Lubiere (13796) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2012
A deep dark stout with a thick brown head, very creamy. In aroma, a pungent woody chocolate, grassy hops, coffee grids, interesting. In mouth, a nice bitter chocolate with coffee and woody notes, murky, bitter and challenging, but overall, very nice. Bottle 1.5 years old from Tampa. Tasted with Pushkinnow, Spinrsx, Brews Phillips, CFrancis and Ian, Jan. 14 2011, Bartowel Ottawa gathering. Drake (13649) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2010
750 mL bottle courtesy of TheCheeseMan and shared at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 9/18/10. Pours a dark red-tinted brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Viscous looking. The aroma is huge and roasty with notes of vanilla, honey and something astringent. The taste is bitter roasted malts, coffee, caramel, honey, nuts and a bitter hop finish. Full bodied. Slightly too bitter but very nice. Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2011
Black with a tiny tan head. Aroma of licorice, ink and soy sauce. Wildly sweet dark flavour with ink and roasted malt failing to balance the flavour. BeerandBlues2 (13210) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Bottle shared by Nickls. Pours opaque with an average, creamy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, burnt, dark fruit), average hops (floral, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, prune, raisin, leather, and peat. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, coffee, burnt, dark fruit), average hops (herbal, grassy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, wood, plum, prune, leather, and peat. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess and astringent with a dry finish. Stuu666 (13094) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle at Craigís tasting. Sweet rich chocolate, roasted malts, dry and bitter.
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(750ml bottle, 2009 vintage, courtesy of ericandersnavy) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of cedar, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and toffee. Flavor of chocolate, cedar, roasted malt, coffee, and nuts. Dogbrick (12932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. The beer pours inky black with with a medium thick brown head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, black coffee and plum. Rich and chewy body with flavors of roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate along with an element of dark fruits. The finish is sweet mocha with a roasty aftertaste. Very good beer and a worthy dedication to Zhukov, whom I coincidentally learned about after finishing "The 900 Days" just before trying this brew. kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2012 Bottle shared at tasting. Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, cocoa, some dark fruit and massive roasted malt. Flavour is very sweet molasses in the foreground with the dark chocolate coming out as well as licorice, caramel, some cherry, raisins and roasted malt. Thick oily mouthfeel with a full body and very light carbonation. This is an outstanding beer. crossovert (12666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
750 ml capped bottle, 2009 vintage, thanks jdubfl.
Pours into my snifter a dense black, with no light even on the edges. The head is the best ive seen, it is cocoa brown and looks like chocolate creme. It stick around nicely leaving some very nice lacing behind.
The smell is pretty wild on this one, like no beer I have smelled before, thanks to the cedar. Along with the fresh cedar there is massive amounts of malt and a huge chocolate presence. This is also one of my favorite smelling brews. There is a tiny hint of sourness and wine way underneath too. It is totally exotic, but very well executed.
This one tastes very delicious. The malts are very easy to pick out and leave layers of flavor as you go. The cedar is a huge presence in the taste and it tastes good. It is a totally different beast than oak, it melds with the bitterness expertly creating almost a piney flavor. It is sweet and has a decent alcohol presence but neither become overpowering.
The mouthfeel could be less carbonated, but for the most part it is pretty good. My mouth has gotten really sticky while drinking this stuff.
This stout is jam packed with flavor, it isnít for the faint of heart, I wish I had another bottle to age.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-29-2010 00:29:39 Rune (12595) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2012
About 100ml poured from a bottle at CBC. Deep dark body with a brownish head and spotty lacing to the glassware. Burst of aromas including dark fruits and dark berries sustain by a nice vanilla touch. Smooth chocolate taste, almost confectionery, supported by liquorice and dark fruits. Lingering ending with roastiness and warmth from the alcohol. Full bodied. Very tasty sipper (Copenhagen, 12.05.2012).