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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Widmer Brothers W'11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout

Another winter seasonal... this time a Portland, OR offering from the Widmer Brothers; Widmer Brothers W'11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout.

Widmer Brothers W'11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout poured an impenetrable black-brown with a thin, soapy cafe au lait tinted head.  The nose was a potent mix of coffee, molasses, anise, and roasted grains with an earthy smoke in the background.

Widmer Brothers W'11 Russian Imperial Stout met my palette with a surprising momentary lemon crispness, but was quickly overwhelmed by burnt coffee and dark chocolate and a chewiness in the mouth.  As the stout faded, the semi-sweet dark chocolate took over and lingered in my mouth with a slight alcohol burn.

Widmer Brothers W'11 Russian Imperial Stout is, as promised in the "Imperial", a big brute of a brew.  9.3% ABV makes for a tough drink, and the chewiness of the body seals the deal that this is a sipping beer.  I actually found the beer very enjoyable, and look forward to polishing off the rest of the six-pack this week, but would advise those afraid of big, dark beers steer clear.

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