Raspberry Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
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Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UnionMade on 10-01-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Beervis
4.87/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle with no freshness date, and a not so creative red label.

Pours a very dark, sticky, body with a thin brown head. Smell is amazingly sweet, coffee, chocolate, and the raspberries are very evident. Very inviting.

Taste is awesome, perfect blending of raspberries with the classic strength and taste of an imperial stout. Moderate carbonation, and perfect amount of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very thick and smooth on the tongue. I also detected a bit of a monty flavor the first couple of sips, incredible.

Finishes with a lingering sweet chocolate aftertaste. This may be the ultimate dessert beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW #300.
A personal milestone. Saved this one for a special occassion.

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Church Brew Works pint glass. Pitch black with a tan head. No lace.

S. MMM. Malt berries. Roasted malt, double chocolate cake with raspberries. Very inviting indeed.

T. A solid blast of roasted malt and ripe fresh raspberries. The nice chocolate/mocha notes that are very characteristic of an Imperial Stout. The raspberry flavor compliments the chocolate mocha taste. Hop bitterness is minimal but there. Overall? Wonderful.

M. High level of carbonation and smooth. Slick, oily finish from the raspberry purree and maybe some hop resins?

D. This is a very drinkable brew. I am not a big fan of beer with fruit, but this is the exception. It is well balanced, well crafted, big but not too big. The raspberries used were real and you can really taste the difference. Took a chance and wow this paid off. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.72/5  rDev +21%
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 Contra
4.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Raspberry stout is as flavorful as it is dark. Pours rather viscously, and a fantastic red hued black. The first sip resembled coco butter and, of course, raspberry. As the glass managed to go on, the well-crafted stout flavor came out. Most fruit beers have the problem that they taste as though the fruit was an afterthought, whereas this raspberry stout blends the fruit in perfectly. The raspberry is a nice contrast to the typically bitter stout, leaving a very balanced flavor and palate. It was, at one point, an instant favorite with me. Now time has only reinforced that.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be one of THE best beers I have tasted. Enjoyed this one with some excellent chocolates (best way to have this) at the Charlotte BA food/beer tasting. Absolutely delectable Imperial Stout. The raspberry smell and taste is in full force here. Could have been a great dessert itself. Definitely need to find more of this.

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Photo of Higravity
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow is this a good beer. It poured a dense dark brew with a slight redish touch to the mostly tan head, that was globbed after it settled into chunks. It has a light raspberry and malt coffee nose that got stronger as it warmed. The taste was absolutely right on for what I was hoping a hidden alcohol flavor in the folds of the malty roasted coffee flavor with raspberry lingering in your mouth blooming into a nice aftertaste where the raspeberries come out wonderfully and the chocolate sits in the back of your mouth enticing you into another sit. I could have had a few of these in on night and I will be going after a case of this wonderful beer.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hop Devil Grill...I am just kinda drawn to the Raspberry...especially in a stout.
A-The beer was a dark black color with some hints of brown, and dark red...no light was getting through this glass. The head was a coffee color with ruby hints and was about 1/3 of an inch thick, and had a very thick creamy lace that remained around the sides of the glass.
S- The smell was of sweet roasted, toasted malt(coffee and chocolate are definitely present) and well as a sweet raspberry scent that cannot be missed.
T- The taste is initially of sweet malts, and this turns to a specifically toasty coffee flavor in the middle of the body. A wonderful sweet raspberry finish that is fallowed by a lingering dark chocolate after taste.
M/D- This had a great thick chewy mouthfeel, and the flavors complemented the texture very nicely. I know that raspberry is in the name, but lots of imperial stouts have that flavor...I did find it to be more predominant in this one, but there was not quite as much raspberry as I would expect from one that was specifically labeled raspberry. Over all I was really impressed with my first offering from Weyerbacher Brewing and I am looking forward to trying their other beers. This beer was wonderful for a slightly cool spring evening in new york. Everyone at my table wanted to try, and everyone was very impressed...I was the only beer geek present.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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 JasonA
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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 vacax
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle via trade decanted into a globe. Bottle cellared around a year.

A: Black tinged with the essence of blood. Not much head during the pour, but a nice swirl of fine bubbles remains on the beer and clings for dear life to the edge of the glass.

