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 (6877) - , 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 (1999) - 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.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by JW77 a little while back. Thick black pour with almost no head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, brandy and alcohol. Tons of flavors. Sweet chocolate and brandy, roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla, with some woodiness and slightly boozy. Full body with almost no cabonation. Slick and creamy mouthfeel. I canít wait to try this with some age on it to see how all the flavors come together. Thanks Jonathan.
ChainGangGuy (4269) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours a body black as sin. Though, beyond a few bubbles produced by the pour, thereís no real attempt at head formation.
Smell: Heavy, sweet-smelling aroma of chocolate cake batter, roasted malts, burnt sugars, alcohol-soaked figs and raisins, and with many a very vibrant, attractive brandy and bourbon barrel scent. My, but that does smell mighty nice.
Taste: Deep flavors of melted dark chocolate, homemade marshmallows, molasses, dark caramel, and espresso. Sturdy sweetness. Desiccated dark fruits. A bulk of charming barrel character, with scads of oak-laden bourbon and brandy contributing vanilla bean, flaked coconut, wooden dowels, and sweet, ripe apples. Itís all very luscious. Plenty of alcohol warmth in this one, but, thankfully, it never forces any ganky hotness on you. Well-incorporated bitterness. Notably roasty finish with primarily the bourbon coming through at the end.
Mouthfeel: Near-full, creamy body. Low carbonation. Iíd prefer a skosh more, but being the slow, thoughtful sipper that it is, I donít mind the lack of bubbles.
Drinkability: A heavy, hearty, intoxicating drink, but I persevered. Excellent, perhaps even mind-bendingly so. Sure, itís not the easiest beer to acquire, sadly, but, if you have the means and opportunity, I highly recommend it.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle shared by illidurit. Blacker than black as usual, with not head to speak of. Bourbon, brandy, light oak, coffee, and dried fruit in the aroma. Thick and boozy chocolate with strong bourbon and brandy flavors. The kicker is this was completely flat. I tasted a lot of potential, but the complete lack of carbonation just ruined the flavor balance and mouthfeel.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cigar city double Zhukov. 750ml bottle again thanks to adam/sean... Pours a
deep dark oily silky black and a very thin wispy tan head... Aroma
very big on apple brandy as well as from the bourbon used... Flavors
are oily smooth with chocolate and big fruity bourbon notes paired with
a bigger apple brandy finish. Some of the Zhukov charry finish is
still there. Lightly carbonated but the body holds up well to it.