Wig & Pen Russian Imperial Stout

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   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.

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stoutnick (843) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2015
Weekend of Darkness 2015. Good classic stout pour. Aroma is subtle dark malts - not big on smell. Taste is dark malt richness without being astringent, nice sweetness, subtle. Palate is nice texture - silky smooth. Very solid RIS.

jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
I’m just updating my records. Had this beer at the Australian beer festival at the rocks. A great big and strong stout.

fletchfighters (1659) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2012
the essential Aussie beer geek beer. on tap. pours black with just a ringed collar. Much better looking as drank on and get a dark brown head with swirling. nose is of alcohol, wood, char, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Big and bold. licorice at first and changes to fruit, chocolate, smoke, ash and char. Nice Thick and coating in the mouth. Still a bit hoppy in the end with some char and burnt tires. Best RIS in Australia.

mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2011
Figure I should finally rate the original Australian geek beer. In 2004 I travelled to Canberra on the release weekend just to try it. I would have given it low 4s back then, but I think my tastes must have changed now. Standard serve is 330mL (in a FULL snifter - geez) when you can get halves of most other stuff, and it’s just WAY too much. Nice aroma of tar, raspberries and heaps of woody mid-range coffee notes with little hop. On the palate it’s HEAVY. There’s clearly a lot of roast and hop bitterness in there, but it’s just swallowed up by the glycerol-like malt richness. Not sweet as such, just massive. It just desperately needs something (roast, bitterness, acid) to cut through it to make it drinkable. Of course serving it in such big glasses doesn’t help either. Absolutely unique beer, perhaps as big a mouthfeel as I’ve ever come across, and a real icon of the Aussie micro scene. Shame I didn’t like it more.

horto008 (188) - 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 didn’t 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.

davidm (2082) - 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.

mickmac (512) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2009
Tap. Black ale with a small dark brown head. Smells and tastes of dried fruit, chocolate and wood. Dense creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a pronounced bitterness. This is world class.

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.

madquacker (1179) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2008
Very solid with a beautifully balanced high alcohol content. Dirty looking with a nice even light stout taste. Coffeeish and a great beer on a cold Canberra night.

motelpogo (7704) - 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

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