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

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 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 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 GPHarris
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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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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 Ryan011235
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of thain709
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure of the vintage, but a big thanks to whomever supplied this one to Stout Day 2011.

A - Poured a very dark brown body with some nice ruby highlights...the head was a lighter brown and showed some staying power...it feel to a wispy cap that left some decent lacing

S - The perfect combination of raspberries and dark chocolate...the age has muted the freshness of the fruit, but the tartness and real smell is still there...the chocolate has aged also, becoming darker and stronger

T - Again, the raspberries and dark chocolate are the perfect match for each other in this beer...the raspberries present their fruitiness at the beginning and they finish with a slight tartness...the dark chocolate becomes big in the middle and adds nice body to the beer...the tart and dark roast play off of each other with the dark roast calming the tartness...you're pretty much left with a bittersweet flavor on the palate

M - Full bodied...smooth, roasty, chocolate and raspberries, bittersweet

O - Too bad this one is retired...I thoroughly enjoyed this one and was left wanting more...I don't know the age, but it definitely aged well...maybe Weyerbacher will come out with this in a cork and caged 750?!?! One can only hope so!

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had no idea that this was retired. Thought I'd just drink a stout.


Pulled this one out of hibernation last week. Purchased from New Beer Distro about a year & a half ago.

Poured into a fatty goblet. Coffee-like black & brown body. A faint, tan ring of head sizzles & disappears.

It's all about jammy raspberries in the nose. In the background is cocoa powder & a subtle, nutty roast(& a bit of rubber). Just a smidgen of heat. Seems a bit simple so far, but at least the oxidation is well hidden.

Roasty, charred malt upfront. Faint berries give way to a citrus/rindy bitterness. Finish is cocoa powder, ashy burnt toast, & the beginnings of oxidation. Very light on actual fruit flavor even compared to memories of when it was fresh.

Feel is milky & soft, with subtle carbonation & not much noticeable alcohol. Starts off a little plush but ends up being quite thin once it registers.

A nice fruit stout without any candy sweetness. Pretty solid. Maybe it'll come back in 22oz bottles with a catchier name & a hefty price tag. Then people will eat it up.

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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 Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Managed to pick up a bottle of this a few years ago before the shelf had been cleared of these. This beer was already retired by the time I had it I think. I cracked open the bottle one night and poured it into a pint glass. The color was a deep black and looked pretty thick. The head wasn't enormous or anything. The smell was a bit fruity with some tart raspberry aroma coming out with the roasted malts mixing in a pretty good manner. The taste was like a chocolate cake with a raspberry drizzle over top of it, mixed with some deeper roasted notes and alcohol. This was a prety good beer. I think that the mouthfeel could have been a little thicker but other than that it was a tasty brew.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was delighted last year to find a sixtel of this which was kicked faster than any other brew I have ever put on my 4 tap system. I was even more surprised ~6 months later to find a few bottles in a shop. I am down to only a pair of bottles after cracking this one open tonight. No dating that I can locate but I am guessing this is from 2007 based on a conversation had with a Weyerbacher rep.

Poured into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears black in color with some ruby clarity around the edges that also displays some lighter brownness. A finger of dark tan head forms and slowly fades to a thin layering atop the brew. Swirls revive the cap and place some leggings of lace about the glass.

The aroma of this brew is bright with raspberry right upfront. It is sweet and enjoyable with a very natural smelling raspberry scent. Mixed with the fruity scent are some citrus hop indications through the middle along with a tingle of slightly solvent alcohol. In the back of the nose comes the first indications that this brew might smell like a stout. It has a smooth chocolate character that is very appealing and blends well with the fruity scent.

The taste of this brew includes the raspberry flavor right upfront with a modest amount of perceived sweetness that immediately blends into a combination of dark grain bitterness and alcohol. The roasted grain imparts quite a bit of chocolate character that lasts inside the mouth with a bit of musty grain flavor. Some citrus hop indications are present but blend quite well with the raspberry flavor.

Every once in a while I get an slightly estery flavor of alcohol that blends right with the flavors of this brew. It is medium bodied and modestly carbonated however it has a bit of a watery feel. The warmth in the back of the throat is consistent with a 8% brew. I am glad I took the time to sit down and enjoy one of these again however I am sad to see one less bottle to enjoy at a later time or to share with friends. In a way I am pissed at how well this is holding up, it honestly could hold out for a few more years.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of phnphilly, thanks again!

Not sure the age, but the label is different than the one in the photo.

Pours a deep black color with a pretty nice tan head.

Aromas are of raspberries and chocolate. Smells nice, but it's mostly all about the raspberries.

Taste is nice and fairly complex. Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate and hints of tart raspberries. I like how the fruit flavors and aren't as strong in the flavor, and how they are more of a backdrop to the stout.

Mouthfeel is good. Full and smooth.

Drinkability is nice. The fruit element is well done, and not overpowering like it can be in other beers in this style.

I tend to not be a fan of fruit beers unless they are sour, but I enjoyed this one, solid brew.