S: Cocoa, fresh raspberries, and a slight breadiness create an exceptionally pleasing nose.

T: This hits all the sweetest spots for me. Rich, malty, and chocalatey goodness melds with a pleasing raspberry flavor that enhances rather than takes center stage. Bready roastiness is tangy on the tip of my tongue rather than bitter. Delicious beer, though personally I might like it a tad stronger--but just right for 8%.

M: Smooth and rich with nice carbonation for the thickness. I have had thicker imperial stouts, but those have been bigger beers in general.

D: One of the best drinking imperial stouts I have had. I sincerely wish I had more than one bottle to drink right now and I definitely want more of this. Strong enough to please an imperial stout drinker, but not too strong to prevent me from having another.

What can I say? Two of my favorite types of beer in one. Imperial Stout and raspberries, and it is done right. Definitely recommended for fans of either variety of beer.

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Photo of aqualung23
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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 aaronh
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an deep opaque brown color, topped by a brown head that is dense and long-lasting. The aroma is very strong on chocolate and raspberry, with a hint of coffee as well. A truly wondeful aroma. The taste is also a bunch of dark chocolate/cocoa mixed with coffee and whipped cream. A slight hint of the raspberries appears in the finish. A decent hop bitterness also reveals itself in the finish. The aftertatse is chocolate covered raspberries with a cappuccino chaser. The mouthfeel feels like cream, with a mild carbonation and a very supple caress on the tongue. The drinkability is very good, although the strong bitter chocolate notes detract just a bit from drinking many of them, but add to the overall enjoyment of this beer. I can't believ I waited so long to try this beer. Truly outstanding. Thanks to WilliamPhilaPa for providing this beer. I'll be buying more of it for sure.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a full pillowy (overcarbonated) brown head. Very nice raspberry-chocolate truffle aroma and flavor with a perfect imperial stout and fruit balance. Little oxidation present when compared to Weyerbacher's Old Heath Imperial Stout of similar age. Medium-Full bodied but a bit airy due to overcarbonation.

Pass on the Old Heathen and go straight here !!

Per label: "Stout brewed with whole raspberries"

'02' embossed on bottom
Tasted: 03/06/05

($2.39 / 12 oz)

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Photo of jwinship83
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. This is my second brew from Weyerbacher, and it did not dissapoint. This beer poured a very dark, jet black colour with a frothy, brown head. The aromas were of Raspberries, malts, coffee, and bitter, dark chocolate. The taste was more of the same. Very bitter, malty, and chocolaty with a nice raspberry and coffee finish. The mouthfeel was thick and viscous, and NOT overly carbonated. The drinkability was very good, especially considering that this brew is over 8% ABV!

A world class brew!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Inky, light-sucking black capped by one of the darker caps that I've seen in a while. The head is also impressively large and starts life as a cascader that would make a nitro pour proud. It melts over time to a fat creamy disk that leaves a substantial portion of itself on the glass. A great RIS look. The nose is menacingly dark and contains thunderous notes of black coffee and concentrated dark chocolate. Fruity little 'raspberry boy' doesn't stand a chance.

This is amazingly delicious beer that tastes like a piece of Godiva chocolate. How about a raspberrry-espresso filled truffle covered in bittersweet chocolate and dusted with finely ground coffee beans? Or how about a thick slab of dense chocolate cake with raspberry puree between the layers and espresso-laced fudge frosting on top?

Thankfully, the raspberry doesn't get overwhelmed on the palate like it does in the nose. In fact, there's more and more raspberry flavor as the beer warms toward room temperature. This is one fruit beer in which the fruit tastes natural and is well integrated with the rest of the flavor profile, especially the roasted chocolate malt. Where did Weyerbacher find raspberry chocolate malt?

The finish is looong and chocolatey with echoes of raspberry puree and the body is full, smooth and pleasantly slick. A barely noticed amount of carbonation is a perfect match mouthfeelwise. This gorgeous beer is built to be sipped and savored or gulped with abandon. I've been joyously doing both.

The perfect dessert beer? Forget the sweets, I'll just have a few bottles of this nectar. Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout is the rompin-est, stompin-est, baddest fruit beer that you're ever likely to run across and is higly recommended. Many thanks to Jason for the bottle.

