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RATINGS: 794   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (6177) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (4059) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle at T&Ms. Pours an opaque black motoroil with a tiny brown head. Sweet and quite bitter. Strong aromas of roasted malts. Also some dark chocolate. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Bitter finish with more dark cohcolates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle at home - Thanks to Thomas. Pitch blach - brown head. Burned, cocoe, fruity, coffee, nice bitterness, coffee, nice bitterness, high burned, high bitter burned, red berries,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Dkachur) Huge dark malt aroma with some dark fruits and hint of alcohol. Black with medium tan head. Flavor follows aroma with moderate astringency with a light sour twang underneath. Medium to full body and full creamy mouthfeel. Finish is medium with a touch of warming and a lot astringency. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4058) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Sampled side by side at the Richmond Gathering XII. While both pour a motor oil black, but this one has lower dark brown head retention. Dark chocolate, roast, black patent, burnt, milk, honey, and expresso. Boozy. Big chewy viscous body. Very tasty brew. Better than the humidor version for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of dkachur at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Very dark black body with a medium creamy brown head that persists. Big roast, chocolate and coffee bitter aroma. Big chocolate, roast and coffee flavor with a dry bitter finish. Full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 The base of one of my favorite beers, Hunahpuís. Pours an oily black color with a very thin no color bubly head. Has an aroma of cherries and chocolate with hints of roast. Has a sweet start with a nice thick mouthfeel. Some gentle bitters. Nice velvety chocolate and cherry notes through the finish. Great IS. But itís no Hunahpuís. Nov. 17, 2010 - On tap at Blind Tiger with Joey Redner in the house. It will always be known at Hunahpus little brother, but this is a great IS in its own right. Nice a creamy out of the tap. Just excellent.

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