KGB Imperial Stout
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

KGB Imperial StoutKGB Imperial Stout
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From:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
9.3%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.62%
Ratings:
296
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 15, 2018
Added:
Jun 21, 2003
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  18
SCORE
83
Good
KGB Imperial StoutKGB Imperial Stout
Notes: Formerly a rotating release, "KGB" is being re-released as "W'11" in late 2010 - with seasonal winter/spring availability.
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4.53 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Mar 15, 2018
 
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
 
4.21 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Dec 30, 2016
 
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 15, 2016
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3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Mar 27, 2016
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Jadjunk from Georgia

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

Jan 13, 2016
 
3.77 by EdwardAbbey from Washington on Oct 07, 2015
 
4.1 by moundbz from North Dakota on Jul 24, 2015
 
3.78 by Braz from Washington on May 25, 2015
 
3.87 by Beer-Zombie from Oregon on May 09, 2015
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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Pegasus from Texas

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.

Apr 19, 2015
 
3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Feb 12, 2015
 
4.06 by Acubflem from Illinois on Feb 02, 2015
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by JebBeerFish from New Hampshire

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.

Feb 02, 2015
 
3.1 by BarrelAgedG from California on Jan 16, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BIll_Currie from Wyoming

widmer never fails to impress

Jan 08, 2015
 
3.86 by DMACH from Florida on Nov 30, 2014
 
2.5 by dheldman from Minnesota on Nov 28, 2014
 
2.75 by Techichi from Texas on Nov 18, 2014
 
3.5 by jzlyo from Iowa on Nov 14, 2014
 
3 by deadliest from Texas on Nov 02, 2014
 
4 by ADKbeerguy from New York on Oct 28, 2014
 
3.86 by martyl1000 from Wisconsin on Oct 26, 2014
 
4.5 by Beardo from Washington on Sep 06, 2014
 
3.75 by malfunxion from New York on Aug 17, 2014
 
3.5 by zestar from California on Aug 06, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Aug 02, 2014
 
3.75 by CUbeerfan from Georgia on Jul 13, 2014
 
4 by MikeDAdams from Idaho on Jul 13, 2014
 
3.25 by Rudes from North Dakota on Jun 26, 2014
 
3.75 by Brutus627 from Maine on Jun 24, 2014
 
3 by largadeer from California on Jun 18, 2014
 
2.75 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jun 07, 2014
 
3.75 by Latarnik from New Jersey on May 24, 2014
 
3 by neckbeered from Montana on May 12, 2014
 
3.25 by Hopmodium from Washington on Apr 27, 2014
 
4 by PhilMiller from Indiana on Apr 15, 2014
 
3.5 by DOCRW from Washington on Mar 29, 2014
 
4 by blurredline from Oregon on Feb 23, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by ISmith87 from Arizona

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

Feb 10, 2014
KGB Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 296 ratings