Raspberry Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

Raspberry Imperial StoutRaspberry Imperial Stout
314 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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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 resirob
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque black with the faintest ruby hints. Poured with no head to speak of, other than a thin ring of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate covered raspberries soaked in espresso. Very inviting.

Taste: A bit disappointing, really. Was anticipating a big Imperial Stout with a nice tart raspberry twang. Wholly unbalanced and harsh.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for an Imperial Stout, but still ok.

Drinkability: Not a lot going for it in this department. If it was better balanced, and a little less harsh, it could be pretty good even with the high ABV.

I will cellar the remaining bottle in the hopes that this one will become better with age. I really want to give this one a chance.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that was aged for one year and then enjoyed at cellar temperature. The body is an opaque black, and reveals only a thin glint of mahogany at the base of the glass. The thin lid of creamy dark tan foam drops quickly to a razor thin surface covering, and it leaves little more than spotty lace. The nose reveals dark, roasty chocolate; a delicate but lively note of raspberry; and some yeastiness. The body is medium-full, and it's silky smooth in the mouth with a low-level, very fine and natural carbonation from bottle conditioning that gently caresses the tongue. The flavor delivers a dark malt with a bittersweet chocolate character and a soft, roasted edge. Its raspberry lends a touch of tartness that's similar to the acetic character that some brands have, particularly as they age. It finishes dry with a flash of tart fruit that fades to bittersweet chocolate. Interestingly, it's alcohol never shows up. The fruit adds a layer of compexity that keeps it interesting and lends to its drinkability. Well done!

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Photo of Boto
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with no head at all. Raspberries and roastiness to the nose. Very nice mix of chocolate and raspberry taste. I agree with the some other ratings that it is basically identical to the Old Heathen, just with the added raspberries. They were just evident enough to be good, but not overwhelming. Pretty darn good. This one grows on you!

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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 ManekiNeko
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Jet black liquid topped with a short-lived brown head. I thought I detected a slight reddish cast to the head, but that may be wishful thinking on my part. No head retention beyond the faintest ring of bubbles at the edge of my glass. No lacing, either.

Smell: Prominent raspberry aromas waft their way to my nose. Upon closer physical examination, I found that the berry lightly conceals the hearty dark smells of dark chocolate and bitter coffee.

Taste: I was reminded a bit of espresso and raspberry syrup mixed together. Quick flash of tart berry flavor that melds perfectly with some light espresso bitterness. Chocolate then well up to greet you. Coffee on the aftertaste, which lingers for quite some time.

Mouthfeel: Rather light in body for an imperial stout based beer, but it is huge on the flavor. Must be the acidity of the berries and some good carbonation going on to get this effect.

Drinkability: A great dessert beer, but certainly not one for regular consumption (not a damning thing in my opinion). I'll probably grab another 6er of this for cellaring and experimenting with cooking. I betcha this would make an interesting thing to splash on some shortcake or ice cream.

Other: This brewery is beginning to grow on me. They make some nice quirky beers with character and are unjustly overshadowed by Victory. I haven't had a truly bad one yet. I also love the labels and the light sense of whimsy often depicted on them. Can't wait to try Old Heathen.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: A 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle just like that pictured. This one was served up as part of the excellent Beer Menu on offer at the excellent 5-star Beer Tasting held last night over at fellow So. Cal. BA, xlperro’s house. Interestingly, we opened and drank this alongside the ‘standard’ Imperial Stout.

Appearance: The same as the Imperial Stout, it had an extremely dark black body, impervious to light. A tan colored head, which was incredibly smooth, gave an excellent overall appearance to this beer, but sadly broke-up rather quickly.

Nose: Raspberries are evident, and their strong sweet smells intermingle nicely with strong roasted malts, molasses and coffee. Very reminiscent of the Raspberry shaped soft centered Chocolate covered candy I had as a child.

Taste: The roasted malts are dampened somewhat numbed down by the clean raspberry flavors that linger throughout the beer. A sweetish dark raspberry chocolate middle that has a toffee aspect. Coffee bitterness is still apparent in the finish, as it is in the usual Imperial Stout. Finishes with a lovely raspberry bitter-sweet ending. The alcohol is well hidden by the Raspberry flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, it melts on the tongue with a creamy feel like a quality ice-cream, just as the standard Stout offering, though this time it is more of a raspberry ripple ice-cream. Not as chewy, but it has plenty of body and raspberry flavor to contain the 8% alcohol. Can feel a little sickly after a while.

