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RATINGS: 796   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
cgarvieuk (23942) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 bottle thanks to the big cheese ... at fins ... deepest black ... big short lived brown head ... big chocolate and soft coffeee ... roast malt nose ... little overfizzy .. but huge chocolate ... little treacle toffee ... light bitter coffeee roast in back ... with just a little hop showing through ... very nice bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan lacing ... dark malts ... deep roast ... light spice ... dark malt roast ... light toffee sweet malts ...dark cakes ... light soyas 3.7

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (19744) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (18946) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle @ Frankís (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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18843) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
Bottle at CCB Day, Sštila 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (18230) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (17172) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16965) - 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 Hunahpuís, with all the complexity showing here (the chilis take this away in Hunahpuís, but do cut the cloying sweetness). A rich, decadent impy, that could only be improved by cutting down on the sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (16730) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: You canít 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jtclockwork (16238) - , 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.


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