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RATINGS: 738   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
#5,000 for the Chairman and CEO of PUBíN, the Pennsylvania Underground Beer Network, and thanks to all the PUBíN members, thanks to the Academy, the Agency, my parents, my liver, kidneys, urethra, and massive brain for making this all possible. Enough of the patting on the back BS, on to the rating. Bottle procured from both CAH and Smithís on different occasions, and I went back for a lot more. The pour is jet black, Yaphet Kotto black, with 2f dark brown head. One of the brownest heads of all time. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, prune, fine tobacco. Tastes rich, complex, with roasty dark malt, some cacao, oaty, mild milk stouty lactic, slight coffee, and backup hops. Gets a bit more pruney late, and stays thich, rich, and complex. As I;ve said before, if there is a Heaven, they have unlimited taps of all the Cigar City beers. Bravo, and hereís to another 5K. Jens, you better watch your back, bro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
A-pours a jet black liquid, thick and viscous. The head is dark mocha in color. It is tight and creamy, a few bubbles on top spread out. The head is so thick, the retention is very good and the lace covers the glass and doesnít fall at all. S-the nose is fairly big, it has a lot of sweetness in the back with some lighter roasted qualities in the front. Roasted malts, lots of burnt coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. smokey malts, notes of soy sauce and ash, malty sweetness in the back. T-fallows the nose, roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Soy sauce takes over, sweetness in the back, dark fruity goodness, plums and raisins. M-this is quite thick and creamy, full bodied, pretty darn big. Very smooth on the palate, a little heavy, nicely carbonated, holds throughout. Somewhat dry in the very back from some of the bitter chocolate and hops D-huge RIS, great flavors and complexity, everything really works well. Lots of chocolate and very rich brew. Enough roasted maltiness to hold up with a good balance of sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head. Very thick, you could eat it with a spoon. Aroma is of wet wood, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. Definitely some cedar in the aroma. Taste is of rich dark chocolate, burnt coffee, wood, and dark fruit. Big caramel malt backbone. There is also plenty of vanilla too. Lingering taste of chocolate and dark fruit. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. A definite sipper for me. It was damned tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour. Rich and chewy with a lot of heavy tarry molasses character. Rich and charry with a nice soft earthy roastiness. Sticky up front but manages to give a perception of dryness on the finish. A bit of light licorice. Roasty finish with a lingering earthy hop bitterness. One word keeps appearing in the deScription of this oneÖ intense. Really damn good Impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Midnight Black pour, blackest Ive ever seen. Head is Dark tan. Aroma is intense baking chocolate, lightly lactic, cream, herbal hop, espresso coffee. Flavor is incredibly roasty, which is not what I got from the aroma at all. However it is delicious bitter chocolate at the first sip then settles into sweet cream, milk chocolate, sweet molasses, dark fruits, finish again is extremely roasty espresso

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Jet black pour with an absolutely absurd head; the darkest brown head Iíve ever seen. The head is darker than most beers. Aroma is not at all what I expected. Interesting notes of lactose, specifically an unorthodox creaminess, herbal and resinous hoppiness, baking chocolate, and a touch of roast. Flavor shifts perceptibly from the nose; roast is much more pronounced in both the start and the finish. The middle maintains great lactic notes, bitter chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Complex, and fantastic. The palate is massive and thick. Really damn good impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2010
The blackest pour Iíve ever seen with the darkest brown head Iíve ever seen. Utterly gorgeous- the best pour Iíve ever seen. The aroma hits first with a dominant lactic sugar quality- quickly backed up by some herbal resinous hop notes, baking chocolate, cocoa nib, and hints of roast. The flavor demonstrates tons more lactic sugars- delicious cream and epic roast and dark fruit. Chalky bitter chocolate dry out the mouth in a wondrous way. The palate is epically thick and silky. An excellent example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle thanks to Garry. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, slight coffee. The flavor is sweet with chocolate leading the way. It is a bit boozy and has a heavy mouthfeel. It is a fine Imperial Stout though - serious beer in a large bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3003) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
The aroma is a bit boozy, not as roasty and chocolatey as I thought it would be, but still there with fruity tones. The rich dark chocolate appearance has a beautiful bright cinnamon head, almost as special as the Hunahpu.. the flavor is smooth and silky with light notes of fruit and fig. It is rich and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2011 Was lucky enough to try this the day after the Hunahpu release. Poured into a snifter a deep black/brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is of subtle dark malt sweetness, dark fruit, and chocolate/coffee. The taste starts with a slight coffee bitterness and sweet dark chocolate and smoothes out very nicely. The mouthfeel is medium/heavy Very smooth and drinkable!

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