KGB Imperial Stout | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

KGB Imperial StoutKGB Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.66/5
294 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#32,288
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
294
pDev:
13.66%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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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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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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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.
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KGB Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 294 ratings
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