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RATINGS: 754   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Pours black with mocha head with a reddish tint on the edges. Nose of toasty malt and berry. Body is smooth and medium. Taste is sweet but weíll balanced with roasted malt. Some bitter dark chocolate in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrianDorry55 (361) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bomber from Knightly Spirits. Pours an intimidating thick oily black with probably the darkest head I can ever remember seeing...looking at it makes me think Marshall Zhukov himself is going to pop out of my Duval glass and kick my ass...Aroma of dark chocolate, toffee, burnt wood, and alcohol. Flavor is like black coffee with just sugar added, some bitter hops, and some alcohol...but by no means too much. Starts a little rough on the palate but ends as smooth as they come. Thick mouthfeel. Overall...DAMN...first Cigar City brew and I cant wait to try the Cedar Aged Jai Alai in the fridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle: Pours black with a thin brown head that diminishes to the perimeter of my snifter. Malty aroma has hints of chocolate and expresso beans. Flavor has a dark chocolate sweetness with a roasty creamy mouthfeel. Finishes with a mild dryness. Very flavorful! Paired well with the Kona-Coffee & Macadamia Nut Dark Chocolate I had on hand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (341) - DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Black pour, nice trick tan head. N: roasted malts. Rally old school well made stout. Slightly fruity, dry licorice and dark chocolate. T: wow! Creamy mouthfeel initially.! Tastes great. Full dessert style.. Dark chocolate cake, roasted malts. Aftertaste is lingering. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Appearance: Nice murky black body with an attractive 1 finger brown head. Not much retention but some lace. Smell: Roast malt, coffee, and as previously mentioned a marshmallow like quality. Taste: Roast malt, coffee, nuts, espresso, and a touch of sweetness that is really faint. A bit too much astringent bitterness from all the coffee. Mouthfeel: Heavy body, creamy, and coating! I like it but it could be a bit much for some that donít really appreciate a full bodied stout! Drinkabilty: Full bodied with an 11.50% abv holds this delicious brew back in this category. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-19-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bconch (336) - - AUG 2, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Taken from old notes. 2011 batch. Nose of chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is sweet malts then chocolate. Nice hoppy finish that melds into a final chocolate note. Excellent impy. Just had the nitro version today (8/30/12) and it is even better. Creamy texture and mouthfeel makes you want to chew it. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (333) - norrtšlje, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle@Tastingsession. Apperance: Dark as coal with a creamy brown head. Aroma: Caramel, Chocolate, Roasted malts, Butterscotch. Flavor: Caramel, Roasted malts, Milk chocolate, Cocoa, Ripe fruit. Palate: Low carbonation and very high residual sweetness in this one. Smooth and robust. A good imperial stout that reminds me of 3F Dark Lord because of the big sweetness. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Viscous, oily black pour with very little head. Huge dark chocolate aroma. Tons of dark roasted malts, a little coffee, and a faint underlying fruitiness. Taste is full of roastiness. Burnt toast, with some coffee and bitter chocolate background. Has a certain earthiness to it. Some lasting bitterness on the finish. Palate is full and slick, but a little undercarbonated. Really delicious, but Iím not sure it matched up to the hype for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 Bottle. Pours a thick dark black with an espresso colored head. Aroma is dark cherries, espresso, black licorice, roasted malts, burnt sugar and hints of alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee. Getting hints of licorice and dark cherries and roasted/smoked malts. On the palate the beer provides a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, lingering roasted coffee at the end. Nice carbonation, definitely not syrupy at all. Impressive beer!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grubypawel (322) - - NOV 17, 2014
Tap@AIBF2014. Pours dark brown with a rich beige head. Lots of chocolate with hints of plum in the aroma. A medium bitter finish.

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