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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1723) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2010
On tap at RnH. Black with dense dark ring. Raosted ashy earthy coffee and chocolate aroma. Rich roasty coffee chocolate mild dark fruit. Rich lingering clean complex roasted bitterness. All it needs is for someone steep a coffin in it. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3478) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle shared with AgedOak. Very dark beer with a foamy brown head. It left sticky lace and a thick coating on the side of the glass when swirled. Coffee, chocolate and wet rubber in the nose. Big coffee flavors with bitter coffee grounds, molassess, dark bitter chocolate and just enough alcohol to warm you up. It has the slick, oily mouthfeel you want in a RIS. The long finish tastes like spent espresso grounds. Really well balanced huge beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Black, thick dark tan creamy head. Deep swirling nose of black mocha cream with undercurrents of burnt caramel coffee and peppery pipe tobacco throughout. Full on charred chocolate-vanilla roastiness is well balanced on a deep foundation of toffee-coffee bean flavors. Rounds well with a soft hop kiss. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Love itÖ

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3422) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2010
750 ml bottle that I received from fogdog as a part of last yearís NP10 swap. The latest round of winter weather put me in the mood for some imperial stouts, and this one was awesome. Pours a dense black with the darkest deep brown head that I have ever seen on beer. The large head lasted until the last sip and left huge lace. If I could give a "6" for appearance for a beer, this one would get it. Delicious aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and molasses. The flavor is somewhat less of the chocolate and coffee with a bit of tobacco flavor creeping in. Some dark fruit and molasses in the flavor as well. Rich and full bodied with a luscious mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap @ Rattle ní Hum. Poured black with brown legs. Nice! The aroma was sweet and roasty with notes of coffee and smoke. Roasted malt flavor that starts sweet but dries right out. Mild cocoa. Light side of a medium body. Dry and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A solid imperial russian stout that doesnít do anything to stand out from the plethora of more easily available ones out there. Now the cedar-aged version is a different story altogether!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10996) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: You canít get much prettier than this beer. A thick, black motor oil like pour with a surprising amount of mocha colored foam. S: Pretty standard RIS aromas coming out of this one: coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and some dark fruits. T: The chocolate is the most prominent flavor coming out of this beer. The coffee and roasted malt provide a bit of contrast and bitterness. M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice viscosity to it. D: Not a bad beer. I guess my expectations were a bit high for this one, but the flavors were a bit underwhelming, unfortunately. Still a good RIS, but not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle from santa. Poured a dark brown with a creamy brown head, lots of lace. Aroma of big roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness, vanilla. Taste is big chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some supporting vanilla. Finish is warming and creamy. Mouth is very full and slick. Overall, a really nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Tap @ RnH - molasses, dark sugar and prune. Nice carbonation. Dark bitter chocolate. finishes with some bitterness. Hay and piney hops. Milky, smooth roasted notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2030) - USA - FEB 20, 2010
First of all, a tip of the hat to Marshall Zhukov, the Soviet general who repulsed the Nazis at the gates of Moscow, thus playing a big part in saving Western Civilization. And thanks also to Adrian, for informing me of the Cigar City event at RnH, where I tried this. Sweet, bready aroma. Very rich and full bodied. A strong grain flavor that is astringent and nicely balanced. Superb!

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