark perfectly. It smells like a raspberry mocha coffee. Lots of roast with a formidable raspberry fruitiness. Cocoa nibs, vanilla, and coffee to round it out. Booze is very well hidden.

4.0 T: Even roastier than it smells. The fruit tries to compete with the roast but it just can't. There is lots of raspberry, but it needs even more. If this had New Glarus level of raspberriness, then it could be amazing. Still, it's very good. The usual suspects are here - molasses, coffee, chocolate notes. The cocoa nibs and vanilla add another layer of complexity, but these too could use a bit more power.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy, but would benefit greatly from a more velvety mouthfeel. Still, pretty good with just the slightest warming finish.

3.75 D: Good flavor combinations worthy of an anniversary beer.

Apr 29, 2016
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parris from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark raisin-y brown in color. Think brown head, leaves some legs on the glass.

Raspberry on the nose, some dark chocolate too.

Raspberry preserves is what the flavor is all about, totally impressed with how thick and jammy this is. I was expecting something with bigger chocolate and hints of raspberry, but it is actually the other way around. Little bit of red wine flavors in this too.

Big bodied, feels like a dessert. Overall awesome beer.

Apr 24, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black body. Dark tan head pours a finger high with ok retention and low lace.

S - Roasty with raspberry jam and thick milk chocolate.

T - Delicious tart raspberry jam, heavy cream, and dry 70% dark chocolate. Edges of molasses, bread crust and hazelnuts.

M - Smooth medium-full frame with a dry lingering finish.

O - Love Westbrook's anniversary stouts. Simple, clean, and delicious.

Apr 23, 2016
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Mongrel from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice marriage of chocolate and raspberry, with dry cocoa, prune and faint vanilla on the finish. Velvety smooth with little wafts of liqueur-like booze at times. Good balance of roasty and sweet, but just a little on the thin side for a stout of this size. Very tasty brew overall.

Apr 07, 2016
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Jan. 5, 2016

L - Pours an opaque, thick black body with a one finger light mocha head.

S - Roasted malts, milk chocolate and jammy raspberries. The smell is really the best of everything coming together.

T - Raspberry jam at first that gets cut in two by bitter chocolate and roasted malts about midway through. The raspberry picks up at the end along with some tartness and lingers for a bit.

F - Medium bodied and medium to low carbonation. For 10% abv, a thicker body would have been killer here. It has sort of a wet/dry finish.

O - A nice stout offering with a raspberry addition that kept me drinking.

Apr 06, 2016
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep and dark, almost black like. Small mocha head. Smell is the best thing about this beer. Sweet, jammy raspberries, rich bittersweet chocolate. More jam on the taste, some vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, smoke and a touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is where it lost big points for me. Thin feel, bubbly, not the velvet smoothness I expect on a dessert stout.

Apr 06, 2016
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ksimons from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-black in color with a thin layer of tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-roasted malt, chocolate, and raspberries

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt body and chocolate covered raspberries and light vanilla

M-medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall, if you like chocolate and raspberries you will like this beer. Nice mix of roasted malt/chocolate and tart fruits.

Apr 02, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of intense raspberry. Sharp and a little acidic. Dark chocolate. Taste is a little disappointing. Sharp raspberry. Then bitter and burnt chocolate. Bitter finish. Raspberry tartness lingers. Medium heavy body. Almost unpleasant flavor. Still drinkable.

Mar 29, 2016
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black with 2 fingers of head that dissipates quickly, and some minor lacing left on the glass

S - Chocolate, sugar, and subtle raspberry notes

T - sweet up front, cocoa, chocolate, and some warming from the booze at the end

F - Medium body and carbonation

O - Good imperial stout. The raspberries provide some sweetness up front but overall, they are mostly subtle. Better than I expected. Grab it if you can find it. I enjoyed

Mar 23, 2016
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A real zinger. Intense raspberry flavor, completely natural tasting, not artificial at all. The raspberry melds beautifully into the base stout and the flavor transitions from bright fruit into rich chocolate, and then roasty stout with a slight sting of bitterness, and then a long balanced finish. Beautiful.

Mar 22, 2016
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cavedave from New York

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest brown pour is topped with a couple fingers of dark tan head, finally just a nice skim and thick ring.

Raspberry jam and chocolate dominate an aroma that also has mere hints of roast and coffee.

Creamy raspberry jam and dark chocolate are the stars here. Burnt caramel notes appear as it warms. Light spicy alcohol notes and roasty goodness end the sip just dry enough. Simple and delicious.

High carb. for style, light/med. body, nice finish, clean and bright flavors.

Very tasty and simple stout that delivers some deliciousness in a refreshing way.

Mar 06, 2016
5th Anniversary from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 269 ratings