Raspberry Imperial Stout
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
4 | pDev: 12.5%
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 290 | Ratings: 323
Photo of MikeWard
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

10 oz serving on tap at sabatini's beer bar this past Saturday.

Looks superb in the small goblet. Black body with a nice tan head leaving good lacing.

Aroma is strongly of raspberries.

....as is the taste. It claims to have cocoa, but I couldn't detect any. The base stout is a little lost as well, so it comes off as more of a fruit beer than a stout. But since I enjoy raspberry, I'm enjoying this one

Mouth is close to full, finish is tart raspberry.

Well, it's a bit one dimensional, but pleasing to this palate. If you don't care for raspberry, you should likely pass on this one .Also, it comes off as higher than the 8.0abv listed.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout, 8% ABV. Pours black with a 1.57 finger tan head that left no lacing. Nose is raspberry, taste follows, plus cocoa, a bit tart, very light bitter close. Excellent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, not sure why this beer is under the style of "fruit/vegetable beer" when it's a stout. But alright.
Corked 750 ml bottled 4/6/17 enjoying on 3/18/18
Didn't even have to press down on the cork opener. As soon as I got a few turns in and some pressure it came right out. Never had that before.
The beer is pitch black with a caramel colored crown. The crown is leaving a clearing on one side of the beer while it is bubbling up and all the bubbles are staying to the other side. Like it's fading to one side. Can hear the bubbles popping furiously as they dissipate.
The raspberries are huge in the smell with some alcohol burn and slight cocoa playing in the background.
The taste hits you with the raspberry right off the bat and then quickly turns to the cocoa while going through as the raspberry stays on the lips. Like a chocolate covered raspberry.
The mouthfeel of this is medium bodied I would say for the style. But a nice medium dry finish. Not wet but not dry, good for the style. I would say it's a LITTLE undercarbonated, but not too much.
Overall, this was a good stout that was a nice change of pace. I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Tony210
4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thin, dark black with a quickly fading beige head. HUGE raspberry aroma. Like sticking your nose in a jar of raspberry jam. Amazing. Fairly full bodied considering 8%abv and how thin it looked when pouring. The carbonation gives it a big, creamy feel. Loads of raspberry dominate the taste, some chocolate makes its way through the raspberry. There is some tartness on the finish. Overall this is a really great beer, wish I bought a few of them.

Bomber, no date
4.25 rating

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.56/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stamped in blue on the neck "Packaged 04/06/2017."
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a thick black color with a super quickly dissipating foamy to semi-fizzy head. No lace throughout all of the pours I made.
The aroma had a sickening awesome blend of sweet and tart red raspberry flowing into sweet and bitter cocoa powder to milk chocolate thick components. Light coffee sweetness. Ever so slight whiff of sour fruitiness.
The flavor was practically perfect between sweet, tart, and roastiness flowing on in between each other and yet coming back for just an absolutely authentic stellar taste. Nice aftertaste of some sticky red raspberries penetrating the milk chocolate with just a touch of dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a superb sipping quality about it. Moderate yet not overly harsh "feels" of an ever so slight "sour" tickle from the red raspberries developed a keen and acceptable stickiness. Carbonation felt spot on and the ABV felt as projected.
Overall, though it says "fruit beer" on here, I rated it as an imperial stout and well, it came out very to my standards and with a "Weyerbacher" creativity that was more than welcoming.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Completely black in color,light amount of carbonation but didn't feel thin. Aroma is roasted malt,raspberry candy,and milk chocolate. Taste is identical,really smooth,not bitter at all but not sickly sweet. The raspberry is blended perfectly into a really nice stout and the milk chocolate comes out much stronger in the taste than the aroma. A very enjoyable beer that I will look to pick up a few bottles of again if I can find it

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in July 2017. There was a bottled on date of April 6, 2017, and I drank it about 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Very dark black with a thick tan/brown head. Head is thicker than some other imperial stouts, and left just a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted coffee, toasted malts, and berries. There is some bitter aroma like hops, and a hint of sweetness like chocolate and cocoa as well, but overall the roasted coffee and berries dominate the others. The strength of the berry aroma is interesting.

