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RATINGS: 799   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   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 IIís 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 Zhukovís 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. Zhukovís Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.

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cbfobes (2883) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2011
750 bottle shared by Rando7, pours black with a nice brown head and lacing through out the glass, the aroma is of chocolate, notes of raisin and a hint of booze on the nose, the flavor is roasty with chocolate that has a very thick mouthfeel, very good, canít wait to visit Cigar City!

4.1
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Tasted on 1/4/11 from a 750mL bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a thick oil black with an average light brown head that slowly recedes to thick lace, and sticks around forever. The nose is coffee, dark chocolate, raisin, prune, a lot of dark roast, cocoa nibs, and a bit of íNilla Wafer, but overall pretty dry. The flavor is fruity with íNilla Wafer, moving to very bitter and acidic coffee, dark chocolate, and roast. It is very interesting in that there is not much flavor on the front of the palate, but everything that I taste starts to come through on the back of the palate, and develops during the ridiculously long finish. The body is full and creamy with light carbonation and as mentioned before, a finish that lasts for about five to seven minutes.

4.3
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Appearance: Pours a thick motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy dark brown head. Some bubbles are huge and remind me of chocolate milk. This may be the thickest looking pour Iíve ever had. Very nice lacing. Smell: Chocolate, coffee, molasses, alcohol and a hint of wood. Taste: Dark roasted malt up front followed by molasses and chocolate in the middle and ending with citrusy hops and toasted malt with a nice alcohol bite at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter and roasty. Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and quite viscous with a very low amount of carbonation. I was a bit worried about the carbonation because of previous reports of flat bottles, but my worries went away when I heard the carbonation escape as I cracked it open. Very smooth and creamy. Drinkability: High drinkability. Sit back, relax and enjoy this one slowly. Definitely a sipper but one that youíll enjoy to the last drop. Overall: Excellent beer overall. One of the better Russian Imperial Stouts on the market. Another fine offering from Cigar City.

4.2
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle in trade with changup45. Thanks! Pours a think, jet black with no head. Looks like motor oil. Aroma is roasted malt. Heavy on the palate with light carbonation, but not flat. Flavor is roasted malt, choclate, and licorice. Sampled as part of our New Yearís Eve 2011 beer tasting. An excellent imperial stout.

4.1
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750ml bottle-pour aggressively for a righ brown head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles with a color that resembles motor oil after 110k miles that sheets on the side of the glass. Aroma is rich dark malt/oat-anise/molasses/cocoa, earthy. Taste is rich double dark chocolate/anise-dark malt/oat, some acidic/earthy hops bite. Soft carbonation. Smooth.

4.5
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
1 year old Bottle from Tsotsi, thanks Umesh!!! Aroma has notes of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, espresso, toffee, dark dried fruits, vanilla and a little smoke. Wonderful. Extremely black hue with a small medium brown head that diminished to a small ring that remained and left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and noticeably bitter. Palate is extremely full bodied and oily with a very light amount of carbonation. Overall a wonderful Impy that is as big and inky black as they come. Very complex and delicious. Bravo Cigar City!

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notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Viscous, inky black pour - headless - looks pretty much completely still - intense, bittersweet and roasty aroma, with notes of anise, prune, licorice, espresso, dark chocolate - zero carbonation in the mouth - thick, oily mouthfeel - flavors of bittersweet bakers chocolate, burnt sugars, a bit of dark fruit skin tartness - a bit of toffee - quite a bit of prune and anise - ends with some spicy alcohol as it dries out a bit, adding deep espresso bitterness - a bit of leafy, tobacco character - it certainly is extreme, but the edges are rough - lacks the balance and refinement of a Speedway or Expedition, but it is still very tasty.

4.5
SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Opaque black, a few dark brown bubbles on top, tar-like full body, medium carbonation.

Aroma: alcohol, prosciutto, charred malt, and some silage or leafy bittering hops. Notes of chocolate and licorice emerge as it warms.

Taste: charred malt, leafy hops, prosciutto, burnt dark fruit, and hints of toffee, silage, alcohol, and burnt peanut butter cookies.

The thickest, blackest, most tar-like beer iíve had @ 800. Hops are there, but most of the balance comes as astringent, almost acrid, charred grain.

4.4
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Thanks to Maltomeal for this fine beer. Deep black pour with a nice brown brown head. Nose is rich chocolate, coffee and slight tobacco. Flavor is coffee, chocolate with a peppery tobacco. Great mouthfeel with a wonderful finish.

4.2
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2011 Served from a 750 mL bottle from Whole Foods in Tampa. The appearance is a midnight black with a huge but dissipating dark ruby brown head. The aromas are full of roasted maltiness, dark fruits, cherries. The flavors are well roasted malts, dark fruits, coco, earthy herbs. A nice espresso flavor comes in that is really nice and the chocolate builds as well. The mouth is full bodied, the carbonation is a touch much and pulls away from the smoothness at the beginning. Overall a really nice brew. Had with 2 year on it and everything just melded together wonderfully. Great molten dark chocolate, molasses, toffee, malty, espresso. Very wonderful.


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