Release Widmer Brothers Brewing Releases Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout '12

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  1. Jason

    Jason Founder (8,093) 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

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

    Profile
    · 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. maximum12

    maximum12 Poo-Bah (3,480) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
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    I'll certainly keep an eye out for this one. Never thought much about Widmer, but the W'11 KGB was good, & O'Ryely IPA was excellent. Gonna start trying the rest of their lineup pretty soon.
     
  3. MADhombrewer

    MADhombrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2008 Oregon

    I remember Babushka’s Secret, but can't remember if I liked it or not . Looking forward to this though.
     
  4. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,165) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Looks interesting. I'll keep my eyes peeled.
     
  5. DavoleBomb

    DavoleBomb Poo-Bah (2,463) Mar 29, 2008 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    All I know about Widmer is that their Hefeweizen is a joke.
     
  6. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Widmer makes some really good brews.
    Nelson Imperial IPA
    O'ryely IPA
    Spiced IPA
    Galaxy Barleywine
    X-114 IPA
    Barrel Aged Brrrbon
    Cherry Oak Doppelbock
     
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