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Raspberry Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 323 |  Reviews: 290
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pretty standard black color for imperial stouts and has a medium thickness, brown head that doesn't leave much lace. The smell is heavily of chocolate and raspberries...a very nice combo. The taste is also of chocolate and raspberries with coffee and malt as well. There are two downsides to this beer though: the raspberry flavor comes of too syrup-like and the bitterness doesn't go well with the tartness of the beer. The bitterness would've been perfect with the fruity sweetness, but just not with the tart character of this beer.

Still a good beer to drink and try...pretty interesting.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a voluminous frothy over a black body. The head is really out of control—literally forming a tower of foam out of the top of my snifter. It partially recedes leaving an ice-cream like dollop of foam in the middle of my glass and lace down the sides. In spite of the foamy filter, aromas of dark chocolate and coffee make their way through. A very light hint of raspberries as well. The raspberry is more of a presence in the taste, but by no means dominating with a nice balance between the fruit and the more traditional stout flavors of chocolate and coffee. None of the flavors are really over the top. A moderate sweetness. And the raspberries contribute a berry-like tartness that leaves a lingering dryness. Rather lean bodied for a stout.

Mild mannered for an imperial stout. However, the reserved stout character makes room for some of the raspberry puree to play a role in the ale, which it does with fair success. The berry character is noticeable, but not overly berry-ish. It seems like it belongs; giving an interesting accent to the vinous characteristics, but not drowning out the other flavors. Reminiscent of an all chocolate kirschtorte with raspberry filling that my mother makes. As such, it is an excellent dessert beer.

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Photo of JasonA
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gave a 5 here. Wow. Pours a solid 2 fingers of head (which quickly dicipates). Though the color of the head, not like Ive see before. Thick, thicker than traditional IS, but the color. Goodness, almost like a deep dark cherry mahogany. Impressive coloring.

Deep berry. Cant tell rasberry per-se. Lots of roasted malts, little sweet. Very enticing. Im quite curious how sweet the taste will be as it will set the overall tone of the brew. Rum raison, port, maybe chocolate. Lots of RIS qualities here. ABV smells above 8.

Not too sweet. Some tartness. Finishes with roasted malt, impressive. Some finishing hops, though not sure how to place them. Nicely done

Nicely carbonated for style. Not syrupy, but close, yet not in a bad way.

The blend of sweet vs tart makes this beer. Lots of roasted malt makes the style and all of it is well done.

Not sure I could drink many of these. But Im quite glad to read its seasonal. I would love to have more of these around the cold months.

I would love to get my hands on this receipe. Anyone know anyone who could send it my way?

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A true desert beer. Begins with everything that you expect from a heavy imperial stout with less hops than expected from American brews. This allows the raspberry tartness to contribute a fruity sweetness to the brew without becoming swallowed up by it's complexity. Reminescent of cherry chocolate cake. Bold with the roasted grain and caramelized malt. A bold coffee-chocolate flavor with a lightly thick and oily texture; thinned nicely by berry tartness and acidity. Finishes with an increasingly flavorful raspberry flavor--not overly sweet, more of a ripe raspberry character. Very nice.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really interesting, good stout. The Raspberry is well done. Not overpowering, but enough to remind you what you're drinking. Pours dark, with a subtle light-brownish head, with a hint of red tint. The raspberry smell is unleashed during pouring. The taste is smooth, it's not "punch yo momma in the jaw" huge like some RIS. The raspberry is blended well with the slight chocolate flavors. At 8% it will get the job done, and get it done it will, because these go down very smoothly. Always nice to keep on hand for an occasional drink, but not something to put into the weekly rotation.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie street.
Man, this is an impressive looking sunnmbitch. A black hole with a tan head... in a goblet. Motor oil. Viscous comes to mind.
The smell is something quite, quite memorable. A bulldozer of rapberries and dark chocolate. Chocolate covered raspberries, raspberry jelly rings...
Powerful stuff. Quite tasty on top of that.
This is belongs in a snifter to go with your dessert. This really is more of an Imperial stout than it is a fruit/vegetable beer... whatever.
I'll get this again.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges pitch black with a fizzy, dark tan head. The head resembles that of a soda in its consistency, density, and relative time on top of the beverage. Leaves no lacing and no foam on the beer.

