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Widmer Brothers Reserve Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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 compliment the hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 12, 2015
Tap @Olutexpo 2015. Very dark brown color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Looks nice. Sweet, roasted malts, very faint fruits in aroma. Alcohol, deep roast, chocolate and tiny bit of fruits in taste. Long lasting roasted malts and chocolate in aftertaste. You were bit cheap with raspberries. But maybe that’s a good thing? Didn’t ruin a good stout. Very easy to drink. Proper brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11818) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 10, 2015
Keg (OlutExpo2015) (6:4+:6+:4:14-=3.4+)
Very nice roast aroma, a fair bit of soy. Raspberry is present, but soft. Light palate, saying more like 6.5% than 9.3%, but still nicely full and stout. Great roast in the taste, nice level of burntness, no harshness. Finish roasty and feels a little dry, possibly aided by the raspberry, which barely pokes out at all as a flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (5393) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2015
Draught @ OlutExpo 2015

Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth head. Aroma of raspberry notes, roastiness, malts and syrup. Taste is sweetish, malty and roasty with some raspberry and syrup. Finish is sweetish, roasty and juicy raspberry with some syrupy notes. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4381) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2015
650 ml. Dec. 13 vintage. Unclouded, opaque ebony with a purple tinge and a lasting thin cream on top. Smells of dark chocolate, caramel, blackberry and raspberry. Tastes of raspberry, chocolate, espresso, blackberries and cream. Almost seems to have some oak in the finish. Medium-heavy body has a smooth medium carbonation and a good balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nybol (363) - DENMARK - OCT 12, 2015
En stor smag af stout som afrundes af en eftersmag af hindbćr, heldigvis ikke for meget humle i den til det.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bartlebier (2815) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
’13 Vintage. 22oz bottle bbDez2018 Limited Edition No. 8, shared post-workshop, courtesy of and many thanks to idiosynkrasie for including this. - Pours a very much thinner than expected opaque burgundy brown. Smells like a Schladerer Himbeergeist shot into a thin milk chocolate milk topped with roasted Oreos, a distinct touch of decongealed raspberry and wafting jenever alcohol. In taste the same literal translation of its ingredients and almost none of the promised & advertised richness and complexity. Instead a decent fresh West Coast hop character complements the artificial raspberry spirit where it has nothing to save. Metallic and thaw water character throughout. Overall not very convincing and a tad unnecessary. Was served after a sample glass, but this worked well in a rote Grütze ice cream float afterwards. - Thesis after having this and North Coast Stock Ale as "complex beers": US (West Coast US?) craft beer "complexity" is paratactical and cumulative (adjunct, ingredient, hop, input-driven), not Old World hypotactical (yeast, time, fermentation-driven).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tlind2 (1374) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
0,65l bottle @ Leijuva Lahna. Deep brown color, red highlights. Fruity notes with roasted malts and red fruit. Oaky flavor, bitter espresso finish. Not my favorite example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5583) - GERMANY - SEP 16, 2015
Bottle looks really good. Beer in the glass deep black, nice head. Starts intense malty, oily, earthy, rusty. Light smokey hints. Also hints of liquorice and black coffee. Light bitterness. Only very light raspberry notes. Warming finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (3291) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 4, 2015
0,66l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours very dark red with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and raspberries. Flavor is roasted malts, raspberries and some hops. Exquisite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2466) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2015
Bootle. Dark brown body with a medium light brown head. Coffee, roasted malt, raspberries, light hops, caramel, chocolate. Better then expected.

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