Taste: The raspberry flavor is pronounced. There is an interesting balance between the berries, roasted malts, the coffee flavors, and bitterness from hops. The chocolate and berry sweetness is more pronounced than the bitter hop flavors, but the bitterness does enhance the taste and add some complexity. There is a strong alcohol presence as with other Imperial Stout.

Mouth-feel: Very thick, but with a smooth body, that is not too creamy.

This is a nice, complex, strong Imperial Stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. Although this is a big beer, it is very smooth and really enjoyable to drink. I like this more than I thought I would, and will buy this again. It is one of the few fruit beers that I have enjoyed.

An interesting comparison is with the imperial stouts from Weyerbachers, including: Sunday Mole Stout, Sunday Morning Stout, and Tiny Stout. There is a strong relationship between these imperial stouts, with this beer adding a berry flavor.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Weyerbacher Tasting Room.

A - Black pour, thick and creamy, pink/brown colored lacing, no carbonation.

S - Roasted chocolate and raspberry jam.

T - Chocolate roast, sweet raspberry jam, acidic raspberry tartness, finishes bitter sweet with lingering chocolate bitterness and bitter raspberry.

M - Thick and full bodied, no alcohol heat going down.

O - This is an outstanding and enjoyable stout.

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Photo of qchic
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

I've been hanging on to this a good while and decided to reminisce my earlier craft beer days. I still remember when I first tasted this at a shop (thanks, Vintage Cellar!). Fruit beers have never been my thing, heck, I'm not even a fan of the chocolate raspberry combo, but this I like. A little thin for an imperial stout, but the flavor is a treat with actual fruit flavor. Dessert-like without being cloying. This has held up well, and still I wonder why Weyerbacher retired this one. RIP--no. I say, bring it back!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

It may well be retired, but my cellar has been belching up all sorts of long-forgotten bottles over the course of this Summer's Bottle Purge.

I began with a gentle pour as befits these ancient gems, but when that failed to produce any head, I gave it a vigorous swirl in the glass just to see what would happen. I got a brief finger of deep-tan-light-brown head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was an Opaque Brown (SRM = 44). Nose had taken on a very raspberry preserve-like quality and I was really interested to see what else may have transpired. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was like chocolate-covered raspberries! Holy Panty Peeler, Batman! This had become a fantastic beer, eminently drinkable, despite its ABV. I was also put in mind of a Raspberry Tootsie Roll Pop, what with the way the raspberry was interacting with the chocolate malt. It was very sweet and definitely a dessert beer at this point, but I have been drinking Stouts today, so this was perfectly fitting for the occasion. Finish was semi-sweet with the raspberry balancing out the chocolate malt. My my.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2007 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter. the body was dark black with red edges.
s - raspberry and licorice dominate.
t - raspberry with a hint of chocolate sweetness.
m - thin, slick.
o - very balanced and drinkable. the raspberry has really come through strongly over the years.

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Photo of aqualung23
4.57/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have no idea why they retired this. Best beer Weyerbacher ever produced IMO. Great balance and deceptively strong. I feel like Weyerbacher puts too much effort into ridiculously strong beers, but this is one that had a really smooth finish for its ABV, and the raspberry was subtle but nicely present in the aftertaste. RIP.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/14/12

Thanks to PDXHops

Dark brown - nearly black in the glass. A hot chocolate colored head hits about one thumb's worth but skims out shortly. A thin layer remains with a little lace.

Sweet raspberry aromas are dense but are integrated fully with thick swaths of chocolate and roasted dark grains. Raspberry chocolate cordial. Simple aroma; smells ok. Better with warmth.

At this point, the flavor is primarily dark roast with some coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. The raspberry is relegated to the peripheries. Mild hoppy finish.

As far as what I've grown accustomed to for Imperial Stouts (but who cares since this is a fruit beer, right?), this is medium/medium-light. Notable is a granular feel that is most appreciable on the finish. Carbonation kicks off on a high note and calms to a manageable level. I like the gritty feel.

As I never tried this fresh, I have no direct comparison, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of thain709
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage, but a big thanks to whomever supplied this one to Stout Day 2011.

