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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,158
Gots: 766 | FT: 68
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008

This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of backstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

We brew and release Zhukov's in the summer knowing that a beer of this heft reaches its full potential a few months after release. So save a bottle for the cold winter!

80 IBU
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Ratings: 2,328 | Reviews: 509
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The beer was jet black with only a few bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell – The nose was dominated by dark chocolate and malts.

Taste – My initial impression is deep dark chocolate. There is almost a syrupy quality, but it is not too sweet. Burnt malts and a little spiciness are also included, which leads well into a dry chocolate after.

Mouthfeel – The stout clings to the tongue and mouth amid the assault on the taste buds.

Overall – Though not overly chocolatey, this is close to being a chocolate stout. I would certainly seek this one again.

Photo of danh53
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the darkest beers I've had with dark brown head. Aroma is chocolate and dark fruits with some coffee bitterness. Chocolate comes through more on the taste along with coffee, molasses, and pipe tobacco. Dark fruits come through on the finish with just theright balance. For a non-barrel aged stout with nothing added, this is tough to beat.

Photo of brianmandell
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated July 2014. Pours a thick oily black. with a quickly reducing dark brown head.

Aromas of roasty dark malts, deep molasses, raisin, chocolate and a touch of sherry.

Huge robust flavor - deep roasty malt, sweet molasses and brown sugar, dark fruit (raisin and cherry). Finishes with some bitter hops and an almost smoky ash.

The mouthfeel is thick with luxurious prickly carbonation. Phenomenal.

I had this once before towards the end of a tasting where it was overwhelming after a bunch of other beers. This is best enjoyed on its own but shared given that it is epic. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a barrel aged beer. This is one of the best imperial stouts I've had though I'd prefer if it was less sweet.

Photo of GregJ
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with a thick brown head. Smells of coffee, cocoa nibs, dark roast malts. Tastes of dark chocolate, roast malts, maple syrup, mocha and molasses. Full body, medium carbonation aftertaste of dark chocolate and roast malts. Outstanding!!!

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle- this was pretty bad, I'm wondering if the guy I got it from didn't cellar it properly.... Either way, I wish it had been drank fresher, this was a waste.

Photo of arm_mason
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i prefer this over hunah

Photo of MissSmisje
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: opaque brownish black. S: chocolate candy, light smoke, bourbon. T: chocolate syrup, mesquites, bourbon, roasted coffee. F: excellent - medium heavy

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a couple of these for a while and decided that the return of stout weather justified drinking one.
It is cliche but this is pitch black, pretty much black hole dark.
The most extraordinary thing about this exceptional ale was the smell, tobacco, sticky fruit, heavy like every thing about this.
The taste is the mouth full of malt, roasted malt, after three years in the bottle no hops to speak of.
Thick robust feel.
As you might guess I really like this stuff, maybe as much as some of the 4.75s I gave under the old system. Find this, cellar this , drink this!

Photo of Dnayew
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not the same animal as CCB's Hunapuh, but probably the finest baseline RIS on the planet. Outstanding beer. This is what a Russian Imperial Stout should taste like.

Photo of elvisdoc
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice. My go to Imperial Stout here in Florida when I can't get Huna.

Photo of Jimbok232
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer, one of the best from Cigar City. The chocolate, coffee and roast are near perfect for a Russian imperial stout.

Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has that perfect black and tan look.

Smells of caramel, cherry and dark chocolate. Slightly herbal.

Tastes of deep, dark chocolate, syrup, vanilla, a little roasted nuts and ripened dark fruits (cherry, plum, raisin). Has a lingering, prickly alcohol heat.

Thick and sinewy, bold and flavorful, and doesn't color outside the lines. Not much else you could ask for in an Imperial Stout.

Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting beer. Its very dark and really good. Is it worth the hype, or the difficulty to get one? Maybe but I have had just as good that were not nearly as difficult to obtain.

Appearance: One of the darkest beers I have ever seen. Head is pretty benign when it was poured but then it began to rise above the top of the pour for a second or two then settled into a nice lacing pattern. Very dark khaki colored head sits on top throughout the drinking of it and it has a nice clinging lacing pattern on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not as bold as I would have expected. Its pretty much a chocolate and molasses bomb. Very sweet and roasty on the nose.

