bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, brandy, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of brandy, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla with a dry oak, bitter, alcohol burning finish.
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Medium brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some Brandy, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, Brandy, light dark fruit. Smooth medium-full body.
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@CCB Black Friday-on tap-still-black with lots of sheeting. A-hot brandy, dk malt-roasty/tar/leather. T-brandy, sweet dk malt-roasty/tar/leather.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Name: Marshal Zhukovs, Brandy Barrel
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma, nice roasted
Flavor: brandy filled chocolate covered caramel candy flavor, light roasted, black chocolate bitterness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Travlr (10580) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hermetically sealed growler courtesy, of course, of ygtbsm94, another huge thanks! Black. Flat. Taste of vanilla, brandy, coffee. Taste is hot coffee, dark milk chocolate, vanilla. Smooth and strong.
Tmoney99 (10554) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler shared by b3shine. Poured a black color with a minimal fizzy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark chocolate, vanilla, woody and apple alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet toasted sweet malt flavor with a heavy sweet and small brandy alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
hopscotch (9065) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft… RBWG ‘10… This beer rocks!… Coal black ale with a mid-sized, very creamy, light brown head. The aroma is actually very subtle. At first, I can’t pull much from the glass, but a couple brisk swirls release the wonders of fruity apple brandy blended in with the usual, hearty olfactory aspects of Zhukov’s Imperial Stout – deeply roasted nuts, dark chocolate, tobacco, charcoal and blackstrap molasses. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. Delicious! Sweet, fruity apple brandy is not overdone. Melds nicely with the burnt, carbonaceous aspects of the base beer. Lengthy, singed, bittersweet finish. The bitterness lingers long after the sweetness fades away. For me, the brandy barrel works much better with the base beer (Zhukov) than the Hunahpu. Another world class beer from Wayne and Joey!
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Aroma of chocolate, green apples and espresso. Flavor is heavy on the green apple note, too much actually. Could have used more carbonation too. Not that it was bad, but not my favorite stout from CCB.
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2010 Total Score: 5
Wonderfully black pour with a brown head. Roast, deep dark chocolate, barrel notes, vanilla, coffee and espresso both. Flavor is sweet, rich, dark, and sinister. Amazing. Some barrel notes, chocolate, great coffee, dark roasted malt. Vanilla. Jesus, CCB knows stouts!
GT2 (8354) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Hunahpu 2011 as "Apple Brandy Zhukov". The pour is quite fantastic generating a much more lively Martian red head than the other treatments, or maybe someone just knew how to pour a beer. Incredible retention. Very scary looking in the cup. Aroma is so much more apple than I was expecting (DUH!), but instead of calvados or brandy per se, I get fresh apple skins, apple juice box, and sweet cider apples. Taste is lemony tart, tannic, and feels light bodied compared to the oily 4 Roses treatment. Spicy alcohol comes through for a quick second. The lemon tart and roast character remind me a little of 110K+OT #2.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a large tan head. Body is inky and coats the glass. Aroma is chocolaty, tons of fusel alcohol and a bit of brandy if searched for. Taste is earthy, chocolaty, vanilla bean, alcohol, vinous, wood. Tons of alcohol burn and palate assaulting flavors. Good, but I am not sure I really get anything worth while from the brandy, just burning. I think I might like the regular one better. Creamy carbonation. Full body. Not the most drinkable beer ever made, but solid none the less.