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:
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Added by UnionMade on 10-01-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 +10.7%
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 -10.2%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.4%
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 +2.5%
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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Photo of WilliamD
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Black with thin, fizzy head that dissipates, becoming patchy yet remaining fizzy.
Fruity aroma is up front- not sure I'd be able to peg it as raspberry were I not privy to the fact it's a "raspberry stout", but definitely fruity- that's for sure. Roasted malts and some coffee as well.
The taste is definitely raspberries- no doubt about that. Some slight roasted malts, hint of chocolate, with a nice, mild bitterness.
Mouthfeel is nice- slightly crisp yet smooth.
The raspberry taste is definitely upfront, so unless I was really craving raspberries, I'd say this one is a bit below the par for me.
Quite good. This one worried me, as it is classified as a "fruit/vegetable beer," but titled by the brewer as a "stout." Last beer I tried in that category was Bell's Cherry Stout, which was quite awful.
This one was nothing such, however.

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Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this one in a case with some other beers I bought at least a year ago. 12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a nice opaque black with a thin tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of raspberries and roasted malts. The taste is a nice smooth blend of tart raspberries, cocoa, roasted malts and a hint of coffee, I can certainly tell that this beer has aged well. The beer is only slightly heavy, with a decent amount of warming alcohol. This is certainly an interesting version of an Imperial Stout, I'd certainly try it again.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really interesting, good stout. The Raspberry is well done. Not overpowering, but enough to remind you what you're drinking. Pours dark, with a subtle light-brownish head, with a hint of red tint. The raspberry smell is unleashed during pouring. The taste is smooth, it's not "punch yo momma in the jaw" huge like some RIS. The raspberry is blended well with the slight chocolate flavors. At 8% it will get the job done, and get it done it will, because these go down very smoothly. Always nice to keep on hand for an occasional drink, but not something to put into the weekly rotation.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Black body with a brown head that seems to have a barely perceptible trace of pink.

S: Mainly roasted malts. Raspberries make an appearance as it warms up.

T: Starts off with stout roastiness with a hint of raspberry tartness. Raspberries become more prominent as it lingers on the palate. Aftertaste reminiscent of bitter chocolate.

M: Appropriately thick and creamy.

D: I'm impressed with how this one won me over. As I began, I felt like this was two decent beers working at cross purposes and diminishing the whole. As I continued on, however, the beer's qualities came together very nicely. Recommended for those who like both stouts and lambic-type beers.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a thin, light brown head into a Unibroue tulip glass. Very little lacing through the halfway point of consumption.

Aroma is chocolate and alcohol. No indication of a fruit beer in the nose. I put it under my wife's nose and she said blueberry coffee.

Taste - slight raspberry on finish. I would have liked a touch more raspberry in this. I suspect if you did this blind you may not pick out the raspberry easily. Lots of roasty chocolate which there is nothing wrong with.

Goods across the board on this one. I'll tuck a couple away for aging to see if the grains mellow out and give way to the raspberry.

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Photo of drtth
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the brewery and aged for 14 mos. Chilled to cellar temperature and then poured into standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Dark, almost totally black, with a creamy tan head that fades leaving a surface covering and a ring of foam around the glass. When sipping the lacing is spotty and irregular.

Smell: Raspberries and dark chocolate, with roasted malt.

Taste: Soft semi-sweet raspberries and dark chocolate with no trace of alcohol. The flavors blend together nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with light carbonation and a longish finish that ends with raspberry chocolate flavors

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable stout. I could easily have 2 or 3 of them after dinner and through the evening instead of dessert.

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Photo of joepais
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for sending this one out to me Bottle poured into my snifter produced a finger worth of tan head that settled to a thin case. The body was a typical stout black no light comes through this at all.

I love the smell on this brew, chocolate covered raspberries. How can you go wrong? The flavor is like the nose in a lot of ways but with a coffee twist so it keeps the raspberry sweetness in check. The only complaint is it needed to be a bit thicker in the mouth.

I enjoyed this brew while kicking back to night. I grab it again if I found it or saw it on tap

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Photo of maximum12
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sholland119, one of the finest of a pack of fine BAs that haunt this site, for throwing this in a package that showed up, sans trade, late last year. Random beer showing up on the doorstep unannounced - what could be better? Thanks Scott!

