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RATINGS: 669   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3192) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Thanks to markwise! Pours thick and black like used motor oil. Super dark brown thin head. The aroma has dark chocolate, and espresso roast. Mild whiffs of raisins and molasses. The flavor is sweet and tangy up front with raisins, prunes and molasses. A little salty, chocolaty, and more roasted in the back of the throat. It finishes ashy and smoky. Not as thick on the palate as I expected from the looks of it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for sharing this treat! Gotta say that, as delighted as a beer geek gets by all the variations out there, sometimes itís nice to encounter a beer that simply knocks the basics out of the park. A thick milkshake pour, with a beige scrim on top of the motor oil. Huge and bold roasted malts, rich chocolate, and intense coffee in the nose. Sweet and thick mouthfeel, and the flavors come alive abundantly on the palate, even making room for a bit of pepper in the finish. So roastalicious and straight ahead good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for sharing! Dark pour with a thick beige head. Aroma is heavily roasted. Chocolate, honey, maple syrup, toffee and chocolate. Finish is dry with some floral notes

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4009) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours a viscous inky black with a chestnut brown head. Nose is sweet, caramel, chocolatey, some molasses, fruity, very rich. Flavor is roasty, chocolate, rich with some alcohol, grain, coffee, bitter. Palate is viscous with a nice roast.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours opaque black with a slender chocolate head from the 22oz. bottle: Nose has characters of malts, smoke, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, toffee, and espresso. A roasted malt smack on the tounge. Lingering bitter cocoa powder flavors follow. Heavy and thick mouthfeel. Drinkability: Has the consistency of blackstrap molasses with flavors that sting as strong as espresso. The back of my throat is warming fast and Iím falling hard. Rebuy: Yes. #262 on 04022010, DG.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1409) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2010
750 mL bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. Pours black like used motor oil with the darkest brown head I think I have ever seen on an Imperial Stout. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, and dark fruit. Rich roasted malt flavor with big smokiness, big roasted coffee, some milky chocolate, and just a hint of tart dark fruit (maybe cherry or blueberry). The mouthfeel is thick and there is some alcohol warming. Yet another fantastic Imperial Stout from Cigar City.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2010
2009 Bottle - Thanks kiefdog! - Pours thick and almost black with a medium brown head...aroma is dry cocoa powder and burnt wood, burnt coffee, some dk toffee malt as well...flavour is bitter ash and coffee, some green pepper, bakers chocolate and some heat on the end...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle 75cl. @ Chris Oís Night of the Gaylords.
Clear medium to dark black color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, moderate chocolate, smoke - rubber notes, wood, glue, alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderae alcoholic. [20091229]

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
75cl bottle thanks to bret27. Jesus this is black. Pretty dark head too. Like really fucking dark. Properly Soviet on that front. Full marks. The aroma is very roasty with a bunch of dark chocolate and sweetened coffee. Smooth integration on that front. Not so Soviet. The flavor is intensely roasty and bitter with a marked astringency and waves of intense dark chocolate. Full bodied stuff, with a mildly uncomfortable astringency overall. Has lots of good qualities, but definitely goes over the edge of roasty astringency, making it tough to drink. I can see this getting a lot better, standout of its class even, with a year or two of age. Itís just such a burly and intense stout in all respects.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1156) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
750ml capped shared by scrizzle the nizzle. Man, after all these highly rated ccb beers, I donít know as though as I can ever find an equally rated beer ever. Chared sweet roasty malt with dark dried fruit. Meaty, some leather, smokey and maybe íbrightí for such a viscous stout. Dry charred smokey malt that has lots of bittering chocolate as well as acidic cherry fruitiness. Smooth and very drinkable at 11% and even though Iím not a stouty fan as well as I also think ccb is way blown out, this is good stuff.


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