Drinkability: The raspberries make this a very nice drink at first, but the tastes tend to get a little sickly after a while. I could manage one bottle of this I think, then I would have to call it quits.

Overall: Not bad, but I prefer the standard (Old Heathen) Imperial Stout over this one, which is still worth a try.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thick viscous black pour with a rich 1/4 inch creamy tan head. Smell of coco, red berries, and a hint of expresso. Initally I am suprised by its lighter than anticipated feel in the mouth. After that pour and look I was prepared for thick, thick stuff. Initally the taste is of flat malt on the tongue, then the mouth and tongue dry to tastes of roasty expresso and unsweetened cocoa powder. A slight raspberry lilt is in the finish as air hits the tongue. A good brew and quite drinkable for its ABV.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best way to describe this beer, is to say that its almost like a dark chocolate rasberry candy. It pours out a nice dark black (like a stout should) with a rich tan head which stayed for a little while. The taste...Great! To my suprise the rasberry was not overpowering, it was simply a compliment to a fine crafted stout. Have i found the perfect desert beer? Yes yes I have.

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Photo of Maestro
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
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 nomad
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If the GreatPondBrewer is having one, I'll take one as well...

Poured black, with a mocha head that popped up fast then sat thin with carbonation circles on it. Pretty nice lace, too. Smelled of raspberries, very fresh and almost like candided raspberries. Edibly sweet and round, they were still holding on to the full smell of raspberry: tart, seedy, and biting. Behind this were serious dark and bitter chocolate, as well as very dark woody and toast scents. Raspberry was a good pairing with the dark and bitter character of an imperial stout, scents that were great in their own right.

Tasted of a snappy sort of imperial stout from large use of black malts - very dark and very bitter but not unctiously so, more refined though pronounced. A detectable and definite sweet flavor in the middle, too, a tad fruity of sort but not nailed down as raspberry. Finish stuck in the rear taste buds, full of dark and bitterly toasty flavor, and some fruity bitterness before the light salt and cream hop aftertaste. Good moderate bodied mouthfeel.

A quaffer and a good presentation of imperial stout flavors, I would enjoy this even without the raspberry additions. Points for being different.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another present from nomad. Poured a jet black witha huge inch tall rocky tan head full of tiny bubbles that dissipated very cquickly considering the size. The smell was a little lacking with some strange soapy smells, but what impressed me was the fact that the raspberry did not dominate the smell. There was roasty malts and some subtle chocolate malts to boot. the taste made up for the lack of complex smell. It was dry with a sweet fruity beginning which morphed nicely into the more traditional Imperial Stout flavors. Plenty of sweet chocolate, syrup and mollasses and just a touch of fig. The alcohol was so well hidden. I could not detect the 8% at all which was quite nice. This is an excellent after dinner drink. Thanks again to nomad.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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 beerinator
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a brownish head. Very thick head. Beer is almost opaque.

Aroma: Like raspberry candy. Very sweet smell. Not quite a lambic aroma, but very very raspberry.

Taste: Front bitterness, a little bit of fruit in the middle and a lingering bitter finish. Not as much fruit as expected from the aroma. Dry finish. A hard core imperial stout with a tiny drop of framboise lambic in every swallow.

Notes: Very good beer. Something different to try for those that aren't huge fans of a sweet fruit beer. Nice choice for a cheesecake or alongside a dish of ice cream.

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Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Holy foam freak-out! Massive brunette head tops a deep, black body with faint highlights of ruby. Eye-candy. Marvelous head retention… very little lace was produced though. Inviting nose with modest potency… roasty with chocolate notes and raspberry kisses (similar to chocolate covered raspberries). But the carbonation is out of control! Much of the flavors are muted by this fact… so I let it sit for a while.

