suprchunk (2507) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark black in my quaffing vessel. Thin tan head, fast to recede. Aromas of malt and chocolate, roastiness, vanilla. As it warms there is a slight alcohol scent to be scented, I mean smelled. Tastes of malt, roasted barley, a little caramel, chocolate. Very well balanced and delicious. If it wasnít so strong I could drink it all day. But I did have the pepper version earlier, so Iíll have to call it quits after one glass. This should be bottled in 12oz versions, but Iím glad for the giant bottles. If I wasnít such a girl (Iím not) I could finish both bottles without the help of my wife. Buy it if you find it. Cellar it. I think it will age wonderfully.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle; thanks Scrizzzz; side by side with the humidor version; pumped to drink this one again after a great first impression; dark as night with thin tan head; dense as a mother flocker; huge chocolate aromas with molasses, licorice and a little peat; viscous, sticky, rich and decadent; super sweet with candy malts, chocolate and a little ash in the finish; love it and just crushes the humidor version
Original Rating (11/16/09 - 4.2) - 750 ml bottle; thanks to dakhole for the trade; cracked this communist MFíer at the HOTD dock sale today and shared with a bunch of p-town marxist-loving hipsters; viscous pour coating the glass; jet black with chocolate head; big roast mixed with nice dose of chocolate and graham cracker; kind of a milkshake and cookie combo with dark fruit and dry chocolate; full bodied, super dry and roasty; this certainly crushes the 100+OT impy in terms of depth, body and flavor; wasnít overly bitter; mother should I trust cigar city?
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml shared by MartinT
Appearance : Dark black with a brown creamy head. Extensive lacing.
Aroma : Hoppy and chocolate.
Taste : Hops and lots of roasted malts. A bit spicy. Finish roasty and spicy with light notes of fruits.
Overall : Finish is very nice. I like the intense roastiness. Nice beer !
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This seriously chocolatey Imperial Stout offers wealth and nourishment throughout, culminating into a wonderful blend of green hops, roasted malts and blackberry esters.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam crowns the impenetrable blackness.
-The mouthfeel is luscious and never too heavy.
-The multifaceted bitterness is long and never abrasive.
-The residual sugars develop molasses, caramel and dark chocolate.
shigadeyo (3136) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/29/2009: Cigar City Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout... Aroma: Chalky chocolate; plenty of hops evident. Appearance: Black; thick and sticky; brown-colored crown. Flavor: Tons of highly roasted malts; chocolate syrup; green, leafy hoppiness in the middle; fanstastic finish of rich chocolate and dry coffee. Palate: Full-bodied; thick, yet smooth and creamy in the mouth. Overall: A good offering, but still not overly impressed with Cigar City...
Growler fill (draught) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #211 for this beer.
phaleslu (7208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 750 ml bottle shared by someone at DLD í10, and I just canít remember whose it was. Pours super dark brown, pretty much black, with a small tan head that sticks on the glass. Aroma of molasses, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, leather, and some toasted nuts. Flavor is equally complex, if not more, as it adds a dark fruit element to the rich, roasty malts, tobacco leaves, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and hops. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and an oily smooth mouthfeel. So glad I have another bottle of this at home to enjoy again. Re-Rate on 6/27/10: I am cracking open my other bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours a super dark brown with a brown head. Opaque and great-looking. Lively, hot, alcoholic nose, with notes of chocolate, coffee, espresso, dry roasted malts, molasses, and earthy hops. Lingering booze and espresso. Full-bodied, really roasty, with low carbonation and a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Really nice, and the rating holds up. Another Re-Rate: 7/27/12. Iíve finally come around to say this one isnít quite as good as Hunahpuís Imperial Stout. Itís still great, and everything I thought it was, but it isnít quite as big and bold and tasty as its brother. Thatís fine. Still great.
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle tasting at DLD. Youíll have to forgive me for my less than thourough tasting notes... a drunk taster with a destroyed palate does not, a proficient rater, make!
"Wow, lots of fun. Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Malts, Sweet but balanced." <--- Offical DLD notes.
This was an incredable beer, all it was cracked up to be. Tons of flavor, complex, but generally well balanced. The mouthfeel was perfect, not too syrupy, creamy, and full bodied... I would just love to get ahold of their barrel aged!
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer kicks ass. Intense yet balanced. I know some people disagree, but I found it very easy to drink. Tons of aroma and flavor. The aroma contains dark chocolate and alcohol. The taste is a little different, with more heavy roasted malts and freshly ground coffee. Not nearly as harsh as the aroma might lead you to believe. Super smooth, balanced, complex and one of the most unique imperial stouts Iíve ever drank. I canít wait to get my hands on the Cedar version.
drfabulous (4523) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 thanks to Oddefellowe. This is as good as it gets. Creamy head. Chocolate roast body. Thick and delicious. Slight bitter follow up. Excellent.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black body...ochre head...aroma of burnt malt, anise, molasses, alcohol, and chocolate. flavor profile is pretty similar with a huge emphasis on roasted character, light caramel...similar to a foreign stout. excellent