Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Raspberry Russian Imperial StoutRaspberry Russian Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.59/5
392 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
94
Ratings:
392
pDev:
13.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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11
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours the usual imperial stout coloration and appearance, pitch black with a tinge of brown, a nice tan mocha head about 1 finger in height that dissipates to a fine lacing around the outside of the glass.

S: The beer gives off a faint raspberry smell that is present from about a foot and a half away, upon closer smell, the usual imperial stout flavors dominate, putting the raspberry notes on the back burner. Present is coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and a bit of sweetness, likely the raspberry.

T: Again, cocoa, coffee, and dark roasted malt tones mostly dominate the taste, with a faint hint of raspberry in the mix, giving a sweet, light fruit flavoring to a style that usually has dark fruit notes. Some sweet notes are present along with a little bit of what tastes like blackberry.

M: Nice, slick, and oily on the tongue with a mild amount of carbonation well suited for the style. A nice taste remains after the finish.

O: Overall, quite tasty, this would definitely be a buy again, a worthwhile choice from the style, exhibiting a slightly sweeter quality than most imperial stouts have.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Batch.

A - Poured into a tulip. Initially poured a great two finger mocha brown head, stuck around for a bit. Otherwise, this looks like a stout. Deep dark brown, bordering on black.

S - Roasted cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, tiny hint of sweetness.

T - Milk chocolate, finishes with the sweet raspberry. There is a tart and acrid character here as well. Still, roast and chocolate dominate.

M - Silky smooth, nice amount of carb.

O - One of the better offerings I've had from Widmer. A very enjoyable, highly drinkable take on a slightly sweet RIS, if not overly complex or really showcasing the raspberry.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" tan colored head that falls quickly to a thick surface foam. Some lace paints the glass.

Smell: overtly sweet raspberry flavor hits you first, follow by a roasted malt aroma.

Taste: big roasted malt here, leaning a bit towards a burnt flavor. The raspberry flavor is like a sweet syrup, and doesn't seem to mesh here at all. Dark coffee, prunes, molasses, and a strong bitterness are the other flavors. There is a chaulkiness here too. Alcohol is definitely noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and velvety at the finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: this is a very slow sipping beer that seems to have flavors that don't marry at all - the fruitiness stands apart from the roasted malt and coffee tones. Tough to finish a glass, let alone the larger bottle.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shitty plastic wax was very hard to get off even with the pull tab, and fractured and went flying across the room.

Pours a decent fizzy slightly fluffy dark colored head that fades semi quickly then slows to a med pace with nice lacing, over a pitch black beer, no light coming through.

Nose brings dark roasty malts, pretty much all roast and char, burnt characters, like the malt was burnt to oblivion, a bit of cocoa too which I was hoping there at least was some, slight acrid burnt coffee, very burnt coffee, and faint raspberry fruity aroma, touch of a booze aroma.

Taste starts with a raspberry actually, more like bitter tannic raspberry seed though with a bit of juice, then into the dark malts quickly. A decent dark chocolate and cocoa do come out a little which blends well with the raspberry. Then a bit more roast and char, a bit of burnt coffee but not much, powdered cocoa comes through, and a bit of roasty char. Just a touch acrid, and some warming booze also in there. Finish is drier but a bit sticky sweet still, lingering burnt coffee and dark roast, as well as some powdered cocoa and hint of raspberry seed.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, some warming booze, fairly thick almost creamy, decent carb.

Overall not bad, but not nearly as good as I hoped it would be. Very dark malt characters, with too much burnt roast and burnt coffee esp on the nose, chocolate is there but more mild than I hoped, raspberry brings more seed than juice and is barely there on the nose. Booze is about on par, but just doesn't quite hit where the beer should be.

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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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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 392 ratings
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