Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series)Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series)
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Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series)Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series)

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Zorro on 12-31-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nearly black in the Ommegang chalice with a dark beige head. Not too foamy in the glass, but a prickly carbonation on the tongue. Aroma is not very pronounced. The body is almost watery, though it has very substantial maltiness.

A big black charred flavor with a faint sourness. Burnt sugar and something like a charred whiskey barrel. Starts out with some malty richness, but that seems to evaporate, leaving just the bitter chocolate, an alcoholic burn, and a dry finish. The hoppy tang leaves a little more bitterness, which is pleasant and adds some interest.

This is perfectly drinkable, and has some pleasant flavors, but the competition in this category comes from dozens of wonderful brews, so this one rates only average. Especially for 14 bucks. From the 22 oz bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of licorice and hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, although it also has favors of roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present. The chocolate flavors become stronger as the beers warm up.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste as roasty compared to other Russian Imperal Stouts and doesn't deliver as much chocolate flavors as I would have expected.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark brown with two fingers of a foamy dark tan head with good retention that fades into a thick cap with heavy lacing.

Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt and hints of alcohol.

Taste was roasty with dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate with a slight hint of sweet cocoa or milk chocolate and a slight dry bitter ending with a little alcohol warmth.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning full body with light carbonation, smooth with a slight bitterness and a nice alcohol glow at the end.

Overall a very nice Russian Imp Stout, I'm not a big chocolate beer lover, however, I enjoyed this one and would buy again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter glass.

A: Pitch black with nice 3 finger brown head. Some minimal lacing but nothing to speak of. The wax seal makes for attractive packaging but made the bottle a pain to open.

S: Roasted malts with coffee notes, chocolates, maybe a bit of licorice.

T: Bitter chocolates are up front especially as it warmed up. Nice coffee and roasts flavors coming through. A slight hint of some fruity flavors underneath, maybe cherry.

M: Nice medium body with average carbonation. Not too thick, but coats tongue well.

O: Good chocolate stout. Very enjoyable to drink. I prefer the Yeti chocolates just a bit to this one, but a solid choice still.

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 152 ratings