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RATINGS: 769   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Basically black, dark tan brown head. Thick and frothy, very nice. Roasty, chocolate, light alcohol, coffee aroma. Taste is chocolate fondue, oily, light appropriate alcohol, coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3380) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 on tap at the brewery. Fresh, fresh fresh (release day). The pride of the Red Army poured jet black with a small brown head. The aroma was coffee, which was nice at 10:45am, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste was rich and inviting with lots of chocolate, roast coffee, molasses, and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle - thanks to hopscotch. Iíve been really wanting to try this and DAMN this beer looks sexy! Dark ebony color with a massive, creamy brown head. The molasses really stands out in the nose, amongst the espresso and chocolate. Rather sweet and potent. The flavor blends together seamlessly and I like the role the molasses plays here. Rich espresso and dark chocolate. Just getting a little bit of dry smokey tones in the finish. Very little bitters and slight hints of the abv. Smooth and creamy. Gets a drier and smokier as it warms. I preferred it when it was a bit colder than room temp and still had the molasses notes and less smoke covering up the sweeter parts. Nice, solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
At on Tap at Cigar City. Pours a dark black with a dark tan head. Nice. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste was excellent with coffee, malt, cocoa, and maybe some caramel. Palate had a medium mouthfeel, you almost cant even notice the alcohol. Overall this is another excellent brew from cigar city.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
bottle shared by dak on 1/2/2010. super dark sludgy pour... viscous purple (yep, purple) with a dark brown head. wow, this thing smells really hoppy!... along with ashy roast, milk, vegetal coffee, a touch of smoke and some chocolate. the flavor is crazy hoppy and dry... thereís a slight sourness (similar to molasses) from the roast along with ash and the rest of the aromaís characteristics and pine at times. thick chewy body with a slick smooth mouth feel. 8/5/8/4/16/4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the bottle from Leukenís. Pours coal black with a thick brown head. Pours thick as motor oil. This is a hard beer to initially pour as it does not form a head at first, then up from the ground like a bubbliní crude takes over quickly. Molasses, sorghum and sulfur in the aroma. You donít drink this beer, you take a bite of it. This is an espresso chocolate milkshake posing as a beer. Smokiness is the only delicate flavor. This is like drinking a glass of rich dark chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Aroma is powdered cocoa, astringency, pine, alcohol, toffee, toast, and a hint of umami. Pours mahogany to black with a light toffee colored head. Taste is intensely coffee and cocoa powder. Pine, toast, sweet lactose, and slightly sour.... well balanced beer. Finish is sweet and bitter cocoa with a residual sourness. Solid beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
750ml Bottle. Pour black with a decent size brown bubbly head. Aromas are coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and sweetness. Flavors are full of coffee, sorta chocolate milk due to the creaminess, roasty and a sweet molasses flavor. The finish is dry and a bitter chocolate flavor lingers in your mouth. Another great beer from CCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
25oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a small espresso brown head that had some decent retention. Intense nose, lots of coffee, some smoke, hearty piney hops, very roasty, and lots of chocolate. Thereís also some off-putting notes of band-aids and fresh leather (which works in some beers for me) that are bothersome. The flavor is very hoppy, it actually catches me off guard a little. Rather bitter and astringent to me. Lots of espresso and coffee. A lot of band aids in the flavor as well, with some burnt toast, and moderate alcohol heat. Thick, heavy, and chewy with light soft carbonation. A little sticky and clingy. I donít know about this one, I just didnít care for it that much. Iím glad that I hadnít had this before I had the BA versions and the Poop Coffee version because I think I would have been much more critical of them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Jet black with a cardboard head not quite as dark as Huna. Smokey soy nose, light chocolate. Flavor is heavily roasted malt, bit of dry oats in there somewhere, also some burnt toffee and more milk chocolate, even ashy at times. Decent body, not overly thick which allows for the flavorís nuance to survive a bit, and surprise, there arenít nearly the sugars that CCB often presents. Enjoyed the balanced the flavor, the nose could use a bit more of it. Still not a favorite for the style though.

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