kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: January 03, 2010
Mode: Hand Bottled
Source: Tasting, Cellar Ticker
Appearance: black, scant head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet roasted malt aroma, citrus hops, nice oak, light bourbon
Flavor: big roasted malt flavor, touch of oak, bitter dark chocolate, lots of bitter black malt, hops blend with the bitter dark malts, just a hint of the bourbon
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, grassy citrus hops, roast, oak, vanilla, and some scotch. Flavor is chocolate, oak, caramel, vanilla, grassy hops, citrus, scotch, bitter spicy hops, and some alcohol in the finish.
Tmoney99 (11473) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and wood aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small bourbon finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is standout beer.
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky void with thin dark tan head. The aroma is sweet with malts, caramel malts, some burnt malts, a touch of chocolate and thin wafers of spicy earthy citrus hoppiness. The taste comes across in typical Zhukov fashion with lots of tasty smooth roasty malts mixing with velvety dark chocolate as well as light notes of spicy to earthy hops.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mar for the growler! Pours black with an iodine color lacing the glass, copper head....nice! Aroma of bitter dark roastiness. Flavor of a strong dark roasted bitterness and baking cocoa. Mouth feel is heavy body, very smooth body and very low-no carbonation. Overall, a nice, strong warming stout....good stuff! You can get some hoppiness out of this but the dark roastiness is very over powering.....I like this!!!!!!!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler courtesy of degarth. Pours a pitch black color with one finger tan yellow head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of floral hops, chocolate, roast, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, ripe dark fruit, raisins. Flavor is sweet and roasty with notes of floral hops, chocolate, roast, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, light coffee, malty sweet goodness. Full body with a malty and roasty and hoppy finish. Very nice imperial stout.
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Midnight black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Nice retention. The aroma is a sumptuous swirl of dark chocolate, tobacco, black cherries, charred oak and leather. Ultra full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is a luxurious intermingling of espresso, oak, charcoal and sweet chocolate crème. Bittersweet, dark chocolate finish. Thanks to daknole for sharing this growler of world class beer!
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Wetherel. Thanks buddy. Shared at Dasilky1 tasting a few weeks back. Pours black with no head. Nose is chocolate sweet, subtle. Taste is crazy, hoppy, very nice strangely very very good. I liked this a lot but its a damn weird beer.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! Thanks to Dakine for a bottle of this gem. One of the best brews I’ve had in quite some time. Incredible aroma. A nice mix of the light citrus hop scents mixed with a faint milk chocolate aroma. The appearance is black with a light brown head. Nice full body with gentle carbonation, which fits the beer very well. The taste is a great balance and complex blend of coffee flavors with light chocolate and the hops coming through in the end and aftertaste. Smooth and rich flavor with very little heat. Tasty stuff for sure!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5L swingtop, courtesy of wavers1. Thanks!! This was my favorite beer of the evening. Pours a dark, chocolate-brown color; a similar pour to the Marshal Zhukov: thin yellowish-brown head, nice oiliness. Pleasant lime (?) and apple and citrus notes (bright hop character), bitter chocolate; a nicely integrated fresh hop note here; far more alive than the original. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: nicely oily, relaxed carbonation; lots of lightly bitter milk chocolate, leather, and lime-y / green apple (not in the flawed sense) hop character; lightly resiny, oily, and just a fantastic presence overall; very light barrel presence, actually; much creamier and more effusive than the original, like a chocolate milk character. Lengthy finish of bitter chocolate, toastiness, lingering minerals and light bitterness.