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RATINGS: 790   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Big time thanks to al_b for this one. Bomber, poured pitch black with zero head, I thought it was flat, but in fact had light yet perfect carbonation. It did leave a small collar of dark foam around the glass, little lace. Aroma was super roasty, lots of dark malt, coffee, some hints of dark bitter chocolate and some heat. Bit time roasted malts up front, huge bitterness throughout, almost ashy. This stuff drank quite syrupy making it smooth as silk but damn thick. Right on, I loved it.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrooHa (121) - New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
POurs a thick, oily black with a REDDISH tan head! Thick and unctious (yes, I used the word "unctious") but not oily looking like, say, Ten-Fidy. Cherries from a amile away that dissipate. More dark chocolate, wood, leatheryishness. Reminds me of those cherry-filled premium dark chocolates but that were kept in a cigar box. But in a good way. Heavy mouth. Woodsiness, cherry. Bitter chocolately finish. Damned, damned fine! Must... buy... more...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
blipp (8769) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Wonderfully roasty aroma with burnt wood and coffee. The flavor has roasted and burnt malts, a light molasses like sweetness, coffee, tobacco, and a solid hop presence. Delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, & some vanilla; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, espresso, rich dark chocolate, molasses/syrup, hops, vanilla, and some dark fruit; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; The alcohol is fairly well hidden; Overall, intense chocolate - great stout!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Vinny at Ginger Man in NYC before the Pavement show in Central Park (9/21/10). Pours a deep, solid motor-oil black with absolutely no head, nor carbonation. Aroma of bitter chocolate, maple syrup, molassess, honey, fresh-ground roasted coffee, sweet malts, light hints of barley, and a very subtle, welcoming smokiness. Medium to thin bodied, which sounds strange, but the palate is so rich, heavy, and near-sticky that it supports the tremendous weight of the alcohol and flavors. The mouthfeel is soft, well-rounded, and almost juicy in the finish. Very similar to Angelsí Share in both aroma and texture. Great Russian Imperial stout. I love this brewery!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Appearance: Slowly trudges out of the bottle a cumbersome, inky black body with a brief, dark brown head. Smell: As one would expect, it has a deeply roasty nose, with vast notes of French roast coffee, unsweetened chocolate, London demerara. Lighter hints of vanilla and smoke tucked in as well. Iím rather perplexed about the amount of woodiness held within the nose, and did a double-take at the bottle to make sure it wasnít really from the cedar-aged group. Taste: A weighty helping of blackened, roasty maltiness. Bittersweet chocolate sauce, blackstrap molasses, and rightly smoky carbonized coffee beans. Very light hint of vanilla. Slight dark fruitiness. The sweetness is offset by a fair amount of bitterness. This beer has a noted woodiness to it, especially for NOT being from the Humidor series. Warming in all the right ways. Prolonged, roasty finish. Mouthfeel: Near-full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability: Good, satisfying, and soothing. This beer is going to pay for itself by lowering my blood pressure several points.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (6105) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
From dkachur @ 12th Richmond Gathering: Dark chocolate, caramel, and tobacco aroma. Black with a thin brown head. Espresso, charred oak, and walnut flavor. Full bodied, somewaht thick. Good impy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Nose is roast, burnt dark cherries, honey, alcohol. Flavor is roasty, honey, toffee, caramel. Hugely sweet with a huge mouthfeel. I would have adored this 3 or 4 years ago - now its just not what Iím looking for.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
This damn thing is good. Tap at the brewery, much better than their other IS offering which I found to be too fruity. This piece of work is a smidge hoppy for an R.I.S. but still heavy on the malt, very good.


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