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RATINGS: 713   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
The aroma is dark bitter chocolate, cream, roastiness. The appearnace is a beautiful dark brown/black, oily, light brown head. The flavor is sweeter chocolate, brown sugar, cream, roasted coffee, booze. The finish is light piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium/thick body, creamy. Excellent beer. This is better straight up than its barrel aged and humidor variations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 18, 2010
bottle courtesy of daknole, thanks man! drank along with the humidor and hopped up version. great base beer, was glad to taste the blank canvas and the renditions of it. this beer stands well on its own, or takes on a variety of flavors very well. the epitamy of viscous, every pour on these is very nice. the nose is nice and rtoasty with lots of chocolate, and spicyness present as well as some nice doughy yeast. i like what theyíve done with this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(750ml bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of cedar, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor of chocolate, cedar, roasted malt, coffee, and nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle shared by the Tampa crew. Big thick black pour with mocha head. Thick and beautiful. Roasty nose with big coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Nice bitterness hinted at, which comes through nicely in the taste. Surprisingly dry. Really lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3845) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Thanks to markwise! Pours thick and black like used motor oil. Super dark brown thin head. The aroma has dark chocolate, and espresso roast. Mild whiffs of raisins and molasses. The flavor is sweet and tangy up front with raisins, prunes and molasses. A little salty, chocolaty, and more roasted in the back of the throat. It finishes ashy and smoky. Not as thick on the palate as I expected from the looks of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for sharing this treat! Gotta say that, as delighted as a beer geek gets by all the variations out there, sometimes itís nice to encounter a beer that simply knocks the basics out of the park. A thick milkshake pour, with a beige scrim on top of the motor oil. Huge and bold roasted malts, rich chocolate, and intense coffee in the nose. Sweet and thick mouthfeel, and the flavors come alive abundantly on the palate, even making room for a bit of pepper in the finish. So roastalicious and straight ahead good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Thanks to the Tampa Crew for sharing! Dark pour with a thick beige head. Aroma is heavily roasted. Chocolate, honey, maple syrup, toffee and chocolate. Finish is dry with some floral notes

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4289) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours a viscous inky black with a chestnut brown head. Nose is sweet, caramel, chocolatey, some molasses, fruity, very rich. Flavor is roasty, chocolate, rich with some alcohol, grain, coffee, bitter. Palate is viscous with a nice roast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours opaque black with a slender chocolate head from the 22oz. bottle: Nose has characters of malts, smoke, semi-sweet chocolate, molasses, toffee, and espresso. A roasted malt smack on the tounge. Lingering bitter cocoa powder flavors follow. Heavy and thick mouthfeel. Drinkability: Has the consistency of blackstrap molasses with flavors that sting as strong as espresso. The back of my throat is warming fast and Iím falling hard. Rebuy: Yes. #262 on 04022010, DG.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1570) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2010
750 mL bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL. Pours black like used motor oil with the darkest brown head I think I have ever seen on an Imperial Stout. Aroma of dark chocolate, smoke, and dark fruit. Rich roasted malt flavor with big smokiness, big roasted coffee, some milky chocolate, and just a hint of tart dark fruit (maybe cherry or blueberry). The mouthfeel is thick and there is some alcohol warming. Yet another fantastic Imperial Stout from Cigar City.

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