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RATINGS: 723   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (10784) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared by Nickls. Pours opaque with an average, creamy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, burnt, dark fruit), average hops (floral, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, prune, raisin, leather, and peat. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, burnt, dark fruit), average hops (herbal, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, wood, plum, prune, leather, and peat. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess and astringent with a dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10783) - SÝborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2010
Bottled. Tasted blind # 12 @ Papsoe 21. august 2010. Picth black coloured. Dense brown head. ARoma: Roast, sweetness, light spice, chocolate, coffee, light smoke. Flavour: Heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, smoke, sweetness, grass and vague herbs. Medium to full bodied. Roasty coffeeish bitterness in the end. Wow. Great.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (10513) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
750 mL bottle courtesy of TheCheeseMan and shared at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a dark red-tinted brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Viscous looking. The aroma is huge and roasty with notes of vanilla, honey and something astringent. The taste is bitter roasted malts, coffee, caramel, honey, nuts and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied. Slightly too bitter but very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with a rich brown head. Aroma is wonderful. Coffee, roast, chocolate,molasses and resinous hops. Flavor is full bodied and lots of bitter chocolate, piney hops, roasted malt and molasses. another stellar beer by Joey and Wayne. Cheers guys!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (10131) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle @ home as my 9000th rating. Opaque pitch black color, full sized dark brown head that lasts for quite some time. Aroma is malts, dark malts, some caramel, wood, a touch of liquor. Taste malts, dark malts, lightly liquorice, roast, initially lightly espresso, espresso roast in the finish, bitter, dark chocolate, lightly dry aftertaste with a good espresso roast and dark chocolate bitterness. Silky texture, medium to full body, suitable carbonation. A lovely roasty celebration for my 9000th rating!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10089) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bottle in hotel after Boulder Strong Ale Fest, courtesy of markwise. Thanks Mark! Deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Rich dark chocolate, roasty, dark caramel, a touch woody aroma. Very rich, dark roasty, big tobacco, dark fruity, dark chocolate flavor. Chewy mouth feel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Draft... This beer rocks!Ö Pours midnight black with a mid-sized, creamy, well-tanned head. Great retention. The aroma is a swirl of chocolate, charcoal, tobacco and espresso with hints of vanilla and sorghum molasses. Full-bodied and very creamy with modest carbonation. Sweet chocolate and bitter coffee essences abound. Well-balanced. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish. World class imperial stout!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2009
On tap at Caponeís. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, some woodiness, roast, and nuts. Tastes of chocolate, some brown sugary sweetness, roast, coffee, and nutty. Overall the alcohol content was well hidden.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (9541) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2009
Kuhnhenn WInter Soltice BA/RB tasting party. Thick RIS, thick chocolate. Pours dark brown with some head. Great tasting. A little chocolate in th aroma.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (9446) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. The beer pours inky black with with a medium thick brown head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, black coffee and plum. Rich and chewy body with flavors of roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate along with an element of dark fruits. The finish is sweet mocha with a roasty aftertaste. Very good beer and a worthy dedication to Zhukov, whom I coincidentally learned about after finishing "The 900 Days" just before trying this brew.


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