Raspberry Imperial Stout | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
283 Reviews
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 webmanspidey
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pitch black imperial stout looking beer. Smells dark and roasted-malty. Slight traces of the raspberry. Tastes like "black raspberry".. Interesting blend of the typical roasted malt and alcohol of the imperial stout and the raspberry fruit. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz received a week or so ago from mhewes... big thanks for the opportunity.

Aggressive pour didn't really produce much head... no real lacing to speak of... the brew is the expected black.

Aroma is cold coffee and some chocolate with some background raspberry candy notes... will improve probably as it warms.

Body is a little light for the style, but not too bad... flavor is mainly traditional stout up until right before the finish.. raspberry essence starts to shine a little bit lingering up through the end. Chocolate pairs well with the fruit... carbonation is fairly light also.

Overall, I wanted to like this more.. just sorta tastes artificial to me. Another round of props goes out to Michael.. thanks.


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Photo of Mauerhan
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won this bad boy off of the clue LIF from NJpadrefan.

first of all i was lucky to crack this open with a group of great friends.

pours thick with very little head. slight lacing. awesome aroma. i get chocolate, raspberry, smokey goodness.

first taste is great. i get a full variety of flavors. going from chocolate to wood tones with a great raspberry finish on it.

mouthfeel is great. little carbonation, very smooth, very easy drink.

i would love to use this like olieipa said as a desert beer. maybe reducing it for a sauce. yum. this is a great beer and i want more of it...now

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this beer with Tdizzle, Mauerhan, and Pehlman...also, the very sexy Aimstatus.

A: Almost black with some red in it. Not much head or lacing.

S: One of the best smelling beers I ever had the chance to whiff. I think I spelled that right. Great raspberry smell with maybe some aging involved. Incredible.

T: Smoked raspberry smell that settled great at the end. Maybe some bitterness...simply incredible. Dessert like is another good way to describe this. Even though this is a low alcohol like beer...you still can't notice it at all.

M: Has a light body for a imperial stout with some carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink....again, incredible.

Overall: My friend won this from an LIF and I was very suprised by its simple goodness. One of the best beers that I have had...it makes me happy.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured thick and slow into my mug; a almost cola-black body with a two-finger rocky, tan head that died quikcly but left a lace ring down entire glass. While roasted malts were the most prevelant, chocolate and other sweet malts are in there and you get a good sniff of raspberries. A creamy medium to full bodied beer, it goes down very smooth with some sweetness as the roasted malts give it a dry finish but the raspberries come through on the backend as well. A nice, sweet stout to change up the pace that I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
Pours a jet-black, ebony hue, with an attractive, reddish, tan head that soon dissipated and left a fair amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, rich aroma bursting with chocolate and raspberries...
Tasted just like a chocolate milkshake mixed with raspberry ice cream... Creamy, thick, rich flavor with a strong suggestion of roasted malts, deep, dark chocolate, and a subtle hint of raspberries... Certainly one of the better beers produced by Weyerbacher... Glad I found this one...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability for a powerful 8% ABV...
Good stuff...

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Photo of AltBock
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a simple raspberry colored label that has a shadow of a crown behind the name of the beer. The only other things on the label was the web address and the US Government warning. This one doesn't have a date on it either.

When poured into a Maudite Snifter, this "Imperial Stout" is an oil black. It wasn't as thick as oil, but they both share the same color. The head of foam was only a few tan bubbles. If that wasn't bad enough, these bubbles quickly dissiapted into a handful of tan rings. No streaks or spots of lace, just some rings along the edges. At least the beer still its color going for it.

The aroma was on the light side with raspberry chocolate, a touch of roasted malts, and some dark fruits hiding in the background.

The taste was on the dry side with a ton of raspberry chocolate, a hint of dried roasted malts, a few dried dark fruits, and then ends with dried and roasted hops. If it wasn't for the hops, the taste would have been the same as the aroma. Add a pinch of hops to a raspberry chocolate bar and this is what you'll get.

The mouthfeel was on the medium side with a dry aftertaste of dried roasted hops and more raspberry chocolate. This dry aftertaste won't stick around for too long.

There wasn't much raspberry in this beer, but at least this beer had some raspberry taste to it and it tried to offer a few more flaovrs other than just raspberry chocolate. If you like raspberries mixed in with your chocolate, but in a black liquid form, then you might want to give this one a shot. It couldn't hurt unless you're allergic to raspeberries or chocolate.