A - Poured a very dark brown body with some nice ruby highlights...the head was a lighter brown and showed some staying power...it feel to a wispy cap that left some decent lacing

S - The perfect combination of raspberries and dark chocolate...the age has muted the freshness of the fruit, but the tartness and real smell is still there...the chocolate has aged also, becoming darker and stronger

T - Again, the raspberries and dark chocolate are the perfect match for each other in this beer...the raspberries present their fruitiness at the beginning and they finish with a slight tartness...the dark chocolate becomes big in the middle and adds nice body to the beer...the tart and dark roast play off of each other with the dark roast calming the tartness...you're pretty much left with a bittersweet flavor on the palate

M - Full bodied...smooth, roasty, chocolate and raspberries, bittersweet

O - Too bad this one is retired...I thoroughly enjoyed this one and was left wanting more...I don't know the age, but it definitely aged well...maybe Weyerbacher will come out with this in a cork and caged 750?!?! One can only hope so!

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had no idea that this was retired. Thought I'd just drink a stout.


Pulled this one out of hibernation last week. Purchased from New Beer Distro about a year & a half ago.

Poured into a fatty goblet. Coffee-like black & brown body. A faint, tan ring of head sizzles & disappears.

It's all about jammy raspberries in the nose. In the background is cocoa powder & a subtle, nutty roast(& a bit of rubber). Just a smidgen of heat. Seems a bit simple so far, but at least the oxidation is well hidden.

Roasty, charred malt upfront. Faint berries give way to a citrus/rindy bitterness. Finish is cocoa powder, ashy burnt toast, & the beginnings of oxidation. Very light on actual fruit flavor even compared to memories of when it was fresh.

Feel is milky & soft, with subtle carbonation & not much noticeable alcohol. Starts off a little plush but ends up being quite thin once it registers.

A nice fruit stout without any candy sweetness. Pretty solid. Maybe it'll come back in 22oz bottles with a catchier name & a hefty price tag. Then people will eat it up.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

big thanks to shaggy 9356 for trading me this bottle about one year ago. i had kind of written this off as something i wouldnt be able to try. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- a hearty pour yields an opaque dark brown body with a small but tight khaki colored head on top. the head lasts longer than expected and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the smell reminds me initially of a dark chocolate raspberry candy. lots of bittersweet chocolate mixed with fresh raspberry puree. dark roasted malts sneak in also. not the most complex aroma, but one that i really like.

T- the taste starts off with more of the dark roasted malts that i could smell. after that comes a plethora of chocolate. mostly dark, but theres some milk chocolate in here also. the raspberry comes next. its not lightly done, but it doesnt seem excessive either. dark roasted coffee moves in at the end.

M- the body is a tad thinner than i would have liked. the alcohol is nowhere to be found. the carbonation seems just right.

O- im not sure if its that this is an amazing beer, or that time has been nice to it, but i really enjoyed this more than i thought i would. i wish it was made again. id buy this very often. check it out if given the chance, this one was truely a treat.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Managed to pick up a bottle of this a few years ago before the shelf had been cleared of these. This beer was already retired by the time I had it I think. I cracked open the bottle one night and poured it into a pint glass. The color was a deep black and looked pretty thick. The head wasn't enormous or anything. The smell was a bit fruity with some tart raspberry aroma coming out with the roasted malts mixing in a pretty good manner. The taste was like a chocolate cake with a raspberry drizzle over top of it, mixed with some deeper roasted notes and alcohol. This was a prety good beer. I think that the mouthfeel could have been a little thicker but other than that it was a tasty brew.

Update 6-26-17: Weyerbacher had remade this beer and had it fresh on tap. The beer looks, smells and tastes pretty stellar. A very nice fruited Stout. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was delighted last year to find a sixtel of this which was kicked faster than any other brew I have ever put on my 4 tap system. I was even more surprised ~6 months later to find a few bottles in a shop. I am down to only a pair of bottles after cracking this one open tonight. No dating that I can locate but I am guessing this is from 2007 based on a conversation had with a Weyerbacher rep.

