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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Midnight Black pour, blackest Ive ever seen. Head is Dark tan. Aroma is intense baking chocolate, lightly lactic, cream, herbal hop, espresso coffee. Flavor is incredibly roasty, which is not what I got from the aroma at all. However it is delicious bitter chocolate at the first sip then settles into sweet cream, milk chocolate, sweet molasses, dark fruits, finish again is extremely roasty espresso

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Jet black pour with an absolutely absurd head; the darkest brown head Iíve ever seen. The head is darker than most beers. Aroma is not at all what I expected. Interesting notes of lactose, specifically an unorthodox creaminess, herbal and resinous hoppiness, baking chocolate, and a touch of roast. Flavor shifts perceptibly from the nose; roast is much more pronounced in both the start and the finish. The middle maintains great lactic notes, bitter chocolate, and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Complex, and fantastic. The palate is massive and thick. Really damn good impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 8, 2010
The blackest pour Iíve ever seen with the darkest brown head Iíve ever seen. Utterly gorgeous- the best pour Iíve ever seen. The aroma hits first with a dominant lactic sugar quality- quickly backed up by some herbal resinous hop notes, baking chocolate, cocoa nib, and hints of roast. The flavor demonstrates tons more lactic sugars- delicious cream and epic roast and dark fruit. Chalky bitter chocolate dry out the mouth in a wondrous way. The palate is epically thick and silky. An excellent example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Bottle thanks to Garry. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, slight coffee. The flavor is sweet with chocolate leading the way. It is a bit boozy and has a heavy mouthfeel. It is a fine Imperial Stout though - serious beer in a large bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2010
The aroma is a bit boozy, not as roasty and chocolatey as I thought it would be, but still there with fruity tones. The rich dark chocolate appearance has a beautiful bright cinnamon head, almost as special as the Hunahpu.. the flavor is smooth and silky with light notes of fruit and fig. It is rich and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1378) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2011 Was lucky enough to try this the day after the Hunahpu release. Poured into a snifter a deep black/brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is of subtle dark malt sweetness, dark fruit, and chocolate/coffee. The taste starts with a slight coffee bitterness and sweet dark chocolate and smoothes out very nicely. The mouthfeel is medium/heavy Very smooth and drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Bottle: Pours black color with a tan head, consistency of sludge. Big chocolate and coffee flavors, awesome stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Draft: Poured a dark black color with a thin head. The aroma was bitter dark chocolate and espresso. The flavor was burnt chocolate and dirt. The consistency of the brew was thick and oily. This was an OK beer beer hard to drink a lot of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2010
(750ml bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy). Poured black w/ a mocha creamy head w/ a cherry tint. Aroma was of dark roast, spice, and cherry. Taste was of coffee, pecans, hint of chocolate with a bitter after taste. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2010
Thanks to savvy1982 for the share. Tasted side by side by side with Sexual chocolate and Hunahpu. Pours absolute black with a nice brown head that laces beautifully. The aroma is hoppy, and chocolaty with hints of berries, and some yeast. The flavor is very bitter and extremely complex. Plums, chocolate, vanilla, cherries, and biscuit. Great stout.

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