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RATINGS: 732   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Opaque nearly black body, medium dense ochre head. Rich, layered nose, with plummy sweetness, caramelized sugars, licorice, and coffee. The body is a medley of coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruit (cherry, plum), nailing these elements but not especially complex or unusual, with an oily, bitter, somewhat tangy finish. The rich but unassaulting body reminds me of the better European imperial stouts and strong porters. Great mouthfeel. This is a very nice RIS, not especially innovative, but very well-executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4840) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Location: On tap at Rattle íN Hum, 2/20/10

Aroma: Chocolate, wood, smoke, coffee, earth, roasted malts, and molasses
Appearance: An opaque black pour with a brown head
Flavor: Rich and malty flavor, smoke, coffee, and earthy notes
Palate: Kind of a thick mouthfeel, full-bodied, oily, and with a long duration
Overall Impression: This was a very nice RIS, I can see why it gets so much acclaim, a very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2010
Super dark pour with an off white head. Rich thick and viscous body. Some roast and nice and thick and sweet. Some dark cocoa and burnt espresso. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (3703) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2010
2009 Bottle at the IMP tasting. Pours out a thick black topped with brown head. Aroma is of sweetness plenty of molasses, cocoa, coffee, and smoked malts. Taste is of bitter dark chocolate, roast coffee, and some smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Tap at RattleíníHum. Very sweet, thick, intense IS. Bright smoke, beechwood. Hits hard and yet has almost no finish. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of GoT for the RB Pick íem league. Aroma shows alcohol, coffee, and licorice. DARK black pour with a minimal head. A lot of a caramel, bitter chocolate, with the alcohol taking a back seat until you get in that headspace at the end of the bottle. Very thick, but easy to like...not all impy stouts invite you back for more. Not the most complex but certainly one of the most enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (979) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Smokepot23 for the trade. Brought and shared at Woodshop 5.0 (2010) in Anaheim with many fellow Ratebeerians. Pour is oily black with a sticky, frothy tan head capping it off. Perfect appearance. Immediate nose of dark chocolate and licorice. Flavor starts similar, followed by smoke and dark roasted coffee, with some sweet dark fruit. Full, chewy palate and lasting tones of roasted malt. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
omhper (21459) - 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 (6389) - 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 (3030) - 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.

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