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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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Photo of FosterJM


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

547th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

App-  Almost black with a two and a half finger head.  Lots of cling, lots od retention.

Smell-  Lots of coffee with faint roasted malts.  Its pretty fresh as well, no trace of ABV.

Taste- Similar to the black IPA's of late.  Malty, roasty and a touch hoppy.  I wouldnt call this an Imperial more American Stout

Mouth-  Medium and medium. A lot of coffee more so than anything.

Drink-  For a 12 oz stout its okay.  Widmer should've gone different style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:08:44 | More by FosterJM
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a pretty dark shade of black with a squat, brown head. Some spotty lacing and retention is decent.

Nose is roasty chocolate, little bit of sweetness. Some fruit pops through, but overall is a pretty clean smelling stout.

Roasty malt on the taste, followed by some alcohol astringency. The malt depth just isnt there, not overly smooth to say the least. Plenty of bittering hops, but not much in the way of flavoring. Pretty sub-standard Imperial Stout in a well-stocked style category. That said though, it is not all bad, there is value to be had here for a 6-pack under 8 dollars.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 18:49:20 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Jan 27 - consumed 5/31

I'm seeing a lot of Sub-Par reviews and I'm disagreeing with them to a point. For a $8.99 six-pack RIS at 9.3% it's a solid brew and value...not to mention ageable!

A - Black - teetering on dark brown root beer cola. So-so.

S - Dark Fruits, vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate

T - Well...the dark fruits are there, almost a Belgian quad characteristic followed by vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. You'd guess by everything I mention, it has everything solid that a good RIS should. There's a smokey, almost ashy component that compliments all the above mentioned. Not quite offensive, but not happy it's there either. Will it mellow with age....I hope so. Don't mistake this with roasty...because it's ashy. As it warms, it gets more ashy...the price is keeping me from a 3 score.

M - No complaints at all. Oily, velvety slick. It paired extremely well with some moist brownies...my father in law who HATES stouts loved it along with that desert and said he finally found a stout's place in the world. (For him at least)

O - at $8.99 why not pick one up? Good, but nothing to call home about. Mouthfeel was the best aspect of this brew...which is very important when it comes to RIS's.

*EDIT* I've now finished the 6er. Thin, ashy and subpar. Go with Green Flash Double Stout or Old raspy for the 4-pack over this 6er... best advise I could ever give.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 00:42:46 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Photo of smm


2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Fitting for the style, pours pitch black with a dark brown head ~1/4 in thick.

S- Big coffee and chocolate notes. Sweet and roasty.

T- Bitter and bitter. Not really getting anything beside bitter coffee. I was hoping for something with more of a chocolate boost, but there is only a slight twist mid sip. Aftertaste is abrasive, like biting a chunk of coal.

M- Medium body, which I kind of like for a RIS, not so syrupy like some of the big-boys.

O- I was hoping to enjoy this more than I did. Nice price point but thats about it. The aroma leaves much to be desired, taste doesn't follow the nose.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 22:36:36 | More by smm
Photo of vkv822


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a milk chocolate head that leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is quite roasty, with some cocoa, and a light hop backing.

The taste is again of strong roasted malts, with bitter coffee and cocoa backing. There is a slight unpleasant finish, that I want to describe as "ashy".

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

This was a decent beer, but the roasted/bitterness it a bit more than I would like, combined with the "ashy" finish I was getting make this something I probably won't get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:31:20 | More by vkv822
Photo of ddahlen


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with little to no carbonation and a thin off-white head. Not as tan of a head as I would expect from an Imperial Stout. The nose comes off with a bit of raisin, chocolate, and I almost get some herbs on the nose, I can't really pinpoint one single herb. The taste hits me with with a load of malty chocolate and coffee, definitely what you'd expect from an Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is smooth with a great finish. Nice and slightly dry which keeps you coming back for more. Overall, this brew doesn't quite make it into the upper echelon of Russian Imperial Stouts, but for the price, it is one amazing brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 04:48:52 | More by ddahlen
Photo of JAXSON


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium size mocha head. Nose is quite roasty and dry, with coffee beans and dark chocolate, perhaps some rich cream. A lot of roasted malt and bitter chocolate in the mouth. Quite a long, bitter finish. No real off flavors going on, just a bit heavy on the roasted, coffee bean quality I think.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 01:56:54 | More by JAXSON
Photo of claytong


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

so i must say for the price i love it, but for the style its probably been one of the worse ive had (but the style is a big one to be in considering a normal 12 oz ris is gonna cast you bought 5 times more at least)
i have the feeling i wouldnt have given such a nice review if it wasnt for the price which made it seem to taste better.
roasted chocolate, minor hops, molasses, and a little grit.
all in all my mouth enjoyed and its something id enjoy keeping in the fridge and not have to worry about drinking it right away.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 23:37:59 | More by claytong
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look Very dark almost black with 1/4 head and decent retention

Smell Hints of chocolate prunes and figs are all present

Taste Similar to the smell as it has chocolate notes and dark fruit notes but also found a hint of expresso on the back end

Mouthfeel Medium body with low carbonation

Overall Good flavor to this beer with a tangy after taste from the high alcohol. As far as imperial stouts go this is probably middle of the pack due to the fact that it lacks so stronger flavors associated with a good imperial. A beer I can enjoy daily especially for the price. Overall tasteful, satisfying, and relaxing beer

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 16:03:21 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of NickRivers


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Pours a pitch black with a two-finger stick chocolate head. Smells of sweet malt and molasses, as well as some bittering hops with notes of coffee and chocolate.

