Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. My mom's in town, so we're splitting the wine-sized bottle. She asked where I get all these beers that I share with her when she's around, like I had some sort of illegal connection. Anyway, while she was playing Mario Kart, I snapped a few iPhone photos for the review. We'll see how they turn out.
This beer is named for World War II General Georgy Zhukov, and you're not going to believe it, but he's depicted on the label as well! I have another one of these bottles stored away for a rainy day, which actually describes every day for the past month.
Enormous chocolate head. This is certainly not going to fall into the flat stout category. I almost lost it over the edge of the glass. Chocolate and freshly brewed coffee scents fill the room. Nice aroma! Coffee and chocolate are dominant flavors right from the beginning, with the 11% alcohol providing an immediate boozy feeling to the beer. I say that in a good way, as it's not harsh and accents the other two rich flavors wonderfully. Roasted, malty, thick, coating, chewy. What a great creamy smooth texture, too! While the initial flavors and overall delivery of the beer are on the sweet side, there is a decent bitter challenge in the background preventing it from going overboard.
I asked my mom to take a few more sips and use her imagination to see if there was anything besides "coffee, chocolate and alcohol". She totally nailed the vanilla component, which for me was pretty prominent. Not sure if herbal is a good word but I feel it, and tobacco too, like how the leaves in the drying barn smell, but just a little. Some heat in the chest and a great aftertaste finish this off.
Now, I better shake my ass downstairs to make sure my mom didn't finish the bottle!
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