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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   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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4.8
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
HUGE! pours nearly opaque black, brown head. Now almost all RISs have aroma and flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, deep roasted grains molasses, licorice, etc, this one is no different,. In my opinion, what seperates the truly great ones is the balance and amount of such flavors and aromas. MZ nailsit!!!!!! This is right up there with 3 Floyd’s Dark Lord and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. Excellent- flavor and aroma is just bursting out my glass!

4.8
jesperhammer (4874) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2012 Rerated 12-MAY-2012, bottle @CBC. This time perfect carbonation. Dark brown head indicates that. This is just an amazingly complex and balanced brew. ******************************************* bottle @apartment in Barcelona, from Wholefoods Orlando. Pours heavy viscous, black. Black as night with no head. Bourbon, liqourice, bitter, smoke, actually quite smokey and very roasted with chocolate and espresso. ...and then all the bourbon notes with vanilla and smoke again. It really coats the glass with a yellow brown color. It really lacks some carbonation. Where has that gone? A bit sticky on the lips. Definately sweet. I try to force the second pour in order to get a bit of head but it does not happen. Fantastic brew but would be perfect with some carbonation. Transported from Orlando to CPH and then to BCN. Did that ruin the carb.? I can see from other ratings that it usually does have carbonation so I would really love to try this again.

4.8
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 Bottle. Pours a thick dark black with an espresso colored head. Aroma is dark cherries, espresso, black licorice, roasted malts, burnt sugar and hints of alcohol. Taste is dark chocolate and coffee. Getting hints of licorice and dark cherries and roasted/smoked malts. On the palate the beer provides a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, lingering roasted coffee at the end. Nice carbonation, definitely not syrupy at all. Impressive beer!

4.8
AndyW68 (1592) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Great. Black pour with thin tan head. Aroma is smokey sweet syrupy. Lots of chocolate notes. Thick and sweet. Smokey nuts. Does this make you horny baby? No, really great sipping beer on a cold day.

4.8
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Overall this is one of the best Non BA stouts I have ever had , glad I have more put back and will be tracking more down

4.8
Cybercat (6017) - Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2016
Pours rich coffee sable with a fair chocolate head. Aroma features roast malt, chocolate, molasses and quality coffee the way an imperial stout otter. Tastebud-blowing flavor delivers roasted and slightly charred malt, quality coffee, candy bar chocolate, molasses and even a hint of - bourbon? And this isn’t barrel aged! Viscous mouthfeel offers good fizz. One more off my bucket list. Salute the General.

4.7
sjohnny (663) - - AUG 8, 2013
Draft into a snifter at the brewery. Malty fruity sweet aroma. Pours very dark with a thin dark tan head. Smooth and sweet. Date, molasses, cocoa, toffee, booze, velvet. Thick with a sticky sweet lasting finish.

4.7
dctriman (60) - USA - NOV 18, 2013
Really an amazing beer. 2012 bottle. Much better than Hunahpu’s in my opinion. Great mouthfeel and finish. Will get more.

4.7
Abio (1868) - BERMUDA - FEB 1, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 Rating 1500 Bottle from 2011 Pitch black. A small dark brown head. Didn t see many brews this dark. Like a black oil, very siropy. What a bomb of chocolate and coffee. The roasted malts are bittering in the end, but nothing overwhelming. Better as hoped, even one of my favorites.

4.7
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Very dark black pour with a dark tan head. Very roasty aromas, coffee, cocoa, even some toasted oak notes (even though it isn’t barrel aged whoa), toffee, and caramel as well. Flavor is sweet roasted malt upfront with cocoa and molasses as well. Smooth and rich finish. So well balanced and complex. One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had. Thanks for sharing the CCB bottles Tyler!


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