otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: black, oily, liquid obsidian. Crema hued head fades into a thin collar.
Nose: oily black viscosity. Roasted, tarry, and massive amounts of black licorice and anise. Dense black cake and charred dried prunes and figs. Oily peat in the back – Lagavulin comes to mind. Acrid bits in the middle – burnt and tannic.
Palate: big middle and finish, light in the front. Dry burnt smoky ashen finish. Oily viscous mouthfeel. Cigar leaf and cigars, slowly smoldering, trails of smoke wafting lazily up into the air. Dried prunes with pits. Peppery – like a peppercorn rub. Dried ancho chili peppers. Old leather.
Final Thoughts: quite intriguing. This was the second of 4 tasters I savored at the Cigar City Tasting room with my Love. The atmosphere was as perfect as the beers. Delicious! I was expecting a bit more of a different beer from the original Marshall Zhukov, which there wasn’t, but I wasn’t disappointed either. If anything, a bit rough around the edges which could benefit from a bit of smoothing out.
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is that normal Zuckov syrupy molasses light sticky tan head. Smell is smokey medicinal slight grape. Taste is Lots of smoke ashy burnt not much sour if any just smoke.
drowland (6134) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
9/27/11. Growler thanks to Adam! Pitch black pour with a thick brown head. Aroma of smoke, char, and coffee, but there’s also an astringent/medicinal aspect as well. Sweet malty flavor at first with plenty of char and ash, a bit of tartness, and a touch of medicine as well.
burg326 (3840) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
32 ounce growler, poured jet black with very little head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, cloves, citrus, and some coffee. Very unique taste, lots of bitter coffee, touch of citrus, and campfire ash. Light on the palate, not as sludgy as the normal treatment, interesting experience.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
32oz growler as a kick-ass "extra" from beerlando. thanks, bryan! pours a deep black, not quite as thick as the other Zhukov treatments, with a razor thin, rusted brown head that leaves a light ring of bubbles around the edges and no lacing.aroma is great, crazy different, with huge roasted malts, char, and fresh licorice backed by herbal chocolate, orange zest, and light, fruity coffee with subtle notes of yeast and cloves. flavor is excellent, honestly a bit surprised i enjoyed it so much, with heavy roasted malts, very bitter, spent coffee beans, and dry, cacao chocolate backed by campfire ash, smoked nuts, and herbal saison yeast. palate is, as expected for 2nd runnings, a bit thinner than other Zhukov treatments with light carbonation and a dry, roasted, herbal finish.
overall, althought it’s my least favorite Zhukov it’s still a damn nice, very unique brew.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler generously sent from mikeluke23...pours a ridiculous black with small ochre head. Aroma just insane...heavily charred malt, dark chocolate, black licorice, tobacco, and spice. intense stuff. Flavor of toasted malt, grass, bitter cocoa, and burnt lactose. Rich, hearty, overwhelming...but excellent! Wouldnt blindly still call this an impy stout, however
markwise (4524) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Cigar City. Pours a dark obsidian color with a small off-tan head. Nose is roast, earth, espresso, black coffee, and hints of licorice and small cocoa. Flavor is amazing- espresso, black coffee, roast, earth, and hints of char. Unsweet cocoa, and unsweet dark chocolate also pervade the beer. For what it is- second runnings of Zhukov fermented with a saison yeast, this beer is outstanding and unique in every aspect- from the roast presence to the color to the dry roasty and earthy finish.
smith4498 (3063) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Cervezas Cigar City tap takeover. Pours dark brown/black with thin brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, with some hints of coffee and cocoa. Similar flavors. Much thinner body and less sweet than the regular Zhukov.
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler… Pours pitch black with a small, bubbly, brown head. The aromatics are of chocolate and fudge flanked by traces of clove, fig, dried plum and date. Full-bodied and velvety with soft carbonation. The flavor is chocolaty with layers of dried dark fruits, clove and dry vintage port. Finishes chocolaty and lightly spicy, then a touch flat and mundane. Very nice overall. Growler courtesy of Tony!
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
medium brown with a light tan head, watery but its a touch old... smells pretty nice, cocoa nib brownies... the taste is boring, muted sweetness, light chalky yeast on the back... meh