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RATINGS: 774   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (11940) - 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 (11405) - 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 (26202) - 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 (1462) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2010
750ml. Bottle. Again courtesy of peteinSD. Initial impression is that this beer is unique and impressive. Not necessarily the best RIS of all time, but really tasty and easy to see why it makes such a great base beer for some of Cigar Cityís more exotic offerings. Pours like a can of dark motor oil with a well lacing chestnut colored head. Wow I dig the nose on this beer. Totally unexpected sharp aroma of leather and shoe polish. I know it sounds like all kinds of wrong, but it really is addictive. I get a huge dark uber bitter chocolate flavor right at the beginning that is quickly followed by a heavy roasted grain character. The back end is all roasty espresso and sharp bitterness that ties the beer together. Like the Big Sound, the flavor is really tight and well directed. No lingering flavors or things that seem out of place. The body is pretty much everything you could ask for in the style, heavy, a little creamy and not overly cloying. Glad I was able to get my hands on this one. Definitely makes me want to try the various barrel aged versions.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
HUGE! pours nearly opaque black, brown head. Now almost all RISs have aroma and flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, deep roasted grains molasses, licorice, etc, this one is no different,. In my opinion, what seperates the truly great ones is the balance and amount of such flavors and aromas. MZ nailsit!!!!!! This is right up there with 3 Floydís Dark Lord and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Excellent- flavor and aroma is just bursting out my glass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gorditoabd (635) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle shared with mrbunn. Pours a milky black, with no foam for me, all of it for mrbunn. First sniff is of musk and stales socks. WTF? 2nd sniff is better, of cocoa, oak, and bourbon. mrbunn insists on a bandaid smell, but I donít agree. Taste is bitter, of bakersí cocoa, and leather, and earth, and peat, and leather, and bitter, and not what I was hoping for. Wait, hold the train, the very late palate is GOOD espresso... very good, and VERY late. Inital flavors are of medicine, socks, or wet gauze... but the finish is of excellent coffee/espresso... Not sure what to make of it? Booze is evident, at times, and the variety of possible flavors is impressive, and it improves as it warms. Still, much like the Russian people, the Russian impy trends toward the bitter, abrasive, and alcoholic.... much like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bottle with love to gorditoabd for sharing. Body is a dark and fairly thick brown and supports a head that looks like an inch of chocolate mousse. Aromas are odd... cocoa, autumn leaves, cream, and maybe bandaids or something hospital-based. Flavor is OK, but falls far short of expectations from CCB. (Hell, any brewery that can convince me that a brown ale isnít a waste of time...) Itís heavy with leather and bitter chocolate, vanilla, espresso (very late palate on that one), anc... after warming a bit... chocolate ice cream.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Roasted malts,choclate,coffee beans and a definite cloud of alcohol. Has the rich superior Imp Stout texture. Flavor of Hershey syrup,mixed roasted malts,some bitterness in finish,body just makes medium, flavorful,but not as complex as the best

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