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RATINGS: 669   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle. Pretty much black in color with a barely and head. What is there is a speckles of cinnamon color on top of the beer. Aroma is licorice forward with some toffee. Flavor is chocolate, slight dark fruit, and finishes with a subtle smokiness. Long finish. Fairly heavy mouthfeel. The light carbonation really works for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwood04 (3878) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 8, 2011
750ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate cream, roasted malts, and a little coffee with some hops. A very thick, sweet, chocolaty beer. Thick texture. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hivemind (708) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Bottle courtesy of James, shared w Andy, James, Streets. Pours black with a winey hue and light, violet-brown head. Lacing leaves glass looking like a dirty windshield. Aroma is chocolate and licorice, palate is dark chocolate and cherries. Heavy and full-bodied with an overall chalkiness or sediment (which I canít see due to color).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReggieDunlap (3052) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Pours pitch black with a very dark mocha head...this is about the darkest, thickest impy Iíve seen yet and has the darkest head...poured like used motor oil...great lacing and good retention. Aroma is roasty with notes of dark fruit and caramel...a bit of very dark bitter chocolate. Flavor has very dark bitter chocolate...very roasty and hoppy...spicy hops...coffee notes, just a bit of dark fruit...fig...very sweet and very hoppy and bold at the same time. Mouthfeel is very heavy and full...viscous...and the finish is super roasty and dry with a note of espresso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Draft at Caponeís with james, tony, and andrew. Pours a pitch black with a thin mocha head. Flavors are heavy on the espresso and coffee. Slight chocolate notes. Thinner mouthfeel for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6324) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Maekchu. The craziest, hugest, blackest head I have ever seen on a beer. Simple mind-boggling! Nose of coffee, chocolate, wood, minerals. Nice but not all that special. Burnt, thick, sweet flavor of roasty wood ash. Sweet and nice but not so complex. HUGE bodyóthick as hell. The heaviest beer I have ever tried to drink! This is a fun, crazy beer. Basically decent, but the appearance and body are extremely unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2335) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle, pours a nice think motor oil, very viscious, aroma is very chocolate and espresso, the flavour is a bit harsh and not crazy smooth, but overall it is enjoyable, i think this one would do very well with some age on it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2728) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 750 ml bottle shared @ tkrjukoffs CCB Day tasting. Pours oily pitch black with a creamy very dark chocolate brown head that slowly dissipates while leaving some lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, salty liquorice, resinous wood, alcohol, pine, fresh grass, asphalt, vanilla essence and hints of tar and peat. Taste is sweet, bitter and very salty with roasted malts, tar, ammonium chloride, minerals, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, resinous wood, asphalt, pine, fresh grass, vanilla, burnt caramel, straw and alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, slightly dry and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and salty with roasted malts, black pepper, fresh grass, pine, coffee, straw and resinous wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (3145) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2012
Pitch black color. Pours like motor oil, absolutely no head. Very rich dark chocolate, charcoal, dark fruit, hoppy, tobbaco, brownies in the nose. Mouth is rich, very viscous, hoppy, tons of dark chocolate and charcoal. Rich. Alcohol well hidden in the body. Lingering dark chocolate and rum finish. Warming alcohol finish. Not enough carbonation, but otherwise a really stellar beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (5813) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2012
always wanted to try this, then 2 bottles show up- i got deep on both! .. . pours deep black .. good foam, same with the lacing .. . deep tar .. . awesome brew
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I wanted to put a bee in your bonnet.
Weíll talk later.

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