daknole (9101) - 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.
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.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to hopscotch. Pours deep black with a dense super dark tan head. Lovely to look at. Nose is awesome vinous port wine and wood with tons of roasted chocolate and grain. I could smell this for hours. Flavor is not as wine forward as the nose suggests but it hits you up front with a deep woody burst of dark fruit, grape and then tons of roast and chocolate. Finishes slightly bitter with a bit of an espresso hint and some light smoke. Another fantastic beer.
gkost (1710) - 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!
markwise (4467) - 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.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery. Thick and black and oily and viscous. Everything a stout should be. The port oak aging actually smooths it out a little bit. The slight bitter bite from the regular Zhukov’s isn’t there, mellowed out with a slight tart fruitiness. Nice aroma with some berries in with the cocoa. I had the chance to try this twice from a growler and honestly thought the second growler, that sat for a couple days, was a little better. Let it air out in the glass a bit.
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.
hopscotch (9161) - 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!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick black with copper head. Aroma of dark roast, some malt and alcohol. Flavor does hit you with strong dark roast, malt, oak and alcohol. Mouth feel is heavy body, thick, no detectable carbonation. Overall, Big ass beer!!! Good shit!
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted grain, nuts, and light vanilla. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, some coffee, and light ash with a smooth mouthfeel and bitter finish.