Raspberry Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UnionMade on 10-01-2001

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Ratings: 324 |  Reviews: 291
Reviews by santoslhalper:
Photo of santoslhalper
2.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Dark as night, with a thin bubbly brown head that dies down to a tiny collar. Very little lacing, and a decent amount carbonation bubbling up to the surface.

Smell: Raman noodles? Yes. Raspberry raman noodles, with a chocolate, coffee type roasted tinge to it. Super sweet, and even more fruity. Strange. Don't know where the noodles came from.

Taste and Mouthfeel: While it still has that sickly sweet raspberry taste to it that it had when young, the other flavors seem to be developing nicely over time. The roasted notes have become more prominent, while some dark fruit notes emerge, almost balancing the raspberry flavor. But not quite yet. Still too sweet. The mouthfeel is thick and cloying.

Drinkability and Overall: This is with roughly 10 months of proper cellaring on it. It's definitly changed over time, but it's not at it's peak yet. Within in 2 to 14 months, this bastard will peak and become wonderful. Until then I'm just waiting.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the blackest of black with nice creamy mocha colored head that very slowely disapates,aroma is very nice,chocolate covered raspberry with an almost lactic tinge to it.taste is of mocha coffee and alcohol with the raspberry making a very nice appearance towards the finish.Very creamy tasting and in the mouthfeel department,by far the best from Weyerbacher I have had yet.

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Photo of t8000shx
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Even after a fairly gentle pour, this beer offered up a tall (but light) head. Color was as dark as one would expect, looked tasty. Smelled very good, roasted, and a fruity aroma as well, though not specifically raspberries. This would prove to be the case upon tasting.

This beer felt very thin for a big imperial stout. Not to say it wasn't flavorful, but this beer was anything but a nice chewy feel that I generally expect from these kinds of beers. The coffee and roasted flavors were all great, however the raspberry was not good. It did not so much taste like raspberries as simply something tart and vaguely fruity. The tartness was not a pleasant balanced tartness found in other fruit beers, but instead was a bit cloying and as the beer warmed up, became overbearing. All in all the beer was fine. No better, no worse, though even 'fine' is disappointing when coming from Weyerbacher. I recommend drinking it colder than the average Imperial Stout so the tartness isn't overwhelming.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout pours from the bottle a deep bloodied black with a nice bubbly deep tan head on top. The last few drops from the bottle look menacingly crimson. Very little light getting through with patchwork lacing on the glass. Aromas of burnt, roasted malts collide with a sweet raspberry syrup. Chunks of chocolate with a hint of coffee. Chocolate covered raspberry jelly candies.

First sip rushes in with a slightly dry roasty, toasted dark maltiness accentuated by a chocolate covered raspberry fusion. The sweetness of the raspberry compliments the bitterness of the imperial stout. Touches of bitter coffee surface throughout with only a hint of hops in sight. I'm enjoying this brew...works well after dinner.

Mouthfeel has a nice chewy body that fills the mouth. Not extremely heavy, but well placed. I would have no problem enjoying a few of these..the raspberry flavor is well integrated. Thanks to blitheringidiot for another tasty Weyerbacher brew...damn good for a fruity stout.

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Sticky, chunky, rocky light brown head … it is all over the place. A shade away from pitch black, there is no light coming through this brew.

Smell: Freshly macerated raspberries with an undertone of ice coffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Creamy with a lost crispness, lots of body with a moderate carbonation. A perfectly level raspberry flavour throughout, it complements the roasted characters that seem to be subdues by the fruity flavours. A bit of char in the finish as the fruit fades, vague alcohol draws a deceiving alcoholic character. Faint chocolate tones in the end pair well with the lingering fruit.

Notes: Tasty to say the least, this is one the best fruit beers ever. You have to pair this with chocolate, it is the only way.

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Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a recent arrival at the Vintage Cellar, in Blacksburg, Va., and the label is now different from the one in the photo. 12 oz bottle pours an opaque, dark brown, with a modest, tan head that has pink hues from the raspberry puree. Head is short lived, but leaves impressive patches of lacing behind. Aroma is roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with the raspberries playing a prominent, background role. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, and carbonation is just right for an imperial stout. Taste is exquisitely balanced, with tart raspberry melding very nicely with the chocolate and roasted coffee notes. There is a near perfect balance of smoky, hop bitterness that earns this one very high marks for taste. Alcohol is hidden away, deep in the potpourri of flavors. Very drinkable, but somewhat rich in character to have more than a couple.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, enjoyed at room temp. Pours nice and black , with a very dark tan head, didnt leave lmuch lace. Nose of chocolate and Strong raspberry. Thick body and coating mouthfeel. Abit chalky, dry hoppy bitterness. Roasted malts dominate, fruity flavor is loud and clear. not overly sweet, which I was a tad afraid of. Alcohol not overly pronounced. Well put together and pleasant sipper. I'd like to try it with a piece of chocolate cake.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Bauer's on Newberry Street in Boston. Poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer glass.

