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RATINGS: 678   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 750 ml bottle. Pours a luxurious ink black with some dark purple tints as it pours into the glass. Head is dark brown and eventually fades - nice thickness to it with some bubbles popping. Strong aroma with some vanilla notes, cognac, marshmallows and licorice. Flavor, which improves as it warms, is elegant and warming. Coffee permeates the palate with some vanilla notes, cognac like liqueur flavor, some licorice and a bit of chocolate. Coats the mouth and leaves you thirsting for more, yet full and satisfied. Mouthfeel is thick and rich . Nice one to ride a Tropical Storm out on.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2009
bottle thanks to Daknole, a nice pffsssttt as the bottle opens releases a nice mist and I start to pour. Now I know I have used the term "motor oil" and "thick as hell" before, but no other beer, NOT ONE can touch the consistency that this brew has. Pouring it in the glass I get the feeling that this beer could clog my arteries, it honestly looked like maple syrup going on pancakes. Once settled in the glass, a thin waterfall leaves a very dark and mean looking dark brown head. The aroma is unique to any other RIS nose I have had the pleasure of sniffing. Strong expresso, booze, dark fruits, and wood. Really no sweet aromas at all. Itís entirely dark, bitter, and brutal smelling. Flavors follow that thought process to a T. Bitter expresso, molasses, oak, and a dryness in the mouth from a nice hop character. There is balance, but it seems more of a balance of one form of bitter to another. There really isnít a sweet note at all, and itís really not a bad thing at all. This puppy is dark and dangerous. Thanks to Dak and CCB!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a luxurious tan head. Aroma: Freshly ground medium roasted coffee, dark chocolate, black forrest cake, and dark dried fruit. Taste: Burnt roast, dark chocolate, chocolate cake, and espresso. Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, but not super goopy. Overall: A heavy, sexy impy!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 The base of one of my favorite beers, Hunahpuís. Pours an oily black color with a very thin no color bubly head. Has an aroma of cherries and chocolate with hints of roast. Has a sweet start with a nice thick mouthfeel. Some gentle bitters. Nice velvety chocolate and cherry notes through the finish. Great IS. But itís no Hunahpuís. Nov. 17, 2010 - On tap at Blind Tiger with Joey Redner in the house. It will always be known at Hunahpus little brother, but this is a great IS in its own right. Nice a creamy out of the tap. Just excellent.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vinny at Ginger Man in NYC before the Pavement show in Central Park (9/21/10). Pours a deep, solid motor-oil black with absolutely no head, nor carbonation. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molassess, honey, fresh-ground roasted coffee, sweet malts, light hints of barley, and a very subtle, welcoming smokiness. Medium to thin bodied, which sounds strange, but the palate is so rich, heavy, and near-sticky that it supports the tremendous weight of the alcohol and flavors. The mouthfeel is soft, well-rounded, and almost juicy in the finish. Very similar to Angelsí Share in both aroma and texture. Great Russian Imperial stout. I love this brewery!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyCraft (3257) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Pours a deep, solid motor-oil black with absolutely no head, nor carbonation. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molasses, honey, fresh-ground roasted coffee, sweet malts, light hints of barley, and a very subtle, welcoming smokiness. Medium to thin bodied, which sounds strange, but the palate is so rich, heavy, and near-sticky that it supports the tremendous weight of the alcohol and flavors. The mouthfeel is soft, well-rounded, and almost juicy in the finish. One of my favorite Russians, stout and the general.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (7443) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
750 ml capped bottle, 2009 vintage, thanks jdubfl. Pours into my snifter a dense black, with no light even on the edges. The head is the best ive seen, it is cocoa brown and looks like chocolate creme. It stick around nicely leaving some very nice lacing behind. The smell is pretty wild on this one, like no beer I have smelled before, thanks to the cedar. Along with the fresh cedar there is massive amounts of malt and a huge chocolate presence. This is also one of my favorite smelling brews. There is a tiny hint of sourness and wine way underneath too. It is totally exotic, but very well executed. This one tastes very delicious. The malts are very easy to pick out and leave layers of flavor as you go. The cedar is a huge presence in the taste and it tastes good. It is a totally different beast than oak, it melds with the bitterness expertly creating almost a piney flavor. It is sweet and has a decent alcohol presence but neither become overpowering. The mouthfeel could be less carbonated, but for the most part it is pretty good. My mouth has gotten really sticky while drinking this stuff. This stout is jam packed with flavor, it isnít for the faint of heart, I wish I had another bottle to age. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-29-2010 00:29:39

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2011 Bottle from a trade. I am slightly annoyed at how hard it was to find this beer in the database because of the variations. Oh well. It was worth it. Pours Black with a very dark brown, fine bubbled head. Very pretty. Nose is great, presenting a big roasty component, subdued hop notes which come across as lightly floral. Strong chocolate and faint coffee. Caramel and licorice. Very nice nose on this one. On taste, it is big. Thick and dark. Dry, roasty, chocolate is great. This is a fantastic base beer and very well structured. Clean fermentation and plenty to pick out. Fantastic beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryanfolty (1848) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2012 Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day! Rerate at brewery October 19, 2012. Black pour with dark brown head and lacing. Chocolate, dark fruit, nutty and woody in aroma and taste. Thick and chewy, plus very smooth. No change on ratings.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
degbert (1131) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle, courtesy of ericandersnavy. When I poured it, I said, reverently, "Holy crap." It pours thick and viscous -- it actually looks like an oil or a light syrup. Easily the darkest head Iíve ever seen on a stout -- dark caramel or light chocolate. The nose has chocolate, rye bread, and five-spice powder notes; that last actually made me think of a good Asian grocery. Incredibly rich on the tongue -- figs, dried apricots, espresso, and Mexican chocolate, leading into a long, bittersweet finish. Amazing, truly amazing.


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