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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13186) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Bottle thanks to Don. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy tan head that lasts awhile. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee bean, molasses. Thin mouthfeel with strong roast and dark chocolate, toffee, and nice sweet finish. Really enjoyed this one, very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (13183) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (13171) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12908) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerandBlues2 (12598) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (12360) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12314) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750ml bottle-pour aggressively for a righ brown head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles with a color that resembles motor oil after 110k miles that sheets on the side of the glass. Aroma is rich dark malt/oat-anise/molasses/cocoa, earthy. Taste is rich double dark chocolate/anise-dark malt/oat, some acidic/earthy hops bite. Soft carbonation. Smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thewolf (12300) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle @ CBC, 2012.
Pours pitch black with a medium creamy, dark brown head. Aroma has lots of sweetness, liqourice, fat dark chocolate, vinious, oaky, coffee, cocoa. Lovely. Low carbonation, fat and oily mouthfeel. Flavour is quite sweet, cocoa, mild smoke, sugary, liqourice, vinious. Like many other "big" Imperial Stouts, it is just too sweet. Nice, coffee bitter finish though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (12195) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (12002) - 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

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