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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 423   ABV: 14.1%
This Imperial Stout is dedicated to George Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World war II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of black strap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

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Travlr (25528) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
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.

craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
shared growler labeled as Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged Zhukovs from Hunahpu’s Day. pitch black pour with a 1/4" dark tan head. lovely bourbon nose with the perfect level of bourbon. layers of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts cross the nose. full chewy body with layers of sweet bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted coffee, chocolate, figs, dates and raisins. syrupy smooth throughout. sweet dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla finish. this one rocks!!!

GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Huge thanks to Shep for bringing this one back from Tampa. Pours completely black, like an oil slick, leaving a brown film along the glass after each swirl. There is a tiny mocha head that recedes quickly leaving oily legs. Aroma is huge and really bourbon-forward with the barrel character showing up right of the bat with bourbon, vanilla and oak. There is also cocoa powder, heavily roasted black malts, coffee and a hint of tobacco. The taste is slightly less bourbony with the dark chocolate and malts coming through more prominently. The finish is oaky, dry with a little bit of smoke and tobacco. More roast and less sweetness than the aroma. The mouthfeel is unbelievable, completely decadent. Full bodied with a low, soft carbonation which just completely coats the mouth after each sip. After my experiences with the fairly flat bottles of Zhukov and DBA Zhukov, this one really impressed me. I can’t wait to try the Brandy Zhukov as this one sets a very high bar. Wonderful beer.

mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Geoff (craftbeerdesign) for bringing this from Hunahpu’s Day to a recent tasting. Growler, labeled as the Four Roses Zhukov. Poured black with an absolutely gorgeous dark brown head, great retention. Aroma was big, lovely hints of sweet bourbon, roasted malt and light coffee. Flavors were oh so smooth, big malt and bourbon mixed together for a huge viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation was light and rather fitting. Just fantastic. Thanks again Geoff.

dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
On draft at Hunaphu’s release. Very much like the regular Zukhov but with that boozy bourbon kick to it. Though the flavor/aroma is boozy it isn’t entirely tough to drink. It’s a one and done type deal. You couldn’t drink this everyday.

ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2011 32oz, waxed, growler from Hunahpu’s Day 2011 labeled as Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged Zhukov ’10 courtesy of mlunger12. thanks, matt! decided the pop this one in celebration of L.J. matching into ENT! pours a gorgeously imposing, crude-oil thick black with a short, creamy, dark, rusted-brown head leaving slick, oily legs and a ring of lace that lasts the entire glass . aroma is incredible with huge, bittersweet, dark chocolate, fresh oak, vanilla, and rich bourbon backed by toasted coconut, heavy roasted malts, vanilla, and black coffee with a touch of cedar, cigar ash, and dark fruits as it warms. flavor is one of the most mind-blowing beer experiences i’ve had to date with massive roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, and woody, spicy, bourbon that integrates into the beer so well it’s unreal and allows the subtle notes of vanilla, coconut cream, and oak shine through at midpalate before the rich, roasted coffee, dark fruits, pipe tobacco, and brownie crusts of the base Zhukov’s take over on the finish. palate is super rich, oily in the mouth, and perfectly carbonated with a relentless finish of charred malts, bourbon, and dark chocolate. overall, one of the most oustanding barrel aged beers i’ve ever tasted and another example of the skill and craft of CCB.

Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2011
on tap at CCB. poured a very ominous black with a copper head. The aroma is out friggin fantastic with bourbon, oak, dark roast, and some dark fruits. flavor was super fudge, brownie, oak, bourbon, and dark fruit. body was so super thick and amazing. Nearly perfect of a beer.

markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On draft at Hunahpu Day. Pours a thick black with a small tan head. Nose is straight up bourbon with huge sweetness, vanilla, and some wood. There is also the Zhukov roasted coffee, roasted malt, and some dark chocolate in there. The flavor is the same- huge bourbon presence with vanilla, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Medium-bodied finishing with lingering bourbon. Very enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 2/15/2010 Total Score: 4
On draft at the CCB Tasting Room Grand Reopening. Wow. How many stout do you know that can kick the barrel’s ass? This is one. Pours "I’m gonna kick your ass" black brown with a dark tan head. Nose is roast, slight bourbon, earth, dark chocolate, and some slight vanilla. Flavor is very similar. A bit of barrel, but for the most part this one annihilates the sweetness that the barrel wants to give it. Like a bitter ex-girlfriend, or its namesake general, this beer takes no prisoners as its roast, bitterness, and tiny bit of barrel leave the palate wanting more and feeling experienced.

Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2011
This is another of CCB’s Zhukov’s that doesn’t let me down. I didn’t get any tart from the wine barrel, just zhukov’s +wood, bit sharper than it’s unaltered cousin. Yummy.

GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Tap at Hunahpu 2011. The "4 Roses Zhukov" as it is known poured an ink black with a menacing, thin, Martian red head. Aroma is quite nice: buttery, soft bourbon, spicy oak, lightest red apples come out of the nose hinting at oxidation. Really a soft and muted nose that really rewards you if you spend time with it. Taste is very soft, buttery, oily, roasty with a decent amount of rich coffee. Spicy on the palate at first as well as oily and buttery. But after awhile it gets a little bit papery and cardboardy, reminding me this is a Zhukov treatment. Probably the best beer on tap at the festival, though I missed on on Jolly Guava since the hype around that beer was so ridiculous.

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