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the last BIF I participated in (CA-PA BIF). I'd never heard of this one before, but it sounds very interesting.

A: Pours very stout-like. Dark brown/black with tan/mocha head layer. This layer was quite bubbly and hints at fair carbonation.
S: A nice, mellow smoked/roasted aroma is present, but not overwhelming. Notes of coffee beans are detected.
T: Sweet fruitly flavor blended well with the chocolate and coffee tastes. The raspberry "flavor" is faint, but fruit is hinted.
M: A viscous and sludged beverage. Lingers appropriately.
D: Flavorful and interestingly brewed. Nothing I would actively seek out, but nice to say that I've tried this one. I would love to try this side by side with another comperable stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up as an extra, and needless to say I was thrilled to get it. I had heard about this one before, but had not had much luck in finding one. Poured into a pint glass, it had the look of your classic stout. Rich dark black, with a touch of reddish highlight on the side. Nice one inch head of tan that came up over the top and settled down gently to form a thin layer that never did really let up. Nice side glass presentation as well.

The aroma was a mix of roasted malts, touches of light fruit, Raspberry, although lighter then I would have thought and a nice bit of coffee. Very interesting blends, and very welcomed. The flavor was equally as complex. Starting out in a nice rush of cocoa and roasted malts, it quickly was evident that this full bodied stout was going to be providing a bit of a kick in the flavor department. Nice hints of molasses and caramel quickly rolled over to just a kiss of Raspberry, not nearly as strong as I thought it would be, rather just a touch, just enough to let you know it was there and to really highlight the flavor. Touch of hops and coffee in the finish, just enough to dry out the palate and leave you with the slightest bit of a fruit like aftertaste. Nice blending here and easily a session able Stout for me, as the ABV was nowhere to be seen.

Overall I thought this was a very good stout. I was expecting a little more, but I still have to admit that this one turned out to be quite tasty indeed. I would definitely not be opposed to having another one at any time.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kegatron for this one.

A - Black with a thin brown head that fades to a ring of lace.

S - Chocolate covered raspberries, hints of both tart and sweet raspberry and slighty roasted, maybe toasted, malt.

T - Similar to aroma. Chocolate covered raspberries followed by tart raspberry ending with some bitterness and roasted malt.

M - Medium mouthfeel, both sweet and tart. More porter like than imperial stout.

D - I haven't had many dark beers with fruit that are good. This one is is nice but reminds me more of a porter than an imperial stout.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Stout. Black beer with a slight tan head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Not much in the way of raspberry.

Taste: Again, raspberry is almost MIA. Good amount of chocolate, coffee, malt, and alcohol. Raspberry barely makes it's presence known. You get a bit of it in the aftertaste, and that's about it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent stout, not so good raspberry stout. The fruit flavor is not nearly as prominent as I would like. Worth a try as a stout, not for fans of fruit stouts.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice dark black beer. The beer doesn't seem to be quite as viscous as some other Imperial Stouts.

S- The smell is of a nice raspberry coffee laté. A nice chocolate smell is very present as well. The ABV is present in the smell as well even though it is only 8%.

T- I was expecting this beer to be a bit more on the sweet side. The bitterness of the coffee flavor is more present. I also feel the tartness of the raspberry is coming through making this beer more on the bitter side.

M- A bit on the watery side, I was hoping for something thick and sweet.

D- As far as being able to drink this beer it is easy to drink.

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Photo of Douglas14
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pretty standard black color for imperial stouts and has a medium thickness, brown head that doesn't leave much lace. The smell is heavily of chocolate and raspberries...a very nice combo. The taste is also of chocolate and raspberries with coffee and malt as well. There are two downsides to this beer though: the raspberry flavor comes of too syrup-like and the bitterness doesn't go well with the tartness of the beer. The bitterness would've been perfect with the fruity sweetness, but just not with the tart character of this beer.

Still a good beer to drink and try...pretty interesting.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Grape and Gourmet in Va Beach. Thanks Joe!

A- Pours a dark thick black color. Light coffee brown head with a nice lil lace left around my glass. Not as dark as motor oil but dark like midnight.

S- a roasted caramel flavor with hints of raspberry...hence the name. They arent as prominent as i thought it would be.

T- Roasted coffee flavoring with a trail of fruity raspberry to top it off. Its the afteraste that hasm ore of the raspberry flavor.

M- full bodied and warm on the way down. very tasty and the raspberry compliments the stout very well. A good and odd choice.

