hopscotch (10645) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, brown head. Decent, swirling retention. The aroma is so spicy, nutty and rich - highlights are toasted almonds, wood, dark chocolate and vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety with soft carbonation. The flavor is of spicy wood, espresso, bitter nut-shell tannins and dark, unsweetened chocolate. Lengthy, deeply roasted, bitter finish. Another world class treatment of a world class beer!
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from Greg, thanks man!! Black pour with a really nice rich tan head. The port aroma is subtle but certainly there. Dark fruits abound, chocolate and some roast. Flavor is delicious. Really awesome. Oak, fruit, chocolate covered raisins, cherries, booze and lightly bitter on the end. Another stellar CCB creation.
markwise (5195) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the brewery. Pours a mean Marshall Zhukov’s black with a thin tan head. Nose is vinuous dark fruit, some booze, sweetness and wood, roast, dark chocolate, and some bitterness. Flavor is roasty with the tartness of the port coming through in front, but most memorably in the finish. There is also chocolate, roast, burn, booze, and some dark fruitiness with the port. There is plenty of regular Zhukov in the mix, but instead of the lingering roast in the finish the port gives a tartness also. Enjoyable and different spin on this imperial stout.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from CCB. Pours a viscous deep black color with one finger foamy tan/brown head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of oak, ripe dark fruit, chocolate, light roast, light booziness. Flavor is sweet and lightly roasty with notes of woody booze, chocolate, burnt toast, toffee, some ripe dark fruit, cherries, rum-soaked raisins, hints of molasses. Full body with a pleasing boozy chocolate dark fruit finish. Nicely done.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler kindly shared by GodOfThunder. Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose: slightly vinous, some oak, spicy, dark chocolate covered cherries. Flavor is coffee, roast, cherry, vinous, a noticeable sweetness midway through, spicy oak tannins with a long bitter finish that was not discernible in the regular Zhukov’s. Slightly thinner than the original, but still thick, smooth, more drying from tannins and the hop bitterness in the finish. Excellent.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Poured black with a thin brown head, stains the glass quite well, always a good sign. Nose is vinous with oak, roasted malt, and alcohol. Pretty full bodied with a very smooth, round mouth feel. The oak and the port really come through in the flavor. The beer is fairly balanced between vinous port and roasted malt flavors however, the port does add a good amount of residual sweetness to the base beer. I also got some chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit noes. The nose is compelling but the flavor is a tad sweeter than I would like.
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a quickly disapating deep brown head. Nose is rich dark fruit, very apparent dry oak, some cherry, sweet roasty notes. Flavor is a nice soft wood, slight oxidation (not in a bad way), some soft cocoa and burnt coffee, slight wine character, lingering bitter hops, hints of vanilla. Gets sweeter and fruitier as it warms. The sweetness and oak linger on your tongue. Almost a numbing effect. Finishes with a dry oakiness and some residual sweetness here and there. Hints of smoke left on the pallate. HUGE full mouth feel. So glad I got some of this one. PLEASE make more!
MeadMe (1610) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another very limited CCB brew.
A: Yeah it pours like a CCB stout. Very dark black, tall espresso like head. Nice retention and lace. These beers really are beautiful in the glass.
S: Nice roasted malt aromas with big blasts of chocolate and coffee. Loads of dark fruit with tannic wine qualities.
T: Nice and roasty with the dark fruit really coming forward. Chocolate and coffee are there but the wine and the oak subdue it a bit with some earthy vineous qualities coming out.
M: On the fuller side of medium, smooth, with great carbonation.
D: Pretty good for the style. Another tasty treatment of Zhukov’s, but I like Hunahpus and Cedar Aged better.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy GoT and hopscotch. Black. Small brown head. Aroma similar to the regular with some vinous dark fruits and fresh oak. Flavor adds some tannins, earthy wood, and a somewhat generic fruitiness. The oak really adds to the finish. Same full, smooth body as the regular. Great brew, just a bit better than the original.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Godofthunder drove this growler back from Tampa! Rich dark fruits on the nose, plums, dark cherries with rich caramelized sugars, molasses, rich chocolartes with hints of coffee. Pours black with a thin tan head. Sweeter than the original, with a lot more vanilla flavors from the oak, candied plums, milk chocolate, caramelly, very rich and smooth. Excellent!