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RATINGS: 774   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3765) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Sample, 1-ounce, during the Great American Beer Festival, savoured on September 24 2015; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, light burnt barley, molasses, light alcohol, light brown sugar; mouth: roasted barley, light burnt barley, molasses, light alcohol, light brown sugar, intense, acridness, finale in roasted barley with good presence of molasses, full body, good carbonation, mildly sweet, mildly bitter, lightly oily and harsh texture; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 1 once, en fût, durant le Great American Beer Festival, savourée le 24 septembre 2015; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse beige, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, mélasse, léger alcool, léger cassonade; bouche : orge torréfiée, léger orge brûlée, mélasse, léger alcool, léger cassonade, intense, âcreté, finale en orge torréfiée avec bonne présence de mélasse, corsée, bonne carbonatation, moyennement sucrée, moyennement amère, texture légèrement huileuse et râpeuse; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9534) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Keg at Route CBC, CBC Clapham, 02/10/15. Attractive opaue jet black coloured pour with a lasting dark tan head. Aroma is salty soy, black malts, caramel. Flavour is salty, soy, black bitter choc, strawberry jam, hints of spice. Palate is full and velvety, highish carbonation, hint of tang. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (2843) - GREECE - JAN 4, 2016
750ml bottle from trade with RobertDale. Thank you Bob! Black color with brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, chocolate, dark chocolate, light cocoa, caramel, licorice, dark dried fruits. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky oily to creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1368) - - DEC 30, 2015
Pitch black pour, small reddish white ring of head. Huge roast, dark bakers chocolate soy sauce, molasses, espresso in the aroma and taste. Thick oily body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (6602) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Oct 2015 - Keg at Route CBC event, CBC Clapham. As ’Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout’. Black, big foamy dark brown head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate, spice and a touch of chlorine and rock salt. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is molasses, soy sauce, marmite, salt lick in the finish. Very sweet and meaty, but has some nice roast elements. Needs something more to balance the sweetness. Still good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Pours an oily dark mahogany with reddish brown head. Aromas of light coffee, chocolate, and some woody notes. Flavors of dark malts, touch of chocolate, and some woody coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (920) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 22, 2015
I don’t know the vintage on this bottle, but a snowy November night seems perfect. Black beer, decent milk chocolate colored head, some lace. Aroma is molasses, shoyu, raisin, coffee, vanilla. Flavor is blackstrap molasses, oak, vanilla, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, raisin, dried cherries. Finish is sweet and sour, with a deep roasty backdrop. Palate is thick, but not syrupy, carbonation subdued. This is really heavy beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
My shitty amateur hour rating for Zhukov goes like this: Black. Very rich, inky, total tarry, chewy, dense burnt fruitcake. Nice. Rich impy. Probably more unique when it first came out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle @ Dangerous Bottleshare 14 feat. Emma & Aaron. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose has roast, fruity coffee and licorice. Taste has dark bitter chocolate, dark dried fruits and molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
Pours pitch black with big tan creamy head. Aroma is really nice and balanced. Sweet, almost sticky, brown sugar, fudge, dates, dark rich chocolate, roast, fudge, vanilla, coffee, toffee and liquorice. Taste is packed with balanced components, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, liquorice, sweet liquorice, some dark berries, dark dried fruits. Its sweet, turns almost soy then roasty long finish. Very clean and fruity. Very smooth body and well hidden alcohol.

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