Travlr (24274) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Hermetically sealed growler courtesy, of course, of ygtbsm94, another huge thanks! Black. Flat. Taste of vanilla, brandy, coffee. Taste is hot coffee, dark milk chocolate, vanilla. Smooth and strong. Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Growler shared by b3shine. Poured a black color with a minimal fizzy brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted dark chocolate, vanilla, woody and apple alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet toasted sweet malt flavor with a heavy sweet and small brandy alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft. Medium brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, some Brandy, light roast. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, Brandy, light dark fruit. Smooth medium-full body. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2010
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, brandy, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of brandy, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, and vanilla with a dry oak, bitter, alcohol burning finish. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
@CCB Black Friday-on tap-still-black with lots of sheeting. A-hot brandy, dk malt-roasty/tar/leather. T-brandy, sweet dk malt-roasty/tar/leather.
deyholla (11481) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2011
Growler thanks to urwithdave. Poured pitch black with a dark brown head that dissipates very slowly to the edges. Aroma has a strong crab apple note with roasted malts and a bit of dark bread. Flavor started with roasted malts and a bit of dark chocolate and bread with a growing tart apple note. A bit hot but good. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
Black pour. Aroma of chocolate, green apples and espresso. Flavor is heavy on the green apple note, too much actually. Could have used more carbonation too. Not that it was bad, but not my favorite stout from CCB.hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2010 Total Score: 5
Wonderfully black pour with a brown head. Roast, deep dark chocolate, barrel notes, vanilla, coffee and espresso both. Flavor is sweet, rich, dark, and sinister. Amazing. Some barrel notes, chocolate, great coffee, dark roasted malt. Vanilla. Jesus, CCB knows stouts!
Draft… RBWG ‘10… This beer rocks!… Coal black ale with a mid-sized, very creamy, light brown head. The aroma is actually very subtle. At first, I can’t pull much from the glass, but a couple brisk swirls release the wonders of fruity apple brandy blended in with the usual, hearty olfactory aspects of Zhukov’s Imperial Stout – deeply roasted nuts, dark chocolate, tobacco, charcoal and blackstrap molasses. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. Delicious! Sweet, fruity apple brandy is not overdone. Melds nicely with the burnt, carbonaceous aspects of the base beer. Lengthy, singed, bittersweet finish. The bitterness lingers long after the sweetness fades away. For me, the brandy barrel works much better with the base beer (Zhukov) than the Hunahpu. Another world class beer from Wayne and Joey! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
alexsdad06 (10262) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Name: Marshal Zhukovs, Brandy Barrel
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma, nice roasted
Flavor: brandy filled chocolate covered caramel candy flavor, light roasted, black chocolate bitterness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
Growler shared by b3shine 6/25/12 from notes. Pours a thick oily black color with no head, but it sticks to and coats the glass. The aroma is roasted malts, decadent chocolate, apple brandy and wood. The flavor has caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, apple brandy and wood. Oily, viscous, smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable with all the big flavors going on.