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RATINGS: 653   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2010
750 ml bottle via trade with smith4498 - Pours a dark brown color with a large dark tan head that lasted to the end. Light lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, dark esters. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, dark esters, and licorice. Medium to full body. Finish is smooth with no unpleasant lingering aftertaste. An excellent beer. Thanks Jason.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011
Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: December 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, ORF
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: big roasted and dark chocolate aroma, touch of vanilla and licorice sweetness
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted bitterness, big hop character, long bitter finish, light alcohol

Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: July 23, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
big roasted aroma, lots of dark chocolate,

Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: November 14, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: brewery
Score: 3.7 to 3.9
Appearance: black, fine brown head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, lots of dark fruits, light roasted, touch of dark chocolate, sweet licorice
Body: thick creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, sweet dark caramel and licorice, touch of fruityness, long bitter dark chocolate finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle shared by dakine -- thanks, neighbor! Pours black with a reddish brown head. Smells surprisingly rich with hops and bakers cocoa. Tastes of each with further notes of dark cocoa, molasses, and coffee roast. The hops really make this beer shine. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a a two finger frothy dark mocha/coffee colored head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting cap. Splotches of spotty lacing are left behind. Roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of espresso/coffee bean, sweet milk and dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, honey as well as some subtle earthy hops. Not overly roasty with a good balance of sweet chocolate. The aroma is amazing and very complex. Chewy viscous mouthfeel with a very prominent roasty character and tons of sweet silky chocolate maltiness. Lots of deep roasted cofee/espresso bean flavor up front and dry earthy hops with some pine character. This is countered by a silky dark and milky chocolate presence mid palate and a lot of rosted malt, molasses and burnt toast flavor. More roasty espresso and coffe bean presence in the finish. I thought that this beer would be a bit sweeter but it is very dry, bitter and roasty and the hop profile is much more dominant than I would have liked. This beer is a bit rough when fresh but I feel the flavor will improve greatly with age. ABV is very well masked. Itís hard to believe itís 11%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
750ml as a gift by the always generous BOLTZ755 Ė you da man J! Pours black hole black with a 3 finger reddish brown head that left slick lacing. The nose is floral hops, dark fruits, milk chocolate and alcohol. The taste is burnt malt, ashy cocoa, citrus, dark fruits and coffee. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Another great beer by CCB Ė really enjoyed this one. Thanks again Jason for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3032) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
This is basically identical to the Humidor Series version, except that this is slightly sweeter and of course thereís no cedar here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Rating #100 for this, 750mL bottles thanks to some very fine folks! Poured inky, highly-viscous black with a well-set cap of dark brown head. The aroma picked up tar, molasses, and dark chocolate spiced up by pine resin, softer smoke, and a bit of honey.. warmth brought additional complexity with layers of vanilla, coffee, and scorched earth.. a touch brighter/hopper than Iíd like, but still excellent. Blackstrap molasses, burnt black patent malts, and coffee lay it on thick in the flavor department from the very beginning.. pine, earth, and peppery alcohol warmth spice it up well.. the finish showcased coffee and bright pine.. dark chocolate-covered biscuits showed from the middle through the end.. tasty stuff! Heavy-bodied and syrupy on the palate.. overall quite bitter, and those components played well with the thick malt base.. lower carbonation. This was mighty good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Purchased at Cigar City and consumed in Tampa one night after Christmas 2009. Mid-night jet black in color, pours very thick with a dark tan head that lingers. Burnt malt and some chocolate in the nose. This has a very creamy mouthfeel which was suprising as I was expecting a more oily feel. The taste combines burnt malt, chocolate, molasses and toasted coffee bean with atoffee sweetness I was not expecting. Finish has a slight bitterness. The creamy mouthfeel and combination of flavors hide the 11% alcohol of this impy stout. By the fireplace on a cold Ohio January night will suit this very well; glad I have an extra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DialSquare (2498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Rating #600. Christmas day - all of the family just left - been looking forward to this one for a while. Bottle 1pt 9.4oz. Black pour with a finger brown head and decent retention and spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted chocolate malts, molasses, woody notes and alcohol. Sweet malty flavor of coffee, cocoa, dark fruit, cherry and caramel. Hints of smoke and alcohol. Dry roasty finish. Complex but nicely balanced. Great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle at Hophead22ís tasting a couple weeks ago. Pours pitch black with an impressively dark brown creamy head. Aroma is tonst of roasty coffee and some milk chocolate. Flavor is again abundant with roast, a strong bitterness but slightly sweet with a chocolatey mocha thing going on. Slightly tart. Thick on the tongue with silky smooth carbonation.

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