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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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Papsoe (25059) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of TheCheeseMan. Pitch black with a dense brown head leaving laces. Intense nose of hard roasted malts and molasses. Solid body, lots of burned malts and dark chocolate. Some malt bitterness but not overly so really. 210810

Rasmus40 (21695) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2012
CBC. Black with a very dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and very bitter finish. Very oily. 120512

Theydon_Bois (20452) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ Frank’s (Ramnuts) tasting, thanks to Benjamin & Katherine (I think) - 06/11/12. Double black with a dirty coffee head that soon thins to the edges - looks the absoloute bollocks! Nose is molasses, light wood tones, puff of smoke, treacle toffee, tar, dark malts. Tastes of bitter dark cocoa, molasses, liqourice, leather, mineral tones, tobacco. Full bodied wiht very soft carbonation leading to a dry finish. Great stuff.

harrisoni (19165) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle at Chriso Gaylord tasting 09. Thanks again to Ruth for getting this in Florida. Black as hell. Big lasting tan head. Oily poiur. Pure espresso and dark choc on aroma. Not hot. Lots and lots of intense bitter choc and coffee. So you would expect me to like it. And it is good, very decent, but without that wow factor.

rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Vanilla and chocolate aroma, chocolate, cocoa, figs, raisins, peat notes, hops, grass notes, some wood. Hoppy roasted flavor, tar, peat, smoked, salty, dark chocolate, cocoa, raisins, woody, dry, ash, really bitter. Oily and full bodied, and with chocolate finish, tar, cocoa, figs and tar. Quite a challenge, but a lovely beer!

mcberko (18572) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
750mL bottle, pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of rich chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and some burnt caramel. Flavour is extremely rich and complex, with burnt caramel, roasted malt, dark toffee sweetness, some chocolate, and dark fruits (cherries and raspberries). The fruits and toffee sweetness linger. Very rich and deep, with medium-to-high sweetness without cloying too much, velvety, viscous and smooth. Superior to Hunahpu’s, with all the complexity showing here (the chilis take this away in Hunahpu’s, but do cut the cloying sweetness). A rich, decadent impy, that could only be improved by cutting down on the sweetness.

Oakes (18527) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
My shitty amateur hour rating for Zhukov goes like this: Black. Very rich, inky, total tarry, chewy, dense burnt fruitcake. Nice. Rich impy. Probably more unique when it first came out.

chrisv10 (18215) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2012
Bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration, 2012. Black with medium dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a little liquorice. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, medium sweet, liquorice, thick and medium bitter.

jtclockwork (17100) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with reddish tan head. Nose of chocolate, bourbon, coffee and rye. Taste of chocolate, mocha, coffee, vanilla, toffee, espresso, molasses and slight chili pepper. World class stout.

brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: You can’t get much prettier than this beer. A thick, black motor oil like pour with a surprising amount of mocha colored foam. S: Pretty standard RIS aromas coming out of this one: coffee, bitter chocolate, licorice, and some dark fruits. T: The chocolate is the most prominent flavor coming out of this beer. The coffee and roasted malt provide a bit of contrast and bitterness. M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice viscosity to it. D: Not a bad beer. I guess my expectations were a bit high for this one, but the flavors were a bit underwhelming, unfortunately. Still a good RIS, but not the best.

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