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RATINGS: 715   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (20750) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2010 Bottled, thanks Marsiblursi! Black as coal, dar tan head. Tarry aroma. Yeasty and fairly sweet, piney and super tarry. Very roasty, really hoppy. Harsh inkyness sets in early. I have always attributed inkyness to excessive sweetness in combination with extreme bitterness. Here the sweetness is not that intense, but roastiness and bitterness seems to create the harsh inkyness anyway. Over the top beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6071) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Draft at RnH during Cigar CIty tasting. Pours pitch black body with thin brown head. Aroma is woody and roasty, toffee, and molasses. The flavor is delicious, nice mouthfeel, extremely balanced, nice complexity with notes of molasses, roast, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum: Opaque pour with a brown ring of head. Enormous chocolaty aroma. Salty charred notes of dense black malt, molasses, and earthy smoke. Creamy dense body. The flavor is dense with dark chocolate, salty licorice, charred smoke, tobacco and a huge piny bitterness to balance the big body. A very nice Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 (Bottle) Pours super black with a dark brown head. One of the blackest beers I have ever laid my eyes on. The aroma is heavily roasted and medium to heavily hoppy with tones of coffee, gunpowder, cocoa, dry molasses, tar, burned rubber, herbs and pine. Quite salty with light fruity undertones. Some vanilla and floral honey. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and light acidic. Super roasted with notes of coffee, cocoa, tar, asphalt and gunpowder. The mouthfeel is fat, round and light oily. Light to medium bodied. Roasted and piny finish. Near full bodied. Wow, a cool beer, still more aggressive than complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (34549) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malty with a nice chocolate note. Sweet and caramelish to a nice spiced and dry chocolate base. Bitter, dry and roasted chocolate malty. Nice lingering roasted malt base.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Was I really the only rbeerian at Woodshop5.0 who had never tried this, or was I the only one who sampled it? Either way, Iím really happy I got ahold of this one. Weíre talking caramel vanilla malt chocolate, and thatís just the nose. Taste is chocolate and sweet and beautiful. Seriously, beautiful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Another Cigar City that is ridiculously ridiculously delicious.. go figure. Blacked out to the fullest, with beige head atop. Espresso, tobacco, espresso, cocoa, espresso, ash, and espresso. Molasses and brutality... awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2039) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2010
On tap at RnH. Black with dense dark ring. Raosted ashy earthy coffee and chocolate aroma. Rich roasty coffee chocolate mild dark fruit. Rich lingering clean complex roasted bitterness. All it needs is for someone steep a coffin in it. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsquire (3694) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Bottle shared with AgedOak. Very dark beer with a foamy brown head. It left sticky lace and a thick coating on the side of the glass when swirled. Coffee, chocolate and wet rubber in the nose. Big coffee flavors with bitter coffee grounds, molassess, dark bitter chocolate and just enough alcohol to warm you up. It has the slick, oily mouthfeel you want in a RIS. The long finish tastes like spent espresso grounds. Really well balanced huge beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Black, thick dark tan creamy head. Deep swirling nose of black mocha cream with undercurrents of burnt caramel coffee and peppery pipe tobacco throughout. Full on charred chocolate-vanilla roastiness is well balanced on a deep foundation of toffee-coffee bean flavors. Rounds well with a soft hop kiss. Full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Love itÖ

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