hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Draft… RBWG ‘10… This beer rocks!… Coal black ale with a mid-sized, very creamy, light brown head. The aroma is actually very subtle. At first, I can’t pull much from the glass, but a couple brisk swirls release the wonders of fruity apple brandy blended in with the usual, hearty olfactory aspects of Zhukov’s Imperial Stout – deeply roasted nuts, dark chocolate, tobacco, charcoal and blackstrap molasses. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. Delicious! Sweet, fruity apple brandy is not overdone. Melds nicely with the burnt, carbonaceous aspects of the base beer. Lengthy, singed, bittersweet finish. The bitterness lingers long after the sweetness fades away. For me, the brandy barrel works much better with the base beer (Zhukov) than the Hunahpu. Another world class beer from Wayne and Joey! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
drowland (8829) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Name: Marshal Zhukovs, Brandy Barrel
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma, nice roasted
Flavor: brandy filled chocolate covered caramel candy flavor, light roasted, black chocolate bitterness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
On tap at the Hunahpu release party as a part of RBWG 2010. Wow good stuff. The brandy barrel aging is subtle but delicious. It adds a certain sweetness and alcohol to it that is more than welcome! bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, brandy, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of brandy, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla with a dry oak, bitter, alcohol burning finish. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
poured black with a thin tan head that stains the glass when swirled. aroma was brandy, chocolate, and fudge. flavor was much the same plus a little bit of alcohol. body was ever so thick like a good milkshake. Awesome stuff!!!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Draft at the brewery. Like all Zhukov’s, this one is as dark and menacing as any beer in the world. It pours absolutely pitch black, impenetrable by light, and is crowned by a moderate head of the darkest brown froth imaginable. Minimal spots of lacing cling to the glass, though a telltale stain lingers. Based in rich, dark chocolate malt, the aroma features a big-time apple and vanilla overtone from the brandy barrel. That, coupled with the sweetness of dark caramel, figs, and dates makes for one sweet smelling brew, with the underlying roast being shoved aside a bit. Flavors feature more dark black chocolate, showing bittersweet in the regard, with ample apple liquor, vanilla, and oak influence. Blackened caramel and dark barley roast play off of one another nicely, and dark fruits seem right at home. The palate is full, bordering on thick, with moderate carbonation and a dense sweetness that seems just a little excessive. As expected, it’s an excellent beer, though I prefer the bourbon and cedar versions ever so slightly. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Pours a dark chcolate brown color with lighter golden brown edges and a two finger head that slowly fades into a lasting cap that leaves sporadc lacing.
Sweet brandy aroma with light fruit notes, alcohol and leathery malt. Hints of toffee, caramel, leather and dark fruit, especially raisin, plum, date and fig.
Slightly chewy medium body with tight carbonation and slight oxidization. Lots of earthy leathery malt with caramel, toffee, nut, dark fruit notes and slight alcohol wamth. Slightly spicy and buttery with a slight dry finish. Sweet but alcohol is relatively well masked.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Pours a black with a rich chocolate head. Aroma of bitter dark roast, baking cocoa, a bit of astringent with a touch of whisky. Flavor is ver much the same with a added brine taste. Mouth feel is heavy body with a nice creamy sensation which is very pleasant. Overall, this is some damned good shit with a bit of alcohol heat added! fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
tap, pours black with a dark tan head. Vanilla and wood nose with lots of brandy. Very big and roasty beer lots of chocolate and sweet apple finishing with a lingering sweet alcohol. Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tried this fantastic treat at the Hunahpu’s Release Party (CCB). The aroma was nice and mellow but very full . . . lot of subtleties. Noticed vanilla, dark fruit, some alcohol and butterscotch right up front on the nose. Upon tasting, a lot of these aromas were confirmed, specially got the vanilla (more so, IMO, than in the bourbon version) right up front. Also got some oak and the heat from the alcohol intensified a bit , but did not overpower or undermine the flavor. This is the perfect beer to sip with a good cigar on a cool evening.