TheAlum (7106) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
32 oz growler from askofficerfriendly. Thanks, Greg! Pours an inky black opaque pour, thick and big with a small very dark brown head that dies to a loose bubbled head. Aromas are sweet toffee, roasted malts, an ok barrel presence, with some Bourbon spirit, vanilla and wet oak. Cocoa, dark with some coffee, big dark chocolate and roasty coffee. Initial is thick and full, with sweet toffee and chocolate, touches of roasty coffee. Sweet overall, with cocoa, toffee, some roasty coffee and thick sweet caramel, roast and toast, coffee and mocha, bakers chocolate with decent barrel presence, Bourbon kisses it with nice light spirit, some vanilla tannins. Full bodied with good with roast, toast, big sweet malts, cocoa. Really good, full and fudgy without an overdone barrel, but full of flavor, oak, kisses of Bourbon. Vanilla, fudgy cocoa, coffee, caramel. Lingering thicker finish leaves a sweeter take on the palate, but really left me wanting more. Great beer and Barrel Age example here. But Iím a huge sucker for Zhukov as it is.
beerbastard (842) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
unbelievable! Four Rose Bourbon barrel aged. Thanks again Dak! Love the bottle. This stuff stained my glass. Smokey coffee tobacco and lots of alcohol. And of course bourbon and burn. Great palate. The mix or blend of these flavors was well balanced, I could live on this.
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Growler, thanks so much for the trade!] Pours black with a small, very dark brown head. Aroma is coconut, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, raisin, and prune. Really nice. The taste has raisin, lots of chocolate, deeply roasted malt, a peppery aspect, and some dark fruit notes in the background. A little too much deeply roasted malt, but otherwise reminds me of some of the really nice batches of BCS that I have had in the past. Thick mouthfeel, chewy, with a long finish. A little too ashy, but otherwise an outstanding example of how to barrel age an imperial stout. Thanks again!
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Shared at Dakís Final Four Tasting. Labeled as Four Roses Zhukov. Pours dark brown with khaki head. Coats the glass beautifully. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Medium bodied. A very nice beer
Guerde (1296) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler shared by OSLO, thanks a ton Al!!) Pours jet black with a very dark brown head. Aroma smells exactly like bourbon-soaked fudge. Very rich and decadent. Also some coconut, vanilla, and oddly enough some dark fruit and vinous scents. Also some Sumatran coffee. Very nice aroma. Taste is a little disappointing compared to the aroma, and itís somewhat ashy which dominates the other flavors. Taste of fudge, plenty of vanilla, coconut, heavily roasted malt, and some oak as well. Booze is present, but not really intrusive. Mouthfeel is very thick and full, and carbonation is fairly low. Overall this is a quality barrel-aged beer, as it does a superb job of integrating the barrel with the base beer. Thanks again for sharing Al!
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the Hunaphu release. Thanks to Sean for getting this, we also brought back a growler so looking forward to trying this again shortly with our tasting group... All the MZ are midnight black, this one is no different. The head is a very dark brown, great color. Has more head and carbonation then most ba beers, forms and leaves a nice right with good lacing... The aroma is strong with great vanilla whiskey notes. First beer of the day, a great way to open up my olfactory senses. I had the regular MZ with this and the deep roasted chocolate comes through some but not as strong, barrel takes the edges off. Smells great... The taste is really good but at this point its a touch too hot and sweet. I really hope the counter-pressure filled growlers hold for a bit because I would to try this once its died down. Sweet bourbon, alcohol and vanilla, a little roast coffee on the finish. Not as complex as the brandy version but enjoyable.
This is worth trying.
BeerandBlues2 (12571) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours opaque with no lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy booze, bourbon, figs, prunes, tar, alcohol, and soy sauce. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a slick finish.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very thick motor oil looking pour. Completely opaque with a dark tan head. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Roasted malt. Flavor is intense milk chocoalte and vanilla. Bourbon throughout. Smoky finish. Decent imperial.
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, courtesy Brad. Pours thick black with a small tan head. Aroma is just great, lots of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Flavor follows up, thick oily palate with rich coffee/chocolate taste. Just fantastic. It would be nice if CCB used growlers with better seals though...
Travlr (22895) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medicine-bottle-in-the-mail-with-bag (leaked), courtesy of brad - thank you sir! Solid dark brown, scant very dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Very smooth, rich, chocolately, with vanilla beans and passion fruit. Thick and chewy. Very tasty.