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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 Bottle courtesy of drowland. Pours a very dark black. Lovely deep chocolate malts, very roastly and almost ashy. Like Zhukovís boot over the corpse of dead Nazis. Absolutely delicious, I look forward to buying cases of it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours deep black, nearly opaque, with a bit of a reddish hue, topped with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of chocolate, and some fruit in the background, reminiscent of black forest cake. Intense dark chocolate flavor, along with some espresso that I did not expect based on the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate hangs out for a long finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
bottle shared at October Houston RB Tasting. Pours black with a brown head. Nose is of coffee and tobacco. Taste is of pepper, coffee, tobacco and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with some chalkiness. Very good.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Brew shared by sloth at SL. The pour was pitch black, flat to no head. The aroma was sticky dark fruits, chocolate, some molasses. The flavor was dark fruits (currants), molasses, cobwebs, earthy, sticky chocolate syrup, honey, and licorice. Sticky sweet flavor and mouthfeel much in need of carbonation and some hop action. With all due respect to the Tampa crew, no idea how a brew like this is ever in a top 50 list.... but then again, no idea how the Lightning every won a Stanley Cup either....

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2876) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2010
750. Flat pour. Black body. Nose is tame, choco, roast and some fruityness. Body is full, coating, thick, overbearing, too much, almost astringent. Chocolate, roast, some cherrys and dark fruits, sticky, seriously moreish but not the good kind. Finish is too lasting, sticky. unbalanced, a mess.Half of the bottle left on the counter, with a few beer drinkers hangin out, sad. Bottle from bierbauch, thanks much Ron!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
pours black opaque with a small brown head that dissappears really quick. looks like engine oil on the pour. crazy. nose is strong, black chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, thick nose, some pepper, some wood and vanilla, almost like it is oaked it has that toasty roasty flavor. taste is all of that with hints of soy sauce, really thick like a milkshake. damnnnnnnnn. its an intensely good imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 1, 2010
bottle @ The Ginger Man NYC ... Jet black pour , thin beige head , some lacing . Aroma is dark roasted malts , with notes of chocolate, molasses and fruit . Excellent bitter cherry chocolate and dark roasted malt flavors with notes of toffee and coffee . Full bodied , smooth as silk and incredibly delicious .

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (3084) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - NOV 1, 2010
This poured like dark brown motor oil and turned black in the glass, capped by a slender chocolatey head. The aroma was chocolate, burnt dark brown sugar, a splash of coffee, cigar ash, molasses, and fresh waffles. Wait - Scratch the last one. My handwriting was getting sloppy by this point. The flavor was much like the aroma promised (no waffles), but the chocolate turned bittersweet and the malt seemed more roasted. Very nice.


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