Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Raspberry Russian Imperial StoutRaspberry Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by smulkowski on 03-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of brandonwnw
4.95/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Raspberry RIS - I know I'm a bit an an outlier here, but this is one of my top 3 beers ever. Probably stems from my love of coffee, chocolate and childhood memories of homemade black raspberry jam. Last bomber was poured cellar temp into a Pinot noir wine glass. Color was near black with a half inch of purple tinged lace. Smell is raspberry up front with chocolate/malt/coffee on the back. Taste is all the smells plus some vanilla and a slight hint of hops. ABV also presents a touch of booze, but finishes back at the berries and chocolate malt. Think of this as a high alcohol chocolate mocha. Overall, this is one of my personal favorite beers and am cellaring a couple cases to get me to their next brew (hopefully in 2016).

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Photo of Kopfschuss
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My two favorite flavors in beer: Imperial Stout and Raspberries. Now to see if it lives up to such a promise. Strong, smoky aroma has a decided overtone of raspberries. ME LUVZ RAZBURYS! :D It pours an opaque, scrumptious sable with a thick and rather persistent light tan head that leaves some generous lacing. Flavor is - uh, let me savor this for a while, oh, it is just so dee-lish! A sweet but not cloying raspberry core with smoky, malty, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and licorice notes. I get a touch of cherry as well. So lip-smackingly delicious, it’s to die for! Smooth, full-bodied texture has a good amount of fizz. Widmer, y’all kicked a-- once again! That does it - I’m moving to Portland. :D

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Photo of jpd026
4.66/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

get this fresh, otherwise a much lower rating

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - black with a thin white head that has little retention

S - coffee, faint roasted malts, faint raspberries

T - big raspberry flavor up front, tart, sweet, chocolate, roasted malts, some alcohol in the finish

M - full bodied, smooth, warm, well carbonated

This is a nice twist to a big stout. The base stout would have been delicious if it had stood alone, but the raspberries came through added a great unique flavor. They were forward, tart, and the fruit blended greatly with the dark malts of the stout. This beer was complex and very flavorful. It is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RickS95
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark. Not quite black, but very dark brown. Faint lighter notes around the edge. A thin head forms, a burnt beige color, but doesn't retain well. Props for the dark color, but deductions for the lame head/retention/lace.

The smell is decadent. Very chocolatey. The addition of raspberries lightens the darkness of the chocolate with a fruitiness. Smells like dessert.

I like chocolate, raspberries and alcohol, so this taste is right up my alley. Think chocolate covered raspberries or chocolate cake with raspberries on top. It's dessert in a bottle.

As you might guess, it's extremely smooth and creamy. There's just enough bitterness to temper the tart and sweet. High ABV provides a warming throughout the finish. Very full bodied and rich. Would be splendid with a chocolatey dessert.

There isn't much for me not to like about this. It's super easy to drink, takes the place of both a dessert and a nightcap after dinner. Well done.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.31/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(2013 Release) Black with clarity under cap; lite tan foam that faded quickly; spotty lace. Raspberry and chocolate nose. Raspberry and bittersweet dark chocolate. Lite carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Chocolate covered berry linger. Overall a little lite, and sugary.

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4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint.
Opaque black with solid tan head, god retention.
Smell and taste - classic IS - roasted, coffee, chocolate, subtle raspberry.
Actually niсe beer, medium body, soft carbonation, well-balanced.
Raspberry stout as it has to be, no less.

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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