Cigar City Monsieur Zhukov’s Biere de Stout

RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   ABV: -
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13989) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Growler at RBWG GT. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast, dark chocolate, smoke, wood. Medium body, dark chocolate, roast, nice sweetness, light smoke, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2016
Sample shared @ RBWG Tampa. Thanks to whoever brought this! Deep brown pour with a tan head. Nose is replete with dark cocoa, milk chocolate. Some strange mellow dill and herbal accents. Flavor is very roasty and dry. Skews bitter. Some caramel candies and brown breadiness. Cigarette ash. Medium body, elevated carb. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18924) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2015
Growler at RBWG ’15 Grand Tasting @ Coppertail, thanks to whomever shared this one, 21/02/15. Black topped with a decent tan swirl and edgeing. Nose is chocolate, liquorice, spice, rich roasted notes. Taste comprises candied fruit notes, cocoa rub, red berry pangs, raisens. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (20800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Growler shared during the RBWG 2015 Grand Tasting. Huge thanks for sharing this one! Pours oily black with a creamy tan head. Charred wood aroma, with secondary notes of baking cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with rich char, baking cocoa, tobacco, ash, scorched earth. Medium to full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Light warmth in the finish, lots of bittersweet chocolate, roast, char. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (16137) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2015
Growler. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of cherry, oak, vanilla and roast chocolate. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Tasted during RBWG15 Grand Tasting. Older 32oz growler. Black color. Ring of tan head. Dots of lace. Good dark chocolate. Coffee, some oak. Bigger body. Good chewiness. Light dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet. Very impressive, enjoyable imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14786) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
Growler - Cherry, vanilla, chocolate and lots of sweetness. Jet black with a small light brown head. Dark roast, light coffee bitterness and a long finish. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4824) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2015
From a 3-4 year old growler. Not at its prime but certainly not bad. Rich aroma with hints of tobacco, soaked raisins, some vegetal. Flavor: mostly follows the aroma with hints of molasses, sherry, Feel: thick full syrupy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcartamdg (3366) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pours jet black with s thin mocha head. Aroma of roast, dark chocolate with a touch of smoke. Taste follows, crazy viscosity for a second runnings beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Appearance: black, oily, liquid obsidian. Crema hued head fades into a thin collar.
Nose: oily black viscosity. Roasted, tarry, and massive amounts of black licorice and anise. Dense black cake and charred dried prunes and figs. Oily peat in the back – Lagavulin comes to mind. Acrid bits in the middle – burnt and tannic.
Palate: big middle and finish, light in the front. Dry burnt smoky ashen finish. Oily viscous mouthfeel. Cigar leaf and cigars, slowly smoldering, trails of smoke wafting lazily up into the air. Dried prunes with pits. Peppery – like a peppercorn rub. Dried ancho chili peppers. Old leather.
Final Thoughts: quite intriguing. This was the second of 4 tasters I savored at the Cigar City Tasting room with my Love. The atmosphere was as perfect as the beers. Delicious! I was expecting a bit more of a different beer from the original Marshall Zhukov, which there wasn’t, but I wasn’t disappointed either. If anything, a bit rough around the edges which could benefit from a bit of smoothing out.

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