Raspberry Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
313 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UnionMade on 10-01-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 285
Photo of ShanePB
1/5  rDev -74.4%

Photo of MorgothBauglir
1.25/5  rDev -68%

Photo of stirgy
2.15/5  rDev -45%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had sampled this beer at a microbrew tasting. I was excited to try it since I heard alot about it. To be honest, this beer really isn't for me. I remember the robust and rich stout flavor mixing with the taste of tart berries. Maybe a more conditioned sample might be better. Kind of reminded me why I don't like flavoured coffees.
Nice try anyways.

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Photo of dbalsock
2.28/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Looks at first to be a standard stout body, with a little more red than usual. There's minimal head, with little retention, no lacing and if you look really close you'll see particles floating around.

Smell: Chocolate, raspberry popsicle, ash tray, alcohol and some caramel. Ash tray is very unpleasant.

Taste: Bakers chocolate and raspberry popsicle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth until the aftertaste where the alcohol hits hard, followed by a strange bitterness that makes taking a sip almost overwhelming (but kinda exciting).

Drinkability: This is not appealing to have again.

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Photo of maddamish
2.29/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I am sorry but this one was a sink pour.

For a stout it was very watery in appearance and taste. There was virtually no head to this beer even with an aggressive pour. The lacing was spotty and inconsistent. As far as tasting notes goes, it was very thin with the cofee, malt taste which finished up with a tart aftertaste. Malt and coffee were strong in the nose with just a hint of dark fruitiness.

I tried it. It didn't meet my expectations. No need to trash it further.

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.43/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sadly I had high expectations and this fell very short.

Appearance- Black as night and opaque with little foam. That foam appeared a dark brown color and was very dense.

Smell- Burnt Coffee Grounds, Chocolate, Raspberry Stems, and effervescence from the carbonation.

Taste- See smell and you'll get the picture. However the ABV is well masked from the taste and "flavors" The overall taste is inline with a Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel- The beer is thick and full body, with a harsh tones

Little drinkable but that is just my person opinion of most Imperial Stouts but this is most atypical even of this style.

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Photo of tommyguz
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of waughbrew
2.61/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had a very strange experience with this beer. I started off hating it, then it came around to me a little bit, but looking at other people's reviews I still wonder what happened to mine.

Black with a multi-shaded brown head that stayed around just long enough for me to see how big the bubbles were. Smell is dry chalky charcoal, alcohol, a tart red wine, a little bit of meat, and a healthy earthy herbage. Flavor is dry french-roast coffee beans, sourish and acidic red wine notes, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Bitter acidic finish is not pleasant. Medium body, low carbonation, not creamy, not slick, just whatever. The warmer and flatter this beer got, the better it seemed to me and the more the red wine character came out. The raspberriness was barely perceptable, which makes me wonder how some reviewers thought of cough syrup. Perhaps the flavor doesn't get mixed in well, or disappears over time. Anyway, the dry chalkiness dominated this beer and was not very enjoyable, although the nice wine notes almost saved it.

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Photo of ATPete
2.62/5  rDev -33%
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 ngandhi
2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Cough syrup. Bright fruit nose. Decent roast perpetually thinned by the raspberry extract. Stale chocolate follows fruit. Dominating laser beam of artificiality. Overacidic malt. Melted hard candy. Short. Singular. Cloying. Trite. Astringent.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of cbros
2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
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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Photo of jcalabre
2.77/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orginally sampled on 20 November 2002. I am writing this review from my notes. This beer has the usual Imperial Stout appearance: blackish with a tan head. It has a nice coffee nose. It has some some good chocolate flavors, but it left a tart raspberry finish in my mouth.

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Photo of tenant
2.8/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An aggressive pour yielded less than a finger of head that quickly collapsed. The nose gave hints of sour raspberry, bitter chocolate, and alcohol. There was a straightforward roasted, malty profile supported by a medium body lacking the fullness I enjoy from a stout. The raspberry dimension shows itself as an afterthought leaving a tart, syrupy coating on the tongue. I found this aftertaste almost cloying, and it detracts considerably from this beers drinkability.

