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RATINGS: 677   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.


4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
scampycampy (39) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Aroma is mild due to itís viscosity. Pours dark and thick with little carbonation. Drinks think and tasty with chocalate, toffee, molasses flavors with full body with long espresso finish. This beer is a chewy, tasty meal of a beer. bring yer knife and fork. I recommend having some chocolate if yer lookin for a munchy to go with this. yummmmmy

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ready4Aheady (38) - New York, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Drank a bottle on Christmas eve--- One of the best stouts ive ever had, creamy and rich--- delicious...

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeLimpert (33) - - AUG 11, 2013
Pours dark like motor oil with a very slight dark brown head. There is not a noticeable aroma however this beer has a strong presence of dark chocolate and roasted espresso.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lapalou (24) - Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2014
The base for Hunaphu, is itself a fantastic beer. Dark thick pour, notes of chocolate and slight expresso. Really smooth and drinkable at this abv. The 2014 version is excellent although the bottles went from bombers to 22s. Interested to let this one sit for a few months.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BernieLomax (19) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
This an epic beer and not recommended for the faint of heart. The ABV alone should ward of the casual on looker, but if not, prepare for war. Bernie is on record stating that this is the best Imperial Stout that I have ever had and until proven otherwise it will remain at the top. The beer pours as black as oil and has a minimal amber colored head, but the crazy part is that as you prepare for the first sip all of your preconceived notions are erased and you find yourself with an Imperial Stout that is light bodied, robust, surprisingly easy and inviting to drink. The dark body of the stout never catches up to the overall intriguing and pleasant taste of the beer. Must have when found and a new age collection beer. One bomber is great, 2 bombers good luck!

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGknights44 (19) - - AUG 3, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Draft CCB brewpub. Dark brown head with decent retention, no lacing. Dark fruit, chocolate, espresso flavor. Aroma was weak in potency, difficult to get anything. Very slight alcohol warming. Opaque black in color. Medium Low carbonation. Prevalent bitterness well balanced with sweetness. Lack of aroma is only imperfection.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kdmcguire10 (18) - Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2009 Bottle poured into a CBS Snifter. Black as night. It gulped like motor oil out of the bottle. Almost no head on the pour but what was there was a dark chocolate color. Aroma is chocolate espresso with a splash of molasses to sweeten the nose. The taste, oh my the taste. Dark chocolate covered raisins, toffee, and a punch of espresso on the finish. Itís sweet, dare I say almost like a milkstout. So incredibly drinkable for a 11% beer. You taste absolutely none of the alcohol. Silky mouthfeel. Not as thick as I expected from the pour. Overall, absolutely one of the best beers Iíve ever had and definitely on the podium for RIS. Iíd like to try to compare an aged version such as this to a fresher version.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dexter1 (18) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Slightly thick and syrupy. Chocolate, toffee and molasses. A bit of a metallic aftertaste. Got it on draft at cigar city tasting room!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoyB (17) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2013
Cant say that this is one of my favs. Its taste and mouthfeel arent special, maybe even a bit less than id expect of a famous stout. The aroma is very nice and complex however, and this comes back in the palate. Too bad the taste is so overwhelmingly sweet and burnt bitter in a way I don't like. -RoyB, Amsterdam

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indecipherable (14) - - JUN 4, 2014
Huge, bold flavoured beer....lots of chocolate and malts, very dark pour with a bronze head. Super full body, yet creaming and slightly boozy, but the amazing flavour makes it for a superb drink, one of the better beers Iíve had - Thanks heaps Bytemesis


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