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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle Sample (Thanks to MatSciGuy). Oil black pour, little carbonation and good boozy chocolate aroma. Flavor is smokey chocolate, coffee, bitters and finished very dry. Very well done, and not bad for the price point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris Oís Night of the Gaylords.
Jet black, totally opaque with an excellent luscious brown head. A damn good looking beer for sure. Lashings of coffee, chocolate, some pineapple, a hint of amyl nitrate and some rather assertive boozy notes. Good, but maybe just a little over the top. The burnt coffee notes are really good and there is plenty of bitterness saving it from being killed by sweetness. Faint hint of cardboard in there somewhere is not really doing it for me. Very good for sure, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Enjoyed at the Flossmoor Station RB tasting, 1/16/2010: This poured like dark brown motor oil and turned black in the glass, capped by a slender chocolatey head. The aroma was chocolate, burnt dark brown sugar, a splash of coffee, cigar ash, molasses, and fresh waffles. Wait - Scratch the last one. My handwriting was getting sloppy by this point. The flavor was much like the aroma promised (no waffles), but the chocolate turned bittersweet and the malt seemed more roasted. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle shared at Chicago RB tasting. Pour is coffee-like black with a thin brown head. Aroma is chocolate malt, molasses, brown sugar, light coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and a light woodiness. Flavor is huge silky chocolate malt with hints of coffee and cocoa. Also some light woodiness and vanilla. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1380) - Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2010 A touch too syrupy, but the beer is very good overall. Actually, the description of the beer given on the bottle is pretty damn accurate. Lots of chocolate and espresso in the nose. The hops were a lot more noticeable than I expected, but that was a good thing and gave the beer an interesting dynamic. Definitely an interesting take on the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Thank you pantanap! Pours a thick viscous near black with a foamy frothy mocha head 4.5. Sweet ashy hard roast aroma, tobacco, smells kind of woody, a slight vegetal note, raisins, really nice 8.5. Dry ashy flavor, tobacco, harsh roast, molasses, just a hint of coffee, too ashy for me. Syrupy full bodied with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2010
Bottled@The Chriso Gaylord Tasting. Excellent artwork! Quite much pitch black colour with small brown head. Aroma is toffee, alcohol, fruits, chocolate, mild fruityness and nuttyness as well. Flavour is coffee, fruits, liquorice, some alcohol and mild notes of wood as well. Just lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1208) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Had this recently at an RB/BA tasting at Baileyís Taproom in Portland, OR. Colour... black with just a thin ribbon of brown around the edge. Nose... sweet, tangy, soy-ish, wet charcoal, leaf bonfire. Palate... frothy, lots of medium bodied coffee, dark Dutch chocolate, lightly smoky, charcoal ash, damp earth, and a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (4684) - 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 (6021) - 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.

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