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RATINGS: 235   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11972) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2004
(RBSG04) Very black with minimal head. Aroma is medium sweet, strong roasty/coffee. Taste is medium sweet, strong coffee, some cherry, light chocolate, Finish is coffee and some chocolate, light alcohol burn. Full body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottle. Very dark except some slight purple at the edges. Burned coffee aroma; rich chocolate-and-cherries in the nice taste. A tad bit of effervescence in the end compared with other RISes that gave it some originality points. A great example of a great style; well-done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3694) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
RBSG ’04. Dark beer with a whispy brown head. Dusty chocolate malt nose. Smooth mouthfeel. A delicious beer of dark dried fruit, faint coffee, and chocolate. The aging melded all the flavors into a wonderful whole that is almost a gentle imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2004
RBSG 04. 2002 vintage. Pours black with a small mocha colored head. Burbony smell first hits you from the aroma followed by some great coffee and chocolate tones. Taste starts rich, sweet and malty, with a nice bitterness at the end to balance it out. Incredibly smooth from aging, a really treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
sampled at RBSG 04 Thx to perkeo for sharing this 2002 edition. Huge coffee nose with a velvet tongue feel, this is a smooth Imperial Stout. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
Bottle. Very nice, thick and roasty, chocolatey, very full mouthfeel. Couldn’t say too much bad about this one, very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 29, 2004
GABF '03, deep black with a medium tan head.Dark fruit and roasted/chocolate aroma.Malty, bitter/sweet,fruity and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3989) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2004
Surprisingly light bodied, but its complexity of chocolate, liquorices, dark fruit and bourbon played well into my palate and didn’t disappoint in the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2003
Dark pour with a brownish head. Roasted aroma with some chocolate. Roasted malt flavors with alcohol. Smothers the mouth with an alcohol finish. Pleasing stout to drink while watching Buck_Dich suffer from the night before.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 (score is for the bourbon aged version) Aroma is full of alcohol and burnt chocolate. Pitch black color with a great nutty looking head. Flavor is bitter and complex, very chewy. This is one of widmer's best, it's too bad I wasn't at my prime to enjoy it.
ReRate Bourbon Barrel Aged: Black color, dark tan head, lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is very unique, lots of oak & chocolate. Roasted would be an understatement, lots of bourbon. Almost a shot, feels thick & heavy, lots of flavor, complex balanced. Lots of bourbon though.

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