FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled March 2011; RBWG
The beer sits in my glass with a dense viscosity, it even has legs. The beer is a black, concentrated brown color and is topped by a brown head. The aroma has an oily, umami like savoriness to I, it is a bit spicy and smells of sweet molasses. A big, toasted whole grain bread crust note is quite noticeable, and the beer smells pretty smooth for a beer of this strength. There is a peat like, almost salty note to the nose, and up front the roast character smells a bit like espresso. Other aromas of graham crackers and some hot, spicy alcohol notes are also noticeable. All in all the aroma smells pretty good.
The beer tastes sweet up front, but there is a super, spicy wood note that makes the finish taste quite hot; tannic wood notes coat the teeth after each sip. There is almost a tart fruitiness to this beer that is contributed by the barrel aging. Dark chocolate flavors are joined by espresso liquor notes. The body of this beer is chewy and viscous for sure, but it is not as heavy as I was expecting; it could actually use ore body to balance out the hot / spicy barrel and alcohol notes that are a bit too dominant in this beer. Other flavors of tobacco, molasses, burnt prunes and blackened brown sugar are also noticeable.
Not bad, but a little bit too much barrel influence for my particular preference.
Aniela (2230) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at CCB Day, Sštila 2012-07-07. Black beer with a brown head. Smokey, tar, licorice, figs, vanilla aroma. Dark dried fruits, a bit sweet, salty, woody, vanilla flavour. A nice beer :-)
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! Served side by side with the regular Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout (thank you Paul).
Honestly, the Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout looks identical in every facet to the regular version. The beer is black with a small, beige head. The beer leaves a viscous, oily resin on the sides of the glass as it cascades downward into the abyss. Yikes!
The aroma is noticeably different, and this is where the two beers begin to separate themselves. Lots of barrel notes and complexities to sniff out, notably the combination of brandy and bourbon.
The taste brings further complexity. I found the brandy barrel aspect more prominent than bourbon barrel flavor. The beer is incredibly rich, and brings a heavy, thick, viscous, roast character. Alcohol is there, but the beer is not hot, per se. A step up from the already delicious Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout. It was a treat to try this rarity.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-21-2011
burg326 (2729) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle thanks to Gilliard, Ryan youíre the man! Shared in Chicago, poured a dark black color with very little carbonation, reminded me of used motor oil. Aromas of bourbon, light coconut, chocolatte, light roasted malt, light brandy, and some vanilla. Tons of aromas, and the flavors were the same, each playing off each other. Glad I finally got to drink this, canít thank you enough Ryan, this was an awesome beer.
VsXsV (1621) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle shared at the Woodshop 7 tasting. Pitch black liquid with minimal tan head and really nice lacing from the extremely viscous liquid. The aroma bears apparent notes from especially the bourbon barrel with wood and coconut, but also a bit of brandy and lots of nice roasted malt, really dark chocolate, raw sugars, dark fruit and licorice. Very nice and balanced. Taste is quite sweet and not too bitter with nice chocolate and barrel character. Full bodied with quite low carbonation and extremely smooth and sticky mouthfeel. Very nice beer overall.
urwithdave (10) - Florida, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black...the Gulf of Mexico isnít this black. A fingers worth of a mocha head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin ring around my glass. Not much lacing left.
A lot like the base beer in that I get tons of dark fruits,chocolate, smoke, leather, and a hint of coffee. However, this one is packed with huge notes of brandy and bourbon from the barrels. The barrels really steal the show here. The brandy has somewhat of a sweetness to it. The bourbon isnít as dominating as the brandy, but you definitely know itís there.
The chocolate and dark fruits are the first thing that really hits me. The brandy and the bourbon are nice and warming. They play well off of each other and the flavors of the base beer do not get muddled. Iím really happy that itís not overly sweet.
Nice and thick all the way down. Carbonation is on the lighter side. A finish that leaves me yearning for the next sip.
A stout of this magnitude is definitely a sipper. You will want to crack this when you have enough time to fully enjoy it. I found that as it warmed the flavors really accelerated.
Dunbar72 (129) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoffís CCB-day in Sštila. Pours black with no head. Vanilla, licorice and dried fruits in the aroma. Vanilla, coffee and licorice in the taste. Bitter finish. Nice one!
gnoff (7030) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared @ Timoís/tkrjukoffís CCB Day tasting on July 7, 2012.
Black color, small brown head. Sweet, alcohol, roasted scent. Malty, sweet, salty, alcohol, vanilla, wood, mineral taste. Warming alcohol. Roasted and sweet aftertaste. Rather smooth mouthfeel, high dry bitterness.
rlgk (8445) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at CCB Day, Sštila 2012-07-07. Pitch black beer, brown quickly disappearing brown head. Vanilla aroma, whisky, milky, tar, licorice, woody, raisins, figs, grass, oak, soot, ash notes. Woody vanilla flavor, oily, raisins, vanilla, creamy, oak, dry, bitter, figs, dades. Very nice balance, alcohol is well hidden and the body is all you can ask for. Chocolate finish, vanilla, woody, whisky notes with figs and raisins. Wonderful!
_angst_ (2084) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours oily pitch black with a very small bubbly dark brown head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, bourbon, roasted coconut, resinous wood, vanilla, high quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, alcohol, asphalt, liquorice and Pine. Taste is sweet, bitter and tiny sour with roasted malts, alcohol, vanilla fudge, quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon, burnt caramel, orange zest, pine, sweetened coffee, dark grapes, resinous wood, almond paste, tar sweet liquorice and bitter oranges. Mouthfeel is tiny dry, sticky sweet, oily bitter, boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, bourbon, vanilla fudge and roasted coconut.