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RATINGS: 691   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (904) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Pours a nice rich blackish-brown with a thin tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is strong with roasted malts, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, nuts, and licorice. Mouthfeel is chewy ande a bit creamy. Taste brings out the coffee, but is very balanced. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (14957) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 bottle thanks to the big cheese ... at fins ... deepest black ... big short lived brown head ... big chocolate and soft coffeee ... roast malt nose ... little overfizzy .. but huge chocolate ... little treacle toffee ... light bitter coffeee roast in back ... with just a little hop showing through ... very nice bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... dark malts ... deep roast ... light spice ... dark malt roast ... light toffee sweet malts ...dark cakes ... light soyas 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3380) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Ebony with a surprisingly thick head darker brown than any iíve seen. Nose is chocolate, molasses, charred oak and prune. Full body with a buzz and an alcohol kick. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, pine and bitter citrus. Lingering licorice and grass. Flavors as dark and sinister as it appears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (2784) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours jet black with a foamy tan head. Not a lot of smell--toffee, charcoal, and a bit of charcoal, smoke, and a mellow hop grassiness. Taste is smooth roastiness and finishes with some caramel/toffee sweetness and a smoky/charcoal finish. The hops balance it out a bit, and itís smooth as hell. Had this right after Hunahpu, and liked this better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2010
draft- you hate to compare, but this certainly was not the experience hunapnus was- more typical ris, bells expidition like- still an awesome example, and delicious in its own right- just didnít overwhelm in terms of complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2564) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2010
On tap at CC brewery. Jet black pour tan well laced head. Full creamy palate. Light chocolates, lactose, and alochol with some grass and a good amount of bitterness in the aroam. Bitter taste lots of coccoa nib & a grassy hop really dominate the flavor. Some light lactose softens it up a bit and lets it get sweeter as the glass warms. A good but not great IS. If the hops calm down a bit more this would probably be a lot better as they cover some of the subtle flavors up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Tap @ Rattle ní Hum, NYC. Pours a deep black with a generous brown head. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Taste is the same, with a sublimely smooth characteristic and an unobtrusive alcohol profile. A very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Pour is moderately thick and black with dark tan head. Aroma is a competition between between roasted notes of espresso, bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Flavor is at once roasted and sweet, with espresso, dark chocolate, ripe plums, molasses and burnt toffee. Finish is bitter with a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is warming but absent from the flavor. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brainlair (236) - Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
750mL bottle, rated 3/12/10. Pours a thick inky black with a small dark brown head. Smells like amazing coffee, with a bit of roasty sweetness. Tastes like bitter roasty coffee with a bit of chocolate, and a smooth bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3177) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Opaque nearly black body, medium dense ochre head. Rich, layered nose, with plummy sweetness, caramelized sugars, licorice, and coffee. The body is a medley of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit (cherry, plum), nailing these elements but not especially complex or unusual, with an oily, bitter, somewhat tangy finish. The rich but unassaulting body reminds me of the better European imperial stouts and strong porters. Great mouthfeel. This is a very nice RIS, not especially innovative, but very well-executed.

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