Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Raspberry Russian Imperial StoutRaspberry Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by smulkowski on 03-25-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
392
Reviews:
94
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
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11
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Photo of LittleDon
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle aged approximately 6 months.

Visually appealing with a good amount of lacing a jet black appearance. Faint amount of raspberry and roasted malt aroma, albeit a bit light for the style. Same goes for the flavor. Hints of raspberry and a mild burnt sugar finish. A bit on the dry side. Solid but not great. Medium heavy body and average carbonation.

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Photo of smulkowski
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a growler from Enoteca in Post Falls, ID. The beer poured typically black and thick...I'd like to say that there was a but of a purple or blue tinge to the glass, but I'm probably imagining it. I'm not sure about the pedigree of this stout, but it very much reminds me of the Widmer KGB releases - I would be unsurprised to hear they are one and the same, with the addition of some raspberries before and after brewing.

This beer is pretty thin for being an imperial stout. The alcohol is relatively well masked. It smells slightly roasty, but I don't get a ton of aroma for this. The head is a bit anorexic. The flavor is not overwhelming. I would expect a beer of this stlye and ABV to have a great deal more character.

I think this is an enjoyable beer, but it seems a bit thin and tenuous for an imperial stout. Perhaps this is an imperial stout for novices?

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black into my chalice, with a cola-tinged opacity near the rim when held to light. Head is very short-lived, trickles to nearly no foam.
I smell the raspberries, along with bitter cocoa/ roasted coffee, booze.
Starts off with coffee grinds, then comes the creamy raspberries, and with a strong bitter, boozy finish. Not complex and could use more balance.
Feels slick and creamy. Sticky, smooth but with a strong medicinal feel to the aftertaste. .
Worth a shot if you like trying different imperial stout flavor experiments. Otherwise for me, I wont be revisiting this one shortly, especially at around $12.00 a bottle.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout pours a black color, with a nice lasting brown head. There is a diaper like aroma with hints of berries and coffee. The taste lucky has a nice blend of roasted malts, coffee, and hints of raspberries. Great blending of all the flavors, nothing is overpowering, and good full flavor, and also the alcohol is subtle. Overall a nicely put together beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber into a large wine glass, this pours a deep and dark brown though not quite black in color. Mostly clear, with a touch of blue in the light, and with a thin yet resilient cap of foam.

Nose is sweet and fruity and there is surely some raspberry there. Though more slick malts with a touch of roast and muddled berry present themselves. Taste follows with fruit and sweet malts, along with a touch of grainy texture. Not much as for roasted malts here or anything near 'dry'. But then I think that that's the point. Touch of ethanol on the nose at times after the cap settles.

Finish is lightly viscous and semi-sweet and offers more berry muddled malts and again some supporting texture to balance. Not overly complex in nature but pleasant across the board. I assumed this bottle had a couple years on it and I now see that it was a one-off bottled in Dec. 2012. New to me so not sure how it was stored.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin and dense beige head that gradually died down but never completely faded away.
S: Aromas of cocoa nibs and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of raspberries in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: There’s nothing impressive about the smell or taste of this beer—it’s a very average Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Poured a dark brown-black with a thick, foamy, cinnamon-colored head; nice retention and a thick blanket of lacing on the glass. Typical stout aroma, dark malts, moderately roasty. Dark chocolate and roasty malts in the taste, and a definite, permeating raspberry flavor that was more tart than sweet; surprising citrusy hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty smooth, on the heavier side of medium-bodied, and fairly good overall, though probably not something I'd want to revisit often. Bottle version had a lot less raspberry and a lot more bitterness.

