kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of wavers1 (a surprise gift for my birthday; sheer craziness). Thanks so much, dude! Pours a hugely dense, dark chocolate-brown color with minimal light coming through at the edges; very thin line of dark-tan bubbles at the perimeter, barely lasting. Immense aroma of dark chocolate, vinous alcohol, and some well-integrated piney hop bitterness; the barrel character here is essentially seamless: lush, soft-edged brandy notes along with a toasty, vanilla-tinged, sharper bourbon character; prickly alcohol that approaches a peppery character; a very endearing, complex nose. Full body; very light carbonation; modest levels of highly vinous alcohol present here, lightly prickly and pleasant when it pokes through; moderate levels of acidity, giving this an overall mouthfeel thatís really quite nice; loads of dark and milk chocolate; some licorice and caramel and leather notes; the barrel character is, again, a lush, honeyed brandy character helped out with a modest, slightly spicy bourbon barrel character; light amounts of vanilla and char; for how many bad imperial stouts there are out there, this is very nicely integrated, soft-edged, lush and awesome. Great beer. Long finish of milk and dark chocolate, mild charred barrel; reasonably dry.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml with big thanks to ericandersnavy---the CCB "Ambassador" of Texas!!! Poured a still, (used) oily-black, extremely leggy (amber coating on the glass) body. Virtually no hint of carbonation(?). Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, roasty, espresso, oak, barrel, ashy, dark chocolate. Flavors are similar to the aromas, but, are intensified greatly. Very roasty, fresh coffee, alcohol comes and goes, bourbon (missing the brandy) and an extremely long coffee bitter finish. A slick, coating, oily mouthfeel with no carbonation. The aromas and flavors are great, but, I feel they suffer from a lack of carbonation.
arminjewell (5591) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks as usual to my florida hookup! Oily black pour, thin to no head. Aroma had notes of vanilla, coffee, bourbon, and a touch of brandy. Taste is big brandy mixing with the sweet bourbon and vanilla, a nice smoky and coffee note with a slighty roasted finish. Great.
dyetube (1154) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for this one. this beer pours black with little to no head with aromas of chocolate, cherries, licorice and coffee. Mouthfeel is bitter and burnt with an oilyness. This is a very complex beer! Cheers!
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a thick black color with a faint bubbly brown head. No lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, dark esters, vanilla, chocolate, oak, and is quite vinous. Flavor is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark esters, whiskey, oak, and vanilla. Very nice! The chocolate and dark fruit really lingers in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not over bearing. Would have been nice to have a touch more carbonation. Overall, an excellent beer. Thanks Jason.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle Iíve been saving for a milestone, hereís to 1600. Pours thick motor oil black with a mean dark brown head. Aroma is strong roasted and black patent malt with strong barrel elements, oak, vanilla, bourbon and sweet brandy over the top. Flavor is smooth as silk. Roasted barley, sweet cream and coffee, sweet brandy and vanilla with an earthy oak finish and burning bourbon and again sweet cream. This is big and sweet, but there is still plenty of underlying roasted malts to balance with bitterness. Top notch!
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by arminjewell(thanks for this treat!). Dark inky black pour, very little carbonation and a dark bitter chocolate and a noticeable boozy nose. Flavor was rich peat, bitter coffee, vanilla and very mellow bourbon on the finish. Very good brew!
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2010 Bottle. Thanks to cyrusthepup for his one. Cheers man! Shared with a bigger group. Pours a pitch black color with zero head. Swirling coats the glass with a soy colored film. The bourbon and brandy aroma is really nice but takes over and dominates the smell. Medium mouthfeel. Very roasty and leather. Some coffee and vanilla. Bitter aftertaste from the roast. 1 tweak away from being a truly outstanding beer. Overall, a nice beer but way too much in the way of raost and the barrels. Toned down I think this would be really nice.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade thanks to pantanap. Pours thick and black with minimal head and some serious legs. The aroma is big and intense bourbon and brandy along with intense imperial stout notes - chocolate, roast, anise, and even a little soy. The flavor is big and rich, bold and unapologetic, with bourbon, brandy, oak, dark rich chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, and licorice. Body is full as all hell, and the beer is even a little syrupy. Low carbonation - would like to see a little more. A big and tasty beer though overall, with loads of awesomeness making up for the slight flaws.
Sean9689 (269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with some of the Chicago crew and a special guest, Brad Clark, brewmaster at Jackie Oís. Masterski was the wax-remover on this one...thanks buddy!
A - Pours black, maybe chocolate brown, very little head. Looks like motor oil in my glass.
S - Chocolate, oak, alcohol, burnt sugars. Pretty sweet, but right on as far as what I was expecting. Perhaps a little better when compared to other versions of Zhukov Iíve had.
T - Chocolate, roasted malts, oak, lots of brandy and boubon. I really like the rich chocolate and alcohol variants in here. The bourbon and brandy actually make the base beer a little more "mild" and smooths it out a bit. Milk chocolate and oak finish.
M - Full, rich, viscous, semi-dry on the finish.
D - I liked this one! I think some months in the cellar will smooth this beer out even more. Another great CCB BA beer.