Widmer Brothers Brewing Releases Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,632) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts
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    PORTLAND, OR (APRIL 2012) – Widmer Brothers Brewing has released Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12, the second offering in the brewery’s recently launched Alchemy Project, a series of three bold, vintage-dated craft beers that can be enjoyed immediately, but are brewed to improve with age.

    Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout was first brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing in 2008 for the Portland Holiday Ale Festival. In the summer of 2011, Widmer Brothers brewers discovered a barrel of the initial batch, which was known as Babushka’s Secret, in the brewery’s cellar. After tasting the beer and realizing how well the beer aged with time, the brewing team decided to brew the beer again as part of the Alchemy Project. Beginning this year, Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout will be released once a year as part of the project.

    “This is our unique interpretation of the Russian Imperial Stout style, with the addition of red raspberries during the fermentation process,” said Ben Dobler, brewer at Widmer Brothers Brewing. “The use of Midnight Wheat gives this beer an extra layer of complexity, and the antioxidant-rich red raspberries give this beer storage-ability and age-ability.”

    Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12 will be available in 22-oz bottles and 1/6 barrels beginning April 9.

    About Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12

    Tasting Notes
    ·Slight fruit tartness
    ·Smooth mouthfeel
    ·Chocolate and roasty aromas
    ·Hop complexity to balance malt character

    ·Malts: Pale, Roast Barley, Caramel 60L, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate Malt
    ·Hops: Alchemy for bittering, Willamette and Cascade for aroma
    ·Red raspberries

    ·Original Gravity: 21.5 P
    ·Apparent Extract: 5 P
    ·IBU: 70
    ·ABV: 9.3%
    ·Color: 90 SRM

    About the Alchemy Project
    In late 2011, Widmer Brothers Brewing launched the Alchemy Project, a new series of high-end, bold, vintage-dated beers that are brewed for cellaring. Like fine wine, Alchemy Project beers can be enjoyed immediately, but the process of cellaring and aging these beers contributes to enhanced flavor profiles and complexities as the beers evolve with time. This series showcases that evolution.

    The series was launched with the release of Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’11 last year, a follow-up to Barrel Aged Brrrbon ’10, which was initially released as part of the Widmer Brothers Brothers’ Reserve Series. The Alchemy Project will include three specialty limited-release craft beers each year. Each will be released in limited quantities and the same three beers will be released every year. Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout is the second release in this series. The third beer, which will be released this summer, is yet to be announced.

    About Widmer Brothers Brewing
    What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their 20s, they dreamed of brewing unique interpretations of traditional beer styles. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best-selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Rotator IPA Series, Drop Top Amber Ale and Pitch Black IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmerbrothers.com.

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  2. Popp24

    Popp24 Aspirant (279) Nov 5, 2010 California

    Sounds interesting and I will be on the lookout for it.
  3. ellindril

    ellindril Zealot (536) May 7, 2007 Massachusetts
    Fest Crew Society

    I want to try that. Now to find it.
  4. pimpinmidget

    pimpinmidget Aspirant (240) Mar 20, 2012 North Carolina

    Hope I can find this around me.
  5. MJC8719

    MJC8719 Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2012 District of Columbia

    I just picked up a bottle in DC. 12.99
  6. turboge

    turboge Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2007 Ohio

    There website is very nice!
  7. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (743) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut

    Stores near me are at the same price as well.I am wondering why it must be so expensive.:astonished:

  8. SHODriver

    SHODriver Poo-Bah (2,422) Aug 13, 2010 North Carolina

    real fruit is expensive.

    if anybody can't find it shoot me a BM and we can work something out. It's at a local shop that doesn't have a lot of turnover so it'll probably be on the shelves for awhile.
  9. sfisher323

    sfisher323 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't remember what my bottle went for. (It was one of many I purchased on Saturday.) But it is available in Albany, NY. I would be happy to check for bottles when I'm back in two weeks if anyone can't find them, as well. :slight_smile:
  10. stouts4me

    stouts4me Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    Picked it up in Antioch, Il. $12.99, nice beer selection at Antioch Liquors - worth a trip.
  11. BruceBruce

    BruceBruce Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2011 Texas

    Doesn't Budweiser own them? They should have nationwide distro obviously if so
  12. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (743) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut

    I tried a bottle this past weekend....imo,its definitely not worth the price of admission.
  13. sfisher323

    sfisher323 Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    Boo. Oh well. I'm glad I only picked up one then.
  14. Kopfschuss

    Kopfschuss Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2009 Oregon

    But a $15 growler totally is! Find it on tap and get it! Raspberry comes through WAAAY more on tap vs the bottle.
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  15. SHODriver

    SHODriver Poo-Bah (2,422) Aug 13, 2010 North Carolina

    agreed. for what they price it at you can have two bottles of Stone IRS, but if somebody really wants to give it a whirl I'd be happy to help
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