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RATINGS: 835   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Gregory Zhukov. Arguably one of World War II’s finest generals and a man bold enough to appreciate the rich, complex flavors of a beer brewed to fortify a body through the Russian winter. Like military geniuses, Russian Imperial Stouts reach their peak with a little age on them, so we release Marshal Zhukov’s Russian Imperial Stout in sweltering August so that it will be at peak flavor come January or February. <P> Opaque black in color, the aroma has notes of espresso, chocolate, dark sweet toffee with hints of black strap molasses. The flavor starts with an unsweetened chocolate character and supporting notes of herbal dryness from English hop varietals. It then moves into dark toffee sweetness and closes with a slap of roasty espresso. Zhukov’s Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.

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4.2
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2011 Bottle thanks to fletchfighters. Pours as black as night with a very creamy dark tan coloured head. Aromas are brilliant. dark bitter chocolate, espresso coffee, vegemite, dark mollasses and some fruity sourness. Flavours are sweet and sour balances by roasted malt bitterness on the finish. Very full creamy mouthfeel. Brilliant.

4.1
fletchfighters (1579) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2011
lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Nice head, almost dark chocolate slight hints of molasses, and coffee. Slightly fruity tones in the mouth. Excellent beer, spot on carbonation and true to style. Dark and oily.

4.2
bookman10 (1211) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Pours a thick, dark, oily black with little to no head. Complex mix of aroma/flavors. There’s definitely some licorice present and raisins. Could that actually be soy sauce? I think so. Even some tobacco present. Chocolate and coffee almost go without saying. Sweet and almost a bit cloying. Feels a bit oily on the tongue. Wow!

4
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2011
The Dan Journal #469. Tasted 4/2/11. Blind Imperial Stout Tasting. This guy got the 7th place finish. Pours opaque with a pitch dark brown hue and a khaki head. Aromas of cocoa and dark chocolate with nuances of brownies and subtle spices. Full bodied, acidic and tangy. Spicy flavors. Good burn. Flavors of fudge and a malt dominant palate. Faint citrus nuances. Great malt roast and spicy, smokey notes. Nicely rounded palate.

4.1
hallinghansen (3421) - Odense SV, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
Trade from ILikeBrew, thanks. Bottle @ Odense tasting. Black body with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and soy. Flavor is vanilla, oak, soy, roasted malt and alcohol notes. Nice lacings.

4.4
stobbe74 (3790) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a weak chocolate head. The aroma is malt, roasted, sweetness, licorice and soya. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is roasted with sweetness. Overall a really good and complex beer.

3.4
OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2011
bottle, from trade with ______, yet to be determined....consumed 5/3/11, Good aroma, bitter. Vineous, roasty, chocolate, cinnamon, molasses. Dark orangy brown color, good head, little to no lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Thick bosy, creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Well, I may of held onto this one too long, it’s flavor may of hid some oxidation, maybe I let hype affect me. it was good, but wasn’t where I wanted it to be

3.9
sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
Pours black with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, soy, liquorish, light chocolate and light cedar wood. Flavour is roasted malt, soy, liquorish, cedar and chocolate.

3.3
Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2011
Black with a tiny tan head. Aroma of licorice, ink and soy sauce. Wildly sweet dark flavour with ink and roasted malt failing to balance the flavour.

4
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours "as black as a slave" as LeopoldStoch put it. The aroma dark chocolate and a nice roasted profile. The flavor cocoa and that roasted character from the nose is there in the taste as well. I really, really, enjoyed the way the roasted notes played with the cocoa flavors. The finish of this beer are where my complaints are. The finish is bitter which I really like at first but then it goes on and on which I really hated. This beer has amazing potential if it can clean up the finish a bit.


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