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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: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by UnionMade on 10-01-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +15.2%
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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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1.25/5  rDev -68.3%

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of qchic
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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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4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
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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3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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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1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of aqualung23
4.57/5  rDev +16%
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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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -15%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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