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RATINGS: 756   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Gregory Zhukov. Arguably one of World War II’s 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 Zhukov’s 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. Zhukov’s Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.


bconch's rating

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bconch (348) - - AUG 2, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Taken from old notes. 2011 batch. Nose of chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is sweet malts then chocolate. Nice hoppy finish that melds into a final chocolate note. Excellent impy. Just had the nitro version today (8/30/12) and it is even better. Creamy texture and mouthfeel makes you want to chew it. Delicious.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (4112) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2016
Large shared 2014 bottle in July 2016.. Lightly sweet: a better level than Surly Darkness or Dark Lord, with all 3 tried in the same tasting session. Plenty of dark dried fruit. Lightly boozy in a way that fits the other characteristics.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5553) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2016
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated opaque except at the edges dark black brown colored body and a fair lacing. The nice aroma was roasted malt dark malt and bourbon. The vinous mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong dark malt aftertaste. The yummy flavor contained notes of roasted malt vinous bourbon dark malt and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1555) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2016
dense brown head. black colour. aroma is roasted malts, liquorice, bit nutty, molasses. taste like aroma, salty, lots and lots of liquorice, some molasses sweetness, hint of sourness from an espresso shot, with a long ashy soft bitter finish. pours thick as motoroil, very dense veveltty mouthfeel, soft carbonation, dry finish. bottle 2013 version

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dinkle50 (1312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Jet black pour with a thin espresso head. Aroma has a little roast and hints of chocolate. Lots of lace. Flavor hits on all the traditional RIS notes you want. Raisin, espresso and some dried fruit. Pretty sweet at first and some alcohol heat in the throat. A little metallic. Dry finish, slightly astringent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Apache (63) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Thin tan head, viscous mouthfeel. Taste is dark fruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTheRick (899) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 31, 2016
Une véritable huile à moteur se verse dans le verre et forme une mousse brune très timide qui s’estompe rapidement. Des effluves fortement alcoolisés raflent les arômes secondaires de chocolat noir, de pâte d’amandes et de mélasse. Tout est assez extrême en bouche : le niveau d’alcool, le sucre résiduel, l’amertume, etc. C’est lourd et c’est à boire en parcimonie mettons. Je ne dis pas que c’est mauvais, les saveurs sont bien distinctes et j’ai bien aimé, mais c’est intense!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (381) - DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Black pour, nice trick tan head. N: roasted malts. Rally old school well made stout. Slightly fruity, dry licorice and dark chocolate. T: wow! Creamy mouthfeel initially.! Tastes great. Full dessert style.. Dark chocolate cake, roasted malts. Aftertaste is lingering. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (664) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Tasted on draft. Huge complex beer. Aroma and flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Exceptional beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1309) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2016
Pours viscous, jet black with a little brown head which soon disappears. Aroma is cinnamon, cocoa, coffee, roast malts. Taste is cinnamon spices, coffee, molasses, cocoa, chocolate, caramelised sugar, slight roastiness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariuspoenari (1291) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2016
Review from memory, beer shared with friends a year ago. Thick oily pour, tall espresso head with poor retention. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee in the taste and aroma. An excellent RIS.


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