… a few minutes laps…

The carbonation has softened and the beer has warmed. The raspberry persuasion was much more distant and weak then expected. For an Imperial Stout, well, it lacks depth. The roasted malt is too burnt; too flat… there is nothing to savor. Lacks coffee flavors. The aftertaste is charcoaled malt. The alcohol is not noticeable in the taste. Medium body… thin. Far too easy to drink and, sadly, its not all that enjoyable to quaff… not really noteworthy either. The sweetness is very limited… dry, chalky. One-dimensionally boring… it is basically a thin stout. Disappointing.

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Photo of stegmakk
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured almost black in color with no light getting through...had DARK tan head that dissapeared too quick
Aroma was of a raspberry liquor...Raspberries, alcohol, roasted malt
Taste...Tartness of the raspberries is mild overall and lasts the whole time...Nice mix of raspberry roasted chocolate malt and alcohol
Mouthfeel was nice and creamy...
Not a beer to pound a ton of in one night...but a nice slow drinking beer throughout the night

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black as black can be, with a thick, roasted brown head atop.
Aroma: terrific prominence, wafting from the bottle, and the glass, from afar, and indicating sweet, tart raspberries stongly, with slight hints at truer stout characteristics underneath.
Very interesting beer, this...one of a kind...full-bodied, flavorful, nice texture, delicate dance on the tongue...but it leaves me a little unsatisfied, and I'll tell you why. The Imperial Stout style itself offers up so many large, luscious, richly rewarding flavors, that it makes very little sense to dress it up, and drown them out with other, competing, and someimtes clashing characteristics. The match between raspberry flavor and chocolatey essence didn't mesh as well as you might imagine in this beer.
A raspberry stout, perhaps, but Imperial? The beer should have so many magnificent flavors already, that the fruit would only smother them, drown them, mask them into oblivion...
I liked this beer, it went down nice and smooth, but for all those things listed above, I've got to hold back my applause.
thanks to PintofAle for providing.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.77/5  rDev -29.7%
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 MissOrch
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It pours a beautiful, dark mocha color with a white frothy head that is rimmed with larger, brown bubbles. It smells of raspberry liquor and chocolate. It reminds me of the deep fudge raspberry cake I love to make for special occasions. I also detect underlying notes of malty caramel.

It has a nice, creamy feel to it, and it tastes almost smoky rather than roasted like I thought it would be for a beer that smells and tastes kind of like coffee. It has a very muted, earthy finish. The first state is almost sour, and then chocolate, coffee, and raspberry flavors subtly add their presence. I would have to give this beer a kind of low drinkability rating since the smoky finish increases as I move along the point, almost to the point where I feel like I'm licking an ashtray. With cocoa powder dusted on top.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
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 dwarbi
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice khaki colored head. The beer itself is pure black. Fantastic aroma. Bold, raspberry smell. Tastes like a very good combination of chocolate and raspberry. MissOrch makes an amazing chocolate raspberry cake. It smells and tastes a lot like this beer. The mouthfeel is good. Sweet, but not filmy. Smoky, too, like a good imperial stout.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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 aracauna
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The body has the same blackness (not quite opaque at the edges, though) with the same head with the same grayish tint. The raspberry brings out chocolate in the aroma which I didn't notice much of in the Old Heathen. Charcoal is still present underneath. In the flavor, the raspberry is so complete and unadulturated that you can taste the seeds. While the flavor still lacks the body that I think is important for a good Imperial, the raspberry makes up for some of that. Unfortunately, towards the end I started getting this bad saltwater aftertaste that really detracted from the experience.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was going to be my last beer for the night so I was thinking to try something different. 'Raspberry Imperial Stout' sounded like it was just what I was looking for.

Black and dark, but not as opaque as other Imperials like Storm King, Shakespeare or Brooklyn. Small and quickly fading beige head. Aroma is an orgy of sweet smelling raspberries and deep roasted hops and malts. The typical aroma characteristics of an Imperial are run over by the raspberry scents however. Flavor is much the same. One can note the deep 'charcoal roasted like' flavors of malts and hops with some bitter chocolate in the back but again Raspberries trump all else. While the raspberries were very strong and fruit flavors in beer usually is more of a detremental than beneficial characteristic this isnt necessarily the case here. Body is heavy but smooth drinking...its light carbonation just tickles the palate. While this was a pretty good single, I couldnt picture myself drinking more than two of these; the raspberry taste would be too much after a beer or two, but until then its refreshing and interesing.

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Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 314 ratings
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