Guerde (1200) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler shared by OSLO, thanks a ton Al!!) Pours jet black with a very dark brown head. Aroma smells exactly like bourbon-soaked fudge. Very rich and decadent. Also some coconut, vanilla, and oddly enough some dark fruit and vinous scents. Also some Sumatran coffee. Very nice aroma. Taste is a little disappointing compared to the aroma, and itís somewhat ashy which dominates the other flavors. Taste of fudge, plenty of vanilla, coconut, heavily roasted malt, and some oak as well. Booze is present, but not really intrusive. Mouthfeel is very thick and full, and carbonation is fairly low. Overall this is a quality barrel-aged beer, as it does a superb job of integrating the barrel with the base beer. Thanks again for sharing Al!
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the Hunaphu release. Thanks to Sean for getting this, we also brought back a growler so looking forward to trying this again shortly with our tasting group... All the MZ are midnight black, this one is no different. The head is a very dark brown, great color. Has more head and carbonation then most ba beers, forms and leaves a nice right with good lacing... The aroma is strong with great vanilla whiskey notes. First beer of the day, a great way to open up my olfactory senses. I had the regular MZ with this and the deep roasted chocolate comes through some but not as strong, barrel takes the edges off. Smells great... The taste is really good but at this point its a touch too hot and sweet. I really hope the counter-pressure filled growlers hold for a bit because I would to try this once its died down. Sweet bourbon, alcohol and vanilla, a little roast coffee on the finish. Not as complex as the brandy version but enjoyable.
This is worth trying.
BeerandBlues2 (10442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with no lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy booze, bourbon, figs, prunes, tar, alcohol, and soy sauce. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a slick finish.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thick motor oil looking pour. Completely opaque with a dark tan head. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Roasted malt. Flavor is intense milk chocoalte and vanilla. Bourbon throughout. Smoky finish. Decent imperial.
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, courtesy Brad. Pours thick black with a small tan head. Aroma is just great, lots of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Flavor follows up, thick oily palate with rich coffee/chocolate taste. Just fantastic. It would be nice if CCB used growlers with better seals though...
Travlr (14366) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medicine-bottle-in-the-mail-with-bag (leaked), courtesy of brad - thank you sir! Solid dark brown, scant very dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Very smooth, rich, chocolately, with vanilla beans and passion fruit. Thick and chewy. Very tasty.
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
shared growler labeled as Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged Zhukovs from Hunahpuís Day. pitch black pour with a 1/4" dark tan head. lovely bourbon nose with the perfect level of bourbon. layers of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts cross the nose. full chewy body with layers of sweet bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted coffee, chocolate, figs, dates and raisins. syrupy smooth throughout. sweet dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla finish. this one rocks!!!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to Shep for bringing this one back from Tampa.
Pours completely black, like an oil slick, leaving a brown film along the glass after each swirl. There is a tiny mocha head that recedes quickly leaving oily legs.
Aroma is huge and really bourbon-forward with the barrel character showing up right of the bat with bourbon, vanilla and oak. There is also cocoa powder, heavily roasted black malts, coffee and a hint of tobacco.
The taste is slightly less bourbony with the dark chocolate and malts coming through more prominently. The finish is oaky, dry with a little bit of smoke and tobacco. More roast and less sweetness than the aroma.
The mouthfeel is unbelievable, completely decadent. Full bodied with a low, soft carbonation which just completely coats the mouth after each sip.
After my experiences with the fairly flat bottles of Zhukov and DBA Zhukov, this one really impressed me. I canít wait to try the Brandy Zhukov as this one sets a very high bar. Wonderful beer.
mixmasterob (922) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to Geoff (craftbeerdesign) for bringing this from Hunahpuís Day to a recent tasting. Growler, labeled as the Four Roses Zhukov. Poured black with an absolutely gorgeous dark brown head, great retention. Aroma was big, lovely hints of sweet bourbon, roasted malt and light coffee. Flavors were oh so smooth, big malt and bourbon mixed together for a huge viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation was light and rather fitting. Just fantastic. Thanks again Geoff.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Hunaphuís release. Very much like the regular Zukhov but with that boozy bourbon kick to it. Though the flavor/aroma is boozy it isnít entirely tough to drink. Itís a one and done type deal. You couldnít drink this everyday.