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RATINGS: 755   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 IIís 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 Zhukovís 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. Zhukovís Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 The base of one of my favorite beers, Hunahpuís. Pours an oily black color with a very thin no color bubly head. Has an aroma of cherries and chocolate with hints of roast. Has a sweet start with a nice thick mouthfeel. Some gentle bitters. Nice velvety chocolate and cherry notes through the finish. Great IS. But itís no Hunahpuís. Nov. 17, 2010 - On tap at Blind Tiger with Joey Redner in the house. It will always be known at Hunahpus little brother, but this is a great IS in its own right. Nice a creamy out of the tap. Just excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle @ Boise Imperial Stout Tasting: Black, light head. Woody still as opposed to the humidor aged version. Lots of cocoa and grape notes with vanilla and coffee notes. Balanced and milky mouthfeel with a complex clean finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2010
750ml bottle courtesy of ibrew2or3. thanks, dave! pours a beautiful, sludgy, jet black with a thick, creamy dark brown head leaving thick sheets of lace. aroma is outstanding and wonderfully complex with huge, dark, roasted malts, molasses, leather charred wood, and dark chocolate initially with notes of toffee, fresh espresso, and dried cherries coming through alongside subtle hints of salty, black olives and raisins. flavor is fantastic as well with loads of mildly tart dark fruits, roasted malts, and very bitter chocolate up front that fade to reveal the complexities of espresso, herbal hops, black licorice, tobacco smoke, and burnt toffee before the massive, bitter, roasted coffee and bitter, dark chocolate finish. palate is full bodied and silky smooth with light carbonation and just a hint of the 11%. overall, a wonderful imperial stout. i cannot wait to try the humidor version and must get my hands on the double barrel version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5464) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Thanks again to Plaleslu for sharing a solid Cigar City brew. Pours black with a dark brown / burnt orange head. The aroma has cocoa, soy sauce, smooth roasty malt, cream and dark fruit. Medium / thick body thatís lush and thick with light carbonation. The flavor starts with soy, green apple, roasty dark malt, cocoa and cream. The finish is thick and chocolaty. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (13483) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with reddish tan head. Nose of chocolate, bourbon, coffee and rye. Taste of chocolate, mocha, coffee, vanilla, toffee, espresso, molasses and slight chili pepper. World class stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4203) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
# 12 Papsoe Blind tasting 21-08-2010. Average dark brow head that mostly diminished. Good display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, mild wood, hint of dried fruit, hint of liquorish. Light hoppy notes in there as well. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and thick texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering coffee and roasted malty finish. 8/4/8/4/16 = 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Thereís a lot going on in this beer. Black and opaque, the aroma has numerous smells wafting from the bottle as it is opened. These includes both dark and lighter chocolate, and some alcohol cherries. The body is thick and smooth. Flavors include the taste of dark breads, and chocolate malt. Also a little roasted coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (33771) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, wood, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and lighter notes of soy sauce, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
In short: A creamy nourishing chocolaty imperial stout. A superior example of the style.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when maybe 6 months of age (roughly). Split three-way
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose is chocolaty and very roasted. Taste is rich and nourishing. A big creamy body full of chocolate malts. Light notes of dark fruits. Some caramel. Medium-high roasted level. Burnt cacao sensation. Generous hopping with a round bitterness. That is a big beer that is never aggressive, like drinking a creamy cake. Another very good beer from CCB and one that is surprisingly not too overrated. Named after one of the most decorated war hero of the soviet union during WWII. A war that lead to the defeat of Germany followed by a bunch of movies. Many of them receiving two thumbs up as well as various other body parts found in the back of concentration camps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1876) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Good imperial stout but not really a standout. I still donít really get all of the CCB hype. Solid chocolate/coffee/roast flavor. Taste is on the sweet side with a definite, lingering molasses note. Medium full body. Some hop bitterness helps curtail the sweetness. Good beer but doesnít do enough to differentiate itself from the pack. As a year round beer (and depending on price), itís very good, but among all >10% stouts, itís not so memorable.

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