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Photo of Pencible
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage. This poured a nearly pitch black with almost no head. It smelled like rich dark chocolate with sweet raspberries and fresh roasted coffee. It tasted the exact same as the scent (which isn't as common as you'd think), with a great blend of dark chocolate and coffee and raspberry. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a decadent beer with great clean scent and taste. The body is a bit light, but it hid the alcohol well, so this was very easy to drink. I wish I could find this fresh to compare; what a shame it's been retired. It's lovely after two years in the cellar. (Not sure if it's still improving or heading down hill at this point.)

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Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a small head. Smell is of fresh raspberries and roasted malts. Taste is also of raspberries, with roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. Feels creamy in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of ATPete
2.62/5  rDev -32.8%
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 jwhancher
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A neighbor gave me a bottle.

A: Pours a really dark, black color with a little tan head that quickly dissipates.

S: I get a lot of chocolate & dark malts. Some licorice evident, but I don't really get any of the raspberry. I can tell that it is there, and maybe that's a good thing as it's not overpowering.

T: I get a little of the raspberry, but the chocolate/dark/licorice is clearly evident.

M: Nice & even bodied.

D: Has what I'm looking for in a stout.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jason A for the sample. Pours a ruby dark brown color with decent lacing and a good initial head.

Smell is of licorice and dark chocolate with a balancing raspberry aroma.

Perfect amount of raspberry mixes with dark chocolate and licorice notes. The roastiness is there is small amounts. The way the flavors meld together is superb.

Silky and smooth on the mouthfeel.

This is a really nicely balanced raspberry imperial stout. The perfect balance of chocolate and licorice notes witha nice hint of roast and a perfect addition of raspberry that is very present but not overpowering.

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Photo of cbros
2.68/5  rDev -31.3%
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 DIM
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is black and pours with a large, dark tan head that fades fairly quickly.

s: Very nice, candly-like raspberries backed up by a little roasty cocoa. Not all that deep, but very enticing and unique.

t: I passed this up many times because it just didn't sound good to me. I find myself really liking this though. The raspberries are sweet, almost sugary. Up front, there wasn't much stout behind the rasberry. Towards the finish though, a nice chocolatey roast came through.

m: A slightly thin body with light, fizzy carbonation.

d: I hope this makes another return, I'm surprised by how much I liked this. Split this with my Dad who wasn't as enamored as I was. Great stuff from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of grub
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark brownish blackk, medium sized brown head forms, settles to a thick layer relatively quick, solid layer, some lace spots stick to the glass, looks okay. Smell is neat, tons of raspberry, buttery oak, chocolate, light roast, caramel and brown sugar, blackberries, black forest cake, raisins, alcohol is well hidden, some biscuit, quite nice. Taste is neat, lots of raspberry sweetness, but a very intense cake like middle, caramel, biscuits, wafers, cookies, chocolate and some dark roast, brown sugar sweetness, really tastes like a raspberry chocolate cake. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, really quite nice, a dessert beer. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of beerman207
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Nice tan head. Black as can be in the glass. Very nice.

S. Smell is malt, rasberries, chocolate, coffee.

T. Very malty with a flavor rush of rasberries coming through over top of the coffee and chocolate. This stout would be fantastic with chocolate cake.

M. Very smooth, slick finish, medium body.

D. I highly recommend this beer. I could go for another right away after this. It's not a beer I would want to drink while mowing the grass but to have it by itself along with some desert now that sounds fantastic.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
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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Photo of ballewblake
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Fullers vintage glass.

Huge three finger pillowly light brown head on a dark opaque body. Great aroma smelled a foot away from the glass. Raspberry and chocolate are prevalent. Raspberries hit you straight up on first drinks followed by sweet chocolate malts and some bitters. Body could be a bit heavier for my liking, but its not lighter than water by any means. I also think the raspberries don't do much for the drink, I'd love to try it without them. The brew is a little too sweet on the fruits. But that is probably just personal. Ethyl is way in the nose toward the end of the glass too. Clears the sinus.

Thanks to PEBKAC for the offering.

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Photo of Jayli
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black with a quarter inch dark tannish head. Head recedes relatively quickly but leaves sheets of sticky lacing. Smell is of dark chocolate and raspberries, roasted malts and notes citrusy hops. Taste is roasted malts at first and then leads in to dark chocolate with the perfect blend of raspberries in the middle. The finish is more raspberry and dark fruit sweetness but nicely blended with the malts. Mouthfeel is pretty full to medium and nearly heavy, quite creamy, not highly carbonated. I have been on the search for a Raspberry beer done right - Weyerbacher got this one right. Another outstanding beer from this brewery!

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Photo of Onenote81
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received courtesy of JasonA in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a very thick black with a small tan head on top. No retention and no lacing at all. Smells of dark chocolate, raspberries, strawberry, and dairy sweetness.

Mouthfeel is decent. Some crisp carbonation, but overall pretty smooth. Flavor is full of fruity chocolate. The raspberry is there, but it's not in your face. Hints of the fruit come through, but it is mostly cocoa and milky sweetness in this one. Decent. I liked this. Recommend.

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