checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft: Poured a dark black color with a thin head. The aroma was bitter dark chocolate and espresso. The flavor was burnt chocolate and dirt. The consistency of the brew was thick and oily. This was an OK beer beer hard to drink a lot of.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy). Poured black w/ a mocha creamy head w/ a cherry tint. Aroma was of dark roast, spice, and cherry. Taste was of coffee, pecans, hint of chocolate with a bitter after taste. Good beer.
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Tasted side by side by side with Sexual chocolate and Hunahpu. Pours absolute black with a nice brown head that laces beautifully. The aroma is hoppy, and chocolaty with hints of berries, and some yeast. The flavor is very bitter and extremely complex. Plums, chocolate, vanilla, cherries, and biscuit. Great stout.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks to SpencerDB. Pours black, with a medium brown head, awesome lacing. Nose is extremely big, with notes of fresh-roast coffee beans, licorice, dark fruit; Flavor is big and powerful, with some brandyish alcohol lurking in there, more licorice, vanilla, coffee, gets really boozy tasting as it approaches room temperature. Great, but keep it cool man.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Nice murky black body with an attractive 1 finger brown head. Not much retention but some lace.
Smell: Roast malt, coffee, and as previously mentioned a marshmallow like quality.
Taste: Roast malt, coffee, nuts, espresso, and a touch of sweetness that is really faint. A bit too much astringent bitterness from all the coffee.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body, creamy, and coating! I like it but it could be a bit much for some that donít really appreciate a full bodied stout!
Drinkabilty: Full bodied with an 11.50% abv holds this delicious brew back in this category.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-19-2009
suprchunk (2581) - 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 (8492) - 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 (3246) - 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.