hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2011
on tap. Pitch black with little carbonation. Hints of bourbon and vanilla. Very nice beer, This stout did well in the barrels. Travlr (24274) - 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. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Shared by Dak @ his Final Four Tasting. Squid ink pour with a dark caramel head. The glass literally looked like it was filled with cola after the brew was gone...stained it like crazy. Aroma showed tons of bakerís chocolate, rich roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and char. Flavor is filled with sweet bourbon, dark fruit, molasses, burnt caramel, toasted marshmallow, and vanilla. Chewy...and Iím sure my tongue is near black after drinking this. Yum! nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Four Roses bourbon 2010. Jet black thick oily pour. Mocha head. Rich flavors and complexity is the word. Coffee, molasses , oak, bourbon. toasted nuts. Long rich finish. Fantastic . slowrunner77 (11912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2017
Pours like motor oil with quickly disappearing brown head.
Barrel is heavy...a touch too heavy, as itís been with just about all the barreled cc beers Iíve had of late. Dark malts, vanilla, booze, prunes, a little soy. Thick feel.
Still like the base better, my main problem with this being it was mostly about the barrel. Very pleasant, but couldnít tell it was Zhukov (which I love) underneath.
JStax (6347) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2017
Bottle shared at muckfest. The beer is a near black with a khaki head of foam. Molasses and raisin notes in the aroma. Licorice, bourbon, and dark chocolate in the taste. Rich and sweet taste. Big body and medium carbonation. Ibrew2or3 (8607) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2010
On tap at CCB at the mini grand opening. It pours inky void with forever mocha head. I mean I let this sit for over an hour before drinking and it still had plenty of foam left. The aroma has robust notes of bourbon, oak and a lighter amount of straight up bourbon booze. Well behind those barrel notes are dark roastiness and dark chocolate. The taste is rich and velvety and pervasively barrel forward for sure. Thereís boozie bourbon, hints of vanilla and robust oak covering up mild background notes of dark velvety chocolate and dark roasted malts. It is hard to believe the barrel was able to overcome this much malt roastiness from this batch of Zhukovís, but it did. Personally Iíd prefer a bit less barrel time but this was a tasty experience. blipp (9139) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Draft at RnH. Pours near black with a brown head. Roasty aroma with dark chocolates and a bourbony sweetness. The flavor is way roasty and almost smoky, with a solid bourbon sweetness and lighter espresso notes. Very good, my favorite of the night. adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - FEB 22, 2010
On draft at R @ H. Pours a black color with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, light bourbon and bitter chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, light bourbon, and bitter rich chocolate. Alcohol detected. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
RNH promo event, and CCB hunahpu release party. Notes from both- combined. Pours a very deep dark black - oily- pitch black actually, nice big orange brown head lasting- with some lace. Aroma is bourbon upfront but doesnít get harsh or hot, mixes nicely with the big roasty and coffee notes, good chocolate hints as well, earthy, toast, vanilla, and slight burnt and smokey notes. Flavor has some moderate to high sweetnes,s but not as sweet as the brandy version- some syrup, maple, some honey, roast, bourbon, vanilla, charred oak, and nice fresh american hoppiness still to kind of round out the finish. Pretty damn good.