DalzAle (1965) - 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 (1349) - 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 (3466) - 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 (272) - 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.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle dipped in yellow wax that reflects the coulors in the lable. Looks pretty good- The pour is dark as in almost black. The head disappeares instantly and vitness of a pretty low carbonation. The aroma is pretty alchol packed with notes of salty chocolate and licorice- like that special icelandic chocolate that holds salty licorice inside. The taste is likewise very dominated of alcohol but there are also a smooth sweetness from the brandy aging that tends to be more domiating that the bourbon vanilla. The palate is borring due to the low carbonation. Its flat but with an oily attitude. The finish is long lasting with the alcohol as turning point topped with some sweetness. You can say that the double barrel aging has done its job well. And actually it seems pretty good balanced between those two bottles. I would wish for some more carbonation before getting all shook up over this one.
topher40409 (38) - gainesville, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best imperial stout I have ever had, PERIOD.
poured pitch black with almost no head to speak of, from low carbonation. Aroma is just amazing, chocolate roasted grain light caramel and vanilla; with tantalizing notes of booze from the barrels. Taste doesnít disappoint, same notes with a perfect blending of bourbon and brandy. The low carbonation actually adds to the experience rather than detracts.
jtclockwork (7991) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2010 Bottle. World class stout. Pours black oil with reddish black head. Thin retention along the glass. Nose of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and licorice. Taste of mocha, coffee, smooth bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. Very rich and full mouth feel. It doesnít get much better.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black, inky body with a thin dark brown head. Nose is boozy and roasted, big notes of dark chocolate, burnt malt, caramel, bourbon, slight vanilla and oak. Full body, texture is velvety, carbonation is pretty soft. Flavor is as intense as I would expect, the barrel treatments play well with the deep roasted malt and chocolate elements of Zhukov. Thanks Gabe for sharing!
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of vanilla, oak, brown sugar, chocolate, oak, light roast. Flavor is sweet and malty with similar notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, chocolate, general goodness. Full body with a pleasing malty and boozy finish. Really well done.
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 mL bottle courtesy of askofficerfriendly. Falls into the glass pitch black without the slightest intention of forming a head or otherwise evincing its carbonation. To say it displays legs on the glass wouldnít really capture the viscosity. Swirling endangers the glass of being permanently stained.
Aroma is vivid dark chocolate. One of the more spot-on notes Iíve had in beer, actually. Thereís roastiness there but it doesnít come within miles of the campfire juice roastiness of basic Zhukov. The barrel character is rather mellow Iíd say. Bourbon Zhukov was smoother than basic Zhukov, but Double Barrel is even smoother. Almost to the point where Iíd rather have some rough, ass-whipping edges to it.
Flavor is black strap molasses, dark chocolate, tar and dark fruits. Big roasted character with a smooth brandy note and some obvious oak and vanilla.
Warming, inky body, pretty syrupy. Never really noticed that the beer was pretty damn flat. There was a touch of carbonation on the palate. Didnít detract in my opinion.
A quiet dominator. Still thinking that Bourbon Zhukov is the best of the 4 variations Iíve had.