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Photo of Maestro
2.86/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer is very odd. It reminds me of eating a chocolate covered cherry (except it is raspberry). The imperial stout is definitely in the mix. The raspberries seem to be overwhelming, which says a lot for an otherwise hefty stout. It is a nice beer for Christmas Time and can sway even the most uninterested of beer drinkers. The idea is cool, but not a very drinkable selection. I would say that this beer is well worth trying but that is probably all you will want to do. It is a novelty.

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Photo of Hautacam
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very dark brown with a good looking tan foamy head.
The smell is like a raspberry mocachino....if there is such a thing..alcohol is evident too.
The taste is caramel and coffee...barely sweet..raspberry chocolate...alcohol...with some bitter hops and a hint of chalk.
The flavors just don't meld all that well for my taste.
Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonation is medium.
Not a favorite.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Photo of Dithyramb
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with different labeling. Served in a pint glass while watching "The Office" Xmas show with the wife. Poured dark, inky black that was impenetrable to light. Two thumbed dark tan multisized bubble head that had staying power and beautiful lacing.
Bitter choco/coffee aroma
The wife made a face and said "ew, that's bitter." I have to admit, she's right on this one. The initial flavor you get is bitter and chalky, almost like some old coffee grounds. After that eliminates most of your useful tastebuds, you get some fake raspberry tinged chocolate flavors. More tart than anything else, and more similar to some cheap, nasty chocolates that are usually free at offices you don't want to visit.
Mouthfeel was more smooth than expected, with some bitter/sweet lingerings in the mouth. Besides the initial flavor, the wife and myself went back for more, finishing the pint together. More average than anything else, though looked nigh perfect coming out.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured into the glass black with a ruby highlight and a tan frothy head which rose tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was a butter diacetyl ridden mess of light chocolate and expresso cofee and some light raspberry fruit aroma.

The flavor was chocolate with a saccharine sweetness and a raspberry flavor that was coupled with diacetyl and coffee. The flavors collided in a slightly sour and vegetal mix of roasted grains and fruit flavors.

The finish was saccharine raspberry flavor and chocolate entirely too long into the afteraste. The body was medium to medium full. No alcohol presence, not a very well done beer...skip it.

12 ounce bottle, $2 at Bon Vivant in Smithfield, VA.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on tap at RFD Washington. This one was pretty much just straight black with little to no head, but a tiny swirl of creamy froth. Enticing aroma of sweet raspberries with roast, cocoa, vanilla, and anise. Sugary sweet raspberry on the tongue with a warming alcohol presence. Roasted malt & some vanilla in the background along with a muted touch of black licorice, but by far the dominant flavor I pick up is an overwhelming raspberry candied sweetness. Fruit flavor almost feels synthetic & reminds me of cough syrup. Coats the mouth beautifully & finishes with more sweet raspberry. I definitely understand how some could really dig this, but it's just not for me.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark with fine dark tan head.
Smells of Imperial Stout with addition of fruitiness.
Light roasted malts with some bitterness and a touch of sourness which I guess is from the raspberries. Some fruity raspberry is present, but not dominating. The flavors meld together to form another flavor altogether.
Medium body. It just doesn't last long.
Not terribly drinkable. High alcohol doesn't help either.

Notes: Flavors hit hard, but finish very weak; annoyingly so.

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Photo of t8000shx
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
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 NJpadreFan
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
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 riversider76
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a very dark stout –looking beer with an off-white head with little retention. Aroma is a balance mix between some lightly roasted malt and some raspberry. Taste is quiet interesting and I was very surprised as I originally though this mix wouldn’t be all that great. Roasted malt are mix with some lightly sweet raspberry and it all end with subtle sour notes. Good but wouldn’t go for more then one bottle once in while.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark brown hue, opaque, no head. Looks rather thick. Huge change of pace from lambics. Big and bold aroma of molasses, anise, a touch of alcohol, cookie maltiness and the raspberries are just backing it up, I like how the commercian description states it: "a kiss". Taste is milky and creamy which is not good as I’ve come to dislike milk stouts. At first, a good fruitiness attacks, but flavors are evolving a lot, moving toward tobacco, molasses, bear paws cookies, and a smoky cigar hint in the finish. Thick body which is rather still, such low carbonation doesn’t help the milky aspect in my opinion.

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Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 313 ratings.
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