KGB Imperial Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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KGB Imperial StoutKGB Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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5/5  rDev +38.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite bre to come out from the Kurt and Rob's mega micro brewery in some time. I have been a huge fan of Widmer for many many years... (some of their beers I wish they would bring back)... it saddends to think this will be gone next year... so I did stock up on some...

This is a fantastic version of a Russian Imperial Stout. Widmer really has a winner with this one, hopefully they will relize it is a quality beer and keep brewing it rather than worry about making the sales numbers their Hefeweizen pulls in.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR.

Pours a solid black-brown, with a fine and full, but relatively bubbly head of caramel brown. Great lacing as it subsides. Solid body to it with a firm bead. Looks great.

Robust nose with big, smooth roasted characters coming through, giving caramel and a touch of light coffee. Creamy chocolate noticeable too. It's so smooth. Wonderful stuff.

Taste is smooth and clean, but with lingering complexities on the back. More sweet caramel, dark more brusque roasted coffee beans, and chocolate in a silky high-cacao way. All is layered with the smoothness of character which seems to epitomise it. Awesome.

Lovely drop. It's smooth, round, clean and complex. Everythign you want in an imperial stout. Love it.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a pitch black with a dark brown head. Light lacing.
S: Chocolate and Alcohol.
T: More chocolate and alcohol.
M: very subtle. Not one to stick around and hang on you're tongue.
D: this is a nice stout because it's not too complex with flavors. It's simple.

I really enjoyed this and I'm glad I found a new stout to try. I recommend it to anyone looking for something new to try.

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4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bitter as hell, and for a good price. if you want to get a nice buzz for a good price, kick back a six and get ready to hit the floor! a very nice dark brown, with a medium brown top. most definetly a winter beer, best enjoyed outside and in the cold. when i camp in the cascades or at shasta, this is what i bring.

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4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this while on a midnight run at the local Safeway supermarket for $6.99 / six pack.
Very dark brown, almost black color with a light brown head.
The smell is that of roasted malt.
I'm in love with the flavor. The malt predominates with it's chocolatey goodness, but there is adequate hop balance.
This beer is somewhat thick and warm, but the 9.3% ABV is very well hidden.
I'm very pleased with this "little discovery" of mine. I can't believe that any beer of this weight can be sold for what I paid for it, but I will not argue.
Very good beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big rich light brown head slowly dies leaving a pretty decent lacing atop a clear dark brown or black colored stout.

Roasted malts with a dark fruit backbone aroma, almost like roasted cherries or apricots.

Taste warm and roasted malts with dark chocolate hints and a light dark fruitiness in the background, rather enjoyable.

A light dark chocolate roasted lightly dry aftertaste.

I rather enjoyed this imperial stout, when I poured it I could smell the alcohol but that seems to disappear as I drank it.

Not the heaviest stout I've tried but a pretty darn good one.

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4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Da, this is a beer for the proletariat, not the court. lenin would make it so. Poured with a medium sized tan head and some lace. Color is an almost opaque brown black. Aroma is malt, roast, toffee, cocoa, leather, earth, a little dark ripe fruit and coffee. Flavor is similar and balanced. Body is full round and has excellent carbonation. Finish is like flavor and ends with a smooth bitterness. Session beer even with the strength.

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KGB Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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