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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
This long-time favorite brewers’ choice beer was created to hop us challenge expectations and keep us true. We now expose it to you. Using roasted barley, chocolate malt, and Midnight Wheat (tm), KGB has a color that is as dark as a torrid past, a body as full as a well kept dossier, and a taste a complex as a conspiracy theory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (8912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Dark brown reddish pour with a tan head. Thinner palate. Very burnt malt aroma and taste. Bitter. Some chocolate in there too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Chthonic, black forest body topped with a lush, dense chocolate head. Lovely roastiness cascades off the glass rounded by cacao rubbed sweet chocolate syrup drizzled blintzes and dusted with roasty coffee-chocolate. The body also celebrates a depth of roast coffee with chocolate nuances. Smooth with no real rough edges despite the dry, rather bold, roast coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (2017) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Tap at Eden Prairie Old Chicago. Dark black pour, thick creamy head and a rich roasted peat aroma. Flavor was rich creamy bitter chocolate and, lactose, dry and slightly boozy on the finish. I wasn’t expecting much, but was pleasantly suprised with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Very dark brown pour. Tan head that disappeared very quickly. Roasty aroma. Figs, milk chocolate, and a light hop aroma. Flavor has a sweet stout type flavor with some bitter roasted malt, pumpernickel bread. Not bad, but not world class either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2085) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2011
12 oz bottle into an Allagash chalice. Pours black but shows ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Has a nice light tan head that dissipates in about a minute, leaving a skiff and collar of foam; a little lace is left on the glass. Nice mocha aroma. Also some chocolate milk and Whoppers in there. Taste is bittersweet. Carbonation is medium to low (just right), body is medium-full, mouthfeel is creamy. A very smooth, easy-drinking IRS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (1861) - Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2011
UPDATED: APR 29, 2011 12 oz. bottle- Pours black with a thin tan head, aroma is spicy and roasted chocolate malts and some caramel, there is also a dark berry aroma. The flavor is chocolatey with a suprising bitterness that is not overwhelming. The body is full, carbonation is low (but not too low), creamy texture. This is a very smooth, mellow and drinkable example of an IRS. Tried aging this, and it did not improve, in fact the beer went down hill I think, the alcoholic bite has seemed to increase, and it is alomst grainy, much better offerings out there, I am going to downgrade from a 4.1 to only a 3.8 mostly from the overall, just because it was better to begin with, it deserves some credit, but not quality enough to age, drink em fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Strong aroma of dry roast and wet coffee, little on the light side as an imperial stout. Dark black, sticky clingy tan head. Big roasty body, kind of one sided, but it does that part well. Chewy and roasty, simple and direct. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Pours dark in the glass. The foam doesn’t have the rich brown color that I have come to expect from imperial stouts. Smells like bitter chocolate. The flavor is bitter without too many other flavors coming though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mmmbeer (1365) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2011
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a nearly non transparent black with tints of ruby when held to a light source, very light carbonation, 3 mm darkened tan head became a ring of the same color around the glass within a few minutes, decorated with several frog eyes. Aroma of dark chocolate, alcohol, caramel, and the roasted malt. Hits the mouth with wide body, malt tastes burnt to me, oily medicinal feel in the middle, very boozy finish. Tastes Russian alright, but I’m not rushing to drink it all in 5 mintues- kind of in the middle of the road for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Pours a brownish black with a light brown head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar. Flavor is roast, chocolate, coffee, spices, vanilla, licorice, a bit of choco bitterness. Body is thin for a high gravity RIS, but the flavor is not lacking. Widmer did good this time around, not bad at all, better than their overpriced reserve series beers in bombers.

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