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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (638) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Another huge thanks to tectactoe on this one. Had back to back with Dark Lord and the General came out on top for me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz123 (898) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Draft at the Coffee District in Delray Beach, FL. Snifter. Pours a jet black with a dark mocha half finger head. Aroma is amazing with currents, cocoa, vanilla, roasted nuts and sweet milk. The taste is impressive with cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla bean, roasted almonds, sweet milk (lactose), and booze. Full body, slightly oily. Awesome finish of chocolate and vanilla. Didnít seem like an 11%. Very VERY good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (141) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Bottled 07.12.13. Dark espresso, micro bubble head. Stains the glass. Earthly, rich dry chocolate. Syrup sweet. Very clean. Paper, lite alcohol if any. Hint of cherry licorice. Soft, velvet mouthful. Mild thickness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle thanks to Don. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts awhile. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee bean, molasses. Thin mouthfeel with strong roast and dark chocolate, toffee, and nice sweet finish. Really enjoyed this one, very impressive.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marshal_zhukov (3) - Tallahassee, USA - SEP 22, 2013 does not count
Thick, black, superb stout. Viscous mouth with lots of chocolate and roasted malt notes, great balance and no hint of the booze until youíre drunk at the end of a glass. Why else would I pick this name?

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyB (17) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2013
Cant say that this is one of my favs. Its taste and mouthfeel arent special, maybe even a bit less than id expect of a famous stout. The aroma is very nice and complex however, and this comes back in the palate. Too bad the taste is so overwhelmingly sweet and burnt bitter in a way I don't like. -RoyB, Amsterdam

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daniel719 (102) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Awesome Beer. Pours dark black with a nice tan head. This thing is like a milkshake. Very thick. It is everything a RIS should be. It doesnt get much better than this. If you havent had this beer, get it immediately.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (2927) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours motor oil black with a medium dark black head and nice lacing. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, a bit of anise. Flavor is the same, medium sweet, medium bitter, some molasses. Not much anise expressed in the flavor, fortunately. Full body, super amazing creamy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (385) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Super black with the brownest head i have ever seen. Big dark chocolaty nose. Slightly boozy flavor, lots of chocolate again but it is tempered by a good dose of roasty bitterness. Huge delicious beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Black as night, mild tan head. Sticky tan lace gets summoned from the depths with each swirl. Leaves remnants of its presence in my glass which cannot simply be rinsed out with water: Zhukov requires a brush or sponge to remove.

Deep, roasty, caramelized grain hits my nose. Luscious, plenty of depth. Massive, yet silky body coats my mouth with every sip. Why can't all stouts copy this mouthfeel?

Brazenly roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of bitter coffee greet my palate. Toffee and molasses on the back end. Mild warmth as I swallow. An excellent example of a straightforward RIS.


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