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RATINGS: 678   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9170) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 16/09/2010 Fruit and hop aromas. Pinkish brown head. Black very strong in alcohol and a little rich on the palate with a bitter full coffee roast finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9127) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (9122) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8952) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (8743) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ Frankís (Ramnuts) tasting, thanks to Benjamin & Katherine (I think) - 06/11/12. Double black with a dirty coffee head that soon thins to the edges - looks the absoloute bollocks! Nose is molasses, light wood tones, puff of smoke, treacle toffee, tar, dark malts. Tastes of bitter dark cocoa, molasses, liqourice, leather, mineral tones, tobacco. Full bodied wiht very soft carbonation leading to a dry finish. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8675) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8601) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour. Rich and chewy with a lot of heavy tarry molasses character. Rich and charry with a nice soft earthy roastiness. Sticky up front but manages to give a perception of dryness on the finish. A bit of light licorice. Roasty finish with a lingering earthy hop bitterness. One word keeps appearing in the description of this oneÖ intense. Really damn good Impy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8461) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 8, 2009
From the CCB Dinner at Kickbackís in Jax, FL. On tap I believe as I was served this from a pitcher. Poured a used motor oil black with a temporary, ultra-dark brown head. Quickly disappears. Aroma is off-putting: tons of overripe bananas and rotting fruits. I was not the only one at the tasting to mention these notes. Even though the food pairing was with a beef stew (the only dish from the eight course meal that I found sub-par), the taste is very much smoked salmon. There is some coffee and roast in there but I canít get smoked salmon out of my head. Sort of a briny finish. We were given this at the same time as the 110K+OT Batch 2, which is on another level entirely. Drinking them alternately at the same time really brings out the flavors that make the 110K such an amazing feat and the Zhukov, well, poor for Cigar City standards.


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