Taste: Sweet imperial stout flavors dominate. It honestly reminds me a lot of Ten Fidy which is a lot easier to come by and cheaper. It is what it is, sweet but not too sweet an a lot of molasses on the tongue. It does have a fantastic mouthfeel , smooth and thick but not too much. The roasted notes are not too burned and its not overly alcoholic in the flavor profile.

Overall: I have had a lot of stouts, this is a very good one, on par with some of the best, but its not the best I have had and considering the difficulty obtaining it, I would say its worth seeking out if you are interested otherwise there are a lot of great options out there these days. I would love to try a barrel aged version of this, I imagine it would be amazing!

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours thick and black with a smaller head forming. Retention on the deep tan colored head is very good, as is the lacing. No light escapes the body of this beer once it is in the glass.

S- Dark and bitter malts hits the nose first and display the impressive darkness of this beer. A touch of bitter dark chocolate is detectable, but burnt malts and dark and bitter coffee are more dominant. On the back end of the smell there is just a hint of tobacco to be had.

T- This beer starts out in the taste department just like it does with its scent; bitter and dark roasted malts. There is a touch of chocolate and anise in there to sweeten the bitter malts a bit, but not much, The dark malts turn a little towards coffee and dark fruit in the middle to back end of the drink before ultimately returning to the bitter roasts and lingering on the tongue.

M- This beer is low in carbonation and very thick, making it pretty smooth. Alcohol warmth can be felt, and combined with the heavy, dark, and bitter flavors, it makes it a slower drinker.

Overall, this is a very good RIS for the cold winter months. Being named for a Soviet hero is just appropriate for their cold weather climate and how stunningly thick and bitter this beer is.

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beast of a beer all around.This is up there with Ten Fidy,Speedway stout...and any top non barrel aged beer.this one can compete with the best of them.Would love to try the BA version.

Photo of Desp59
3.14/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was expecting a bit more flavor. Still a smooth stout.

Photo of MartzMimic
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle the color and viscosity of motor oil, with a nice finger of mocha head. Smells of cocoa, dark fruit and warm spices. It tastes much as it smells. Chocolate, cinnamon, plum and cherry. Maybe a touch of coffee. The alcohol is hidden well, only providing a little warmth. Slightly bitter finish. Medium mouth that coats the tongue well. Just a really well-made stout.

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. Very unique Russian imperial stout. Nice Notes of dark roast coffee and tobacco

Photo of arlo19
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked a year old bottle saved from a trip to Tampa. Bottled 8/20/13

Pour is black as tar! Great dark brown head.
The aroma is chocolate, plum, not much booze.
Taste is similar, heavy malt and not a hint of harsh alcohol.
Slightly dry aftertaste.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a hotel glass

A: Deep dark abyss of blackness with a chocolate shake head good lacing

S: rich roast, molasses, dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee

T: It's decadent with chocolate a roasted Carmel and coffee taste a light sweetness

M: It's creamy and thick if lays n your tongue like it belongs there

O: This is everything a stout should be one of the most beautiful and rich examples it's roasty slightly coffee tasting thick lush on the mouth it's a delight to drink. This is a beg borrow or steal kind of stout do yourself a favor find it.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), unknown vintage (2013?), poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

Photo of Can_has_beer
2.35/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Soy sauce and rancid green beans on the nose. Soy sauce and hot asphalt on the pallet. Hope this is an off bottle, will revisit again.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light-devouring black pour; dark brown cap slimmed to some collar foam and a vague sheen

S: bittersweet dark malts soaked in molasses and vanilla; faint herbal accents

T: rich dark malt silk brings bittersweet chocolate syrup across the palate; sweet dark brown molasses sweetness, rounded off with a boozy vanilla character; undercurrents of cold espresso with lemon peel

M: silky smooth, dense, lush; bittersweetness lingers along with a slight stickiness; herbal hops contribute a drying effect on the finish...

O: an excellent entry into the big boys of double stouts - right up there with any of your favorites - sure to impress.

Photo of SebD
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down very slowly and leaves lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet chocolate, molasses, some coffee/espresso, dark fruit, toffee and some vanilla. Smells phenomenal!

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of sweet chocolate, rich molasses, coffee, bitter espresso, light dark fruit, some toffee and faint vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is a really great Stout. Definetely something to try.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of worussell3
2.75/5  rDev -37.1%

This did not appeal to me. Wouldn't try again.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,328 ratings.