SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Opaque black, a few dark brown bubbles on top, tar-like full body, medium carbonation.Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
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 i’ve had @ 800. Hops are there, but most of the balance comes as astringent, almost acrid, charred grain.
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. 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. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger.
Black opaque with very dark brown head. Aromas of coffee and smoke, roasty malts. Thick but very smooth, you barely notice the high alcohol. A nice long finish with some sweetness and chocolate. Can’t wait to try again. Dogbrick (13036) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. The beer pours inky black with with a medium thick brown head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, black coffee and plum. Rich and chewy body with flavors of roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate along with an element of dark fruits. The finish is sweet mocha with a roasty aftertaste. Very good beer and a worthy dedication to Zhukov, whom I coincidentally learned about after finishing "The 900 Days" just before trying this brew.
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle shared by Rogueone. Viscous black pour with a medium brown chocolate milk head. Tons of dark fruit in the nose along with chocolate and roast. Dark fruit flavor with roasty bitterness and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Outstanding, but the Final Push is superior. lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle from trade with Daknole. Thx. The pour is black and thick like soy sauce with an edy dark coloured head. The aroma is pretty smoky with coffee, vanilla and metallic notes and a edge of tobacco. The taste has the traditional rusian imperial stoutish salty touch with notes of laqurice. There is vanilla and caramel and still with a dominating strong laqurice impression. The palate is rather fat with a long lasting finish with the buttery fatness and sweet caramel notes and smoke. Really nice beer and actually imo more interesting and complex than Hunapuh. cfrancis (3456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
Thanks to either daknole or hopshunter for this. Can’t remember. This pours like months old engine oil. Thick, viscous and black as night. Dark chocolate brown head. Aroma is cherry, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is slightly full bodied. It coats your mouth and just won’t go away. Flavours of at first intense coffee as if you are munching on coffee grounds. Throw in some dark chocolate, as if you are eating a 90% cocoa chocolate bar and a slight hint of cherries. Great beer, but go slow, this is a marathon instead of a sprint. SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 20, 2010
750. black with small brown head. aroma of dark chocolate and ashes. body and full and creamy. smooth. flavors of ashes, blackened malts, dark chocolate. not sweet. dry and chalky. roasty. my first cigar city beer. impressed am i. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Appearance: pours black like liquid tar and motor oil with an almost pure black head. Fades super fast with no collar and no head of any sorts. Swirling leaves no lace, but a thicker collar.
Nose: black char and tar with black chocolates weighing heavy. Fudgy texture and thickness leading into black earth, black root, and black licorice root. Preserved dark fruits in the very back. Prune concentrate.
Palate: thick and rich through and through. Gentle dark fruit tartness tickles the back of each quaff. Chocolate truffles followed by fudge and refreshed with more tartness; prune juice concentrate. Chocolate weighs heavy on my breath while chocolate graham crackers and pure cacao dry my mouth. Little indication of the high ABV except for a gentle warmth in the chest and a kiss of spicy heat in the back of each swallow. The tart prune juice acidity continues to tingle the sides of my cheeks while black root and licorice keep me grounded. Only a touch of char is evident for a meatiness, otherwise known as umami.
Final Thoughts: exquisitely drinkable despite, or in spite of, its rich palate. Make no bones about it; this is a sipper and best enjoyed at cellar temperature and maybe even a wee bit warmer. I can think of a gazillion desserts this beer was born to pair with, and being a sour head, I thoroughly loved the addition of tart acidity.