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RATINGS: 680   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1159) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6166) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
750, capped. pours jet black with a dense, creamy, burnt tan head. not much lace. big prune, roast, and char nose. creamy medium body, plenty of lively carb. beautifully clean and integrated mid palate of prune, char, roast, and chocolate. no dryness, no soot. very forceful nose and powerful flavors, but still has a creamy, inviting mouthfeel. lingering chocolatey, roasty finish. great impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Gritty coffee aroma, bit of maroon in the dark tan head, over jet black. some dry cracker. loads of coffee, thick and coating the palate. Smoky graphite,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4478) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 30, 2010. Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a medium head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted barley. Flavors of roasted malt, salt and a bit of smoke. Very chalky mouthfeel and finish. Dry. Nothing really stands out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Dark, with a wispy deep brown head. Bitter nose, plenty of coffee. Flavor is full of bitter chocolate and espresso, rather bracing stuff, but doesnít have much sweetness to balance out the business. Would like some more depth to it. Decent, but nothing impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Beautiful brown color, almost black. Roasted malts on the aroma with a smokey character. Smokey body thatís pretty light.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2157) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle courtesy bret27. Pours an absurd black color with one of the darkest brown heads imaginable. Dark chocolate aroma, woody and hugely roasty. Flavor is roasted insanity, darkest chocolate and coffee grounds. Almost charred/ashy, a little dark fruitiness. Earthy woody hops, massively bitter. Astringent on the tongue. This one really assaults the palate. Itís good, very good, but so robust itís hard to get through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3000) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
750 ml bottle
Thanks to Chris for sharing this near the close of the night. My palate was beginning to wear down but this perked it back to life for another hour or so. In fact it was so good I ended up passing on a handful of Heavyweight beers which made the rounds next. In hindsight I would probably do the same again despite the relative rarity of the two.

Aroma / Appearance - Thick and dense in nature, the head provided nice relief for an oily black body. Smoke, chocolate, anise, and straight black coffee brought this into the realm of the imperial stout that has been brewed with care rather than just painting by numbers. Rich and thick it was enough to fill the stomach before even taking a sip.

Flavor / Palate - Smoky chocolate starts what cascades into a complex and flavorful party. Anise and malt balls are next before the smokiness bites the tongue. Finally comes an ashen finish not unlike a cigar or cigarette ash that has cooled overnight. The total experience is one of complementary experiences - everything flows smoothly into the next. I would love to try the different iterations of this to see how aging has impacted what is a fabulous base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a luxurious tan head. Aroma: Freshly ground medium roasted coffee, dark chocolate, black forrest cake, and dark dried fruit. Taste: Burnt roast, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, and espresso. Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, but not super goopy. Overall: A heavy, sexy impy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (320) - norrtšlje, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle@Tastingsession. Apperance: Dark as coal with a creamy brown head. Aroma: Caramel, Chocolate, Roasted malts, Butterscotch. Flavor: Caramel, Roasted malts, Milk chocolate, Cocoa, Ripe fruit. Palate: Low carbonation and very high residual sweetness in this one. Smooth and robust. A good imperial stout that reminds me of 3F Dark Lord because of the big sweetness. Very good stuff.

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