Huhzubendah (1980) - 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 Zhukov’s Imperial Stout (thank you Paul).
Honestly, the Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov’s 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 Zhukov’s Imperial Stout. It was a treat to try this rarity.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-21-2011
jcartamdg (1144) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours jet black, like motor oil. Aroma of oak, bourbon and brandy. Taste is balanced, bourbon, oak, vanilla and brandy. Taste is smooth, drinkable and slightly sweet. Amazing barrel aged beer. Bravo ccb!
Glouglouburp (5572) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A heavy roasty barrel orgy with a good complexity but lacing carbonation. Good.
How: Bottle 750ml, thick yellow-waxed cap. Consumed when approximately 2 years of age. Bottle from jtclockwork, thanks a lot James.
The look: Brownish-black motor oil body with no head to speak of.
In long: Nose is overloaded with barrels with the bourbon clearly dominating the brandy. Under that barrels assault of an aroma lies some chocolaty notes. In mouth the body is as thick and viscous as a beer can be and it is cruelly lacking carbonation. Taste is roasted chocolaty malts, burnt caramel, lots of toasted wood, dried fudge cake, cacao powder, sticky resin of some kind. Surprisingly in mouth the roles are reversed and I found the brandy flavor more prevalent than the bourbon. A smooth alcohol warmth that is not bothersome. Finish is very woody and all this wood washes the sweetness away. This beer was too much of a barrel orgy for me although I suspect I could have liked it quite a bit if properly carbonated. Good at first despite its flaws but my taste buds were getting numb when drinking the second half of the bottle. Another Cigar City beer that was top-rated beer when first release, if Andy Warhol was alive today he’d say that every beer from Cigar City will have its 15 minutes in the top-50.
Silphium (2972) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Opaque oily black body, no head. Nose robust, almost stinky due to the brandy, with lots of oak, stale coffee, must, chocolate liqueur, earthy, charred malts, old grapes, and ash. Brandy-dominated body with boozy heat; vinous, with lots of coffee and roast. Oily, flat body. Soft and rather thin.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
29th April 2011
Opaque black beer, few tan bubbles for a head. Chocolate and wood nose. Smooth palate, no carbonation. Semi dry. Unsweet dark chocolate and dark malt. No roast. Subtle vanilla wood, not sweet or creamy. Trace of dark fruits. Fair bit of booze which provides warmth in the finish and a warming afterglow! The booze is mostly bourbon but there is a little brandy. Very good beer but not a patch on the Bourbon BA Zhukov. The blending has distracted from both base beers I think.
Treebs (733) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.
A: Super thick. Very viscous with an oily sheen on the pour. Even though the carbonation is pretty low it still produces a dark mocha head that recedes quickly to a thin, bubbly ring. Minimal lace.
S: Brandy sweetness followed by a more overpowering bourbon and oaky booze combination, but it really plays off the heavily roasted malts and the brownie/fudge like sweetness at the back end.
T: More oaky and chocolate flavors in the taste with a smooth booze. Some roasted malts with a touch of smoke on the finish.
M: Heavy and viscous with a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is low, borderline flat.
O: Very solid. It seems the booze came out a little more in the nose which I enjoyed, but the taste has also really smoothed out and become well integrated. Maybe I’m just an alcoholic when it comes liking a little more boozy flavors. Either way this was a real treat that I’ll probably never have again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-10-2012
Pailhead (3859) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, brandy, vanilla, and a touch of fruit. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a minimal beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and light fruit. The finish has notes of brandy, coconut, oak, and light roasted coffee. It’s medium-full bodied with minimal carbonation.
sebletitje (5420) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Entering old rates. Several bottle samples @ CCB
Couleur noir huile de moteur, avec un col moyen laissant une fine couche huileuse dorée sur le verre.
Arôme est immense avec un malt profond et ce côté divin des deux traitements de bourbon et brandy. Le tout donne des notes de chêne d’alcool venant remplir les narines avec un malt profond, grille, caramel, chocolaté et ce côté pomme. Le profile boisé est franchement unique sans compromis mais sans pour cela dominer le tout au point de ruiner toute l’expérience.
Palais est similaire, se boit lentement, avec une profondeur incroyable du malt alternant grillé, torréfié, caramel, le tout est épais avec ce mélange de bourbon et apple brandy, alternant note douce vanillé et pomme et fruits noirs sur une pointe de fumé sur une impression de feuilles de tabac séchées. Le tout est épais voire huileux et au final la barrique peut apparaître comme un peu trop en avant avec une petite dominance du bourbon.
FlacoAlto (3451) - 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 (1490) - Skövde, 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, Sätila 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 :-)