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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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
750 mL bottle courtesy of TheCheeseMan and shared at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a dark red-tinted brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Viscous looking. The aroma is huge and roasty with notes of vanilla, honey and something astringent. The taste is bitter roasted malts, coffee, caramel, honey, nuts and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied. Slightly too bitter but very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle. Thanks brewhopperjay on BA. Motor oil black pour with a thick, rich dark tan head. Sharp roasted malts in the aroma, and very dark chocolate as well as coffee in the aroma, almost savory at points. Light sweetness at first, but then moves on to a bitter roasted malt assault, which I enjoy. Batters the tongue with coffee, bitter chocolate, and a very dry roasted malt finish. Viscous, but not overly thick body. Heavy hitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Draught. Black tan head. Aroma is coffee, burnt wood, oranges, bitter chocolates, tobacco, roasted feel. Flavor is the same with some added sweet syrup feel. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Sampled at GABF 2010. Black pour, tan head. Aroma is sweet, leather, chocolate, a bit of coffee and roast. Flavor is salty, chocolate, a bit of coffee and roast. Definitely has a bit of alcohol heat and some hops in the finish. Full mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Dkachur. Poured a heavy dark oil dark with a light tan head. Aroma is heavy on dark fruit with some light sourness. This is really heavy bodied, much like a syrup. Taste is heavy on the chocolate, oak, dark fruit, raisins. Very well balanced but nonetheless ballsy stout. Get this if you like imperial stouts at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Big time thanks to al_b for this one. Bomber, poured pitch black with zero head, I thought it was flat, but in fact had light yet perfect carbonation. It did leave a small collar of dark foam around the glass, little lace. Aroma was super roasty, lots of dark malt, coffee, some hints of dark bitter chocolate and some heat. Bit time roasted malts up front, huge bitterness throughout, almost ashy. This stuff drank quite syrupy making it smooth as silk but damn thick. Right on, I loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
POurs a thick, oily black with a REDDISH tan head! Thick and unctious (yes, I used the word "unctious") but not oily looking like, say, Ten-Fidy. Cherries from a amile away that dissipate. More dark chocolate, wood, leatheryishness. Reminds me of those cherry-filled premium dark chocolates but that were kept in a cigar box. But in a good way. Heavy mouth. Woodsiness, cherry. Bitter chocolately finish. Damned, damned fine! Must... buy... more...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blipp (8267) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Wonderfully roasty aroma with burnt wood and coffee. The flavor has roasted and burnt malts, a light molasses like sweetness, coffee, tobacco, and a solid hop presence. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, & some vanilla; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, espresso, rich dark chocolate, molasses/syrup, hops, vanilla, and some dark fruit; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; Overall, intense chocolate - great stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vinny at Ginger Man in NYC before the Pavement show in Central Park (9/21/10). Pours a deep, solid motor-oil black with absolutely no head, nor carbonation. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molassess, honey, fresh-ground roasted coffee, sweet malts, light hints of barley, and a very subtle, welcoming smokiness. Medium to thin bodied, which sounds strange, but the palate is so rich, heavy, and near-sticky that it supports the tremendous weight of the alcohol and flavors. The mouthfeel is soft, well-rounded, and almost juicy in the finish. Very similar to Angelsí Share in both aroma and texture. Great Russian Imperial stout. I love this brewery!

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