Frothy, smooth brownish-red head. Looks incredible!
Smells like raspberry and chocolate, with a somewhat smoky essence.

Raspberry and chocolate flavors, somewhat sour on the end.

Mouthfeel is disappointingly weak and almost watery. Not the decadent feel I was expecting from the smell of this brew.

Easily drinkable, holiday evening type drink. Begs to be paired with a nice dessert.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to local boy, JMD71 for this one...don't know how many times I passed this one up...not sure why.
Pitch black in color with a full finger of tan head...disappears almost instantly and leaves very little lacing.
Very inviting aromas...fresh raspberry, dark chocolate, plum.
Taste is hitting me very much like it should...a fruit beer with many stout characteristics...robust, thick, but less chocolate/coffee until it hits room temperature...and even then it is quite tame...quite a generous dose of hops though.
Finishes more dry than sweet...with the raspberry clinging on until I take my next sip.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and the carbonation could be more mellow for me....either way, a surprising brew and one I'd love to try on tap.
I was hoping for a bit more, only because of how much I love Old Heathen...this one is nowhere close IMO.

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Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is from a big beer sampler case I bought at The Beer Mart in Reading, Pa. I drank it in a pilsner glass.

Pours an absolutely opaque black with a two finger head of brown foam. The head slowly falls to islands and a ring, with decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very rich, with notes of dark fruits, cherries, raspberries (duh!), raisins, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Only a hint of alcohol way in the back. No real hop smell can be detected.

First flavor is very sweet and rich dark fruits, like described above, chocolate, black coffee, and pretty strong vanilla. Incredibly fruity and luscious. Diacetyl is present, in a pleasant way, and enough hop bitterness to kind of balance all this. Alcohol taste is well hidden. Aftertaste is sweet, fruity, rich, and long.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied, with soft to medium carbonation. Lip-smackingly sweet. Finish is long and full.

I suppose this could get cloying after one or two, but if you're in the mood for a flavored RIS, this is a good one. Recommended.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pub glass.has a tan head,dissapated quite quickly.A dark reddish,chestnut hue,can barely see throught it.Has a smokey,roastey,chocolatly,aroma,you can smell the raspberrys,it really smells good,it had a candy-like quality to the smell.It has a dark roasted coffee taste,with a nice raspberry aftertaste,with a slight warming hint of alcohol.It has a very sharp,dry wine-like finish with the taste of raspberrys lingering in the taste.A very tastey and interesting beer.A sipping dessert-like beer,you could not drink a lot of these.You could drink this out of a glass you would drink a barley-wine from.I really like this different beer.

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

Served at cellar temp. Pours a lovely opaque black with a minimal espresso colored head. Little retention and a small amount of lacing edge the rim of the glass.

Smells like really good chocolate and raspberry mixed together like a fondue.

Taste wise you get a moderate dark malt rush at the beggining followed by the big wave of sweet raspberry. It turns just a little bitter and then returns to raspberry sweetness. Very interesting imperial stout.

Mouthfeel is big as can be expected from an imperial fruit beer. Not quite as huge as say Sam Smith's or Old Rasputin.

Easily quaffable to people who dig big beers.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice dark color, with a fair sized head. I looks like a stout. The smell on the other hand is raspberry and something else? The taste, being an odd mixture of raspberry and cocholate, was not that delightful. The first sip is nice but it is all down hill taste wise from that moment. This is an interesting concoction but not one I recommend buying a sixer of. Perhaps a single bottle would suffice to satisfy any curiosities. This has potential...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured slowly and formed with a massive tan head, this beer is black can't pick out any ruby highlights when held toward the light, scatterd spots of lacing in various patterns very sporatic. Aroma: Creamy chocolate mild coffee and the ever so pleasant tone of Raspberries covered with chocolate takeover this is awesome. Massive alcholic nose blended with the raspberry chocolate is envigoratingly rediculously good. Taste: Mostly fruit flavored beers never come out right, I could see how the raspberry can be over done, but in this Imperial Stout the brewers add just a touch of whole raspberries to the boil building the conservative raspberry note that induces this beers overall likability so much. Each sip causes just the lightest hop burp just enough to let you know the presence in the flavoring bitterness very nice. Mouthfeel: Silky creamy perfect Imperial stout wow some Weyerbacher's products are hit or miss with me this one's out of the park. Drinkability: Incredbible so good a dessert beer that you wish was available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner awesome.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ink black imperial body with garnet highlights at glass' edge. Generous brown milkshake-frothed head leaves "lacy" lace all over the glass.
Smell: Exactly what you'd expect: Full sweet roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, earthy notes... all with a sweet-tart raspberry highlight at the top.
Taste: Full-bodied sweet roasted malt to start. Creamy chocolate-raspberry cakiness at the top. Aftertaste of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee and slight acidity of raspberry.
Mouthfeel: Full, lush, creamy...literally chewey. Subdued but supportive carbonation tingle. ABV very well hidden.
Drinkability: A very nice imperial... very similar to Old Heathen... the addition of raspberry is interesting... ocassionally.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a nearly black color with a small head that shrank to a ring and left a few dots of lace.

