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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
glennmastrange (2804) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee, moderate resin for the hops and earth for the yeast, with hints of tar, licorice and tobacco. Head is none existant but has good legs. Color is black. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is fuller than full, syrupy/chewy, with a carbonation thatís just about flat and finishes moderately alcoholic and quite sticky. This Imperial Stout is an absolute mouthful, definitely something youíd want to share considering the alcohol and the size of the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maddog (526) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Jimmy from Jacksonville, Fl. What an incredibly delicious and complex imperial stout. The pour was jet black with a beautiful dark brown head. The aroma was that of roasted malts. The flavors were remarkably layered and complex with roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and molasses. One of the all time great stouts, this one certainly packed a wallop at 11%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
Pours black as space with a very thick darkbrown head. Aroma is amazing. strong coffee and chocolate. The flavour is fantastic, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. with a strong and bitter hop finish. soo complex. this is a hell of a stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mufasa (11) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
Had this on back to back nights with the double barrel aged version to compare the differences. It is fantastic, a lot of chocolate flavors. Would like to also try after it has a little age to it along with the double barrel version. I think it will really awaken in about 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Amazing imperial stout. Smells like pine and hops. Tastes like concentrated awesome. Includes maple syrup, very alcoholic. Did I mention itís awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Basically black, dark tan brown head. Thick and frothy, very nice. Roasty, chocolate, light alcohol, coffee aroma. Taste is chocolate fondue, oily, light appropriate alcohol, coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3576) - Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2011 on tap at the brewery. Fresh, fresh fresh (release day). The pride of the Red Army poured jet black with a small brown head. The aroma was coffee, which was nice at 10:45am, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste was rich and inviting with lots of chocolate, roast coffee, molasses, and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle - thanks to hopscotch. Iíve been really wanting to try this and DAMN this beer looks sexy! Dark ebony color with a massive, creamy brown head. The molasses really stands out in the nose, amongst the espresso and chocolate. Rather sweet and potent. The flavor blends together seamlessly and I like the role the molasses plays here. Rich espresso and dark chocolate. Just getting a little bit of dry smokey tones in the finish. Very little bitters and slight hints of the abv. Smooth and creamy. Gets a drier and smokier as it warms. I preferred it when it was a bit colder than room temp and still had the molasses notes and less smoke covering up the sweeter parts. Nice, solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
At on Tap at Cigar City. Pours a dark black with a dark tan head. Nice. Aroma is coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste was excellent with coffee, malt, cocoa, and maybe some caramel. Palate had a medium mouthfeel, you almost cant even notice the alcohol. Overall this is another excellent brew from cigar city.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
bottle shared by dak on 1/2/2010. super dark sludgy pour... viscous purple (yep, purple) with a dark brown head. wow, this thing smells really hoppy!... along with ashy roast, milk, vegetal coffee, a touch of smoke and some chocolate. the flavor is crazy hoppy and dry... thereís a slight sourness (similar to molasses) from the roast along with ash and the rest of the aromaís characteristics and pine at times. thick chewy body with a slick smooth mouth feel. 8/5/8/4/16/4.1

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