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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Black as night appearance with a small chocolate colored head. First aroma is of dark chocolate and alcohol warmness. Taste is bitter dark chocolate with a coffee finish. Very thick mouthfeel. Overall a pretty good RIS but not the best and not a favorite of mine.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
One2remeber (157) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2014 2014 on tap. Pours jet black with an awesome tan head. Smell is so sweet. Dark chocolate and dark fruits take over. Smell is very sweet. More than last year. Coats the mouth. Very thick. Different than last year but still great.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mpuntmuts (142) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2014
Jet black used motor oil pour with no head. Bitter chocolate first smell. Also some red wine balsamic vinegar like notes. Coffee and chocolate taste along with acidic vinous flavors. Medium bodied with low to medium carbo. Overall a nice brew but it seems to miss something. From trade with Jimsal27, thanks Jimmy, awesome to have been able to taste this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebsmitty (138) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Aged one year. Thick black pour. Thin lacing, deep amber brown to red color. Smell coffee chocolate. Instant cocoa, toffee...roasted, vanilla. Smooth finish, thick, light carbonation. Incredible.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dunbar72 (135) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
Bottle shared at Tkrjukoffís CCB-day in Sštila. Pours black with a large dark brown head. Very deep aroma of licorice, coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee, chocolate and lots of licorice in the end. Pretty bitter.

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
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours "as black as a slave" as LeopoldStoch put it. The aroma dark chocolate and a nice roasted profile. The flavor cocoa and that roasted character from the nose is there in the taste as well. I really, really, enjoyed the way the roasted notes played with the cocoa flavors. The finish of this beer are where my complaints are. The finish is bitter which I really like at first but then it goes on and on which I really hated. This beer has amazing potential if it can clean up the finish a bit.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
POurs a thick, oily black with a REDDISH tan head! Thick and unctious (yes, I used the word "unctious") but not oily looking like, say, Ten-Fidy. Cherries from a amile away that dissipate. More dark chocolate, wood, leatheryishness. Reminds me of those cherry-filled premium dark chocolates but that were kept in a cigar box. But in a good way. Heavy mouth. Woodsiness, cherry. Bitter chocolately finish. Damned, damned fine! Must... buy... more...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Wow great beer, aroma is roast chocolate, appearance is black with brown head taste is Carmel chocolate roast. Great beer


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