Russian Imperial Stout | Wig And Pen

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Brewed by:
Wig And Pen

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BenConnery on 09-24-2004

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of PolarBear3
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrKennedy
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter at the Wig and Pen, first time I've ever been server by the owner, Lachie, which was cool.

Pours jet black decently thick. Nice mocha film on top. Low carbonation, but foam retention was still not too bad.

Smells of licorice and then it is joined by chocolate and roast malt. To start with I was thinking it was going to be one dimensional, it wasn't.

Tastes of licorice. Then chocolate, followed by coffee. Strong on both counts. Roasted malt also helps give this another facet.

Full bodied, nice feel to it until the finish where I got a shade of alcohol heat. Would've been easy to have a few snifters!

On tap only at the Wig and Pen (and rarely elsewhere), it was worth driving the 6 hour round trip to see how this and I have changed over the past 5 or so years. Still very good, still quite big, still one of the best beers made in this country.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at wig and pen
10% RIS aged one year in keg
Called the judges are still old codgers

A-- served jet black with a light mocha colored collar. Looks pretty simple. Halfway through drinking swirled again and got a very nice one finger dark brown leather head with good retention. Much more sinister. Obvious alcohol legs and a good looking dark brown oily substance left when finished. Some lacing. Tulip is a bit too small for this so grading more on appearance halfway through and end.

S-- lots of burnt licorice at first. When warmed up it opened up to some smoke, dark chocolate, alcohol, lots of roast and some char. Licorice dropped off when warm. Kick ass nose when warm.

T-- really follows nose well. Burnt licorice that changes to coffee, roast, smoked wood, dark fruits, char, burnt rubber, and dry/ bitter dark chocolate.

M-- low carbonation and full bodied. Smooths out in mid and back palate with a lot of coffee, smoke and dry chocolate. Hides the alcohol well after the nose. Has some velvety qualities.

O--- superb beer. Well made and quite complex. Ageing it in the keg really smooths this beast out. Guessing fresh this would be a monster, even at 10%. Top notch stout made by a undervalued brewery here. Worth the drive.

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Photo of dgilks
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This year's RIS has just been released after a year in the cellar.

Pours a pitch black with a smooth, creamy coffee coloured head. In fact, it looks like a good espresso with the colour of the beer matching the coffee and the head matching the crema of the shot. Decent head retention and great lacing.

Aromas are a let down with them being fairly weak. I get hints of coffee and roast. ETA: The 2010 version really stepped up the aroma with some great notes including some lovely smokey overtones.

The tastes here are great. I get chocolate and hints of coffee, plenty of roast and a nice slightly sour twang. A touch of smoke is also evident. Little to no hop character is present which is to style but dissapoints slightly. I feel that the flavours here are a bit muted and while they linger well lack some punch.

This is thick and rich which is what you want. It coats the mouth nicely and is very pleasant. Low carbonation which makes this beer velvety and smooth. Really good.

These guys have really hidden the alcohol here. It tastes like a 5% beer but rocks in at 10%. There is plenty of flavour to make this a worthwhile beer and is surprisingly refreshing for the style. Just great.

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Photo of BenConnery
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one at the National Festival of Beers. I had been drinking a lot of wheats and paler brews beforehand so it took two sips to appreciate, the first was very overpowering.
The aromas were classic stout, lots of roast flavours.
Ignoring the first sip, the tastes followed the aromas. Roast notes, a hint of toffee. I've not had an imperial stout before so I can't say if this was typical of the style but it had great flavours, but was perhaps less creamy than a 'traditional' (normal, run of the mill - whatever the term) stout can be.
Sign of a truly good 'heavy' beer for me is where the mouthfeel and taste don't match the ABV. This was 11%, but didn't overpower you with malts in the way that strong beers can. I could have drunk a few of these quite easily. (would have been legless, but would have enjoyed getting there...)

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Russian Imperial Stout from Wig And Pen
4.38 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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