Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12 – Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR, USA)

Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout ’12 – Widmer Brothers Brewing, 9.3% ABV, 22 oz., (Portland, Oregon, USA)


on the front label:

“An extremely rich and complex beer. The addition of raspberries during the fermentation process results in an almost purplish opaque color with a beautiful brown head. Warm chocolate and roasty notes complement the hop bitterness.”


  • Style: (flavoured – raspberries) Russian Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Deep roasted barley molasses jammy raspberry fruity sharp burnt woody bitter
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek / Vancouver
  • How much: $13.80 CAD (10% off) – 22 oz., March 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: a delicious experience

Visual: Pours very dark brown with just a hint of purple, barely any head, micro-fine half layer of retention with minor lacing, surfacing bubbles at the center along with super tight clustered streams along the side of the glass.

Nose: jammy raspberry syrup mixed with brown sugar barley malt (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-thicker, tingly bite

Mid-palate: background raspberry jam, (lvl-7-sweetness), roasted barley, molasses, dark chocolate

Finish: alcohol tangy-zingy mixed with SHARP burnt wood bittersweet roast

Summary: Big thick roasted barley malts as you would expect from Imp stouts but the added raspberry twist adds a pleasant brightness that counterbalances well. The sharp burnt bitterness at the finish is a tad harsh and prevents this from being truly epic. Still, this is a delightful beer.