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RATINGS: 769   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Gregory Zhukov. Arguably one of World War II’s finest generals and a man bold enough to appreciate the rich, complex flavors of a beer brewed to fortify a body through the Russian winter. Like military geniuses, Russian Imperial Stouts reach their peak with a little age on them, so we release Marshal Zhukov’s Russian Imperial Stout in sweltering August so that it will be at peak flavor come January or February. <P> Opaque black in color, the aroma has notes of espresso, chocolate, dark sweet toffee with hints of black strap molasses. The flavor starts with an unsweetened chocolate character and supporting notes of herbal dryness from English hop varietals. It then moves into dark toffee sweetness and closes with a slap of roasty espresso. Zhukov’s Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirLimpsalot (3808) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
@ Himmeriget 16-8-11: mycket stabil med fina toner av choklad, kaffe och vanilj. Fin balans. Mycket gott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettGT (183) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
2014 vintage. Aroma of raisin, roasty chocolate, fudge, plums, red grape, espresso. Pours pitch black with the creamiest thick, brown head. Taste is very balanced with stronger notes of chocolate, fudge, espresso. Plums and raisins are more subdued in the taste. Very full bodied, super smooth and silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation, nice plummy and espresso finish. This impy is incredible with aging. So smooth and perfect on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (680) - HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
Igazi motorolaj-jelleggel köszön be a tábornok itala, szirupos, ragacsos, éjjeli folyadék keskeny bézs karimával a tetején. Dörgedelmes illatai diós, hamus, faháncsos vonalakat rajzolnak a levegőbe, hordós jegyek sötét tónusai olvadnak az eszpresszós, kandiscukros, melaszos folyam áradatába. Tekintélyes súlyú kortyaira oda kell ám figyelni, nem zöldfülűek számára keverték ki a mesterek. Szójaszószos jellege a legteltebb étcsokoládéval megpakolt, kakaóbabos malátalikőr benyomását kelti, tekintélyt parancsoló, harcias formátumú főzetünk nem szűkölködik a feketén vibráló ízjegyekben. Amire egy imperial stout képes, azt ez a sör mind tudja, magasabb szintre emelni fizikailag talán csak további érlelés útján lehetséges, a kategória királyai között tehát mindenképpen érdemes számon tartani.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (4270) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Large shared 2014 bottle in July 2016.. Lightly sweet: a better level than Surly Darkness or Dark Lord, with all 3 tried in the same tasting session. Plenty of dark dried fruit. Lightly boozy in a way that fits the other characteristics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2016
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated opaque except at the edges dark black brown colored body and a fair lacing. The nice aroma was roasted malt dark malt and bourbon. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong dark malt aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of roasted malt vinous bourbon dark malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1566) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2016
dense brown head. black colour. aroma is roasted malts, liquorice, bit nutty, molasses. taste like aroma, salty, lots and lots of liquorice, some molasses sweetness, hint of sourness from an espresso shot, with a long ashy soft bitter finish. pours thick as motoroil, very dense veveltty mouthfeel, soft carbonation, dry finish. bottle 2013 version

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Jet black pour with a thin espresso head. Aroma has a little roast and hints of chocolate. Lots of lace. Flavor hits on all the traditional RIS notes you want. Raisin, espresso and some dried fruit. Pretty sweet at first and some alcohol heat in the throat. A little metallic. Dry finish, slightly astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Apache (63) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Thin tan head, viscous mouthfeel. Taste is dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (929) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2016
Une véritable huile ŕ moteur se verse dans le verre et forme une mousse brune trčs timide qui s’estompe rapidement. Des effluves fortement alcoolisés raflent les arômes secondaires de chocolat noir, de pâte d’amandes et de mélasse. Tout est assez extręme en bouche : le niveau d’alcool, le sucre résiduel, l’amertume, etc. C’est lourd et c’est ŕ boire en parcimonie mettons. Je ne dis pas que c’est mauvais, les saveurs sont bien distinctes et j’ai bien aimé, mais c’est intense!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (421) - DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Black pour, nice trick tan head. N: roasted malts. Rally old school well made stout. Slightly fruity, dry licorice and dark chocolate. T: wow! Creamy mouthfeel initially.! Tastes great. Full dessert style.. Dark chocolate cake, roasted malts. Aftertaste is lingering. Good stuff.

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