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KGB Imperial Stout - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

KGB Imperial StoutKGB Imperial Stout

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261 Ratings

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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly a rotating release, "KGB" is being re-released as "W'11" in late 2010 - with seasonal winter/spring availability.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-21-2003)
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Reviews by army01:
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black Gold. This pours like used Pennzoil. Light tan head that disappears quickly to light lacing around the rim of the glass

S: bold coffee and dark chocolate scents

T: The chocolate flavor is first on the tongue, but lighter than expected, followed by the much bolder burnt coffee taste. A decent amount of bitterness

M: Not nearly as heavy as one would expect by the appearance, but seems to lack something.

Overall: This is a decent imperial stout. I would drink another if someone were to bring one to me, but would not race out in search of another bottle.

Serving type: 1 year aged bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:53:03 | More by army01
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - opaque brownblack with small tan head that leaves nice lacing.
S - chocolate and vanilla, cream, dark malts, simple.
T - chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, cream.
M- thick, medium-heavy mouthfeel, alc covered aftertaste is roasted coffee and chocolate/cocoa.
O - good beer/good deal, its a good ris, similar to gf double stout

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec. 18 '12 on the label so this has aged a year.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip glass.

a: Opaque black with the barest glint of clear ruby at the bottom. A two inch tall brown head receded slowly to thick surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Dark chocolate malt.

t: Wonderfully silky smooth dark chocolate and coffee malt followed by a hop bite towards the back of the mouth, which gradually becomes more noticable. The high ABV, however, does not appear prominent. AS it warms, the chocolate/coffee flavor becomes more ashen.

m: The silky viscous sensation is the first noticed on sipping this. Medium to heavy otherwise.

o: An excellent RIS, one of the best I have had. Considering the lower marks many others have given, perhaps this improves signitifantly with age.

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While it doesn't appear to be especially viscous, there is a certain thickness to this beer. It's almost black with a tan cap of head that stays strong and gives up some rings of lacing where the beer settles and some spotting between.
Roasted malt is heavy and leads to some char in the smell. Dark fruits come in along with the usual roasted coffee and bittersweet cocoa. There's just a faint whiff of alcohol at the end.
There's lots of roast in the flavor as well, and this beer finds itself just short of tasting burnt. Cocoa powder, baking cocoa and coffee grounds add strength to it, but where it improves over the aroma is a little added sweetness of vanilla as it pulls some dark fruits and char into the finish.
As with many Widmer Brothers offerings, the body leans light for this huge style. It does have some heft, but thickness and richness are key to this style in particular. It almost makes it, but not quite.

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Years ago, I had the Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen and thought that it was one of the more enjoyable beers that I ever tasted. Although my preferences have changed quite a bit, I wanted to give this a go when I saw it at Top Hops a few weeks back. I hoped that it would be a bit more easygoing than other Russian Imperial Stouts that I've had and even though the alcohol was strong enough here, that did turn out to be the case. Whether this was categorized properly was another matter, however...

Of course, the pour was dark and reminded me of a thick soda. Not a lot of head here but the lacing more than made up for it, as it left near-perfect rings after each sip that I took. Quite a burnt aroma to this that was repeated in the taste. Burnt coffee, burnt oats, burnt oats...to the point where this felt a lot like an Irish Dry Stout taken up a notch of two. Some vanilla and cream for good measure gave this a it of depth but the warmth that other beers of this style have just wasn't here. The carbonation was light and so was the body, giving this a consistency of espresso without the caffeine. Certainly not a "motor oil" beer like so many other examples of this style.

Yes, this was strong but not enough that I felt like I was tasting alcohol as has been the case with so many other RIS's. This should have been categorized as an Imperial IDS and on it's own this was about as easygoing as a Stout could be. A bit more body and warmth and less of a burnt and smoky mouthfeel would have made this grade but if I hadn't ever tried anything this dark before, this would be the beer that I'd begin with. One in a sitting would probably be enough for most people.

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KGB Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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