Wow, what a difference a few weeks can make. In the confusion of everything going on in the world this was forgotten about.

Just in case you didn’t read it here we wanted to remind you that Widmer Brothers’ Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout is on the shelves right now.

Listed as their second offering in the Alchemy Series, this Russian Imperial Stout is aged with raspberries before being bottled. Then again you are probably asking two questions. One is it as raspberry as it sounds? Two, I thought they offered this beer at a local beer festival.

Answer number one, not as much raspberry as you might think. Two, they did serve this up at the Holiday Ale Festival, in 2008.

Fast forward to Summer 2011 when someone discovered a forgotten keg of 2008 RIS. Let’s just say they were pleasantly surprised by the results. It was this near three year old batch of Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout that the brewery decided to brew another batch.

When asked about what makes this beer special, Brewery Rep. Ben Dobler indicated …

This is our unique interpretation of the Russian Imperial Stout style, with the addition of red raspberries during the fermentation process, 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.

Brewery Description

Tasting Notes

  • Slight fruit tartness
  • Smooth mouthfeel
  • Chocolate and roasty aromas
  • Hop complexity to balance malt character


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


  • Original Gravity: 21.5 P
  • Apparent Extract: 5 P
  • IBU: 70
  • ABV: 9.3%
  • Color: 90 SRM

Beginning this year, Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout will be released once a year as part of the project. Just in case you missed out on tracking this down. Our apologies on getting the notice out late.


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

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