juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml yellow waxed dipped bottle, courtesy cmillward. Thanks Chris for cracking this open. This pours virtually pitch black and impenetrable by light with very little head and lacing to speak of, which is a bit surprising. A swirl of the glass leaves a sheeting brown stain on the glass. The aroma is loaded with chocolate, burnt caramel, molasses, and dark chocolate syrup. Dark fruits and stewed raisins add some fruity depth and a touch of earthy hops add some balancing bitterness. The vanilla laden bourbon is more prominent, but there is a hint of candy apple sweetness in there from the brandy barrels. The booze is there, but all the malts seem to keep the heat in check. The flavors follow suit with the dark chocolate and burnt caramel as the base to go with the sweetness of the vanilla and candy apples, while figs and raisins lend further fruity depth. There is a good amount of balancing roast, but the sweetness still takes center stage. There isnít much in the way of hops as they have faded with the vanilla laden bourbon and sweet apple from the barrels imparting their signature flavors. Nearly full bodied but with very subtle carbonation that detracts a bit from the body, which is still smooth and without any cloying sugars. The booze shows its warmth on the finish and is a bit much for me. This is a tasty stout with loads of depth, but I prefer the single barrel treatments of the base stout than the blend.
Damico (2787) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This pours thick, black, and dark, but unfortunately has no head and almost no carbonation (think almost as bad as the Angelís Share). It smells sweet from the double barrels, but no alcohol notes on top of aromas of sweet and chocolate malts. The flavor starts out sweet and dark chocolatey, then settles with a nice pleasant warming roastiness,The body is thick and the palate settles with notes of coffee at the end.
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a murky deep brown body with a few stray bubbles. I am getting a bit of sediment towards the end of the bottle (Dark Lord esque sludge?). Completely coats the glass. Aromas of wood, chocolate, nougat, apple brandy, wood, graham cracker, alcohol, plums and a yeasty umami note. Flavors of wood, very dry and tannic, bourbon, ash, light smoke, dark fruits and a ton of roast. Some milk chocolate and nuts on the second sip. Bitter like the regular Zhukov. Low carbonation, and full bodied. Mouthcoating. To me, I preferred the extra character provided by the Humidor Zhukov over its other versions.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a viscous black body with a ring of coffee lacing, light retention. Big etoh buzz right off the top, bourbon, brandy, hints of whiskey. Chocolate, caramel and booze. Coco and light wooden tones, vanilla and brandy sweetness. A nice beer overall, but i prefer the humidor Zhukovís.
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Trade bottle from Dosbeerigos. Was very anxious to try this as I traded a Black Tuesday for this one. Poured a dark black motor oil with no head at all. Aroma was bourbon, smoke, oak, cloves, chocolate, apples and alcohol. Taste was very similar, carbonation was very low though unfortunately. Overall it was good but I would take Black Tuesday any day, glad I got to try and share with everyone though.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like ink. No head, it is a hand bottle. The aroma smells like smoke, oak, chocolate, bourbon, coconut, cherry and apple. The flavor is crazy complex. Chocolate, cherry, vanilla, apple, clove, soy sauce, cinnamon marshmallow and brown sugar. Amazing complexity. Again with Cigar City... Where do they hide the booze? Great brew.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours as black as soy sauce. Smells amzing. thick and dark, woody, and sweet you can smell the whiskey and all the strong stout character. Flavour is fantasic, very thick and dark. flavour is amazing. lots of oak and whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, tons of roasted malts. This is a very impressive stout. Very complex, this is an amazing beer. Thanks a lot Kyle.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, handbottled for me by fata2683. Massive props to Keith. Also, Rating #800! Pours inky black, like molasses cut with espresso, no head, no lacing, but this is a handbottle, so none is expected. Nose is a lovely blend of molasses and chocolate, with loads of barrel character, brandy character, with hints of butter slightly supercedes the Bourbon notes. Flavours are the other way with vanilla/coconut Bourbon character taking over from the buttery brandy character. Booze is startlingly well hidden, nice tight acidity and LOADS of mocha roastiness. Finish is sticky and sour, wish this had carbonation to carry off the finish. Still pretty epic, however.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by JoeTheYounger... Pours black with no head..Aroma is boozy, bourbon and caramel...Taste is dark chocolate, bourbon and roast..Carbonation is very very low. Almost flat...OK
bu11zeye (12096) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle, 2010 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours an opaque black body with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, lightly charred coffee, bourbon, caramel, and brandy. Flavor of chocolate, wood, roasted malt, apple brandy, vinous, and bourbon.