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RATINGS: 723   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewskis (123) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Pours dark as night with a finger length dark mocha head. Smells of dark chocolate, cherry, plums, figs, coffee, molasses, carmel, some smoke. Taste starts with the dark chocolate, smoke, expresso, as well as some dark fruit notes. Then get a lot of molasses, lots of breadiness, almost like a marshmallow flavor, as well as some bitterness from the hop presence. Then the finish is more dark chocolate, intense expresso, plums, figs, molasses, cherry, oak, some peat, a little booze. Full mouthfeel with a slick, yet creamy mouthfeel. The bitterness increases as you get through the flavor profile. This is how a Russian Imperial Stout should be. Awesome.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1479) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle, shared at a tasting. Pours dark brown with a dark beige head. Intense molasses aroma, some liquorice and loads of roasted malts. Thick body, flavours are roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2093) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Either 2012 or 2013 bottle provided by jrob21. Deep dark roasty cocoa with lots of thick molasses, some dark fruits, thick, velvety. Really good and aged quite well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (7692) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle - Bittersweet chocolate and nice cocoa. Jet brown with a brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, syrupy and a a nice sweet finish. Balanced nice sweetness and a rich body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trapped (1384) - New York, TURKEY - JUL 10, 2015
Bottle. Pours inky black with medium sized spongy tan head, strong mocha flavor, thick oily texture, medium carbonation, slightly sweet molasses taste with mocha flavor, rum undertones, long finish. A very exquisite beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2928) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bulldogops (1140) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (1547) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zakoon (242) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1219) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2015
750ml bottle pours a thick black color without any head. Low carbonation. Mild toffee. Sticky sweet. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maarten1993 (500) - - 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.


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