Wig & Pen Russian Imperial Stout
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Brewed by Wig & Pen Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Canberra, ACT, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 4.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A classic Russian Imperial Stout. Winner "Best Champion Stout" in the 2004 Australian International Beer Awards. Extremely strong stout, both in alcohol and flavour. Dry fruit raison, dark chocolate and layers of molasses add to the rich roasted complexity. A perfect accompaniment to a cold winter evening.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2009 On tap. Beautiful beer, nice aroma of coffee, lasting complex flavour, bitter ending. The high alcoholic content is not overwhelming. One of the best beers I ever tried.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
horto008 (182) - Alabama, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Wow. This is a huge beer. Opaque black, softly carbonated, with a medium head. Would have been rated 4.8 if it didnít have such an alcohol taste to it. More floral/ctirus notes than coffee/smoke which when added to the intensity, makes it world class. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sw (63) - USA - JUL 28, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2009 This is easily one of the best beers i have ever tasted. Big rich deep burnt creamy molasses aroma. Mouthfeel is even bigger with well balanced combination of alcholol, malt, roastness and bitterness. An exceptional beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
damirvrkic (56) - Franklin ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 This beer is great. Definitely not a quaffing beer, can only drink half a middie. Full body, almost syrupy, flavour raisony, amber brown head. This beer is not to be messed with!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2004
NFOB 2004. Pick of the festival. Thick, chewy, big oily molasses/chocolate/coffee flavours covering a big alcoholic punch. Very impressive balance. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peptis (2) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
Very thick, syrupy, and full-flavoured stout. A high alcohol content, but the overall balance of flavours hide the alcohol taste. Definitely not a session beer though. When people talk about beers with a coffee flavour then this one would be an espresso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 Re-rate 2009: I havenít bothered entering any rating for the last few years, but I really thought I should set this one right. Dunno how I could think so poorly of this beer the first time round - have since had many more glasses of goodness and would rate this easily the best Wig beer. Thick, syrupy and dark, bursting with flavours of dried fruit, molasses, dark chocolate and - funnily enough - strawberry icecream. Excellent. Still think some head would be nice though, and for it to be served in a more open glass. 2005: On tap at the Wig and Pen. Really not impressed by this at all; it just tastes like an alcoholic oil slick from a decrepit Russian tanker ship. Very little head, few flavours other than alcohol and burnt chocolate malt. Maybe served in something other than the lager-style half pint they will only sell it in, it would have a bit more room for other flavours to develop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2004
NFOB2004. Yeah, a great antidote to the appalling Lawson Lager. Beautiful presence in the glass and great viscosity in clinging to the er plastic cup. A true Russian Impy style with an unctuous oiliness and huge coffee and molasses. Agree that it was the pick of the night. Actually it was a bit of a struggle in not pinching the bit that Winkleís missus left in her sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2007
australian hotel beer festival 05, on tap. served at about 5 degrees on a 35 degree day, probably would have been better had those numbers been reversed. anyways it was just a treat to have this whatever the conditions. deep black with a persisten,t dark brown creamy head. aroma of coffee bean, tropical fruit and tar. lusciously thick and syruppy texture, loads of bitter chocolate with hints of stewed prunes and vanilla cream. was only available in sample sizes so i went back for quite a few of these. was quite tough to get all the beer out of the glass, it was that thick

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2006
King of the stouts. Very dark, chocolately and amazingly complex array of flavours. When its available iíll always grab a few and they just donít disappoint. So thick that youíd think you were drinking straight tar with a hint of cream. Just excellent all round.

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