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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (4429) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Aroma is dark fruit/berries, coffee and earthy malts. The flavor is coffee, light chocolate, vinous notes, dark malts and a mild/medium acidic/mildly tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (805) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 30, 2013
Pours jet black with a foamy cappuccino head. Aroma is dark dried fruits and malt with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is predominately sweet with traces of bitter dark chocolate on the sides of the tongue. Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty good brew! I'd happily have another. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8697) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, some chalk, and some bitter dry cocoa. Flavour brings out heavily roasted malt, bitter dry cocoa, and more roasted malt. Finishes with quite a highly astringency roasted malt note. Full-bodied and medium complex. Good solid impie, but nothing extraordinary here.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (2551) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours near pitch black with a nice 1 finger head that fades very quickly. Aroma is sweet chocolate milk, light roast, and a touch of raisins. Taste is moderately sweet with no bitterness. Mostly milk chocolate with some light roast and very light fruitiness. Creamy finish with an odd aftertaste. Kinda chalky and a little fruity I guess? Doesn’t seem to fit. Overall, not well balanced and not very interested but still decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1879) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2013
Dark brown/black with chocolate roast notes in both aroma and taste with the smoothness of a something that has milk in it. Very much a rich desert beer without the sweetness ever crossing the line to cloying. $3/10oz

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1913) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Draft at Moriartys. Opaque brown pour with a pillowy brown head. Thin nose when cold. Burnt chocolate. Coffee grounds. Cinnamon. Charcoal. Leatherette. Mostly creamy palate. Nice black flavors. Missing a little something from some of the best Imperials but pretty damn good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5417) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Draft. Poured a mostly hazy brown color with a touch of ruby notes and a small tan head. Aroma was some roasted malts, sweet caramel character. Flavor was sweet malts, with plenty of roast characters. Was pretty bitter. Dry. Alcohol in this one is really well masked. Impressed enough.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kennydiaz (353) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Pours a dark black with hardly no carbonation. A little smoky , with roasted malt and hints of oak. A liitle disappointing

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5347) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Tap. Bull Run Taphouse. Pours a pitch black body with a nice frothy and creamy dark brown head that had very good retention. The nose is rich and roasty with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and a light citrusy hop note. The flavor is very roasty with a slightly burnt malt note, dark roasted coffee, and a touch of alcohol. Finishes with a pretty hefty citrusy hop bitterness that melds pretty well with the burnt malt without making it overly astringent. Mouthfeel is maybe a touch on the thinner side for the style, yet far from watery. Nice soft fizzy carbonation enhances the hop bite on the back end. Pretty good beer, one of the better Widmer efforts I’ve had.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 On tap at Red Hook. Black as night. Disappointing nose, some coffee and dark fruit. Ok mouthfeel. Very bitter, more so than I would have expected. A bit of booze numbness on the tongue. True to style, but won’t seek this out. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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