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RATINGS: 717   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 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3373) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Traded bottle enjoyed in FL. Possibly the thickest looking beer I have ever poured. Seriously looked like used motor oil with a small ruby accent head. Big aroma of sweet and dark fruit, molasses and brown sugar. Huge flavor profile that covers espresso, tart cherries and sweet malt. No hint of the 11 ABV. Nice but big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (2645) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at first "Er klopt iemand op de deur" tasting aka EBT3. Thx to everyone for sharing todayís beers! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fruity, herbs. TASTE: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8388) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Rustbrown head, fast gone over jet-black beer. Black ŗnd sweet chocolate, some unidentifiable, but really nice green herbs, and... tobacco? Jacket potato, earthy, chocolate, felt, alcohol & fusels. Seriously complex. Alcoholburn≤, utterly well-bodied and viscous. Talk about Imperial - impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (5246) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
750 ml. bottle sampled @ "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving I. Thanks! Spare rocky dark head. Pitchblack. Rediculously thick beer, molasses, nutty, burnt, roasted, bitter, leather, faint earth, wood, charcoal, very bitter, very heavy roast, thick dark berries syrup. Crazily thick beer, very interesting, bit too much roast for me personally but wonderful all the same. Thick, creamy molasses.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (574) - - JUL 9, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a true black with a dark tan head that creeps to the edge of the glass, moderate lacing. Aroma is complex, deep and rich: chocolate malt, roast, toffee sweetness. Flavor is large and in charge: chocolate notes come through the intense and balanced RIS flavors. Alcohol is well masked - this is 11.5%? Viscous as oil. Delicious. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatDane1632 (876) - USA - JUL 1, 2014
Had a three year vertical with 2011, 2012, 2013 bottles with many many thanks to PaulUnwin! My favorite from the bunch was the 2011, followed by the 2012 and rounded out in last by the 2013. Make no mistake there wasnít a bad beer in the bunch. These are all bold, fully-rounded, flavorful and intense Stouts. To do a vertical of these was truly a first-class treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3580) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2014
Black of color with a nice brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, liqurice, bitter notes and coffee. A flavor of sweets, roasted malt, minerals, raisins, coffee and a nice oily texture.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indecipherable (14) - - JUN 4, 2014
Huge, bold flavoured beer....lots of chocolate and malts, very dark pour with a bronze head. Super full body, yet creaming and slightly boozy, but the amazing flavour makes it for a superb drink, one of the better beers Iíve had - Thanks heaps Bytemesis

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wchesser (1429) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
í14 B-day tasting party-beer of the night for me. í11 bottle I think I got from fullobs a few years back? Pours like motor oil. Deep black. Light soy, molasses, dark roast and burnt malts. Stewed prunes, ash, molasses, dark bitter chocolate. Maybe the longest finish of any beer Iíve ever had. Originally had this at Boulder Strong Ale í12 and remembered using 3 or 4 tickets on it to have with my bbq b/c I liked it so much. Glad this lived up to the memory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (6166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craigís tasting. Sweet rich chocolate, roasted malts, dry and bitter.

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