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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.


3.5
   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.

4.3
   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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
boozehound (1) - USA - JAN 11, 2003 does not count
Big and dark. Maintains a beautiful head through out pint, with nice lacing. Alcoholic aroma, with roasty notes. Nice balance from start to finish. Found only at the brewery, and 2 small accounts around the Portland area

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2002
After hearing portlandrunk (hey Murph!) rave on this, had to sneak over to the Gasthaus and try it myself. Came black with a nice head, that hung on pretty good for 10%. Nice and roasty, chocolate and some sweetness, with a lovely bitter finish. Why arent they bottling this, even as a seasonal?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Finally! A beer other than Winternacht from this brewer I can really love. Wonderful sweet aroma. Chocolate and fruit in the taste. Very dark, just a little burnt and apparent alcohol (10% ABV). I really enjoyed this and I think it should be bottled to help show people that not all Widmer beers taste the same. ReRate7-7-3: Great licorice and coffee bean flavors highlight the finish. Eating w/burger detracts from the taste. ReRate: Bourbon Barrel aged version, 1-26-04. Big 'ol bourbon taste right at the start (also in aroma). Also present in the stinging hoppy aftertaste. Really ads to this beer. My rating reflects my opinion on this particular version.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - MAR 18, 2002
Only at the brewery - this is a beer hunter’s delight. Wonderfull dark, rich and a shot of alcohol. This is truly meant for those damp and cold northwest winters - this would warm the Grinch.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dentarthurdent99 (8) - USA - MAR 5, 2002 does not count
Huge beer. Nice and heavy with excellent roast. This is truly imperial.


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