Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by davod23:
3.48/5 rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Bruery tulip glass.
The pour is near black, oily, even chunky-looking as it leaves the bottle. Beautiful mocha-colored head that billows up, but then reduces to a thin layer on top of the brew. Good staying power. A bit of spotty lace. This is about as nice-looking as stouts get.
Smell... huh. Not bad, but nothing great. I detect some chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and smoke. However, everything is fairly subdued. I expected this to be more powerful - as imperial stouts go, this is not particularly memorable.
Taste is a bit better. Sweet chocolate and coffee gives way to smoke mid-palate, with a long, lasting, but slightly astringent finish. The astringency isn't overwhelming or anything, but I do wish it wasn't there. Not terribly boozy, either, which is a nice feature on an 11% abv brew.
Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. Again, not bad - but I expect my imperial stouts to be thick and creamy. This one has maybe slightly too much carbonation for my tastes. It seems just a bit thin, something more akin to a big porter rather than an impy stout. **edit** When this beer gets up to near room temperature, it smoothes out a bit and gets a little creamier. So I'll bump it another half-point.
Drinkability is actually totally solid. If I really liked the beer's other aspects, I could definitely see myself putting down a fair bit of this stuff. Easy to drink for the style. But really, I doubt that I would spend the money on a bottle of this again - the market is inundated with better imperial stouts.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2009 23:26:29 | More by davod23
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4.23/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle into a FW tulip
dark black pour with a great dark brown head. smell is extremely chocolately and malty. very aromatic. the taste is so sweet. tons of chocolate. no bitterness at all. real impressive RIS!! VERY full bodied. mild carbonation.
overall great. thanks Taylor!
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 04:29:58 | More by Axnjxn
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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