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RATINGS: 802   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 II’s 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 Zhukov’s 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. Zhukov’s Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.

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3.2
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 I’m looking for.

4.1
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.

3.6
sunevdj (4087) - 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.

4.4
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,

3.7
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.

4
Butters (4059) - 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.

4
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.

4.6
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2010 The base of one of my favorite beers, Hunahpu’s. 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 it’s no Hunahpu’s. 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.

4
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle @ Boise Imperial Stout Tasting: Black, light head. Woody still as opposed to the humidor aged version. Lots of cocoa and grape notes with vanilla and coffee notes. Balanced and milky mouthfeel with a complex clean finish. Very nice.

4.4
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2010
750ml bottle courtesy of ibrew2or3. thanks, dave! pours a beautiful, sludgy, jet black with a thick, creamy dark brown head leaving thick sheets of lace. aroma is outstanding and wonderfully complex with huge, dark, roasted malts, molasses, leather charred wood, and dark chocolate initially with notes of toffee, fresh espresso, and dried cherries coming through alongside subtle hints of salty, black olives and raisins. flavor is fantastic as well with loads of mildly tart dark fruits, roasted malts, and very bitter chocolate up front that fade to reveal the complexities of espresso, herbal hops, black licorice, tobacco smoke, and burnt toffee before the massive, bitter, roasted coffee and bitter, dark chocolate finish. palate is full bodied and silky smooth with light carbonation and just a hint of the 11%. overall, a wonderful imperial stout. i cannot wait to try the humidor version and must get my hands on the double barrel version.


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