tom10101 (4245) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750 ml) as Humidor Imperial Stout. Traded by Sean9689, thanks! Oily pitch black a dark head and reddish reflects. Aroma of cedar, chocolate, roasted malt, pepper, chile and tobacco. Taste is of roasted malt, pepper, chocolate and chile. Peppery finish. Medium to heavy body. Very good Imperial Stout. Good variation on Zhukov!
JulienHuxley (4649) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark black pour with thick dark brown head. Aroma of cedar, vanilla, chiles, black pepper, ash, roasted grain, cocoa nibs. Taste is peppery, roasty with a chocolate/chipotle finish. Oily palate with smooth carbonation. Pretty good imperial stout, a tad tannic to my liking.
bookman10 (775) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thick, dark, almost black with a head that was nearly purple at first, but settled into a nice, foamy cream. Strong aroma of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. These are also quite noticeable in the flavors, along with a rather pronounced woodsiness--I’m not really sure that aging this in cedar is such a good idea. The cedar doesn’t really enhance the stout characteristics.
Bacterial (2454) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by Jeff at Greg’s thanks! Strong wood / cedar nose - dark black pour. Spicy vegetal taste with roasted coffee on the finish. Nice, but really strong wood notes.
portableparty (2248) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle thanks Jason. Pour black oily with a thin tan head that fades. Aroma has soy wood peat and roasted malt. Taste is bitter soy wood and peat with slight sour plum and bakers chocolate. Palate is full rich and sticky with a dry finish.
jcartamdg (2573) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours jet black with a dark mocha head. Aroma of Cedar, pretty much overpowers the beer. Taste follows, way too much cedar, really overpowering. I love Zhukov and i love the humidor beers but this one is too much
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Black, thin dark brown head, little lacing.   Holy fuck that is simply the strongest cedar nose, very fresh, its like somebody cut some decking right in front of me.   Strong cedar on the tongue, pale roastiness, a little over ripened fruit that adds a little sourness.   I sat on this for a while, so I wonder if the stout diminished and the cedar remained.   As is, probably one of the strongest cedar like beers I have had.   I feel a little mixed about it, very unique but the cedar dominates a bit too much.   Moderate stout, but a huge amount of cedar.   Entertaining, but too assertive and overshadows the underlying stout too much.   Damn...
nuplastikk (5268) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Cigar City. Snifter pour. Pitch black with a deep beige brown head. Beastly thick chocolate notes. Though quite smooth and creamy too, the alcohol doesn’t jump right out at you. Deep cocoa, chocolate milk notes. The mild cedar tones really complement the rich malts. Very chocolate centered, maybe a touch of vanilla, hint of tobacco. This is pretty much Imperial Stout heaven. World Class.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Absolutely love the nose on this - All spicy, herbally and peppery. The woody notes are so enveloping. In the mouth the same flavours pervade and perhaps overawe the original beer. It’s one of those unique beers that whilst you never truly come to grips with it, it certainly leaves an impression.
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, dark brown color. Lots of cedar on top of dark chocolate, dark fruit, very hoppy. Alcohol well hidden. I felt the cedar clashed a bit with the imperial stout characteristics. Nice, but not taking me special.