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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7896) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle from ericandersnavy (and one from a trade with daknole). Pours an inky black with a dark brown head. Aroma of cocoa, a lot of sweetness, chocolate, molasses, light mocha and alcohol. Taste is cocoa, chocolate (both dark and sweet), with a little bit of strong coffee to round it out. Creamy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Thanks to Kan for sharing this. Poured black with a dark tan head. Aroma was ash, smoke and bitter chocolate. Taste was the same, some smoke in the middle with chocolate and coffe, and a very dry finish. Quite dry overall with earthy hops and bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
On draft at Capones. Finished off Adrian the zorkís glass. Pours a clear black colour with a tan head. Flavourful aroma of espresso, malts, chocolate and nuts. Taste is of bitter chocolate, smoky espresso, sweet notes of molasses, dark fruits, and a nutty flavor. Very palatable with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshuahfl (47) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Thanks to bhensonb for sharing this. Pours pitch black. Roasty, smoky aroma with some chocolate and coffee Big dark chocolate flavor that finishes with roasted malt. Very smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pours a viscous black with a deep tan spongy head. Aroma is dark malts, burnt sugars, molasses and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is slick and oily, but a touch thin. Flavor is deep roasted malts, sugars, some charred wood and then finishes with a string balancing hop bitterness. One is left with some anise flavors at the end. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
out of aa 750 ml. bottle. Pours very dark, light head, for over 9 percent it was smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4773) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Sample from bottle, thanks to someone at the SD Strong Ale Fest 09. Pours a dark dark brown with tan head. Roasted malt, espresso, chocolate, caramel, hint of dark fruit, and some hops. Good Imp stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
750ml bottle from DuffManSW. Rating # 82. Dense, pitch black pour with a dark brown, fluffy head. Dark fruit aroma, a little roast, very nice. Dark roasty flavor, bitter chocolate and some coffee maybe, good stuff. (1094)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011
Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: December 11, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, ORF
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: big roasted and dark chocolate aroma, touch of vanilla and licorice sweetness
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted bitterness, big hop character, long bitter finish, light alcohol

Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: July 23, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
big roasted aroma, lots of dark chocolate,

Name: Marshal Zhukovs
Date: November 14, 2010
Mode: bottle
Source: brewery
Score: 3.7 to 3.9
Appearance: black, fine brown head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, lots of dark fruits, light roasted, touch of dark chocolate, sweet licorice
Body: thick creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, sweet dark caramel and licorice, touch of fruityness, long bitter dark chocolate finish

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Looks thick as hell, big brown head that just wonít quit. Nose is big chocolate. Some raisiny tartness balances thing as well as bit of a brackish quality. Full soft mouthfeel w/ unsweetened chocolate bitterness in the finish.

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