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RATINGS: 723   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
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
A solid imperial russian stout that doesnít do anything to stand out from the plethora of more easily available ones out there. Now the cedar-aged version is a different story altogether!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: You canít get much prettier than this beer. A thick, black motor oil like pour with a surprising amount of mocha colored foam. S: Pretty standard RIS aromas coming out of this one: coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and some dark fruits. T: The chocolate is the most prominent flavor coming out of this beer. The coffee and roasted malt provide a bit of contrast and bitterness. M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice viscosity to it. D: Not a bad beer. I guess my expectations were a bit high for this one, but the flavors were a bit underwhelming, unfortunately. Still a good RIS, but not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle from santa. Poured a dark brown with a creamy brown head, lots of lace. Aroma of big roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel sweetness, vanilla. Taste is big chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some supporting vanilla. Finish is warming and creamy. Mouth is very full and slick. Overall, a really nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1832) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Tap @ RnH - molasses, dark sugar and prune. Nice carbonation. Dark bitter chocolate. finishes with some bitterness. Hay and piney hops. Milky, smooth roasted notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2228) - USA - FEB 20, 2010
First of all, a tip of the hat to Marshall Zhukov, the Soviet general who repulsed the Nazis at the gates of Moscow, thus playing a big part in saving Western Civilization. And thanks also to Adrian, for informing me of the Cigar City event at RnH, where I tried this. Sweet, bready aroma. Very rich and full bodied. A strong grain flavor that is astringent and nicely balanced. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (1691) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle, acquired in trade with Daknole. Pours a rich dark brown/black color with a dark brown creamy head. Brown lace coats my snifter as the head slowly recedes. Consumed at cellar temperature. Aroma is strong chocolate, caramel, coffee bean with a powerful alcohol presence. From the first snif you know you better hang on tight, youíre in for a ride. Thick, full, oily palate. Sip this one slowly to savor every bit of what this brew has to offer. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate, but also look for hints of vanilla bean, coffee, caramel, toffee and hidden somewhere in the back, just a kiss of hops. Truly outstanding. Thanks Dakine for sending this my way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
On tap at the Rattle ní Hum Cigar City event. Deep brown pour with some nice tan lacing. Aroma is pipe smoke, vanilla, and a touch of cedar. Lots of pipe smoke flavor with notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla. Thereís hay, pine hops and roasted malt in the finish. A touch creamy. Cigar City makes a good stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2215) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2010 750ml from Fogdog. Pours inky black with massive dark dark brown head. Absolutely beautiful looking stout. Aroma reminds me of darkness a little with a ton of roasted malts and citrus with chocolate, light coffee, and a bit of molasses. Flavors of heavily roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, toffee, and some hop bitterness. Finishes dry and roasty. Medium mouthfeel and has nice carbonation. Not syrupy in any way. Really solid stout that is extremely balanced. Alcohol is well hidden. Nice brew to have on a cold winter night. I was not really looking forward to having to drink the whole 750 by myself, but this is a very pleasant surprise that it is very drinkable. Cheers to CCB. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
On tap at Rattle N Hum for their Cigar City event. Pours a viscous midnight black with a dense dark tan head. Roast, caramel, chocolate. Intense. Milky, chocolaty, roast, caramel. Finishing up dry, with slow roast and deep chocolate flavors. Yummy and balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2092) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2011 bottle poured black in color with a thick sturdy one finger brown head when poured from some distance. aroma has dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, medium roast, and a slight hop hit at the end. mouth feel is really enjoyable, soft and delicate but plenty full and coating. flavor starts chocolate, coffee, roast, molasses, and again a nice mild hop on the finish. there is some light alcohol but i never would have figured at the 11% level. very smooth for such a beast. I followed the label directions and waited until February, love how they put that on there to know when the peak should occur.

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