Dedollewaitor (16178) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
Handbottle. Thanks Craig. Pours black with a few bubbles on top. Sweet and vinous nose. Quite complex. Roast, oak, soy and bourbon. Oily and slick. A sipper . . Nice Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
Courtesy of Davemadsberg (11773) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
Growler: The aroma consists of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and espresso. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with almost no head and lots of legs on yje sides of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate bourvon, coffee, and vanilla. Full bodied with minimal carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeelm
Bottled (Four Roses barrel). Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, light roast, cocoa, chocolate, some liqourice and coffee. Flavour of vanilla, roast, liqourice, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Medium to full bodied. Has a roasted and spiced bitterness in the end. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Growler shared by Dak – Four Roses version. Pours oily black with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet bourbon, cocoa, coffee and roast. The taste is molasses, coffee, ash, chocolate and vanilla bourbon. Medium semi creamy body. Very good. 4.1 fletchfighters (1539) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2017
750 ML bottle
thanks to Owen for sharing
Black sludgy pour. Usual CCB head. Dark leather color. Good retention to the head before finally falling to a collar.
Nose is espresso, roasted malts, char, and burnt grain. Subtle oak and bourbon character. First thought was the beer ate the barrel.
taste was more the base beer than the barrel. Lots of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee and soft barrel character.
Big and burly sipper. Beer really ate the barrel character in this but did not dampen the overall beer at all.
phaleslu (10334) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2017
750 ml bottle shared by hopscotch - thanks again, Eric! I was surprised I’d never had this one, and then looked it up and realized how many MZ variants have passed me by. It pours an opaque near-black with a small brown head that settles into a ring. Very fudgy, with chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, molasses, oak, coffee, and faint licorice. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, coating, rich mouthfeel. Could’ve guessed the brewery blindfolded. They’re consistent with their big stouts. kermis (13882) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2017
8 4 8 4 17SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle shared at Hollands Spoor Tasting Club, Breda Edition. Black with a small brown head. Aroma of big bourbon, oak barrel, vanilla, dark chocolate, light licorice, malt and molasses. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Weird quart growler bottle courtesy of bret27. Had just after the regular Zhukov, and definitely an improvement in my eyes. Still a huge and not very drinkable beer, but the barrel aging has taken just enough of the edge off to make it pleasant all around, and add interesting wood an bourbon notes to the flavor and aroma. Super black appearance, as with the regular version, same none-more-black (well, weird ashy brown) head, though smaller, undoubtedly due to the growler treatment versus bottle-conditioning. Just a great aroma, with bourbon complimenting intense dark chocolate and roast. Not as ashy as the regular version. Most of the intensely bitter and roasty flavors carry over from the regular version, but are tempered a little by a sweeter bourbon quality. Still has a touch of astringency and alcohol, but it isn’t too detracting. Thick with lower carbonation. The bourbon is a nice element, while letting the base beer still do most of the talking. For me, it was just enough to really open things up, though drinkability was still low. italarican (1549) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Tap at the Rattle n’ Hum Cigar City event. Deep black pour. The aroma is primarily pipe smoke and cedar chest. The smoke and wood spice get in the way of anything else that may be in the nose. The flavor reveals more: chocolate malt, coffee, and pine hops. Never got a hint of bourbon. Moderately creamy body. The wood spice lingers. Very woody and delicious. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap @ Rattle n’ Hum. Poured black. The aroma was excellent a mix of vanilla, brown sugar, wood, and sweet roasted. All blended but distinct. Bourbon and vanilla flavor with a sweet roasted malt base. Medium bodied and silky on the tongue. Warming.