tgncc (2817) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ BT, NYC. The aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, coffee again. The appearance is a deep tar black, no head. Looks sort of lifeless with no carbonation. The flavor is coffee, more coffee, but actually a smoth coffee, not overly roasty, cream, chocolate. The finish is roast coffee. Medium/thick in body, again lifeless with its lack of carbonation. Nicely done, but I remember liking the regular zhukov more. Maybe this beer needed nitro. And itís wierd that Iím saying that, b/c I normally hate nitro.
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ GABF!!! Practically ran to the booth to try this one...first stop!!! Liquid midnight pour produced a creamy latte head that left clumps of lacing inside the glass. Nose screamed weasel with abundant roasted coffee bean filling the nostrils. Extremely aggressive, almost overpowering other more subtle aromas. Flavor was fairly two dimensional with dark roasted coffee and dark Godiva chocolate. Unfortunately, there was a lot of bitter without anything to tame it. Velvety mouthfeel. Really good but think I actually liked regular Zhukov better.
callmemickey (2779) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 A: Dark black-brown body. Thin dark brown collar with a whispy skim. Traces of foam left behind on the glass.
S: Dellicate but assertive coffee notes. Light milk chocolate and hints of vanilla and caramel.
T: Roasted coffee, chocolate, creamy brownies, and caramel. Well disquised booze.
M: Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Fuller bodied, but certainly manageable.
O: I havenít had the regular Zhukov to compare this to, but this is clearly a quality imperial stout. Hard to say whether kopi luwak really did much here -- I didnít get much in the way of that earthy coffee note that I have gotten in other kopi luwak beers. Regardless, I enjoyed it.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#1600 on tap at Redlight during RBWG. This is a serious ballbuster of a beer! Thick black creamy pour with a creamy dark tan head. Monster espresso grounds aroma, very fresh with notes of dark chocolate peaking through. Creamy smooth milk chocolate, espresso and tobacco taste, seriously thick. Finishes soooo smooth. Damn that was awesome.
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - just as everyone else gave this one mad props, so will I as it deserves. Thanks for opening the growler Vince. It pours very similar to the Hunahpuís with a dark thick black oil-like appearance and the perfect caramel and dark cinnamon color super-lacey head. The aroma has huge delicious smooth coffee notes and light chocolate notes. The flavors of that coffee come through amazingly - as another review stated - better than the best coffee beer AND best coffee Iíve ever tasted! There are some chocolate and roasty notes too, but nothing tastes as good and shines through on this impy stout like the coffee. Then the body, like Hunah, is creamy, thick but smooth, and perfectly carbonated. That creaminess with the coffee notes are soooo good.
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Thanks to cheeseman. Growler. Near opaque black, leaves a dark film on the glass. Big coffee nose and flavor with an espresso like dirty turkish coffee finish. Coats the palate, heavy. Desert like sweet finish, like a chocolate-vanilla-coffee brownie.
Huhzubendah (2522) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shard by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
The beer is black with a thin beige collar that leaves some oily, filmy lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers a huge coffee presence. Extremely rich, dark, roasty. The Marshal Zhukovís, which is a lovely imperial stout in its own right, serves as a terrific base for the Kopi Luwak coffee. Alcohol is masked extremely well. A superb example of a coffee stout.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another 32 oz growler for GoT. Pours black with a deep brown head that lingered the whole time. Big smooth coffee aroma, chocolate and a light roasted malt scent. Flavor is about as rich and smooth as any beer can get, the coffee is dominant but not acidic at all, so smooth and balanced without being overly sweet and not a sign of the alcohol. Full body with mild carbonation and a lush, thick mouth feel. This beer is so good and really lived up to the hype, so smooth and easy drinking for such a rich, strong beer. Damn Jay, I owe you big time for this one.
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Finally! The beer of the night. This one put me to bed with a smile.
A bold black pour with an earthy / coffee aroma. A nice moleasses taste with , coffee, smoke and roast. A perfect bitter / dry finish. Yeah boy!
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong coffee nose with chocolate with traces of vanilla. Pours black with a thick tan head. Cafe mocha, dark bitter chocolate with rich coffee, hints of vanilla and cream, smooth and silky. Wonderful beer!