Aroma is fruity and sweet. Chocolate, raisins, a touch of raspberry. Black licorice as well.

Flavor is a bit sweet up front but has a touch of bitterness and twang in the finish. A fruit extract sort of flavor in this one as well that makes it slightly syrupy.

A touch thin on the mouthfeel, yet sticky. High carbonation and fizzy. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. ASide from the slight warming effect, the abv is very subdued.

Not a bad beer. Thin and fizzy and a little sweet. The only real raspberry comes through in the very end of the finish, with a touch in the aroma. Interesting, to say the least.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" tan head that retains well at 1/4". No lace. Pitch black stout.

S - Roasted malt, coffee. Dig deep for a faint whisper of a raspberry aroma. Subtle overall.

T - Very mild raspberry fruit. MIld roasted malt. Coffee with cream. Very light bitterness. A little more raspberry as the beer comes together. The fruit really seems to mellow this one out.

M - Creamy and silky smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Lingering sweetness. A little thin for an imperial stout.

D - Good drinkability. I was expecting a little more extreme stout and fruit flavors. This is a very mild imperial stout, but a tasty one. Thanks again to Maltygoodness!

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikeydoo1978 for this one.

Pitch black in the glass but I swear it looked deep red as was pouring it. Big mocha colored head that hangs around for a few seconds and then drops to a thin film.

Smell of berry of course to go with a nice coffee smell. Taste of sweet fruit up front but this is quickly hidden by the coffee taste and then finished with some OK bitterness. Alcohol is not noticable.

This beer is exactly what it says it is. For my taste it's a little too sweet and fruity but if a rasberry stout is what you are looking for i imagine you could do much worse. I've had this in the past and give it another try every few years but it's not something i will drink on a regular basis.

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark black with some reddish tints. Has a nice mocha head that stays put. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of raspberries, chocolate, and raosted grains. Smells like a dessert.

Nice raspberry chocolate flavor upfront followed by a rich roasted barley flavor and a slight bitterness. The roastedness lingers as a reminder that this is an imperial stout at heart. The flavors are quite nicely blended and balanced.

Nice full body and smooth texture.

Very easy to drink. The ABV is the only thing keeping me from slugging 3 or 4 back in a row. This beer must have been tweaked or reformulated, as it is MUCH better than when I tried it a few years ago.

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Photo of AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a simple raspberry colored label that has a shadow of a crown behind the name of the beer. The only other things on the label was the web address and the US Government warning. This one doesn't have a date on it either.

When poured into a Maudite Snifter, this "Imperial Stout" is an oil black. It wasn't as thick as oil, but they both share the same color. The head of foam was only a few tan bubbles. If that wasn't bad enough, these bubbles quickly dissiapted into a handful of tan rings. No streaks or spots of lace, just some rings along the edges. At least the beer still its color going for it.

The aroma was on the light side with raspberry chocolate, a touch of roasted malts, and some dark fruits hiding in the background.

The taste was on the dry side with a ton of raspberry chocolate, a hint of dried roasted malts, a few dried dark fruits, and then ends with dried and roasted hops. If it wasn't for the hops, the taste would have been the same as the aroma. Add a pinch of hops to a raspberry chocolate bar and this is what you'll get.

The mouthfeel was on the medium side with a dry aftertaste of dried roasted hops and more raspberry chocolate. This dry aftertaste won't stick around for too long.

