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RATINGS: 756   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2010
Bottle tasting at DLD. Youíll have to forgive me for my less than thourough tasting notes... a drunk taster with a destroyed palate does not, a proficient rater, make! "Wow, lots of fun. Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Malts, Sweet but balanced." <--- Offical DLD notes. This was an incredable beer, all it was cracked up to be. Tons of flavor, complex, but generally well balanced. The mouthfeel was perfect, not too syrupy, creamy, and full bodied... I would just love to get ahold of their barrel aged!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
This beer kicks ass. Intense yet balanced. I know some people disagree, but I found it very easy to drink. Tons of aroma and flavor. The aroma contains dark chocolate and alcohol. The taste is a little different, with more heavy roasted malts and freshly ground coffee. Not nearly as harsh as the aroma might lead you to believe. Super smooth, balanced, complex and one of the most unique imperial stouts Iíve ever drank. I canít wait to get my hands on the Cedar version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6332) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 11, 2010
750 thanks to Oddefellowe. This is as good as it gets. Creamy head. Chocolate roast body. Thick and delicious. Slight bitter follow up. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2010
black body...ochre head...aroma of burnt malt, anise, molasses, alcohol, and chocolate. flavor profile is pretty similar with a huge emphasis on roasted character, light caramel...similar to a foreign stout. excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9362) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2010
Bottle with Craig, who kindly supplied this beer (cheers mate) consumed at my gaff, day three tasting 10-04-10 Pours íblack as yer atí with a beige head, streaks of oily liquid run down the side of this glass. Dark bitter sugars on the nose, with a little hoppiness also showing. Soft in the mouth and whilst it tastes great I agree with Craig, it could have a better mouthfeel. Coffee and bitter roasty notes takeover, dark molasses also in the mouth, and some bitter chocolate. Very nice. A7 A5 F8 P4 Ov15 3.9

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 28, 2014 Bottle thanks to bigmmartin. Pours a nice rich blackish-brown with a thin tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is strong with roasted malts, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Notes of vanilla, bourbon, nuts, and licorice. Mouthfeel is chewy ande a bit creamy. Taste brings out the coffee, but is very balanced. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (20766) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 bottle thanks to the big cheese ... at fins ... deepest black ... big short lived brown head ... big chocolate and soft coffeee ... roast malt nose ... little overfizzy .. but huge chocolate ... little treacle toffee ... light bitter coffeee roast in back ... with just a little hop showing through ... very nice bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... dark malts ... deep roast ... light spice ... dark malt roast ... light toffee sweet malts ...dark cakes ... light soyas 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2010
25.4 oz bottle. Ebony with a surprisingly thick head darker brown than any iíve seen. Nose is chocolate, molasses, charred oak and prune. Full body with a buzz and an alcohol kick. Taste is dark chocolate, espresso, pine and bitter citrus. Lingering licorice and grass. Flavors as dark and sinister as it appears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3191) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours jet black with a foamy tan head. Not a lot of smell--toffee, charcoal, and a bit of charcoal, smoke, and a mellow hop grassiness. Taste is smooth roastiness and finishes with some caramel/toffee sweetness and a smoky/charcoal finish. The hops balance it out a bit, and itís smooth as hell. Had this right after Hunahpu, and liked this better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2010
draft- you hate to compare, but this certainly was not the experience hunapnus was- more typical ris, bells expidition like- still an awesome example, and delicious in its own right- just didnít overwhelm in terms of complexity.

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