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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.9
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2005
A great stout had this at the (PIB) Portland International Beerfest. Started with a good strong flavor. This had a bite and it carried throughout the beer. Nice head and a great finish. I liked this Stout. Perfect stout for a good cold day I would drink another for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Great beer. Had it on the tour at Widmer, and they really, really build it up, and deservedly so. Dark as night, and lovely with a bit of chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (30451) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2005
[At GABF 2004] A pitch black beer with an orange head. The arom is great with loads of chocolate as well as notes of coffee. The flavor is also great: sweet with notes of chocolate turning towards prunes to end up like coffee on a subtle background of alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (6729) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Bottle, RBSG 2004. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a note of brown sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, velvety/creamy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Rich, yummy stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7239) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 25, 2004
perkeo brought out some pretty good widmers at his place. this was pretty black with a slight brown head. nice roast chocolate aroma with a little plum. pretty full, some chocolate coated mandarin flavours and nicely warming, just the thing as the evening cooled down

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
GABF 2004: Pours a transparent dark brown with a thin light tan head. Not much here aroma-wise, even has some hints of adjuncty lager yeast with some chocolate milk. Starts with some caramel candy sweetness turning mildly sticky, but dry, toward a finish that masks the alcohol well. This could use some more balance and complexity, but does go down smooth. I was a bit disappointed with this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. A full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and cherries. Hops are slightly spicy and bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth, nearly oily. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. There is a malt roastyness that appears after a while and lasts a long time.


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