There wasn't much raspberry in this beer, but at least this beer had some raspberry taste to it and it tried to offer a few more flaovrs other than just raspberry chocolate. If you like raspberries mixed in with your chocolate, but in a black liquid form, then you might want to give this one a shot. It couldn't hurt unless you're allergic to raspeberries or chocolate.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Black with a short and short lasting tan head. Smell is faint rasberry and coffee. Taste is huge rasberry and coffee. Simple. Simple and very very good. Mouthfeel is smooth and full and perfect. Sweet vs tart combination is super balanced with the bitter roastiness of the stout. Alcohol is not an issue here - This stuff is addictive as all hell, and I only have a bottle left...The horror...The horror.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of riversider76
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark with a tan head. Nice lacing. Smell is of fruit,and roasted carmels. Mouth feel is thick. Taste is sweet,and fruity,with a hint of chocolate.Starts smooth,but finish has a bit of a sour edge. This is a different tasting beer.I did not like it, but you might.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 x 12oz split with expatsteve, golden2wenty1, and kathleen. Thanks Stephen for complying with my request to consume this!

appearance: poured into Great Taste tasting glass...a very dark opaque body, I'll call it black. head presentation is pretty nice with a creamy chocolately brown head with some light garnet tint

smell: aroma is oddly enough of chocolate covered raspberry....fruit aroma backed by big roasty notes, milk chocolate, bitter dark coffee, roasted barley

taste: This is almost what I was expecting...bursting with raspberry flavours covered in milk chocolate with other dry cocoa flavours present, light booze notes and a nice sweetness results from all the flavour combinations...light bitterness with a nice berry tartness.

mouthfeel: eek, the downfall. creamy and enjoyable but much lighter than I would have liked for an imperial

Drinkability: quite good

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a red label with blue and yellow graphics. big raspberry imperial stout across the label. a crown is screened in the background to suggest imperial. a banner displays the weyerbacher website: www.weyerbacher.com. "stout brewed with raspberry puree" on label. no abv or feshness date displayed.

appearance: black with dark brown highlights and a dark tan tight head in a stein mug. head dropped to a thin capper after a few minutes. decent lacing down the glass.

smell: dominant raspberry aroma. some chocolate and coffee as well.

taste: tastes like it smells. chocolate covered raspberries with an underlying coffee flavor that becomes more evident in the finish and aftertaste. i find the taste to be very vinous. finishes lightly dry with some roasty malt and chocolate. tries to balance out the raspberry, but not quite. very little hop character, but i did notice some grassy hop flavor in a burp. alcohol flavor is noticible, but not overwhelming.

mouthfeel: medium body with a light creaminess. mouth coating and therefore the swallow becomes increasingly smooth, but a little harsh at first. hardly any carbonation.

drinkability: fairly drinkable for an imperial stout. dryness keeps you sipping. chocolate and raspberries make for an easy to drink imperial, where the alcohol doesn't hinder at all. however, the wine flavors did slow me down.

overall: a very good fruit stout. delicious only begins to describe. chocolate cake would pair brilliantly with this. however, the wine undertones may deter some as it does with me. if you like this, however, i highly suggest this beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an inky black, with a smooth texture, and a nice looking medium sized light brown head. Smelled of mild chocolate and rasberrys. Taste was very nice with the chocolate character dominant and just a slight hint of rasberry that doesn't overpower the taste overall. Mild hop presence was there, giving it a light bitterness towards the end. Mouthfeel was the highlight of this beer, as it was very easy on the palate and quite drinkable. This is a solid beer from a very solid brewery. I find it somewhat misleading to call this a fruit beer when it is first and foremost an imperial stout, and a damn fine one at that. A great beer to try and an imperial stout that is always welcome in my fridge. Happy Trails

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Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of trep
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle in a trade thanks to Larry in GA.(PUGMAN)

Very dark black but not inpenetrable. Tan head quickly perishes to leave a thin, bubbly ring around the glass. Definite raspberry in the aroma and not much else. Reminds me of the anti-biotics that my mom used to feed me when I would get sick. Fed through an alligator spoon, btw. A bit of malt, but this one is mostly raspberry.

A little roasted malt, coffee, and raspberry. Some chocolate in the array of flavor though. All of these flavors are nicely balanced but none of them are really bursting with flavor. Really mediocre tasting, and a bit thin. Some vanilla comes through in the finish.

Thin mouthfeel, nice bubbly carbonation, and very balanced overall. However, this is not something I could see myself drinking more than one of. 8% isn't that high, but the flavor kind of weighs on you after a while.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, Weyerbacher. They rarely fail. Perhaps the most underrated brewer in the Eastern U.S.?

