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RATINGS: 784   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 29, 2010
In the bottle from Leukenís. Pours coal black with a thick brown head. Pours thick as motor oil. This is a hard beer to initially pour as it does not form a head at first, then up from the ground like a bubbliní crude takes over quickly. Molasses, sorghum and sulfur in the aroma. You donít drink this beer, you take a bite of it. This is an espresso chocolate milkshake posing as a beer. Smokiness is the only delicate flavor. This is like drinking a glass of rich dark chocolate. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (930) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Aroma is powdered cocoa, astringency, pine, alcohol, toffee, toast, and a hint of umami. Pours mahogany to black with a light toffee colored head. Taste is intensely coffee and cocoa powder. Pine, toast, sweet lactose, and slightly sour.... well balanced beer. Finish is sweet and bitter cocoa with a residual sourness. Solid beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2010
750ml Bottle. Pour black with a decent size brown bubbly head. Aromas are coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate and sweetness. Flavors are full of coffee, sorta chocolate milk due to the creaminess, roasty and a sweet molasses flavor. The finish is dry and a bitter chocolate flavor lingers in your mouth. Another great beer from CCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (6313) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
25oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a small espresso brown head that had some decent retention. Intense nose, lots of coffee, some smoke, hearty piney hops, very roasty, and lots of chocolate. Thereís also some off-putting notes of band-aids and fresh leather (which works in some beers for me) that are bothersome. The flavor is very hoppy, it actually catches me off guard a little. Rather bitter and astringent to me. Lots of espresso and coffee. A lot of band aids in the flavor as well, with some burnt toast, and moderate alcohol heat. Thick, heavy, and chewy with light soft carbonation. A little sticky and clingy. I donít know about this one, I just didnít care for it that much. Iím glad that I hadnít had this before I had the BA versions and the Poop Coffee version because I think I would have been much more critical of them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Jet black with a cardboard head not quite as dark as Huna. Smokey soy nose, light chocolate. Flavor is heavily roasted malt, bit of dry oats in there somewhere, also some burnt toffee and more milk chocolate, even ashy at times. Decent body, not overly thick which allows for the flavorís nuance to survive a bit, and surprise, there arenít nearly the sugars that CCB often presents. Enjoyed the balanced the flavor, the nose could use a bit more of it. Still not a favorite for the style though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2010
If there was a mouth feel category in rate beer this would be a hundred and twenty. Please drink this with a glass of water. It is slighty sweet with a dark Carmelle. The malt is nicely roasted. the flavor is soooo...... long with a slight chocolate and a nicenhoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (10215) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
#5,000 for the Chairman and CEO of PUBíN, the Pennsylvania Underground Beer Network, and thanks to all the PUBíN members, thanks to the Academy, the Agency, my parents, my liver, kidneys, urethra, and massive brain for making this all possible. Enough of the patting on the back BS, on to the rating. Bottle procured from both CAH and Smithís on different occasions, and I went back for a lot more. The pour is jet black, Yaphet Kotto black, with 2f dark brown head. One of the brownest heads of all time. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, prune, fine tobacco. Tastes rich, complex, with roasty dark malt, some cacao, oaty, mild milk stouty lactic, slight coffee, and backup hops. Gets a bit more pruney late, and stays thich, rich, and complex. As I;ve said before, if there is a Heaven, they have unlimited taps of all the Cigar City beers. Bravo, and hereís to another 5K. Jens, you better watch your back, bro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
A-pours a jet black liquid, thick and viscous. The head is dark mocha in color. It is tight and creamy, a few bubbles on top spread out. The head is so thick, the retention is very good and the lace covers the glass and doesnít fall at all. S-the nose is fairly big, it has a lot of sweetness in the back with some lighter roasted qualities in the front. Roasted malts, lots of burnt coffee and some dark bitter chocolate. smokey malts, notes of soy sauce and ash, malty sweetness in the back. T-fallows the nose, roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark chocolate. Soy sauce takes over, sweetness in the back, dark fruity goodness, plums and raisins. M-this is quite thick and creamy, full bodied, pretty darn big. Very smooth on the palate, a little heavy, nicely carbonated, holds throughout. Somewhat dry in the very back from some of the bitter chocolate and hops D-huge RIS, great flavors and complexity, everything really works well. Lots of chocolate and very rich brew. Enough roasted maltiness to hold up with a good balance of sweetness. Alcohol is extremely well hidden

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head. Very thick, you could eat it with a spoon. Aroma is of wet wood, dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, and roasted malt. Definitely some cedar in the aroma. Taste is of rich dark chocolate, burnt coffee, wood, and dark fruit. Big caramel malt backbone. There is also plenty of vanilla too. Lingering taste of chocolate and dark fruit. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. A definite sipper for me. It was damned tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9408) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour. Rich and chewy with a lot of heavy tarry molasses character. Rich and charry with a nice soft earthy roastiness. Sticky up front but manages to give a perception of dryness on the finish. A bit of light licorice. Roasty finish with a lingering earthy hop bitterness. One word keeps appearing in the description of this oneÖ intense. Really damn good Impy.

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