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RATINGS: 730   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2948) - 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.

4.1
   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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle: Pours black color with a tan head, consistency of sludge. Big chocolate and coffee flavors, awesome stout.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
(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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2010
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
suprchunk (2671) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2010
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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
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?


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