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RATINGS: 659   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4318) - Utah, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Sampled at the Boise tasting 1/16/10
Appearance: Pours black with a small dark tan head
Aroma: Smoked/Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits
Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweetness
I liked this version better than the Humidor (cedar) series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5841) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2010
750 ml bottle thanks to Eric, ditmier you rock! Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head. A strong nose of sweet cocoa, rich chocolates, licorice. A nice flavor of roasted malts, cocoa, dry and ashy, loads of chocolates. Light fruit and more rich cocoa and dark chocolates. Interesting and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle: Pours black with a thin brown head that diminishes to the perimeter of my snifter. Malty aroma has hints of chocolate and expresso beans. Flavor has a dark chocolate sweetness with a roasty creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a mild dryness. Very flavorful! Paired well with the Kona-Coffee & Macadamia Nut Dark Chocolate I had on hand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5505) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2010
( 750ml bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) pours jet black. Nose of citrus hops, smoke, and wood. Taste of heavy smoke, dark chocolate, thick body with low carbonation and a bitter coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5577) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
7500ml bottle from fishingnet. Thick black opaque pour with very dark brown pour. Aromas are a heavy roasted malt and bitter cocoa, coffee, decent hopping. Thick, initial is chalky and bitter, hops and roasted malts take dominance, cocoa of the very bitter natural variety, with coffee and a faint sweetness. Coffee and cocoa dominant, roast is the theme of the day. Thick and viscous, the beer has an amaxing sticky body that is heavy dark sweet cocoa. Finish very bitter, dark and roasty, with a touch of sweetness trying itís hardest to balance. Surpsingly enjoyed this more than the Hunah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
750mL bottle from Dakine. Thanks! Opened at PP bottle shop. Black. Thick body. Lots of hoppy bitterness characteristic of Cigar City. Almost astringent. Leans dry. Needs some mellowing from aging. No oxidation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle. Aroma of anise, alcohol-soaked fruits, bakerís chocolate. Flavor at first very alcohol-laden with the dark fruits, but eventually some richer chocolate character helped to balance it out. A bit chalky at times and rather dry for such a big beer. Havenít had many impies lately I guess, but the alcohol presence did seem off-putting in this one. Still tasty though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Pours thick and super black. It stains the glass with a dark brown film. Aroma has notes of tar and Turkish coffee. Fairly hoppy, with a great balance between the dark roast and hops and a very light sweetness. Notes of bakig chocolate. Superb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4638) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of lots of dark chocolate, roast, piney and earthy hops, and the slightest hint of vanilla. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a moderate dark brown head...a very impressive looking beer. The flavor starts with dark chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate roast, molasses, piney hops, and a hint of fruit. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. After tasting this, I’ve got to say that cedar must not be my thing, because I find this much better than the cedar aged version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3422) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a small dark tan-reddish head. Aroma of alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor of tons of roasted malt and some bitter chocolate in the finish. Rich and decadent. The 11% makes itself well-known but overall, this was quite a tasty beer! 7/4/8/4/15 [3.8/5]

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