In this blog, we are going to talk about a very limited release around the country. I have been wanting to try this beer and I could not find a bottle. I finally found a bottle but I had to get some help from a few people. Widmer Brothers is the second oldest brewery from Portland, Oregon. Bridgeport beat them by a few weeks to have the title of the Oldest Craft Brewery. Well both breweries are really good at what they do. Well back to Widmer, the whole idea of the brewery is give you something different from the classic beers from around the world. I believe the brothers of Widmer has done a very good job. There pale ale is different from what is out there now. It has a heavy grapefruit smell and taste. Let us talk about this beer now.
This beer is black as black can get with a dirty head that is constant. This beer smells like chocolate cover raspberry smell with hints of roasted malt smells. This beer taste like dark chocolate cover raspberry with a roasted and carbonation. For this beer being a big beer style, it is a very drinkable beer. You will only have one beer and make it with some kind of dessert. I did my bottle with vanilla ice cream.
Here is a description from the bottle:
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.
Here is more information on this beer from their website (www.widmerbrothers.com):
ABV 9.3% IBU 70
Malts: Pale, Roast Barley, Caramel 60L, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate Malt
Hops: Alchemy, Willamette, Cascade
Here is a few sources to get more information on this great brewery:
In closing, this is not one of my favorites from this brewery but it is still a great beer. This beer is perfect for a beer dinner. They pick the right fruit to put into this stout and make it perfect for a spring seasonal. Rasberries are not over powering but enough for you to enjoy the sweetness of them and the chocolate in it. If you see a bottle, I would pick it up. This beer in the Chicagoland area I would say big craft stores where you can find this beer. Enjoy it! Drink it! Metal it!
Bill DJ Weiser