Poured into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears black in color with some ruby clarity around the edges that also displays some lighter brownness. A finger of dark tan head forms and slowly fades to a thin layering atop the brew. Swirls revive the cap and place some leggings of lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with raspberry right upfront. It is sweet and enjoyable with a very natural smelling raspberry scent. Mixed with the fruity scent are some citrus hop indications through the middle along with a tingle of slightly solvent alcohol. In the back of the nose comes the first indications that this brew might smell like a stout. It has a smooth chocolate character that is very appealing and blends well with the fruity scent.

The taste of this brew includes the raspberry flavor right upfront with a modest amount of perceived sweetness that immediately blends into a combination of dark grain bitterness and alcohol. The roasted grain imparts quite a bit of chocolate character that lasts inside the mouth with a bit of musty grain flavor. Some citrus hop indications are present but blend quite well with the raspberry flavor.

Every once in a while I get an slightly estery flavor of alcohol that blends right with the flavors of this brew. It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated however it has a bit of a watery feel. The warmth in the back of the throat is consistent with a 8% brew. I am glad I took the time to sit down and enjoy one of these again however I am sad to see one less bottle to enjoy at a later time or to share with friends. In a way I am pissed at how well this is holding up, it honestly could hold out for a few more years.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of phnphilly, thanks again!

Not sure the age, but the label is different than the one in the photo.

Pours a deep black color with a pretty nice tan head.

Aromas are of raspberries and chocolate. Smells nice, but it's mostly all about the raspberries.

Taste is nice and fairly complex. Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate and hints of tart raspberries. I like how the fruit flavors and aren't as strong in the flavor, and how they are more of a backdrop to the stout.

Mouthfeel is good. Full and smooth.

Drinkability is nice. The fruit element is well done, and not overpowering like it can be in other beers in this style.

I tend to not be a fan of fruit beers unless they are sour, but I enjoyed this one, solid brew.

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Photo of Pencible
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. This poured a nearly pitch black with almost no head. It smelled like rich dark chocolate with sweet raspberries and fresh roasted coffee. It tasted the exact same as the scent (which isn't as common as you'd think), with a great blend of dark chocolate and coffee and raspberry. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a decadent beer with great clean scent and taste. The body is a bit light, but it hid the alcohol well, so this was very easy to drink. I wish I could find this fresh to compare; what a shame it's been retired. It's lovely after two years in the cellar. (Not sure if it's still improving or heading down hill at this point.)

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of fresh raspberries and roasted malts. Taste is also of raspberries, with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Feels creamy in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of ATPete
2.62/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

2002-2004 vintage, not quite sure of how hold this one was upon sampling.

(reviewed from notes taken in 1/10)

Pours a deep brown cola color with a small brown head. Sweet musty nose, dark malts, rich chocolate and a hint of caramel and dark fruit. A salty flavor, soy, iodine and still some faint raspberry very late on the finish and into the aftertaste. Im afraid this one may be past its prime here, it was worth a shot.

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Photo of jwhancher
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A neighbor gave me a bottle.

A: Pours a really dark, black color with a little tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: I get a lot of chocolate & dark malts. Some licorice evident, but I don't really get any of the raspberry. I can tell that it is there, and maybe that's a good thing as it's not overpowering.

T: I get a little of the raspberry, but the chocolate/dark/licorice is clearly evident.

M: Nice & even bodied.

D: Has what I'm looking for in a stout.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jason A for the sample. Pours a ruby dark brown color with decent lacing and a good initial head.

Smell is of licorice and dark chocolate with a balancing raspberry aroma.

Perfect amount of raspberry mixes with dark chocolate and licorice notes. The roastiness is there is small amounts. The way the flavors meld together is superb.

Silky and smooth on the mouthfeel.

This is a really nicely balanced raspberry imperial stout. The perfect balance of chocolate and licorice notes witha nice hint of roast and a perfect addition of raspberry that is very present but not overpowering.

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Photo of cbros
2.68/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this as an extra from clockworkorange in the Who's Yo Daddy BIF. This is not a very good tasting or smelling beer. It tastes like a stout that as had a berry syrup added. Very tart and syrupy. I am not in favor of the combination of the raspberry and the stout. There is really no redeeming qualities to this beer. Interesting to say the least but I won't be having this again.

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