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Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.6/5
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393 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:
393
pDev:
13.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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11
Gots:
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Trade:
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Photo of Skunkdrool
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $11.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body topped off with a sizable (though, it settles fast), foamy, beige head.

Smell: Heavily roasted malts, giving a noticeable creosote aroma, along with acrid coffee, bitter chocolate, boozy wafts, and raspberries, natch.

Taste: Again, there's the astringent, blackened maltiness. A lightly sweet touch of dark chocolate helps, but it's in far too short of supply. Then, there's the raspberries. Sometimes, you're treating to a really great raspberry taste. Other times, it's a slightly medicinal, off-putting Smarties flavor. It certainly leans towards the latter here. Burnt, berryesque, warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's definitely not Olde Hickory Lindley Park, that's for damn sure.

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Photo of jmmy3
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of yankeepride
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Based upon my enjoyment of other Widmer beers, I was really looking forward to this one. After getting through the purple wax, it had a fruity aroma, but not quite as sweet/tart as I was expecting. Had a good dark pour, with a really deep head. Took a taste, and ... raspberry? Just didn't get those here. It had a roasted malt taste, with just a bit of a tang, and then a slight bit of berry on the aftertaste. However, it wasn't a good flavor throughout like I was planning to enjoy. Wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of CWhite
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, a little lighter than most black ass double stouts, but sometimes when you have bright colored fruit additions, that will dilute the blackness.

Aroma was burnt malt and sweet berries. Don't get your bramble hopes up, not anywhere near that good. Milk chocolate is a nice contribution to the aroma.

Taste delivers some tartness from the raspberries, some alcohol from well, it being a beer, some bitterness, probably from both hops and acrid burnts malt. Slight coffee-esque existence in the mouthfeel as it warms. Wish it had more 2 row. A tad too thin for my tastes. Could do without the small anise aspect, even if small, its distracting and doesn't help the beer here. Tastes like the KGB RIS from '11, but with some berries thrown in.

Ultimately, while I might have spent $10 for a 6 pack of this beer, that amount of money for this bomber assures that this will not be a repeat purchase. Decent, but would not purchase again at such a high price point.

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Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 offering poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown/black with a lovely 2 finger brown khaki colored head. Some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Roasty malts, some smoke, and raspberry. Very little if any chocolate or coffee in the aroma.

T: Getting a nice smokey-ness, roasted malt, toffee. Getting some dark fruits in there as well, raspberry is coming through but not over poweringly so.

M: Medium bodied, not overly thin but on the thin side of full bodied. Would prefer it to be fuller. Slight bitter finish, almost no residue sweetness/creamy feel which I crave in Imperial Stout. About the perfect amount of carbonation and hides the alcohol well.

O: A very solid offering, though I would like more coffee/chocolate and a thicker body. Outside of those minor complaints its a pretty good beer. One that I would buy again next year.

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Photo of ressling
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of lancecenter
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of pma7779
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MEGAawesomeLAUREN
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of thecheapies
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark. Near black. Beige head with excellent retention.

Bitter cocoa and vinous notes, interpreting that as the raspberries. Roasted grain and spent coffee grounds. Creamy aroma.

Chocolate, rugged roastiness, char, whiff of smoke, light licorice, and nuances of berry. As it warms more, a perfumey raspberry skin and floral note comes through.

Smooth enough. Somewhat chewy. Good balance with a medium carbonation.

A fun try, but not the moneymaker.

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Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
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 Rutager
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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 BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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 jplopez21
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mitch3114
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - A deep, dark ruby brown with served to me with a thin, light tan head. Fair retention. A lining of everpresent bubbles cling to the surface around the glass.

Smell - Strongly boozy on the nose. Faint raspberry and chocolate character struggle to pop through behind this boozy oppressor.

Taste - Thankfully, the brew is tamer on the tongue than on the nose. Big raspberry sweetness upfront, quickly anchored down by a massive bitter chocolate character that hits mid-taste, then gives way to a mildly roasty finish. Raspberry is there too, though severely diminished by the gauntlet of roasty malt depth.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied. Sticky. Low to moderate carbonation. Smooth drinker.

Overall - Well, I'm sold. At $12 for a bomber? Not so much. On tap for $6? Yes please. Fine dessert beer here. Does well to balance out the raspberry sweetness, which a few of the raspberry based brews fail to do.

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Photo of GFG
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 393 ratings
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