And since Scott knows I like Weyerbacher, he probably knew I'd like this, & he was right.

No red in here, just light-dousing darkness. The smell is pretty tame.

The taste is not. This, for me, is what a fruit beer should taste like. First & foremost it's a stout. The underlying beer is excellent, & the raspberry, well, it's there, but so subtle that if you handed me a glass, I could identify the faint fruit, but not the type. It adds that hint of sweetness on the tongue, along with a nice bit of tartness to offset the alcohol that comes skipping along at the end. Balance? Look it up on Wiki & you should see a bottle of this Raspberry Imperial Stout. Perfect.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy, velvety...I'm running out of superlatives. I don't know if this is the same recipe as Old Heathen or not, but this brew is better, & I always have Old Heathen on hand.

I've found a new favorite fruit beer. Excellent! Thanks again, Scott!

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

Thanks to mikecharley for this one. Bottle, poured into a small snifter.

Very dark almost black pour with reddish highlights, almost 2 fingers of dark tan head that begins to fade quickly, but surprisingly a quarter inch or so lingers til the end. Pretty good lacing.

Very dessert-like nose of chocolate cake w/raspberry hints. Inviting!

Raspberries up front give way to dark malts, chocolate and dark malts in the middle, then the raspberries show up again at the finish. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Great dessert beer.

Overall impression: Very tasty beer, and fun to drink. Glad I have 3 more of these left, and will probably have to trade for more.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super dark brown with some hints of brown around the edges. Minimal white head.

S: A little bit of a adjuncty raspberry smell. Tons of sweetness.

T: Nice mix of roast and raspberry sweetness. The raspberry is there. A ton of swetness. A bit of adjuncty smell as well.

M: Nice medium body. Well carbonated.

D: A little bit too sweet for avery day but a nice treat.

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

Quite an underrated brew! Thanks Corey!

Pours black with some ruddy brown when head to the light. Minimal light tan foam.

Smell is chocolate and raspberries. Taste is the same, chocolate, raspberries, a bit of roasted coffee ... this is readily available in six packs somewhere? If it costs less than 12 bucks, that would be dangerous for me. I'm really surprised by how bold, yet well integrated, the mouthfeel is.

Mouthfeel is good, not great, and I could drink this all the time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this a good while back - 15 months, maybe? Into my 22oz snifter

A: Black with reddish brown highlights. There's a dark brown head that recedes very quickly to a ring - a bit disappointing, maybe?

S: Chocolate covered raspberries with some espresso and cream. Pretty darned good balance as well - no one aroma dominates another. Mild roastiness is present, lending to a baked dessert-like aroma. Solid!

T: Opens up with a pretty awesome balance between raspberries and chocolate with just that hint of fruity tartness to round out the palate. A hint of coffee and burnt toast on the finish along with a little bit more raspberry. Pretty awesome

M: A little over-carbonated and a little thin in body with a solid finish

D: Pretty remarkable how drinkable this is.

As far as non-sour fruit beers go, this is definitely among the top 5 beers I've had. The balance on the palate is awesome.

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Photo of JasonA
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gave a 5 here. Wow. Pours a solid 2 fingers of head (which quickly dicipates). Though the color of the head, not like Ive see before. Thick, thicker than traditional IS, but the color. Goodness, almost like a deep dark cherry mahogany. Impressive coloring.

Deep berry. Cant tell rasberry per-se. Lots of roasted malts, little sweet. Very enticing. Im quite curious how sweet the taste will be as it will set the overall tone of the brew. Rum raison, port, maybe chocolate. Lots of RIS qualities here. ABV smells above 8.

Not too sweet. Some tartness. Finishes with roasted malt, impressive. Some finishing hops, though not sure how to place them. Nicely done

Nicely carbonated for style. Not syrupy, but close, yet not in a bad way.

The blend of sweet vs tart makes this beer. Lots of roasted malt makes the style and all of it is well done.

Not sure I could drink many of these. But Im quite glad to read its seasonal. I would love to have more of these around the cold months.