T&M - Sweet and bitter on the front with some huge roasted malt, then turns to a thick coffee flavor with hints of molasses and tons of burnt grains. Very well carbonated medium/heavy body, pretty light and easy drinkin' considering the style.

O - A decent stout.

A very lovely beer, nice use of all the ingredients, excellent use of hops, but just lacked that wow factor. Not that its a bland, simple beer, but just doesn't have the "One for the books" characteristic. When I think of beers to recommend, to tell my friends about, I think of a beer that might not always blow their socks off, but will be pretty damn close. Just tried Old Dominion Oak Barrel Stout, which is a lovely light stout with tons of sweet and toasty malt, thats a beer I will definitely try to get my hands on more often, but until Widmer starts putting more character in their beers they'll always be mediocre brews. All and all I consider this a hit on the Widmer variety pack, which ended up being 3:1. Not a bad record for a brewery I without hesitation refer to as mediocre. Gonna let one sit in the cellar for a while with hopes to bring out a sweeter flavor which would do this one well. If your interested in any Widmer beers, I suggest the variety pack. Nuff' said, Stay thirsty my friends!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 07:29:12 | More by NickRivers
Photo of flexabull


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a faint white head.

Aromas are of bakers chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits. The aromas are a bit faint, but pleasant.

Taste is toasty, dark toast, light coffee, and bitter chocolate up front. Creamy smooth, with light sweetness, an a hint of earthy hops and alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit light in body for the style.

Overall, a pretty nice imperial stout. Not a powerhouse of flavors, but it's tasty, really easy to drink, and a worthy beer, especially for the very fair price I paid for this. $8 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:01:25 | More by flexabull
Photo of fourplayed


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark blackish hue with a thin cocoa brown head.

Smells of Roasted, burnt malts, bitter unsweetened chocolates and coffer with some sweet molasses.

Taste is Bitter dark chocolates and roasted/burnt malts. Some coffer notes with mild background of sweet molasses. Bitter hops also present.

Full body with nice medium carbonation sits well.

A pretty good brew. A sipper that is a tad too bitter for my taste, but still finishes well.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 20:02:45 | More by fourplayed
Photo of 100floods


2.1/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle date of 1/27/2011

very deep, murky cola brown, almost copper in the more clear spots, with a bubbly bronze head. Roasted, brown sugar aromas. Kind of sweet. Nice roasted punch, but a gentle punch, a kick. Small hints of milk chocolate There are some hops trying to come through the malty wall, but throw the flavor off. Kind of a hoppy brow sugar finish that is pretty awful. The roasted and sweet flavors are totally off balanced with whatever else I am tasting, I'm assuming the hops. Definitely some charred or burnt flavors, but not a good smoked or roasty flavor in the batch that I can hang on to The only thing really enjoyable about this is the texture. It's pretty smooth with a little carbonation to help the finish. I feel bad for tossing this beer. I'm glad it's only a 12oz.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:30:03 | More by 100floods
Photo of womencantsail


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle labeled as W '11 KGB.

A: The pour is just about black with a finger of tan head that leaves spiderweb type lacing on the glass.

S: Quite heavy on the roasted malt with a bit of ash/char aroma to it as well. A little bit of dark chocolate, coffee, and some hints of dark fruit. Very mild sweetness, perhaps some licorice.

T: Roasted malt dominates the flavor. A bit of a burnt sugar flavor, molasses, and licorice. There is a moderate bitterness on the back end and a slight ash flavor. Overly roasted coffee is also present.

M: Medium to full in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: There just isn't much to this other than the roast, which I don't find all that appealing.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 06:08:51 | More by womencantsail
Photo of emmasdad


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to schmittymack for grabbing me a 12 pack of this one last Sunday. Poured a nice jet black color with a light brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and roasted malt. On the palate, full bodied and smooth, with roased malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit and coffee.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 05:17:06 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Mora2000


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the coffee and chocolate with some roasted malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of bitter chocolate as well as some charred and heavily roasted malt. The alcohol is very well hidden and is not noticeable at all. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 04:04:13 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well now, this is a nice looking beer. Black and rich. Bright brown head, thick. Chocolate malt-shake looking...and it just keeps coming. Frothy. Damn, son

Sharp chocolate aroma, a bit faded on the end. Roasted malt and burnt caramel. Black coffee end notes.

