cgarvieuk (23942) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
Rasmus40 (19744) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 (18946) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
rlgk (18843) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
harrisoni (18230) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Oakes (17172) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mcberko (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
chrisv10 (16730) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jtclockwork (16238) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.