I would love to get my hands on this receipe. Anyone know anyone who could send it my way?

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Photo of macster
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big and bold. A true full bodied Imperial Stout loaded with tart and sweet raspberries that stand up well to the intense roasted, chocolate malt profile. This is truly a superb desert beer to be served about 65 degrees and slowly savored. A very memorable experience to say the least!!

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Photo of eagles22
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice pitch black color with a nice head but dimmishes quickly..lacing is nice too

Smell: of Alcohol and also some fruits not really raspberries but i get fruit...also dark roasted malts and hints of chocolate

Taste: Smells threw me off..at 1st i get hit with raspberries which is very nice not to over powering its mixes nice with the bit of the roasted malts and also dark chocolate at the end

Mouthfeel: is silky smooth goes down wonderful also aftertaste is great too..nice sweet from the raspberries and than mixes with a bit of the roasted malts..very nice complex beer

Drinkability: its a sipper..but you can savor this beer ..its very good

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.43/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Sadly I had high expectations and this fell very short.

Appearance- Black as night and opaque with little foam. That foam appeared a dark brown color and was very dense.

Smell- Burnt Coffee Grounds, Chocolate, Raspberry Stems, and effervescence from the carbonation.

Taste- See smell and you'll get the picture. However the ABV is well masked from the taste and "flavors" The overall taste is inline with a Imperial Stout.

Mouthfeel- The beer is thick and full body, with a harsh tones

Little drinkable but that is just my person opinion of most Imperial Stouts but this is most atypical even of this style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

REVIEW #300.
A personal milestone. Saved this one for a special occassion.

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Church Brew Works pint glass. Pitch black with a tan head. No lace.

S. MMM. Malt berries. Roasted malt, double chocolate cake with raspberries. Very inviting indeed.

T. A solid blast of roasted malt and ripe fresh raspberries. The nice chocolate/mocha notes that are very characteristic of an Imperial Stout. The raspberry flavor compliments the chocolate mocha taste. Hop bitterness is minimal but there. Overall? Wonderful.

M. High level of carbonation and smooth. Slick, oily finish from the raspberry purree and maybe some hop resins?

D. This is a very drinkable brew. I am not a big fan of beer with fruit, but this is the exception. It is well balanced, well crafted, big but not too big. The raspberries used were real and you can really taste the difference. Took a chance and wow this paid off. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of vacax
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle via trade decanted into a globe. Bottle cellared around a year.

A: Black tinged with the essence of blood. Not much head during the pour, but a nice swirl of fine bubbles remains on the beer and clings for dear life to the edge of the glass.

S: Cocoa, fresh raspberries, and a slight breadiness create an exceptionally pleasing nose.

T: This hits all the sweetest spots for me. Rich, malty, and chocalatey goodness melds with a pleasing raspberry flavor that enhances rather than takes center stage. Bready roastiness is tangy on the tip of my tongue rather than bitter. Delicious beer, though personally I might like it a tad stronger--but just right for 8%.

M: Smooth and rich with nice carbonation for the thickness. I have had thicker imperial stouts, but those have been bigger beers in general.

D: One of the best drinking imperial stouts I have had. I sincerely wish I had more than one bottle to drink right now and I definitely want more of this. Strong enough to please an imperial stout drinker, but not too strong to prevent me from having another.

What can I say? Two of my favorite types of beer in one. Imperial Stout and raspberries, and it is done right. Definitely recommended for fans of either variety of beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Body is a viscous dark chocolate color that is hesitant to let light pass through. Pours with a minimal tan fizzy head that dissipates immediately and no lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Raspberries covered in warm dark Belgian chocolate with a hint of phenols in the background.

T- Tart raspberries upfront with a big robust chocolate malt backbone. A bit of roasted bitterness comes through for the finish along with a moderate alcohol bitterness and heat.

M- A bit thinner than most of this style but still has a medium weight body and is pretty smooth. medium carbonation.

D- Decent to pretty good stout overall, it just needs some time to let the alcohol settle. The smell is immaculate and I wish it tasted more like it smelled. I might buy another bottle of this and let it sit for a while.

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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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