bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2011
Pours black just a little head. Smells of apples, chocolate, caramel and leather. Apples, chocolate, licorice, caramel, vinous and slightly sour. Mouthfeel is thick and oily and the finish is dark roasted, apple and sour. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2011
beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Joining the glut of other Cigar City [insert barrel type here] aged beers is this version of Zhukov’s Imperial Stout. I can’t say that the result was bad. Other than a touch too much brandy on the nose and flavor profile this is another excellent release. I just wish that brewers could settle down and try new styles and recipes rather than just cranking out the same thing in twelve different containers.
Aroma / Appearance - The oily base retained little of the head. In fact the thick film was like a dirty window which someone had wiped clean with a sleeve. The nose was apple jacks, sweet fruits, chocolate, plum, and other occasional reminders that this is in fact an imperial stout at its core.
Flavor / Palate - The sharp apple taste takes center stage. Distracting momentarily it gives the imperial stout tastes time to settle on the tongue. Included are the usual suspects from the base Marshal Zhukov release such as smoke, anise, chocolate, and plums. Intense and direct it doesn’t even try to be subtle. It would be interesting to do a number of these side by side although after the third one your palate would be begging for mercy.
Pours black with a thin head. Apple cider in the nose, chocolate, coffee, sugar daddy and an apple caramel sucker. Absolutely phenomenal aroma. Strong bitter flavors with loads of choclate, tobacco, espresso, and leather. A long lingering finish. Wonderful! holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Growler sample thanks to steelcitybrew at DLD11. Oily black with a tan head. Rich brandy and roasty malts. Awesome nose. Thick creamy syruppy sweet brandy malts. So much sweet syrup and apples. A little much. 8/4/7/3/14
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
growler thanks to steelcitybrew shared at dld’11.. pours black with tan head. aroma has huge apple brandy character and not much else. could really use the big bad zhukov to make an appearance in the aroma category but i guess not. flavors again huge brandy with some dark chocolate and green apple, vanilla, long sweet finish. i’d like to try the next batch cuz I hear the first one was much better. just dominated by the apple brandy barrel.
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
Apr 30 @ DLD, courtesy of drewbeerme. Pours thick deep bown with a small lasting copper brown head. Aroma is fruity, tary, bourbon and dark fruits. Very thick mouthfeel. Alcohol, brandy, acidy, fruity, roasted and some chocolate flavor. Finish is vry nice great tart fruity with burning alcohol. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Growler from Drew at DLD. Thanks for the chance to try this one! Pours a deep brown black with a tan head. Nose carries a hint of oak and some cider qualities behind the burnt and cocoa notes. The oak itself is hard to find behind the odd fruitiness. Chocolate seems to be fighting the weird apple-spice thing. On taste, it is just a bit flabby and seems to have picked up some oxidation from the barrel that contributes to the negatives. I would drink this again, but it just doesn’t work for me. Which is a shame. Because it sounds awesome. But isn’t. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2011
DLD 2011, Growler shared by Drew: Basically pitch black with an oily appearance and a very good tan head. There is a big apple vapour about this brew that seems to be more than just the apple brandy barrel, it really has more of a Acetaldehyde (green apple) ester that is really a turn off. I also noted roasted and chocolate malts, some barrel vanilla and oak components, herbal hops and a hint of liquorice and leather esters. The taste again has a overwhelming apple character that dominates the sweet malts, darker fruit tones, the chocolate/vanilla/coffee base undertones of the base brew. The mouth feel is lively enough with an oily character, a bit charred and ashy. Also, unlike many of the CCB beers I had this day, this one does little to hide the alcohol, brash and abrasive. Blah, major disappointment but still nice to try.
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Growler shared by drewbeerme. Thanks Drew. Pours dark with a thin head and average lacing. Aroma is brandy, apples and oak. Taste is all brandy with a strong green apple presence. Finishes very sweet. Overall a pretty good beer. Hasn’t held up very well. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
32 oz growler shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours an inky thick blackish pour, decent dark dark brown head dies to a thick ring, with ok lacing. Dark and ominous. Aromas are huge Apple Brandy, oak and apple fruit, some light roast but the barrel really humps this beer into submission. Some cocoa. A little Initial is full bodied, a bit thinned, touches of acidity, green apple, cocoa, thick caramel, toffee. Some coffee, rich roast is really killed out by the Brandy barrel, wet oak, and big green apple. Finish is sweet, touches of roast, faint coffee but the barrel is just reall powerful, too powerful, completely losing the base (which is no easy feat with Zhukov). I love Zhukov and many of it’s treatments, but this just isn’t great. Solid points for a solid stout that just kinda is overwhelming.