MeadMe (1170) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks to Joey and Wayne for the beer, thecheeseman for the $150 coffee, Redlight Redlight for putting it on nitro, and to all the ratebeer folks who descended on Central Florida for the RBWG. It was fun.
A: Pours coal black with a cascading deep dark evil head. The head lasts and lasts. Very puffy and pillow like, the consistency of great espresso.
S: Wow coffee to the max. Very bold, rich, and earthy with notes of vanilla.
T: Awesome. Full of fresh espresso. An insane amount of roast. Light vanilla sweetness, a hint nutty, just pure awesomeness.
M: So big full and rich. Itís the nitro that really puts it overthetop though. Despite being huge it is so soft, smooth, creamy, velvet.
D: Awesome. Would love to be able to sit down with a pint of this one early some morning.
Awesome beer. Loved it, Alesmithís "the shit" just became my number one want.
italarican (1139) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Blind Tiger in honor of Mike Eyedrinkale; thanks Victor (if you actually got me any of this). Pours a good looking thick, syrupy black with a slight polish to it. Aroma is massive of espresso and chocolate liqueur. Flavor is similar: primarily delicious espresso with a bit of chocolate liqueur. Velvety and thick body with loads of fresh coffee in the finish. This was a bit simplistic but just too ridiculously delicious to rate lower.
OmegaX (1131) - Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the guy in line @ CCB that let me have some of since he got the last of it. Nose is pure coffee and roast. Like coffee ice cream. Pour is absurdly dark and coats that glass leaving a trail of beer that recedes after every sip. Tastes like a cup of coffee...Sort of a bland description but thatís what it is with less bitters. Some notes of vanilla and slight chocolate. Well balanced. Pretty darn good but I honestly like the original Zhukov better. Definitely an unusual and rare beer worth trying once for sure though.
bvc (1123) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
32oz growler shared by scrivvv and sent by solan...thanks guys. The appearance of this beer is really something to see. Motor oil black, viscous, coats the glass in a way that turns it to amber tint. Thick rich crema head that is quite possibly the darkest in color Iíve ever seen. In the most simplistic way I can describe it, it is full of rich cold coffee and sweet lactic undertones. Earthy, ashy, toasted nuts, burnt sugar, prunes, dried cherries, some metallic hints. Such a full creamy mouth feel, heavy and dense. Very much rich in coffee and balanced out with the dense malt. Much better than the first growler I had and the sample at gabf last year.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50th rating. Growler shared by DuffmanSW compliments of laroja. Poured a dark brown with light brown head. Aroma was awesome with lots of coffee, vanilla, prune juice, cinnamon spices. Taste was bitter roast coffee, pungent, cinnamon, burnt toast, and chocolate bars. Thick beer with good carbonation that coats the glass. Overall this was very very good.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro tap at Redlight for the RBWG. This one pours absolutely pitch black with no light escaping through and topped by a thick and foamy tan colored head that shows great retention. The head slowly receds and leaves a solid sheet of lace around the glass. By far one of the best looking beers I have seen in awhile. The aroma is a chocolate and coffee delight with the darki, roasted coffee up front followed by rich and decadent milk and dark chocolate. There is also a touch of cream in there too. The flavors follow suit and are just as rich and decadent. The freshly roasted coffee comes through in the flavor first and perfectly balances the dark chocolate malt. Sweet milk chocolate and cream round out the flavor profile. The coffee is really well integrated without being overly roasted at all. The palate is full bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth with perfect carbonation and avoids any kind of stickiness. The smooth body helps it go down so easily and hides the 11% alcohol really well, which is a little scary. I could easily drink a lot of this beer. I think I can say this is the best coffee beer I have ever had. I hope they do this one again.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - APR 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another really good variation of Zhukov, with a nice amount of coffee, but a bit on the sweeter side and not my favorite interpretation. Thanks Diego, as usual.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
32oz growler most generously sent by Beerlando. thanks, Bryan! rated a couple days ago but entered as rating #999 of my journey to #1000. pours a beautifully decadent, oily, jet-black with a rich, dark, cinnamon/rusty brown head with perfect retention and sticky rings of lace.
aroma is unlike any beer iíve ever experienced. absolutely stunning with the most intense, rich, world class espresso, charred french roast, fruity, freshly harvested coffee beans, and a touch of spiced, mexican blend and backed by elegant, pure dark chocolate, toasted hazelnuts, and hints of vanilla with subtle notes of cinnamon and topsoil as it warms in my CCB snifter. i literally spent 10 minutes savoring the aroma before taking a sip! so long, in fact, LJ started laughing at me and sheís seen me rate hundreds of beers before this one. flavor is almost indescribable. just on a completely different level than mere mortal imperial coffee stouts with a massive onslaught of rich espresso, freshly roasted $100/lb coffee, and bitter, slightly fruity, spent grinds with a sublime balance offerred by rich, semi-sweet fudge, vanilla, and subtle molasses with hints of fresh cinnamon, dark fruits, and cigar ash on the back end. palate is nothing short of perfect. i mean, this "shit" drinks like a damn frappacino with a silky, slick texture, perfect carbonation, and the most intense, chocolate, roasted coffee finish iíve ever experienced. overall, truly a sublime beer. no way i can rate this any less that a perfect 5 as itís definitely one of the absolute best beers iíve ever tasted.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Mini growler] shared by tytoanderso. Thanks Tyler! Pours a ridiculously dark black with a small, soapy tan head. Aroma is smoky, super roasty, thick and lightly oxidized coffee, and some creamy dark chocolate. Flavor has just a touch of peppers, some coffee, and is super ashy and a touch astringent. Medium mouthfeel and a chalky finish. Little to no hop character.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
growler courtesy of askdrtodd, thanks a ton! wow! what a beer. this really is a top notch stout, no way around it. beautiful pour, took some good height to achive a good head, and the beer is by no means lacking of carb in the body afterwards. the body is very very viscous, super oily, dark brown head with long lasting cascading action and decent lacing and spotting, beautiful beer. the coffee is the star of the show through and through in this beer, hands down. huge roasty aroma, tons of chocolate, delicious. the taste and body are incredible. tastes like a mocha milkshake, super creamy carbonation and very thick full body. what a terrific beer. i really am blown away by this, its been a minute since ive had a stout of this caliber. this is as good as surly four was fresh. worth the hype when in top form.