KGB Imperial Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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KGB Imperial StoutKGB Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

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.

Added by Mitchster on 06-21-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
294
Reviews:
167
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.85%
 
 
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4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet oily black, tan head, 2/5" deep. Aroma was heavy roast, dark fruit bitterness.

The taste was like the aroma, except the alcohol was prominent. Big bitter, big roast, big boozy. Affordable in this format 12/6. Hoppy and burnt makes for a bitter experience, dropping those dark fruit times all over you.

A decent beer, especially in limited amounts, gets tiresome those after too much.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No label information. KGB Russian Imperial Stout is brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout, available in 12 oz. bottled 4 packs and on limited draft. 2013 release.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a light brown/tan head over a very dark brown body. near black. Retention is below average and lacing is light and stringy. 3.75

(Smell) Moderate roasted barley, light chocolate. Very mild and underwhelming nose for a RIS, potency is mild. 3

(Taste) Moderate chocolate malts with notes of earthy, heavily roasted barley with subtle notes of coffee bean. A bit heavier on the delivery than the aroma suggests, but still not exceedingly impressive. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, lightly chewy, slick, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly earthy and roasty bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) As far as beers go, this beer clocks in as an above average, fairly drinkable stout. Against other Russian Imperial Stouts, the flavor profile is mundane and shallow without much development, stunted and simple. As I recall a 4 pack of this beer sold at a considerably high price, I wouldn't recommend this as an ideal Imperial Stout option, but potentially a decent stepping stone from Guinness to something much, much finer. 3.25

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company's
KGB: Russian Imperial Stout
3.25/5.00

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Braz
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stumac
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A small, dense tan head surmounts an utterly opaque black body. Scattered, thin, patchy lacing decorates the glass walls.

Aroma: Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and spicy alcohol dominate the aroma,

Taste: Opens with charred malt and bitter cocoa, followed by spicy alcohol. The charred malt lingers throughout, defining the backbone of the taste. The taste is a bit one-dimensional, being defined by charred malt and alcohol. Finishes with a lingering note of charcoal. The ABV of 9.3 % is very well-concealed.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Sort of a Russian Imperial Stout-light, but cheap at the price, it was $6.99 a six-pack when released, how can one complain?

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Acubflem
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JebBeerFish
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date Dec 10 2012, stored in my cellar. I have been spoiled by Founders RIS and while this RIS is not bad, it falls well short of the Founders. Would like to try a fresher release on draft, but not likely to purchase a bottle again.

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3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BIll_Currie
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

widmer never fails to impress

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3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.86/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 and sweet 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. Lingering flavor of very dark roasted grains.

Feel: full, thick and smooth with some warming. Good, light carbonation.

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KGB Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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