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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Just being in close proximity to this beer will give you impressions of espresso-laden chocolate alchohol. Putting the glass to your face only reassures that impression with full force. The espresso in this beer isn’t the cleanest I’ve tasted, but it may be the chewiest. Wow: smokey, bready and tons of cloying here. I could taste this beer several minutes after finishing it - the malt seems to stick to your teeth and coat the palate. The finish is very nice, gives you a good lasting impression. Good stout, great finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3561) - Eureka, California, USA - JAN 13, 2006
On tap at the Widmer Gasthaus, Portland brewhouse. Dark. In fact black as not much light showed through. Medium tan head that lasted for a while. Malts and chocolate. The richness hides the alcohol. Very smooth. This is a really good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Yummy! Just a tad on the roasty side and the dry mouthfeel. This is a killer stout. The aroma is all dark chocolate and coffee, there is just a bit of smokiness there as well. Huge chocolate taste, syrupy and oily in the mouthfeel with some great hoppiness turning really dry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
(Draught) Pours a dark mahogany body with an average-sized tan head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor of sweet and dark chocolates, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of smokiness in the finish. Dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - JAN 4, 2006
had this at widmer gasthaus. dark near black pour, with a small tan head. smells like an IS. roasty and coffee-y. full mouthfeel. lots of chocolate coffee and roast malt in there. slightly hoppy and alcoholic finish. a pretty good IS, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 Bottled from draft. I hear this beer is no longer going to be brewed by Widmers, which is a crying shame. Pour like any well made Imp, opaque, almost black, moderate brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey, with some toffee & roast flavors in the background. Flavor is slightly bitter, slightly acidic. Full and viscous mouth feel. Hops kind of linger on into the finish. A fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2005
GABF 2004 pour. Not as black in color as I expected. As we held it to the light it actually let some rays through, it’s almost a deep brown-black with a light tan head. Roasted malty nose with coffee hints, very nice but doesn’t separate itself from the best. Nice full mouthfeel, more malts, some chocolate flavor, some bitterness. I liked this one but it wasn’t stellar......heck, I’d love to find it in a bottle here in FL, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to see it out. That’s something given how much I like the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2005
On tap at Widmer: Nearly black in color with a thin kahki head. Chocolate, licorice and very light coffee in the aroma. Moderate roast, chocolate, some light berry notes and a touch of marshmallow. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2005
Tap at PIB. Black colored with a long-lived tan head. Good lacing. Nice roasted grain aroma, chocolate and coffee. Medium to full bodied, lower carbonation level. Chocolate roasted flavors. Quite solid, alcohol is non-detectible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Taster @ PIB. pours a black, ruby when held to light color. Low apparent hop, roasted coffee arome. A very yeasty beer. Lots of raosted malt flavor, with playful hints of chocolate. A pretty solid stout.

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