Pours a jet-black color with very little head...and very little lace. But the color and brown crown on top make this a beautiful liquid to ponder.

Interesting aroma: definitely laced with raspberry, but more like raspberry pipe tobacco, having a piquant and musty tone. Burnt baking chocolate far in the background. Gotta give the nose high marks for originality.

Flavor delivers pipe tobacco laced with raspberry, dark chocolate, and coffee. Simple, and good, but lacking the complexity a beer like this seems to promise. The raspberry (which is earthy and not at all artificial) lingers longest in the finish. Also a nice sourness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy, not too heavy, and even buttery enough where this goes down a little too smoothly and easily for a beer that should be sipped and savored.

Don't know if this beer is in the right BA style category. So what, it's brewed with raspberry puree...seems like a true stout to me, much moreso than your more light-hearted fruit beers. Another successful outing by Weyerbacher...but the label is pretty boring (this label is different from the one pictured).

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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very interesting and unique beer. They call it a fruit beer but it tastes like a stout. WOW!

Appearance: It pours a motor oil black with a nice chocolaty brown head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell: Very Raspberry with some toasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee.

Taste: Dar roasted malts, Chocolate, Raspberry (of course), a hint of molasses, toasted toffee and espresso followed by a cherry flavored finish with slight vanilla suggestions. Absolutely fantastic! Full of depth and character. The aftertaste is amazingly sweet. It is the only part that seems like a Fruit, but it could well be a chocolate stout as well. It also has an after-aftertaste. That is after the sweet raspberry fades there is a fantastic coffee hop taste that seems to come from the walls of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, thick and full bodied like a Imperial Stout with just the right amount of carbonation (not too much).

Drinkability: This beer goes down so easily definitely not a session beer but man it is a great after dinner desert beer. Consider this a stout.

Hope this is helpful.

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

Thanks goes out to Aprilluvsbeer.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy dark tan head, which leaves some small islands and sticy lacing. The nose is malty, sweet (vanilla), raspberry, toffee, chocolate, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice tone of raspberry, toffee/chocolate/caramel. The alcohol gives a nice warming effect, but well hidden. Medium body. Drinkable, I really like this one, very tasty. Another awesome brew from Weyerbacher, recommended.

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Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one that's been hidden in the fridge for ages. got this one from Lupe as part of the 80s BIF. thanks jason!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 20/09.

pours black and opaque with a thin layer of dense dark brown head. the head quickly retreats to a ring around the glass and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. espresso. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light alcohol. a nice mellow well-integrated raspberry character. nice earthy and woody component too. bit of caramel and toffee.

taste is great. nice light raspberry character starts things off, then fades into bittersweet and dark chocolate, espresso, and toasted multi-grain bread. bit of milk chocolate. light caramel and toffee notes. bit of alcohol. touch of earthy character. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body. silky medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, hiding its alcohol pretty well. just the right amount of raspberry for my tastes too - you know it's there and can appreciate it, but it doesn't overshadow the stout characteristics. the two go quite well together, each complimenting the other. good stuff!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kegatron for this one.

A - Black with a thin brown head that fades to a ring of lace.

S - Chocolate covered raspberries, hints of both tart and sweet raspberry and slighty roasted, maybe toasted, malt.

T - Similar to aroma. Chocolate covered raspberries followed by tart raspberry ending with some bitterness and roasted malt.

M - Medium mouthfeel, both sweet and tart. More porter like than imperial stout.

D - I haven't had many dark beers with fruit that are good. This one is is nice but reminds me more of a porter than an imperial stout.

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Photo of scooter231
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer is gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. A deep, rich brown with a huuuge chocolate-colored head- so pretty. Smells like chocolate covered raspberries, with a bare hint of coffee. Very inviting. Taste is a deep, rich chocolate that's not too sweet, with a barely there raspberry aftertaste/finish. Got a sweet tangy thing going on. Mouthfeel is sudsy and bubbly. It's a tasty beer, definitely sweet, but it is a bit... thick... after a while. You can only drink so much at a time. But definitely worth a shot, and as dessert now and then.

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Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 323 ratings