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Photo of qchic
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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 BigSipper
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout is the first raspberry beer I have liked in a very long time. Having been disappointed with rasp-whatever so often, I wouldn't even have tried this one, had it not been included in a sampler pack. I am glad it was.

The beer is very dark, like strong coffee. The scent is fresh, fruity, and perhaps a bit yeasty. The inviting dark tan head dissipates almost completely within few minutes.

The flavor is roasty, with licorice, charcoal, coffee, and of course raspberries, with a dry, gritty finish. Later, the flavor lingers on like a distant campfire, or a fond of a raspberry chocolate confection. Outstanding!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is solid black with a quarter inch head of tight bubbly foamed froth, dark caramel tannish in color with a slight pink tint which faded moderately to a thin haze on top and leaves curtains of lace that breaks up fast into spots and sticks somewhat. Smell is soft and fresh of dark chocolate and raspberries and notes of banana and dark citrusy hops. Taste is lovely of dark chocolate, partially sweetning, lightly tangy, smooth and mild, darkly toned a bit with the perfect smack of raspberry coating in the middle and finishing even better with more raspberry and dark fruit sweetness and mildly fruity dryness and a nice light earthy hop twingyness. Amazingly yummy and delicious! Feel is pretty full to medium and nearly heavy, starts easy, middle goes sweet, tart, smoothing into fruity tangyness and real nice creamyness throughout. An absolutely fantastic stout, highly recommend getting your hands on some.

Another big thanks to Francisweizen for the bottle!

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a kickass Imperial. Very similar to the Old Heathen, but the raspberries add a whole new dimension to this beer. Pours out black with little carbonation a la Old Heathen, but the aromas are so potent. Hops, and a load of chocolate and raspberry aromas come out. I didn't know what to expect at this point...is this actually going to be sweet? It got better.

While this brew is drank, raspberries are in your face at all times. The flavors remind me of ripe fruits covered in Hershey's syrup with whipped cream on top. Chocolate covered rasperries, but in beer form with delicious hops as well. Roasted malts and coffee are all present as well. The body and mouthfeel were very rich and creamy, more so than the bottle of Old Heathen I had. A wonderfully complex stout, I would imagine this would be good as a dessert, or at any other time too. This beer gets me excited.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tastes precisley like I thought it would. Chocolate covered raspberries or some other chocolate / raspberry candy. Delicious!! Poured like 100's of other stouts. Nearly black. Off-white foamy head. Head stayed around for a few minutes. Looked fantastic. Smelled of roasted malts, coffee beans, and raspberry puree like you would find in a raspberry filled pastry. Taste is more of the same with the strongest raspberry in the middle. Kind of subdued up front (the raspberry) finishing dry and malty. Mouthfeel is smooth and definately full bodied. This is delicious!! I was unsure about this at first, but I am certainly glad I tried it. Thanks to a trade with BeerBeing for this one.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice black color with some hints of ruby red when the light hits it. The head is a tan brown color, which fairly quickly dissipates. On the palate the flavors are toasty, rich bittersweet chocolate, charcoal and espresso. The light raspberry flavor was nice and not over done at all. This is a great brew....

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown brew, almost black, topped with a massive pillow of tan foam that will cover you glass in stick lace. At first, the aroma was dominated by roasty malts, coffee, and chocolate. I did not pick up any fruit flavor, but after the head settled a bit, a delicious raspberry aroma started to lift out of the glass. It added to an already wonderful smelling brew.

Rich and smooth with light carbonation, this one was done just right. A full-bodied brew with masses of black patent and chocolate malt flavors. Roasty coffee flavors tone down the sweetness and provide a great bitter kick. Tart and sweet raspberry flavors come in toward the finish to add to the complexity of this brew. They do come in a bit strong and overpower the stoutiness of the beer in the finish, which is all that is keeping it from a 5 in flavor. The aftertaste brings it all back together with a bitter roasty flavor as well as the chocolate. This is not one to miss for anyone, especially the stout lover.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is as dark as they get, Black, the head prodigious, deep chocolate brown color, frothy, and the lace in fine sheets coating the glass. . Nose is expresso, malt, light toasted grains, with the raspberry tones to top it off. Start is malt, the top thick and creamy, the beer has a unpresuming hop spicy bite, timidly acidic, and a malt dry aftertaste, a quite decent stout, and a pleasure to "Quaff".

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