Widmer Brothers W'11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout

Widmer Brothers W'11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout

Rated 3.685 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Portland, OR, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

9.3% Alcohol by Volume

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This long-time favorite brewers’ choice beer was created to hop us challenge expectations and keep us true. We now expose it to you. Using roasted barley, chocolate malt, and Midnight Wheat (tm), KGB has a color that is as dark as a torrid past, a body as full as a well kept dossier, and a taste a complex as a conspiracy theory.

ID: 16261 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank1177
Overall Percentile97.7
Style Rank206 of 2204
Style Percentile90.7
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.890
Weighted Score3.685
Standard Deviation0.345

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours a rich coffee-sable with a thick, chocolate-tan head that doesn’t stick around too long, but long enough for a very good impression. Inviting aroma has notes of roast malt, chocolate, quality coffee, and licorice, plus a snip of caramel. Flavor trots roast coffee, toasted malt, chocolate and caramel tones across the palate; a bit of woody hops peeks through. Texture is smooth and viscous, though fizz leaves a little to be desired. Take it into the custody of your stomach.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    From jerrymorrison. Thinnish near black pour, medium tan head, nice lacing. Dark chocolate and deep roasted malt aromas upfront, some molasses, subdued earthy hops. Flavor follows the aromas with a pleasant cocoa and toasted maltiness goodness. Fairly rich although a bit tin. Definitely tasty. Thanks Jerry; I finally got around to drinking this one.

  • MIKEMORROW 91 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I picked up a 6er when it first hit the shelfs. My first thought is that it wasnt an Imp stout at all! Had I done the review at that time it would have failed as a good brew. 4 months later..... It turned out to be very good. Just needs to age a bit

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    This is the best of the Widmer beers I've tried to date. This one I actually had at their brewpub in Portland. It's the only beer I tried there because the huge pint of this monster beer did me on, and I was coming in from another brewpub. Had a thick brown head and a very black beer, with heaving lacing. Chocolate aroma with hints of cherry. Full body and doesn't seem as strong as it is. Finishes a little dry and earthy with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not as complex as some other Russian Imperial Stouts I've had, but still good.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    2011 KGB low on the complexity scale, yet still pretty good. Aromas and flavors of roasted malts that had a slight chocolate presence, but not much else. The thick cap left some decent lace, the finish was bitter. Overall a beer that was better than the sum of its parts.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    A pretty nice Impy Stout.. widmer really seems to be stepping up on some of their special releases (except their black ipa, which is a stupid rushed nonsensical style ..) .. . simple aromas and flavours are tar, black peanut bastard, and dark roasted malts .. . maybe a bit to simple but for a a widmer widely distrubuted product, quite awesome!! .. . you’re in the hot seat! ..no! no! no i’m not, you’re in the seat..thats hot..

  • BEAV 1788 reviews
    rated 3.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    12oz bottle W'11 version dated 1/4/11. Pours a dark brown-black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

    The aroma is a bit subdued - chocolate malts and grains with a little roast and a touch of plastic.

    The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, anise, and some tar with a big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

    Overall, an interesting big beer from Widmer. But it's too much tar and charred bitterness for me.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    W '11 - i'm glad someone else seems to get some cherry in this beer...i thought i wuz imagining things. chocolate, cherries and roasted malt nose and similar flavor. a very decadent beer. widmer stepped it up with this one. velvety feel. good cold or warmer. slight bitter hops come out in the finish. a cheaper better alternative to many impy stouts.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.5 17 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Eclipse black color. Small head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. A full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and cherries. Hops are slightly spicy and bitter. Nicely balanced. Very smooth, nearly oily. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. There is a malt roastyness that appears after a while and lasts a long time.

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 3.8 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    This review is from notes previously taken sampled at RBSG 04 Thx to whomever for sharing this 2002 edition. Huge coffee nose with a velvet tongue feel, this is a smooth Imperial Stout. Very nice

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