Westbrook Fifth Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Imperial Stout
Tasting: February 11, 2016
Style: Imperial Stout
Beer #: 896
Just in time for Valentine’s Day – my kind of chocolate dipped fruit. Well, at least I hope so.
Westbrook Fifth Anniversary has a raspberry flavor so pronounced that it seems fake. On a closer inspection of the bottle, the label claims this imperial stout was made with real fruit. After reading that tidbit, all I can say is wow – the tartness of the fruit come shining through big, bold and fresh. The label also says that this beer was aged over cacao nibs and had an addition of vanilla beans. Once I get past the tart fruit flavor, I can find some serious baker’s chocolate and huge roasted flavors. That tartness does wear itself out after awhile and I would suggest that this bomber-sized bottle would best shared with friends. All in all, Westbrook’s Fifth Anniversary Chocolate Raspberry Stout is a nice celebration of five years – congratulations. I’ll put this stout at 91 points.