The smell is of roasted malts and raspberry. The taste is along the same lines, with dark chocolate and malt underlining a great fruit flavor. The mouthfeel is very appealing while the drinkability is good.

This is raspberry done right!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- Raspberry Imperial Stout

Poured a pitch black with a small tan head. The head lasted all of 10 seconds.
The smell was of raspberry/cherry and chocolate. The aroma was very weak though. If it were only a little stonger.
The taste was an extremely watered down raspberry chocolate blend.
The mouthfeel was smooth but too watery. Creamy, but not enough flavor.

Overall, this Stout is just too weak. Bump up the Raspberry/ chocolate flavor a notch and you'd have a winner. So much potential here!!!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of QXSTER1
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful raspberry, chocolate aroma is followed by a rich roasted malt character with a hint of fruit. Not overly sweet or complex but a nice after dinner brew.

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Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first go at this beer. 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Very nice for a stout. Opaque of course. Big frothy red / brown / mocha-colored head. Lace sticks furiously to the glass, which makes it nice to look at as I drink.

Smell: Warms up nicely to some complex aromas. Tart raspberry and chocolate malt up front. Slight raisins and bread / yeast aromas. Faintest bit of mocha / coffee. Really enjoy the raspberry, as it comes across very well.

Taste: The aftertaste is the best, just to throw that out there. But everything comes through rather well. I wish the complex aromas were more present in the taste, but it's still very nice. Tartness comes through at first, which slides into some nice dark chocolate and coffee flavors -- slightly bitter, but it slides into raspberry with the aftertaste, leaving the palette thick with taste.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as I would've thought initially. Lighter carbonation than I was expecting, but the balance is really nice. The tartness comes through especially, even though that's not necessarily "feel," but I think I should say that it's apparent and welcoming.

Drinkabilty: I'm drinking this in spring, so I await winter when it'll be even more enjoyable. I only had it in the fridge for about an hour, as it was at cellar temperature before, and it made a world of difference as it warmed to cellar temperature. I would love to pair this with a dessert, as the raspberry could be an excellent compliment.

I have two bottles of Insanity that I'm waiting to try, meaning one'll be for the cellar for a while and the other one will probably be broken open soon. But for now this is a good treat, and I'll surely return to this beer. Let's have some more experimental beers, Weyerbacher, be it fruit or not.

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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 BillyB
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $2.50 for a 12 ounce bottle.
The raspberry aroma and taste is quite refreshing in balance with the traditional roastiness of a stout.
Very smooth and drinkable with a virtually unnoticeable 8% abv. The drinkability is only hindered by ones own tolerance for sweetness.
Dark brown to black color with a tan to almost reddish faint head.
Overall very nice beer with a unique and pleasant flavor combination.

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Photo of cokes
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Souless, inpenetrable ink, which exudes traces of purple shimmer from its glossy black exterior. Tight chocolate head above.
Nose is initially full of tempered char. Impressive, though a bit betraying later, as it disservices the beer with a large, rusty, oxidized waft prior to some late-sniff berry cues.
Begins with all the espresso roast and Black malt harshness a good Imperial needs. Traces of molasses-smothered cherries and liquorice. More caramel and toffee as it warms. Light traces of burnt figs. Oxidation is thankfully absent from the flavor. Raspberry gains control around the finish. Gooey and fruity, but neither tart nor very sweet (though certainly more sweet than tart). Hopping is of limited regard. Only slightly herbal, and nearly masked in full by berries. Port-like closure in flavor only. Alcohol is not perceived.
Slick, oily body. Not particularly full per the style. A bit waif even. Carbonation is appropriately low.
This is a sipper that nearly passes for a quaffer.
With a bit more oomph- a bit more body, and a bit more hopping (and maybe a bit deeper malt profile, even though it's quite adequate as is)- this would be outstanding. The raspberries are a welcome addition and are done just right.
Nice one.

Thanks yankeeheel.

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