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Photo of KAF
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from bomber to tulip an opaque flack, no light escapes, black edges, a smaller 1/2 finger khaki head, little retention but nice lacing. The nose is rather muted with roast being most prominent A backdrop of fruity sweetness is also present. The flavor starts of with the roasted malt and then immediately is dominated by the raspberry, not overpowering but not mellow. Sweet and strong with the warmth. Mold bitterness and the raspberry flavor lingers for a while. Full bodied and adequately carbonated, my favorite aspect of the beer is he mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth. Overall decent but I likely wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of barczar
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark, roast malt, fairly harshly bitter, coffee aroma, with a touch of raspberry sweetness. Flavor is just too overly harsh to be enjoyable. Needs more specialty malt character to give it depth.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt and chocolate notes, with not too much raspberry. The fruit notes come through more in the aroma. I get a raspberry and cream component to go along with the roasted malt and chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium carbonation and thick, chewy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Slongie
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BilbosNuts
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown in color, but some light comes through along the edges. A one-finger, mocha colored, creamy head sits on top and leaves behind cobwebs of lacing. Appears very still.

S: Typical roasted malts upfront, followed by a subdued fruitiness of raspberries and a mild coffee finish. Overall, a bit toned down.

T: Similar to the aroma with roasted malts and a finish of sweet and lightly tart raspberries. I'm able to experience the raspberries in the taste more so than the aroma, which give it a slight puckering effect while adding a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, with a slick finish. A carbonation level that is enough to allow the flavors to wander without being intrusive.

O: Not a bad offering overall. The addition of raspberries was a welcomed one which added a unique element to one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of Exeter
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger head
S: Raspberry with a hint of cocoa and roasted malt
T: Roasted malt, just a hint of raspberry, some burnt sugars, but a bit watery
M: Medium-bodied but thin
O: Not disappointed I tried it but this could be more than just 'okay' if there was more malt to provide structure (though the alcohol didn't come through as is) and somehow the raspberry aromas came more through on the palate

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Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is black with a thick tan head leaving chunky, foamy lace.

Smell is dark malts, some chocolate, very faint raspberry, from cellar temp to warmer.

Taste is malty, again heavy chocolate, not much roast. The berry remains subtle. A sweet, strong, clean alcoholic flavor lingers on the dry finish. I expected more complexity here, maybe it just needs time to come together as this is a new bottling. A little tight now perhaps, but generally any fruit component is most pronounced when fresh.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium +, and very dry from the alcohol.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I was looking for a lot more out of the berry, from my memory of having it at previous winter ale fests.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle
About a half finger of head on an almost black body, it does seems to have a blue hue to it.
The aroma is nice with milk chocolate, raspberry, alcohol and
The taste is a letdown. The raspberry is there with the roasted malt and chocolate, but it doesn't flow smoothly.
The texture is great. Soft and smooth with low carbonation.
Worth trying, maybe some aging will help out the taste.

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Photo of TheHopHeadGirl
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint bottle costs $14.99 at Whole Foods.
It's expensive. I think of this beer as a dessert stout.
Tastes like a piece of Godiva chocolate filled with raspberries. After drinking it with food, I thought it tastes like blueberries.
I'm just getting into stouts and I like this one!

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a pretty big head for an imp stout. Tan, sticky, about 4 fingers high. Smells like chocolate covered cordial candies. You do get a nice raspberry scent from it. Like a chocolate covered raspberry jam.

Whoa, very big, very wow, lot going on here. Tart raspberry with big chocolate flavor. Massive viscous body. Sour tartness big roasted flavor on the mid-palate. Big underlying bitterness. Not a sweet beer in anyway, very bitter black chocolate with dark fruit pure. I like it.

You can really taste the raspberries and they go well with the rich roasted chocolate dark character of this brew.

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Photo of Rutager
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Pours a very deep brown, but not as dark as most in the style. A finger of tan head caps this glass and leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smell. Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts with some red berry and a little bit of citrus.

Taste dark and very roasty, slightly bitter malts along with some dark chocolate, red berries and a bit of fresh dark fruits. There are some bitter, lightly piney hops in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied with below medium carbonation.

Overall. A decent RIS with the nice (albeit slight) addition of raspberries.

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Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a tall brown colored head.

Smells of raspberry and chocolate with some bitter coffee aroma. Coffee candy malt scent with a little razzles candy to it.

Starts out sweet with a distinct raspberry taste. Chocolate and bitterness appear after the initial taste. Warming in the chest can't really taste the alcohol though. And that is about it, raspberry, chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer on the sweet side of stout. Really more of a porter, it is worth a try.

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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 392 ratings.
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