This beer is thicker than I had imagined. At 9.3 abv, though, it's kinda smooth. Coffee notes dominate the flavors. Dark chocolate and anise come through as well. Dark fruit, plum.

Easy drinking, this thing is. A bit surprised. At %5.50 a glass downtown Denver, it's a good choice

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 16:30:33 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black body. Can't even see light through it when held up to the sun. Dark brown head.

Smell - Strong dark fruit and coffee bean.

Taste - Strong coffee with lots of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Lots of bite. Not much carb.

Overall Drinkability - Good beer. Strong as all hell. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 00:01:20 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of Fenris244


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Widmer KGB

On tap at Opal Devine's 

Black in color thin tan head minimal retention.

Coffee and roasty aromas, licorice and some chocolate

Coffee comes through really well for me, bits of caramel and a good bit of more roasted flavors.

Heavier in body, keeps from being overly thick though, smooth, alcohol doesn't kick in till I have a hot stomach.

Overall not bad, I know there are better stouts around but for the price this one ain't bad

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 23:54:34 | More by Fenris244
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours jet black into my snifter, big tan head with nice retention and pretty sticky lacing down the glass.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, mild bitter hops, and some dark fruit.

T - Much like the nose, lots of roasted malts and coffee flavors, a bit of smoke, dark chocolate, piny hops, with faint notes of dark fruits.

M - Somewhat thin and dry for the style.

O - Not the best RIP, but definitely a good one! If it was regularly available in my area I would purchase it regularly for the value.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 17:37:08 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of billshmeinke


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass. Pitch black with a finger of off white head the dies down to a ring around the edge of the glass. Brown hues towards the edges when held to light. No lacing to speak of.

A nose of roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla wafers. Not really much else. Nose is pretty dull.

Taste is also fairly dull. Some roasted malt, hints of baker's chocolate, a light smokiness. Some fruity almost banana like sweetness hits mid palate, and the finish is bitter and roasty.

Mouthfeel is basically like a dry root beer. Full bodied with good carbonation.

It was interesting to try, but I see myself giving away most of the rest of the six pack I bought. A pretty bland and uninspired Russian Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 21:43:50 | More by billshmeinke
Photo of colts9016


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the beer into a nonic at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A monster two finger head that has fair retention. The color of the head is tan and it is foamy and creamy with some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown like used motor oil. There is no clarity in the beer it is opaque.

Nose: A nice mellow roasted malt, there is notes of of chocolate, espresso, toffee, caramel, bready, grains, fruity esters, and solvent.

Taste: A very dark roasted malt with chocolate, espresso, bready, grainy with some fruity esters. Other notes are toffee, caramel, a slight burnt character.

The mouth feel is dry, coating, chewy, and slightly astringent.

Overall: The body of the beer is thick and the finish is medium full. This is a solid RIS, I feel that the flavors are not as intense as some of the better ones. A very sold RIS, glad I have a few in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 05:37:29 | More by colts9016
Photo of zdk9


4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours dead black with a finger of head that's cream colored with a tint of brown. Looks like the possibility of some strong lacing with this one.

S- Smells like a delicious stout. There's coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt molasses, smoke. Definitely some bourbon going on as it warms up.

T- Tastes like a delicious stout. More mineral characteristic than I'd like but if you take out that it's fantastic. Very bittersweet chocolate, used coffee grounds, bourbon, vanilla, wood, ash (that's part of the mineralness that isn't so good). There some pine and grapefruit pith on the back corners of my mouth- it's like the hops have scurried to the sides of the stage, even though they're pretty powerful themselves.

M- Bitter- roast, ash, and hop bitterness. Though there's some sweetness it's not really a stick to your mouth syruppy beer.

O- I'm really enjoying this, a great delicous RIS, just as advertised.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 03:29:49 | More by zdk9
Photo of Haybeerman


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, no light; a thin ruby sliver along the edge when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger chocolate head that dissipated to a skim. Lace sheeted the glass.

S: Cocoa, coffee and burnt toffee. Earthy. Some alcohol.

T:Dark-toasted grains; mainly burnt chocolate and toffee - bitter and dry. Coffee flavor in the middle transitions to a more mild, building bitterness in the finish. Warming alcohol and a little sweetness linger.

M: Medium body. Low-to-moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich; sharply bitter in the middle to mild, building bitter finish.

O: Very drinkable for the style. Disguises the alcohol better than most. Not say its not a robust stout; just not to the extreme.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 21:43:45 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of badboyrsl84


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as a moonless night. No visual head but a minor mocha lacing around the top of the beer

Smell - I'm shocked at the aroma of this beer. I wasn't giving widmer enough credit on this one. Bakers chocolate and alcohol are dominant with a minor hint of sweetness from milk chocolate.

Taste - WOW!! amazed once again with this one. Tons of roasted chocolate with some almost oaky characteristics. It finish really strong with a chocolate coffee taste that only gets stronger after I swallow. Very well done

Very good!! I am blown away with this one. I would definitely have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 19:54:19 | More by badboyrsl84
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