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RATINGS: 765   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 II’s 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 Zhukov’s 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. Zhukov’s Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.

Jimsal27's rating

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3382) - New York, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle at home from Homer321 who sent me a very high caloritic box o beer. Jet black pour filmy head. Nose is roasted malt and cocoa. Tastes of rich chocolate, caramel, molasses, tobacco. Earth. Rich palate chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (1044) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2016
The very dark brown body and opaque was impressive to look at, but the medium brown head was even more so, small and short lived as it was. The aroma was most reminiscent of toffee, with a strong caramel and molasses presence, not as much coffee or chocolate as I expected. The taste was more approachable than most IRS style beers, with lots of sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and smooth vanilla, and not too much astringency or acidity. The beer was easy to drink for a double digit ABV bruiser. The body was thick and soft in feel, and the alcohol warmth was well in check. This was a lovely stout, but not much to remember it by after it was gone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse (3963) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Pours black with about a finger of thick, deep tan head. Beautiful! Aroma of molasses, liquorice, figs and dates, espresso, chocolate. Taste is chocolate and fig sweet up front, followed by a rich, long, lingering espresso bitter finish. Rich and creamy body with velvety carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (7559) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle at Himmeriget. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, light roasted malt. Similar taste, also coffee and some nuts. Smooth and nicely balanced. I could drink this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2996) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2016
Flaske. Stort glas fra en venlig nordmand pĺ himmeriget. 2014 ĺrgang hvilket desvćrre var meget tydelig da řllen var blevet til en soya bombe. Duft af soya og lidt lakrids. Olieret og flot at se pĺ med fin karbonering men smagen var desvćrre ogsĺ gĺet over. Hvad man dog tydelig kunne fornemme var at dette er en řl der skal drikkes frisk og sĺ har den i den grad potentialet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kayres (810) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Pours a thick black color with a thick dark tan head. Heavy full bodied smooth. Sweet velvety a bit of chocolate bitter. Smooth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SirLimpsalot (3680) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
@ Himmeriget 16-8-11: mycket stabil med fina toner av choklad, kaffe och vanilj. Fin balans. Mycket gott.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettGT (152) - Aalborg, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
2014 vintage. Aroma of raisin, roasty chocolate, fudge, plums, red grape, espresso. Pours pitch black with the creamiest thick, brown head. Taste is very balanced with stronger notes of chocolate, fudge, espresso. Plums and raisins are more subdued in the taste. Very full bodied, super smooth and silky mouthfeel, soft carbonation, nice plummy and espresso finish. This impy is incredible with aging. So smooth and perfect on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (666) - HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
Igazi motorolaj-jelleggel köszön be a tábornok itala, szirupos, ragacsos, éjjeli folyadék keskeny bézs karimával a tetején. Dörgedelmes illatai diós, hamus, faháncsos vonalakat rajzolnak a levegőbe, hordós jegyek sötét tónusai olvadnak az eszpresszós, kandiscukros, melaszos folyam áradatába. Tekintélyes súlyú kortyaira oda kell ám figyelni, nem zöldfülűek számára keverték ki a mesterek. Szójaszószos jellege a legteltebb étcsokoládéval megpakolt, kakaóbabos malátalikőr benyomását kelti, tekintélyt parancsoló, harcias formátumú főzetünk nem szűkölködik a feketén vibráló ízjegyekben. Amire egy imperial stout képes, azt ez a sör mind tudja, magasabb szintre emelni fizikailag talán csak további érlelés útján lehetséges, a kategória királyai között tehát mindenképpen érdemes számon tartani.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (4207) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Large shared 2014 bottle in July 2016.. Lightly sweet: a better level than Surly Darkness or Dark Lord, with all 3 tried in the same tasting session. Plenty of dark dried fruit. Lightly boozy in a way that fits the other characteristics.

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