Raspberry Imperial Stout Aged With Cocoa Nibs | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rudzud on 02-11-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by portia99:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Firkin at Armsby Abbey

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades at med pace, nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose more sweet raspberry syrup, then light stout, cocoa, roast, caramel, toffee, raspberry chocolate candy.

Taste raspberry syrup, toasty malts, cocoa, coffee roast, caramel and toffee, chewy oatmeal like flavors, sweet raspberry juice and reddish malts. Cocoa is not as dominant as I expected initially, but there is a cocoa taste. As it moves towards finish the creamy cocoa really starts to shine, a nice big dark chocolate and cocoa finish with light raspberry syrup, and a sticky sweet malts, light bitterness, and some dark malts lingering.

Mouth is a bit syrupy, med bodied but seems thin for what it is, decent carb esp for firkin.

Overall pretty good, nice blend, cocoa nibs don't overpower and really don't show until later, raspberry syrup is a bit much though overall, maybe if they blend again a bit more of the stout vs raspberry barleywine.

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Photo of bpk59
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a snifter at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. As Rudzud mentioned, this cask was extremely limited.

Poured into a snifter with no head other than a little mocha-colored fizz which quickly dissipated. Dark and viscous with a faint garnet hue.

Smell was dominated by of lots of tart raspberry and some chocolate with hints of roasty malt.

Taste followed the smell - dominated by the tart raspberry and balanced with a slightly bitter cocoa presence. I also got some sweet malts in the taste.

Agree with Rudz - mouthfeel was rather thin. I understand this is casked and won't be super carbonated but I was looking for something more .... substantial.

Overall, this was very tasty but left me wanting more of a stouty taste and feel. As Rudz said, this does feel a little "thin" for an Imperial stout, but was enjoyable mostly because I love tart fruit.

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Photo of rudzud
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey. This cask was super limited...only two made. One for the brewery private function and one for the abbey.

A - Poured into a standard snifter a dark oily black pour. A nice half finger creamy mocha head that faded to leave a light halo and thin cloud.

S - Aromas of juicy raspberries and chocolate. Fresh raspberry juice lingering on ones fingers and nice rich almostdark chocolate and roast malt.

T - Taste of more like the base beer (which I believe was the raspberry barleywine)nose with lots of raspberry on the tongue sweet and tart but slightly syrupy. Good chocolate notes from the nibs. Not too bitter but clearly there. Dark roast chocolate on the back end.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side for me with a cask pour. Nice tart raspberry and chocolate bitter finish. Creamy though.

O - Overall this was a tasty beer but a bit too syrupy for my liking. Also, a bit too thin for a cask. Still though, better raspberry chocolate stouts (ie: Bramble Rye). Glad to try though.

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Photo of jbeaulieu59
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Raspberry Imperial Stout Aged With Cocoa Nibs from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.87 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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