Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Courtesy of northernbrewstectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Growler: The aroma consists of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, caramel, and light apple brandy. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a minimal head. The flavor starts with chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, and faint vanilla. It finishes with maple syrup, light roasted coffee, and a hint of apple brandy. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Growler: Huge thanks to Jeff! Inky, oily, & black hole black... Looks like regular Zhukov except with no head - only a very mild, tan collar outlining the edge. Aroma is fantastic with sweet & warming apple brandy, fudge drizzled chocolate cake, mounds of dark currants & figs coated in brown sugar, molasses, faint vanilla. The apple brandy is so prominent, perfectly sweet, & just adds wonderful complexity to an already amazing beer. Taste is mind-blowing... notes of roasted coffee beans, rich chocolate cake, thick dark chocolate fudge, burnt & sticky toffee, wet oak, sweet prunes & currants, molasses, & a neigh perfect induction of apple brandy... Huge apple flavor that adds nice sweetness in harmony with the other flavors as well as a robust warmth all around. Lost some carbonation in the growler, but still had a nice sticky, coating mouth feel. What an excellent beer... Simply fantastic in every way. alexsdad06 (10586) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Growler shared by b3shine 6/25/12 from notes. Pours a thick oily black color with no head, but it sticks to and coats the glass. The aroma is roasted malts, decadent chocolate, apple brandy and wood. The flavor has caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, apple brandy and wood. Oily, viscous, smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable with all the big flavors going on. umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
Sample from growler generously shared by northernbrews. He guesses it’s a little over a year old. Pitch black pour, very little head. Very awesome rich aroma of sweet brandy, dark roast, tobacco, raisins, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is pretty sweet up front that get quickly cut by brandy, tobacco, bitter coffee, and chocolate. Light boozy finish. Thin to medium body, awesome silky smooth and oily mouthfeel. Awesome stuff. jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Black in color with a decent sized brown head. Aroma is of brandy, chocolate, loads of vanilla and prune. Taste is of coffee, chocolate dried cherries, brandy, prune, oak and vanilla.
AcctError96987 (3722) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Growler shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.
The beer is black with a thin, oily beige head that leaves an oily residue on the glass. The aroma offers a strong brandy presence, along with oak and roast notes. Big, bold flavor. Thick body with low carbonation. Lots of brandy presence. Palate coating. Very tasty.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 06-09-2012 jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
@CCB Black Friday-on tap-still-black with lots of sheeting. A-hot brandy, dk malt-roasty/tar/leather. T-brandy, sweet dk malt-roasty/tar/leather.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2012
his was the apple brandy barrel aged. Had on tap at DLD.
A: Pours incredibly thick and viscous. No head or lace, but it leaves massive stick and stains as I drank this.
S: Apple brandy, some oak. Unsweetened chocolate, and roasted malts.
T: The taste gets elevated to another level. Delicious milk chocolate, caramel, and the apple brandy all mix together wonderfully. There is a touch of smokey char and roasted malts on the finish.
M: Thick and viscous. Heavy bodied with some chew, the carbonation is pretty low. It just coats your entire mouth and wont go way.
O: Really, really good. I wish this was bottled. I’d trade a lot for it. I’m really glad that the barrel aging didn’t thin out the base beer because the thickness of MZ is one of the reasons why I liked it so much. Well done.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 05-06-2012 tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Let’s start by I had this at Hunahpu’s 2011, and while I don’t believe I have a favorite beer, this is damn near close to it; however, this years batch seemed a little bit less than last years. Still amazing though.
From notes - 06/24 - snifter pour black as night, thick and viscous with a thin amber head that turns into a thin halo. Nose is rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, healthy brandy notes with oak and booze all over, heavy espresso. Flavor is similar, with brandy definitely up front, toffee/caramel and sweet roasted malt followed by a bitter chocolate and roasted espresso/coffee. This beer seriously drinks like 20 weight motor oil and it’s worth every bit. Hope I get to try it again sometime. jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
16 oz Swingtop Courtesy of the Cheeseman. Pours dark with small head, but coats the glass. Nutty chocolatey aroma, with hints of green apple and pipe tobacco. Sweet with nice roast characteristics, at times reminding me of a bowl of black cavendish pipe tobacco. Long finish, full with the sweetness perfectly countered by the hop and roast bitterness.