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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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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4.1
ffaoe (1012) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2017
strong malty, chocolately, and coffee aromas. pitch black in color with huge long lasting brown head. full body. rich chocolately flavor with notes of coffee

4.2
hapjydeuce (1005) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Smokepot23 for the trade. Brought and shared at Woodshop 5.0 (2010) in Anaheim with many fellow Ratebeerians. Pour is oily black with a sticky, frothy tan head capping it off. Perfect appearance. Immediate nose of dark chocolate and licorice. Flavor starts similar, followed by smoke and dark roasted coffee, with some sweet dark fruit. Full, chewy palate and lasting tones of roasted malt. Excellent.

4.4
AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2010
There’s a lot going on in this beer. Black and opaque, the aroma has numerous smells wafting from the bottle as it is opened. These includes both dark and lighter chocolate, and some alcohol cherries. The body is thick and smooth. Flavors include the taste of dark breads, and chocolate malt. Also a little roasted coffee.

3.8
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2012
Originally reviewed: 2/20/11. Big thanks to readbaron for sending this bottle my way! Split and shared with (BA) ClarkPinnock [First installment of "A Beer Observed">. Poured my allotment into a chalice. The pour on this beer is one of the thickest I have ever seen. This slowly glugs out of the bottle. I can tell there is lower carbonation as there is no head to this at all. I didn’t see a wisp of lace until the final few ounces from the bottle. Still, this is one evil-looking brew, and I dig it. The nose is potent with sharp twangs of vinous grapes, molasses, espresso, booze, chocolate. A plethora of aromatic tones. The body, though low in carbonation, is still pleasant. So smooth and creamy. This is really thick stuff! I’d like a bit more bubble play, but this is alright. If this beer were any less "big," I’d have more of a complaint. The flavor profile mirrors the nose quite. Lots of dark chocolate, wine, mild booziness, licorice, and heavily roasted coffee beans. I lowered the drink-ability on this one, as the alcohol burn just gets to me after awhile, and this is more pronounced as this beer warms. Still, this was one heck of a weekend-starter. Great beer to sip by the fire, or as CP enjoyed it, with a pipe.

4.2
Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Technically, I have had Cigar City beers before, but that was at GABF and I was three sheets to the wind. So, lets call this the first time I have had Cigar City. In a word, impressive. Possibly the thickest pour I have ever seen. Creamy, dark, rich beer. Tan, almost brown head. Flavor is Coffee, bitter hops, chocolate and dark fruits. Long, smooth finish. Excellent.

4.1
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2012 bottle poured into a snifter..inky black with a fluffy light brown head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,dark fruits,licorice..big beer with big flavors..chocolate,coffee,licorice,lemon,dark fruits..not overly boozy..good stuff.

4.2
Bacchus66 (999) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2017
On tap at Upstate Craft. Dense black pour with a thick tan head. This has dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, soy, molasses, roasted nuts, toffee. Thick, full body, oily mouthfeel. Delicious lingering roasty finish. With all the rich flavors the alcohol is hardly noticeable. Outstanding.

4.5
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours an insane pitch black color with a really dark tan head, the darkest beer I have ever seen. The aroma is super complex with lots of dark fruits like dark cherry, figs, dates and raisins, some dark chocolate and sweet chocolate, molasses and tobacco. Flavor is also nice and complex with a nice aroma of dark fruits again figs, dates, dark cherry and raisins, lots of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, molasses and some brown sugar notes. The body is full with a creamy mouth feel. Overall a great Imperial Stout, and probably the best non BA Imperial Stout I have had in a while!

4.3
zimbo (980) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
Dark tan slightly glossy head. Dense dense cake nose married with a generous amount of booze. Full in the mouth , sappy without being cloying with some well integrated kirshcherry element .Smooth. Like an intense full dense liquid black forest cake. Fantastic and delicious.

4.3
RRistow12 (977) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Tasted on draft. Huge complex beer. Aroma and flavors of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, chocolate. Exceptional beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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