Monday, April 2

Beer Review: Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout (Alchemy 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.” 

More about this beer can be found HERE in my original blog post about the release of this beer. 


Widmer Brothers Brewing was very gracious by comping me this beer. A perfect glass for it went along for the ride as well. I am very thankful for the beer. So far after pouring it and taking a photo of it, it is a very pretty beer, so let's dig in!


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Appearance: (4.5)
- Pours a very dark jet-brown & black. A couple of pretty fingers of head formed which were a nice light mocha color. The head was rather spotty and mousse-like, like a fine dessert. The head slowly settles with lace all about the glass, and some spotty foam mixed in with an even paper-tin layer.


Smell: (4.0)
- Lots of roasted malt and a biscuit-like scent. Coffee seems to be a big aroma, while a soft and very subtle touch of tart currants and raspberry sit in the background. I like that this isn't melting my nose hairs like say - Widberry (Though I liked that beer). As it sits and warms a little, the raspberry really starts to shine. Smells very well blended and balanced. 


Taste: (4.0)
- Yes. Very good. Lovely bittering hops which have a light grassy and earthy touch, balanced perfectly with a lightly sweet malt. Light chocolate, biscuit, and a touch of coffee make for a good base stout. The raspberry flavor is just the right strength. This is dangerously balanced. There is a slight tart quality about the raspberry, but it fits the stout very well. Certainly bitter! Sure some of that would settle over time, but it doesn't need to. 


Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is lighter bodied than most imperial stouts. I personally find most of Widmer's stronger beers to be rather light in body compared to others, especially the last KGB stout release. This one has a heavier body than the KGB. Medium body, slightly drying while a touch cloying, and has a slight chalky texture to it. Overall it is nicely carbonated, and very easy to drink. 


Overall: (4.0)
- Overall I am impressed with this beer. It is very tasty, very well balanced, and very easy to drink. It is sure to be a hit, even with the coming Spring days. One of my more favored beers of the last Brother's Reserve Series beers, and now the Alchemy Project. Still hard to top that 25th Anniversary Double Alt though. I really loved that beer. Get a few of these, and share them with many friends! It is sure to please even the most finicky of drinkers.  And no, the fact that I was given this beer did not cause an increase in review marks.


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)


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