Raspberry Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
309 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.

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 309 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

 1,573 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

 1,089 characters

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -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.

 1,826 characters

Photo of frank4sail
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

 501 characters

Photo of Ianhockey91
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 380 characters

Photo of Maestro
2.86/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

 492 characters

Photo of nomad
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

 1,199 characters

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 748 characters

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.

 995 characters

Photo of beerinator
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

 586 characters

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

 1,025 characters

Photo of stegmakk
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

 442 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 1,118 characters

Photo of jcalabre
2.77/5  rDev -29%
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.

 272 characters

Photo of MissOrch
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

 816 characters

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!

 974 characters

Photo of dwarbi
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

 347 characters

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!

 505 characters

Photo of aracauna
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

 594 characters

Photo of allboutbierge
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

 1,102 characters

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.

 894 characters

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.

 891 characters

Photo of stirgy
2.15/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

 353 characters

Photo of Murph
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with no light escaping and a nice brown film on top that leaves minimal lacing. Strong roasted malt aromas come through first with a nice light bitter coffee aroma and a bit of chocolate floating along in there as well. The raspberry aromas seem a bit over the top to me but are balanced out by the roasted qualities. The raspberry flavors are a bit too sweet but they remain in the backround for the most part and give the brew a slightly black forest cake like flavor when mixing with the maltiness. There is a ton of bitter roasted malt present that has a nice sweet side to it as well with a bit of chocolate qualities thrown in. The chocolate/roasted flavors jump right out off the start with a bit of background raspberry. The chocolate then fades to leave only the roasted malt to meld with the raspberry. The chocolate sweetness then returns as the bitter roastedness fades away and you are left with a raspberries with chocolate sauce taste that lingers nicely before the coffe-like roasted ness returns to kick the berries out and the brew finishes with a nice roasted, bittersweet, light chocolate flavor that lingers a bit and leaves a fairly clean palate for the weight of the brew and its flavors. A nice coating and smooth texture to this brew make it seem to glide over the tongue. Although it does seem to coat your mouth with flavor right away it is not a cloying coating at all and is more just a slightly roasted flavor that lingers and just leaves me wanting the next sip. A very nicely crafted brew that I certainly wouldn't mind drinking again.

 1,587 characters

Photo of Jarod
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a black with a dark brown glow to it. I noticed on the sides of the glass that this beer was well carbonated. The head was a medium brown color that stayed to at least half way down the glass. It was thick and creamy in nature but left no lace. The aroma was fairly simple, raspberry, chocolate, sweet coffee, some roasted malt. These aromas seemed to take there turn in the forefront along with the raspberry. I also noticed a citrus hint in the middle nose but only a few times. Seemed kind of tart just from the aroma, and waited to find out if the taste was indeed this. The raspberry was the dominant aroma as well as the flavor. All others were secondary. The tastes were raspberry, bitter chocolate, semi-sweet coffee, some slight hops, and raspberry again. I also noticed some citrus notes in the flavor but they were kind of hard to taste most of the time. It was watery in the middle and dry at the finish. I also noticed that the last flavor that stayed in my mouth for quite some time was raspberry. Good job Weyerbacher, another top beer. I would get this again.

 1,107 characters

Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 309 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.