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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2117) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2010
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 !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2010
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.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3296) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2010

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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (7650) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2012 750 ml bottle shared by someone at DLD í10, and I just canít remember whose it was. Pours super dark brown, pretty much black, with a small tan head that sticks on the glass. Aroma of molasses, roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, chocolate, leather, and some toasted nuts. Flavor is equally complex, if not more, as it adds a dark fruit element to the rich, roasty malts, tobacco leaves, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and hops. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and an oily smooth mouthfeel. So glad I have another bottle of this at home to enjoy again. Re-Rate on 6/27/10: I am cracking open my other bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours a super dark brown with a brown head. Opaque and great-looking. Lively, hot, alcoholic nose, with notes of chocolate, coffee, espresso, dry roasted malts, molasses, and earthy hops. Lingering booze and espresso. Full-bodied, really roasty, with low carbonation and a thick, viscous mouthfeel. Really nice, and the rating holds up. Another Re-Rate: 7/27/12. Iíve finally come around to say this one isnít quite as good as Hunahpuís Imperial Stout. Itís still great, and everything I thought it was, but it isnít quite as big and bold and tasty as its brother. Thatís fine. Still great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle tasting at DLD. Youíll have to forgive me for my less than thourough tasting notes... a drunk taster with a destroyed palate does not, a proficient rater, make! "Wow, lots of fun. Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Malts, Sweet but balanced." <--- Offical DLD notes. This was an incredable beer, all it was cracked up to be. Tons of flavor, complex, but generally well balanced. The mouthfeel was perfect, not too syrupy, creamy, and full bodied... I would just love to get ahold of their barrel aged!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
This beer kicks ass. Intense yet balanced. I know some people disagree, but I found it very easy to drink. Tons of aroma and flavor. The aroma contains dark chocolate and alcohol. The taste is a little different, with more heavy roasted malts and freshly ground coffee. Not nearly as harsh as the aroma might lead you to believe. Super smooth, balanced, complex and one of the most unique imperial stouts Iíve ever drank. I canít wait to get my hands on the Cedar version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4917) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
750 thanks to Oddefellowe. This is as good as it gets. Creamy head. Chocolate roast body. Thick and delicious. Slight bitter follow up. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2010
black body...ochre head...aroma of burnt malt, anise, molasses, alcohol, and chocolate. flavor profile is pretty similar with a huge emphasis on roasted character, light caramel...similar to a foreign stout. excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (8428) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Bottle with Craig, who kindly supplied this beer (cheers mate) consumed at my gaff, day three tasting 10-04-10 Pours íblack as yer atí with a beige head, streaks of oily liquid run down the side of this glass. Dark bitter sugars on the nose, with a little hoppiness also showing. Soft in the mouth and whilst it tastes great I agree with Craig, it could have a better mouthfeel. Coffee and bitter roasty notes takeover, dark molasses also in the mouth, and some bitter chocolate. Very nice. A7 A5 F8 P4 Ov15 3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (1068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Pours a nice rich blackish-brown with a thin tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is strong with roasted malts, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, nuts, and licorice. Mouthfeel is chewy ande a bit creamy. Taste brings out the coffee, but is very balanced. Very impressive.

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