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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2011
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company--W’11 Russian Imperial Stout. 9.30% ABV. 65 IBU’s. Dense lacy lasting 1/2" espresso head. Opaque dark black color. Smooth roasted chocolate mild hop front. Creamy smooth cloying mellow sweet rich roasted chocolate thick tasty rich Imperial Stout Body. Slightly dry mild hop no EtOH end. Delicious, not overpowering, & too easy to drink. (4.0 / 5.0) 14 oz Draft purchased at Astoria Golf Clu, Astoria, Oregon for $4.99 on 4/11/2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3249) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle. Fruity nose, with chocolate, berries, and light fumes. Medium dark brown color. Chocolate, berries, and a thin bitterness in mid and final. Thin-medium body. Nice nose. Tasty....but not really an imperial stout. Lacking in the full-featured flavors and body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8848) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle. Black with laced. Nose of cocoa, berries, soy sauce. Flavor is similar, with a bit of coffee and cola, soy, berries, chocolate. A simple RIS that isn’t bad but not the real thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnGalt1 (1434) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2015
descent enough dark tan head with good lacing... the brew is black with subtle ruby near the stem. Nose is pretty standard RIS aromas albeit light and not very "rich" .... good dark malts and pretty pronounced coffee notes... not alot of dark fruits, but what are there show as minor plum. Flavor is dark malts with the same coffee element... I swear I get some brewers licorice.. a little metallic.. sorta copper... Body is light compared to the Big Boys, but certainly within style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2015
Tap. Dark pour with a mocha head. Ash, coffee, toast. Medium body that hides the alcohol well. Bitter finish. Not bad not great

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2015
Decent imperial stout but nothing that was extra-ordinary. Seems like their regular stout with a little more alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle: Nearly black with some dark brown hues at the edges. Topped with a half-inch khaki head that shows decent retention. Some modest, chunky lacing. Aroma is straightforward & simple. Heavily roasted malts, light ashy char, cocoa powder, maybe some faint anise. Flavor is kind of stripped down & painfully average. Deeply roasted malts, char, burnt cocoa nibs, moderately woodsy finish. Kind of boring. Thin, slightly oily with a wet mouth feel. Not bad, but nothing special, either. Somewhat run of the mill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgb9348 (5465) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of anise, roasted malt, alcohol, pit fruits and some deep raisins and bourbon - nice, but not too pungent. Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malts going on with a touch of coffee, a little earthiness, a lot of pit fruits and some light bourbon and spice. Aftertaste shows more of the same with a little extra sweetness, no complexity and a touch of bourbon with extra alcohol warmth - not too nice. Overall, a decent imperial stout, if that, with no complexity, no depth, no body and not very nice flavours. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 02-November-2013 for US$2,99 sampled at home in Washington just over a year later on 20-December-2014.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9217) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"W ’11 - i’m glad someone else seems to get some cherry in this beer...i thought i was imagining things. chocolate, cherries and roasted malt nose and similar flavor. a very decadent beer. widmer stepped it up with this one. velvety feel. good cold or warmer. slight bitter hops come out in the finish. a cheaper better alternative to many impy stouts."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (3887) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
12 oz, 2012 bottle of KGB Russian Imperial Stout. Black and opaque in the glass, with a semi-durable head. Limited lacing. Aroma: rich dark malts and aged alcohol esters. Flavor: rich and fairly complex, with a hint of whisky that comes with the obviously high, but not harsh, ABV, Feel: full, thick and smooth with some warmingand good, light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4740) - Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Pours a rich coffee-sable with a thick, chocolate-tan head that doesn’t stick around too long, but long enough for a very good impression. Inviting aroma has notes of roast malt, chocolate, quality coffee, and licorice, plus a snip of caramel. Flavor trots roast coffee, toasted malt, chocolate and caramel tones across the palate; a bit of woody hops peeks through. Texture is smooth and viscous, though fizz leaves a little to be desired. Take it into the custody of your stomach.

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