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RATINGS: 738   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grubypawel (295) - - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Wow. This is one big, flavorful imperial stout. Thanks to Daniel for this one. Pours jet black with minimal head. Aromas of espresso and chocolate. Blast of chocolate flowed by a touch of bitterness. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate. An instant favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 18, 2014
750ml Vintage bottle shared - pours black with a tan head, rich yet dry chocolate, earthy black strap, barbecue sauce, complex and lasting flavors, chewy and thick mouthfeel, what a delicious treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Thanks to dvelcich for bringing this and the Humidor version. A - Pours back, mocha-colored head, very thick and viscous. S - Sweet dark fruits, slight char, burnt sugars, nice level of roast, chocolate. Pretty sweet, sweeter then expect, really. The chocolate and burnt sugars really stand out and create the high level of sweetness. T - Similar to the nose. Very sweet, chocolate, burnt sugars, char, roast, dark fruits. The alcohol is barley noticeable, which is impressive for such a fresh version and 11.5%. Impressive. M - Full, rich and viscous, creamy oak finish. O - A really good RIS. Perhaps a bit too sweet to enjoy in large amounts, but still, very good and enjoyable. Would def have again, if offered. I would like to try a bottle with some age on it to see if the sweetness dies down at all. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Iím not a fan of Stouts. I do respect all catagories of beer, and this stout is definetly well made. You must respect this swave multifaceted addition to the stout world.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
vvesside (256) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2013 I really loved this beer. Sweet, rich, dark, chocolatey and some good coffee flavor. Really amazing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Aroma- espresso, chocolate out da ass, vanilla, woodiness Appearance- beyond black, nice khaki head Taste- super dark chocolate, roastiness, coffee, just intense flavors overall Palate- thick, creamy, very sensual on the palate Overall- Wow, bigger and much bolder than I expected. Luscious as hell but could perhaps get cloying if expected to drink more than a small serving. Nice damn beer Cigar City.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Thanks Tim for sharing this great beer. Pours thick and black almost gloopy out of the bottle huge thick mocha head with a fantastic lacing. Smell: Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, marshmellow, molasses, brown sugar, smoke and a touch of tabacco. Taste: Expresso, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, licorice and tabacco. Wow this is some thick heavy stuff with a great roasted bitter coffee semi sweet finish!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
arn8897 (241) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Wow this is good. Pours black with a dark brown head almost as dark as the beer. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and licorice. Malty sweetness chocolate coffee and licorice flavors. Thick as motor oil. One of the best beets i have ever had. I wish they had this in Ohio.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2010
750ml. Bottle. Again courtesy of peteinSD. Initial impression is that this beer is unique and impressive. Not necessarily the best RIS of all time, but really tasty and easy to see why it makes such a great base beer for some of Cigar Cityís more exotic offerings. Pours like a can of dark motor oil with a well lacing chestnut colored head. Wow I dig the nose on this beer. Totally unexpected sharp aroma of leather and shoe polish. I know it sounds like all kinds of wrong, but it really is addictive. I get a huge dark uber bitter chocolate flavor right at the beginning that is quickly followed by a heavy roasted grain character. The back end is all roasty espresso and sharp bitterness that ties the beer together. Like the Big Sound, the flavor is really tight and well directed. No lingering flavors or things that seem out of place. The body is pretty much everything you could ask for in the style, heavy, a little creamy and not overly cloying. Glad I was able to get my hands on this one. Definitely makes me want to try the various barrel aged versions.

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