- My Rating: [A-], I gave it a (4.1 of 5) on Ratebeer.com
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.