SpongeRuiner (638) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another huge thanks to tectactoe on this one. Had back to back with Dark Lord and the General came out on top for me.
Fritz123 (898) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
One2remeber (141) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
djd07 (3243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
marshal_zhukov (3) - Tallahassee, USA - SEP 22, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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?
RoyB (17) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Daniel719 (102) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bytemesis (2927) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
barn0216 (385) - California, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.