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RATINGS: 769   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Have been sitting on this one for a while and finally opened it with westmeister. Lots of molasses at this point. Probably 2 years old at least. Not a lot of coffee at first. As it warms more flavors come out and it is much nicer and complex the closer it gets to room temperature. Some chocolate and bittersweet flavors. Decent bit of sweetness and sugar although not overly cloying or soy sauce. Solid straight up impy stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (2250) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 6, 2015
Rating #1131- June 22, 2014 - Bottle split with the mighty @foxjunk - My first Cigar City - considerate initiation. Black as 48% of a roulette wheel with a tan head that caps nicely. Aroma is heavy roast malt, espresso, molasses. Taste is heavy on roast malt and coffee flavours, lots of burnt sugar, toffee, blackstrap molasses. For 11% the alcohol burn is less pronounced - very well rounded. Phenomenal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours opaque black with moderate tan head. Nose dark chocolate, over ripe fruit, roasted malt. Taste milk to dark chocolate, light oxidation (older bottle) roast, coffee. Some dark fruit. Smooth mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2015
750ml bottle enjoyed @ home, thanks to ineedbeer. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, raisins, toffee, chocolate, alcohol, dark dried fruits, molasses. Flavour is sweet. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is balanced and on the dry side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1836) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2015
750ml bottle pours a thick black color without any head. Low carbonation. Mild toffee. Sticky sweet. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (1004) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2015
Drank during the tasting the 08-05. Very nice beer. Rich. Sweet and dark. Intense taste explosion. Not typical sweetness, but rich, balanced, coffee and chocolate as well, also alcohol taste pretty present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Clownoisseur (424) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2015
2013 bottle, courtesy of MeadMe. Pours a dark brown, near black with a deep rising mocha colored head. Good retention and nice legs! Aromas are of dark fruits, molasses, earth, chocolate and booze. Taste is much more balanced than the nose suggested. Loads of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and molasses. Heavy mouth feel and very oily on the palate. Finishes with a nice dose of milk chocolate and toffee that masks the alcohol very well without being overly sweet. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1489) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
22oz bottle pours oily viscous black with small dark tan head. Nose has rich bitter roast dark chocolate, vanilla, marshmallow, dark fruits. Taste is thick bodied, creamy dark fruits, roasty cocoa with some dark malt fruit, bitter sweet chocolate. On the sweeter side. Finishes sweet with dark hershey syrup, charred chocolate, dark fruits, molasses. Big, rich and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bacterial (2822) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Pour at the Vendome Pasadena bottle share - thanks Lon! Thick black pour with a slight tan head. Very thick and decadent. Sweet chocolate goodness in the finish. Very well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Black with a mocha ring. Sweet dark malt aroma with cocoa. Creamy roasty feel. Dark coffee taste with light bitterness. Light smoke with a thick creamy mouthfeel. Amazing stout overall love this. Basically perfect.

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