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RATINGS: 799   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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2.4
User37895 (3042) - - 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
sloth (2896) - 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
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
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
unclemike (3115) - 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.

4
Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
750 mL bottle courtesy of TheCheeseMan and shared at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a dark red-tinted brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Viscous looking. The aroma is huge and roasty with notes of vanilla, honey and something astringent. The taste is bitter roasted malts, coffee, caramel, honey, nuts and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied. Slightly too bitter but very nice.

4.2
Nickls (2523) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle. Thanks brewhopperjay on BA. Motor oil black pour with a thick, rich dark tan head. Sharp roasted malts in the aroma, and very dark chocolate as well as coffee in the aroma, almost savory at points. Light sweetness at first, but then moves on to a bitter roasted malt assault, which I enjoy. Batters the tongue with coffee, bitter chocolate, and a very dry roasted malt finish. Viscous, but not overly thick body. Heavy hitter.

4.1
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Draught. Black tan head. Aroma is coffee, burnt wood, oranges, bitter chocolates, tobacco, roasted feel. Flavor is the same with some added sweet syrup feel. Great!

3.7
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2010
Sampled at GABF 2010. Black pour, tan head. Aroma is sweet, leather, chocolate, a bit of coffee and roast. Flavor is salty, chocolate, a bit of coffee and roast. Definitely has a bit of alcohol heat and some hops in the finish. Full mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. Pretty good.

4.5
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Dkachur. Poured a heavy dark oil dark with a light tan head. Aroma is heavy on dark fruit with some light sourness. This is really heavy bodied, much like a syrup. Taste is heavy on the chocolate, oak, dark fruit, raisins. Very well balanced but nonetheless ballsy stout. Get this if you like imperial stouts at all.


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