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RATINGS: 769   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Thereís a lot going on in this beer. Black and opaque, the aroma has numerous smells wafting from the bottle as it is opened. These includes both dark and lighter chocolate, and some alcohol cherries. The body is thick and smooth. Flavors include the taste of dark breads, and chocolate malt. Also a little roasted coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, wood, and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and lighter notes of soy sauce, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2010
In short: A creamy nourishing chocolaty imperial stout. A superior example of the style.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when maybe 6 months of age (roughly). Split three-way
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head
In long: Nose is chocolaty and very roasted. Taste is rich and nourishing. A big creamy body full of chocolate malts. Light notes of dark fruits. Some caramel. Medium-high roasted level. Burnt cacao sensation. Generous hopping with a round bitterness. That is a big beer that is never aggressive, like drinking a creamy cake. Another very good beer from CCB and one that is surprisingly not too overrated. Named after one of the most decorated war hero of the soviet union during WWII. A war that lead to the defeat of Germany followed by a bunch of movies. Many of them receiving two thumbs up as well as various other body parts found in the back of concentration camps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1993) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
Good imperial stout but not really a standout. I still donít really get all of the CCB hype. Solid chocolate/coffee/roast flavor. Taste is on the sweet side with a definite, lingering molasses note. Medium full body. Some hop bitterness helps curtail the sweetness. Good beer but doesnít do enough to differentiate itself from the pack. As a year round beer (and depending on price), itís very good, but among all >10% stouts, itís not so memorable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle at PapsÝ Blindtasting # 12. Pitch black body with a creamy reddish brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, some bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted coffee. The flavour is roasted malt, hops, coffee, light bourbon and light chocolate and tar. Very long roasted finish. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11932) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
#12 at papsoeís blind tasting pitch dark, smooth lacing brown head. very nice roasted stuff, hops, faint licorice in the aroma flavor is licorice, roasted grains, complex

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11369) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Bottled. Tasted blind # 12 @ Papsoe 21. august 2010. Picth black coloured. Dense brown head. ARoma: Roast, sweetness, light spice, chocolate, coffee, light smoke. Flavour: Heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, smoke, sweetness, grass and vague herbs. Medium to full bodied. Roasty coffeeish bitterness in the end. Wow. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle #12 at PapsÝs blindtasting. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized brown head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel and dark chocolate with notes of cocoa powder and liquorice. Roasted flavour of dark chocolate, hops and grass with notes of liquorice. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pitch black with a dense brown head leaving laces. Intense nose of hard roasted malts and molasses. Solid body, lots of burned malts and dark chocolate. Some malt bitterness but not overly so really. 210810

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Near burnt dry espresso, chocolate, and seemingly dry leather aroma. Tight taste progression with no loose ends. Competing muffled cherry, some smoke, and more chocolate/espresso (but very precise) in the taste. Finish was dry with a lingering chocolate bitterness (but not overplayed). Special beer.

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