D- These are very tasty and i could put a few of these down. Silky smooth on the way down. A nice sixer of this would be good for a the dave show on DVD

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Photo of Flyer
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The raspberries are a curious choice for this beer. I don't think it needs the extra flavor, and in some ways the fruit is almost a distraction (even though it is just a "kiss" of flavor). The aroma is chocolate, raisins and dates. the mouthfeel is surprisingly thin, but the flavor is nice, chocolate and dates. The raspberries come in at the end. It's a hearty beer, a good winter warmer (though nothing stops me from drinking it in summer). Still, very good overall, but not among my favorite imperial stouts.

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Photo of prototypic
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BuckeyeNation, once again, thank you.

Appearance: It's jet black. Absolutely no light getting through at all, not even around the edges. Head is a dark mocha color. Darker than the norm for a stout. The head is only about a finger and a half deep and it receded very quickly. Light specks of lace lined the glass.

Smell: It trails off a little here and requires patience to pull much out of it. It features a sweet rasberry fragrances which is clearly its aromatic strength. There are some ancillary chocolate and roasted malt scents. There's a faint smoked aroma that blends with light barley notes. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Taste: This is surprisingly good. I'm not a big fan fruit beers, but this works. The flavor profile is a well blended combination of sweet rasberry and chocolate/roasted malt flavors. The berry flavor is not as strong in taste as the smell suggests. It really complements the malt flavors well and is not overbearing at all. It is slightly smoky. Again, alcohol is masked extremely well and goes unnoticed.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. It feels a little thin for my taste. Carbonation is on the light side and certainly appropriate for this beer. Drinkability is good. 8% abv for this beer is just about right. It's not so high that drinkability is limited. I'd be happy to drink two or three of these in a sitting.

Overall, this is a surprisingly good stout. I was extremely skeptical of the rasberry factor, but I'm pleasantly surprised. It could be improved by beefing up the nose and giving a thicker, smoother mouthfeel. But, it really is pretty impressive and is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into an 'East End Brewing' pint glass...different brewers but figured these PA brethren should meet one another... Thanks to vwcraig for sending this bottle (in Nov '07).

A: Nearly black with traces of ruby redness tinting the edges. Healthy fingers-worth of creamy tan head tops this one, dropping slowly to a dense film, spotted with percolating tiny carbonation.

S: Out of the bottle, this had a notable berry/chocolate aroma. Once in the glass, lightly tart fruit aromas and an earthy cocoa continue to rise, but they require a little work (agitation). A local bakery makes a chocolate/raspberry breakfast roll that (not surprisingly) smells similar to this. Yum.

T: Sweeter milk chocolate and plenty of crushed berries upfront, then a firmer, more bitter dark chocolate enters. Tart elements (some souring, too) meld well with the cacao/light coffee flavors. Raspberries are present but are subtle enough that the 'stout' flavors can shine. A little one-dimensional, but tasty enough that I don't mind at all.

M: A little carbonation initially, then smooths out to a cool silkiness. Medium body, with a softly coating mouthfeel; dries in the finish with a lingering dark chocolate bitter tang. Just a little alcohol warmth, felt in the cheeks.

D: A likable stout which deftly adds fruit without being overtly 'fruity'. The stout behind this is solid and the tart berries make this an excellent dessert/evening-ending beer. I'd like to get more of these sometime - thanks again to Craig for sending.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Viscous, oily black pour with a persistent, creamy brown head. Sweet, heavy aroma. The burnt palate also features loads of malt sweetness, along with some coffee and baker's chocolate bitterness. The fruity raspberry character is somewhat eclipsed by the rich sweetness, but it's there, and blends well with burnt notes.

Rich and very satisfying. I can't say the raspberry makes this all that different from the most of the other imperial stouts out there, but it was pretty good.


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Photo of Zorro
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

Deep black colored beer that doesn't pass light with a tall brown head.

Very fruity and your nose starts telling you that the moment you open the bottle and before you get it anywhere near your nose. Raspberries and dark chocolate smells like the actual fruit dipped in chocolate and served as a desert. And that is about it, just a perfect fruit and chocolate aroma.

The taste starts out slightly sweet and tart with a good but not overpowering raspberry flavor. Chocolate is subtle at first and coffee shows up in the after taste. This is a beer that lets the fruit shine and holds the stout part back as a supporting element of the experience. A little bit of chocolate and a bit of malt char makes up the rest of this beers flavor.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Good beer here, a fruit beer first and a stout second. Excellent drinkability I would never refuse a glass of this.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple pints over the weekend, presented pitch black with light mocha froth.

