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RATINGS: 777   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bconch (377) - - AUG 2, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Taken from old notes. 2011 batch. Nose of chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is sweet malts then chocolate. Nice hoppy finish that melds into a final chocolate note. Excellent impy. Just had the nitro version today (8/30/12) and it is even better. Creamy texture and mouthfeel makes you want to chew it. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (4994) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 5, 2016
650 ml. Ebony body with a cocoa-colored film of creamy bubbles. Aroma is espresso, chocolate toffee, oats, plum, dates and a touch of soy. Tastes of chocolate toffee, cocoa powder, dark coffee with cream, berries, oats and bitter iron-like notes of blackstrap molasses. Long finish shows some tobacco and merlot. Heavy body is smooth and rich, but has a drinkable balance for such a big dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2765) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Weird. I had a rating for this once before, from a growler Joey brought to an Orlando RB tasting years ago. Now that rating has been moved to the Humidor Series Imperial Stout. I guess thatís right. Fortunately I recently had a bomber of this at a bar, so this one wonít get moved. Didnít have that same meaty taste, so itís probably definitely different. This was a straight up imperial stout, nothing weird or unusual, just typical CC: big, heavy, chewy. Coffee and chocolate and roast. Strong. Semi-sweet, lightly tannic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smaynard6000 (1027) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle. Pours black with a minimal brown head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Roasty malt notes with plenty of chocolate and sweet flavor. Full bodied with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (4111) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - OCT 14, 2016
This was poured into a snifter. Thanks Willie. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a tan pinkie fingerís worth of foamy head. Slims out nicely to a concave rim around the glass. The aroma starts off with some nice dark roasty coffee bean, subtle sweet milk chocolate, dried chocolate, some sweet black and red cherries. Light dark chocolate slides in too. Dried dark fruits also come in as it warms. The flavor is rich and warming, smooth malty sweetness, pure and roasty. Blissful and roasty with a semi-sticky yet roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality for a cold night. Stickiness is there with the roast imparting a kindful delicious smooth feel running over my tongue. Overall, damn nice RIS with some youth to it. Did I just have it at the right time? If I had another bottle, would love to have another to age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2176) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Thanks to Chalsk. Pours black with a thick tan (cherry)head. Aroma is espresso, roast, dark chocolate, cherry and molasses. Taste is bitter with some residual sweetness. Full bodied, smooth and creamy...just about perfect in that area. Great IS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cards04 (2695) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 7, 2016
Thanks Dchmela!!! You da man! This is fucking awesome. Pours a thick tar like pitch black. Very dark head. Aromas of dark chocolate, bread, molasses, sherry. Big luscious flavours. Brownie batter, dark chocolate, sherry, molasses, a little bit of cheek puckering vinous. A phenomenal, world class imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
northropfrye (3331) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 7, 2016
Thanks cards04 for sharing! Dark black body dark brown foamy head good retention. Looks great. Aroma of molasses dried fruit caramel bitterness abv well masked. Cherries. Smooth soft palate. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2420) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2016
Bortle Himmeriget. Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma of ground coffee, choko, loads of soy, licorice, molasses, light herbal. Taste is rather sweet loads of choko, licorice, raisins, well balanced sweetness. Nit that heavy but very balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lore (2290) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 22, 2016
Deep dark brown, almost black colour, moderate sized creamy brown head; aroma of soy sauce, dark chocolate, some coffee, dried cherry, ash and herbal notes; taste is the same with slight smokey notes; excellent imperial stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (5243) - 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 isnít barrel aged! Viscous mouthfeel offers good fizz. One more off my bucket list. Salute the General.

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