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RATINGS: 738   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
HUGE! pours nearly opaque black, brown head. Now almost all RISs have aroma and flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, deep roasted grains molasses, licorice, etc, this one is no different,. In my opinion, what seperates the truly great ones is the balance and amount of such flavors and aromas. MZ nailsit!!!!!! This is right up there with 3 Floydís Dark Lord and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Excellent- flavor and aroma is just bursting out my glass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle shared with mrbunn. Pours a milky black, with no foam for me, all of it for mrbunn. First sniff is of musk and stales socks. WTF? 2nd sniff is better, of cocoa, oak, and bourbon. mrbunn insists on a bandaid smell, but I donít agree. Taste is bitter, of bakersí cocoa, and leather, and earth, and peat, and leather, and bitter, and not what I was hoping for. Wait, hold the train, the very late palate is GOOD espresso... very good, and VERY late. Inital flavors are of medicine, socks, or wet gauze... but the finish is of excellent coffee/espresso... Not sure what to make of it? Booze is evident, at times, and the variety of possible flavors is impressive, and it improves as it warms. Still, much like the Russian people, the Russian impy trends toward the bitter, abrasive, and alcoholic.... much like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2609) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle with love to gorditoabd for sharing. Body is a dark and fairly thick brown and supports a head that looks like an inch of chocolate mousse. Aromas are odd... cocoa, autumn leaves, cream, and maybe bandaids or something hospital-based. Flavor is OK, but falls far short of expectations from CCB. (Hell, any brewery that can convince me that a brown ale isnít a waste of time...) Itís heavy with leather and bitter chocolate, vanilla, espresso (very late palate on that one), anc... after warming a bit... chocolate ice cream.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Roasted malts,choclate,coffee beans and a definite cloud of alcohol. Has the rich superior Imp Stout texture. Flavor of Hershey syrup,mixed roasted malts,some bitterness in finish,body just makes medium, flavorful,but not as complex as the best

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee, moderate resin for the hops and earth for the yeast, with hints of tar, licorice and tobacco. Head is none existant but has good legs. Color is black. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is fuller than full, syrupy/chewy, with a carbonation thatís just about flat and finishes moderately alcoholic and quite sticky. This Imperial Stout is an absolute mouthful, definitely something youíd want to share considering the alcohol and the size of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (479) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Jimmy from Jacksonville, Fl. What an incredibly delicious and complex imperial stout. The pour was jet black with a beautiful dark brown head. The aroma was that of roasted malts. The flavors were remarkably layered and complex with roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses. One of the all time great stouts, this one certainly packed a wallop at 11%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
Pours black as space with a very thick darkbrown head. Aroma is amazing. strong coffee and chocolate. The flavour is fantastic, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. with a strong and bitter hop finish. soo complex. this is a hell of a stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mufasa (11) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
Had this on back to back nights with the double barrel aged version to compare the differences. It is fantastic, a lot of chocolate flavors. Would like to also try after it has a little age to it along with the double barrel version. I think it will really awaken in about 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Amazing imperial stout. Smells like pine and hops. Tastes like concentrated awesome. Includes maple syrup, very alcoholic. Did I mention itís awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Basically black, dark tan brown head. Thick and frothy, very nice. Roasty, chocolate, light alcohol, coffee aroma. Taste is chocolate fondue, oily, light appropriate alcohol, coffee finish.

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