Nice, pleasing smell of berries, chocolate and coffee. Oh yeah.

Strong choco/coffee flavors laced with raspberries and a hint of alcohol. It's the berries that linger. Reminiscent of cherry cordials. A heavy and yet juicy feel.

That was a dessert beer if I've ever tasted one. Truly delicious.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into 8oz snifter.

Pitch black with a brown head that only becomes a thin fizzy sheet of bubbles.

Mostly bitter malts with a bit of bitter chocolate to compliment. A tiny touch of raspberry is in there, but it's hard to smell because of the malts.

Not much raspberry in the flavor, hardly any fruit in there at all. It's pretty much the standard stout flavor: dark malts, a touch of hop bitterness, and light bitter chocolate notes. Full bodied with good carbonation.

Pretty much your average RIS, although I felt this one wasn't as complex, even with the raspberry in it, which was barely detectable, and only if you look for it. Solid, but nothing special.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beers pours out a menacing opaque blackness with no rest even along the edges of my glass. It's pure darkness save for the creamy coffee colored cap, which retains well at a half inch depth.

The raspberries are very evident in the nose and create a nice tart scent. I'm glad that it doesn't come off smelling cloyingly sweet or overdone as some fruit beers can be. As the beer warms it starts to really shine as the raspberry mellows into the roasted coffee and chocolate with a slight whiff of alcohol.

First noted as I sipped is a thinner than expected mouthfeel and slightly overdone carbonation. At 8.0% abv I was hoping for something fuller.

Chocolate and deeper complexities found in the nose are somewhat lacking, but the amount of raspberries is spot on. I was hoping for a richer fuller flavor and a little more of a winter warming Imperial Stout quality. This is a beer I expected to have greater depth. Finishes tart with a fruity snap. Somewhat limited.

I think drinkability in a fruit beer is limited due to its style. This one is fun and worth a try, but short of stellar. I'd like to give this a try as a float in vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of ccrida
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an large snifter, the Raspberry Imperial Stout is a pitch back with slight ruby tinges and a small khaki head. Served at 60F, I'm scoring this as I do all fruit beers, relative to their respective style.
Smell is roasted malt and berries, maybe more maraschino cherry then raspberry, maybe a bit to much but pretty nice.
Taste is very nice balance between roast strong stout and berry that is certainly more stout then anything else, with enough berry to be interesting but not tire or overwhelm. I really appreciate that the stout is not to imperial, lacking a super strong character keeps the berry more dessert like. Fantastic with some garlic goat's cheese.
Mouthfeel is on the crisper dry side, like an Irish stout, and light bodied for 8%.
Drinkability is pretty high, this is a fantastic fruit beer, although I doubt I'd want more then 2. Still, I'm really spoiling myself with some gems tonight!

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Photo of BravoTwo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a twinge of purple around the edges. Thick chunky head with good lacing down the glass.

S - Toasty, roasted smell. Dark aroma of an impy stout , with a background smell of raspberries.

T - Good dark toasty taste, with coffee tones and a good taste of the tartness of the raspberries throughout the taste. Good stout flavor.

M - Medium-thick mouthfeel. Smooth with a creaminess.

D - Very drinkable impy stout, and the raspberries add to the overall drinkability of this brew. A good overall beer, but one at a sitting is probably enough.

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Photo of jdg204
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was out at the ol' Whichbrew in Easton and after a disappointing first brew, I was looking forward to something a bit different to split with the wife and this definetly fit the bill.

Appearance - Fantastic, has the lovely black opaque color of an impy stout with a raspberry tinted, thick head.

Smell - Has a very nice deep roasted flavor with a twinge of the fruit there as well, excellent mix.

Taste - Balance is the name of the game with this brew. Of course you have an excellent traditional deep, roasted, intense, sweet flavor of an impy stout balanced out perfectly with the tartness of the raspberry. I'm not even an a big raspberry fan and I still loved this. The fruit flavor didn't feel artificial at all, but a very natural part of the brew.

Mouthfeel - The balance again carried through here, really nice aftertaste that went well with our pear tart dessert.

Drinkability - The wife and I were both big fans of this brew, making it an equal opportunity micro. This brought the classic edgy, wild Weyerbacher flavor mixed with a very natural and not overpowering raspberry flavor. Not even a big raspberry fan and I still loved this brew!

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Raspberry Imperial Stout from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 307 ratings.
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