Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,166
Gots: 768 | FT: 72
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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: 2,362 | Reviews: 513
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.59/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Was hooked up with this from a trade with Afksports. Thank you sir.

Poured straight from the bottle to tulip bulb glass.

Beer was inky jet black,and semi consistency of old motor oil. Very little head. A scant amount of carbonation. Plenty of lacing.

Smell. A hint of molasses. A more pungent smell of teriyaki and soy sauce gave me a full on punch in the nose.

Coats the tongue quite well. The lack of carbonation was a downfall in my opinion. I felt like I was left wanting a little more bite.

Taste. A touch of chocolate and tons of malt. Very rich,but unbalanced.

Overall,I was very unimpressed. Thick,malty,non carbonated liquid mess. Certainly glad I tried it,but I really can't recommend it. There are so many better options out there worth your dollar.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone IRS snifter, served at room temp.

Viscous black liquid emerges from the bottle. Heavy pour produces a very scant head. Dark brown sugar cap goes nearly as soon as it came, though leaves a surprising amount of lacing. Carbonation is visibly missing from this bottle. Body is void of light, opaque is an understatement.

Rich fudgy chocolate oozes from the glass. Smoky, charred malt is set just behind. A slight bit of ash is noted. Molasses and hints of licorice can be enjoyed as a more subtle scent. Warmth brings out a rather pleasant caramel flavor to the surface.

The contrast of flavors noticed right of the bat leads me to believe I am in for a treat. Sweet chocolate, rich creme and caramel flavors are balanced by a roasted nearly charred malt flavor and hints of espresso.

Thick creamy mouthfeel despite the complete lack of carbonation. Thick flavors coats making for a long finish. Carbonation is completely lacking, even a light amount would improve the mouthfeel tremendously.

Impressive beer. Any beer which can overcome a complete lack of carbonation and still score very high is worthy of the praise it receives. The alcohol is hidden rather well. Certainly a sipper but every sip is enjoyable. Pairs very well with homemade roasted cinnamon and cayenne dark chocolate truffles.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This might be the darkest, thickest pour I've ever seen, head, carbonation missing from it, but with a beer of such style, who cares? No lace to it, no head to it. Aroma is very easy going. Aroma is pretty faint, chocolate, ever so slight booze.

Taste, a sipper for sure, thick, chewy, not a lot of any component jumping out other than chewiness. No coffee, a decent amount of chocolate. Don't taste any vanilla or wood. Just tons and tons of roasted malt, maybe some oatmeal to round all this out into a tasty concoction. If I could pick this up for $10 all the time, you can bet it would be always on hand.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/16/2010. Bottle. Pours a viscous black with a small dark tan-reddish head. Aroma of alcohol, dark chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor of tons of roasted malt and some bitter chocolate in the finish. Rich and decadent. The 11% makes itself well-known but overall, this was quite a tasty beer!

Photo of meatyard
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a inky black without any head whatsoever and therefore no lace.

The smell is licorice, molasses and a light amount of burnt malt.

The taste is much the same as the smell with more molasses, a slight bitterness and some gentle warming.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, easy going down but there is no carbonation at all. Tends to thin a bit as it warms.

Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed it though a bit more carbonation would have made an improvement to me.

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle opened at jlindros Impy Stout tasting. Shared among several BA's and tasted side by side with Hunahpu's. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anny. snifter.

A - Oily, black in color, seems very thick, no head and only a thin brown collar surrounding the edge of the glass.

S - A blend of coffee, molasses, caramel and alcohol. Coffee is most prominent here.

T - Sweeter than I expected from the nose. Lots of coffee blended with molasses and a bit of chocolate in there too. Definitely on the sweeter side of things, not to the point of being syrupy though.

M - Oily and slick, thick and full bodied. There is a low carbonation that makes this silky smooth. Overall sweet and creamy.

D - I like this a lot. To be critical, I'd say maybe it is a bit too sweet for my liking, but not by much. Definitely not a Dark Lord caliber syrupy sweetness by any stretch. Not sure tasting this next to the Hunahpu's did this any favors. The spice additions to the Hunahpu's from the MZ base beer really brought out the flavors nicely and dried it out too giving it much better balance.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to zimmerbloke for hooking me up with a few of Cigar City's finest. Due to a thread citing carbonation issues with Zhukov's, I made this the first CCB beer from the package I opened.

A: Poured hard into my Portsmouth snifter, a reverse waterfall yields a milk chocolate brown cap on a text-book potting soil black body. Although no real head ever formed, the thin surface layer cap and foam ring promise some carbonation. It seems the reports of the Marshal's demise don't apply to this particular bottle. Swirling the beer inside my glass literally stains the glass a walnut brown showing the viscosity of the brew. 5/5

S: Uh-oh... Some lactic qualities suggest a possible infection although that is my first response to a brewer intentionally using a lacto-culture in a big stout these days. Call it the curse of The Abyss! The alcohol doesn't hide in the nose but instead, shows up as a port like quality. 3.5/5

T: Nope... No infection here! Fantastic bitter chocolate cake are all over this thing! This lends a nice touch of bittering hops and anise on the finish. Wow-oh-wow this is sweet though. Never does this try to be anything else than a rich decadent dessert masquerading as a beer. As long as that's expected, it is great! 4.5/5

M: Very low carbed. This is a beer that is so big and luscious, it doesn't really need much carbonation. Similar to Hunahpu's, this beer literally coats my tongue. Its sticky, sticky, sweet and nothing about it is clean. Again, as long as its expected its good. 4.5/5

D: This is one hell of a solid beer! I've already lined up a trade for another one and plan on enjoying that as well. Do yourself a favor and try it if you can because there aren't many like it. Good on you for this creation Cigar City. 4/5

Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a wine glass. Thick black motor oil. Very glad this was split among 8 of us or so. This stained the glass for sure. Smells like straight up booze with some dark chocolate and licorice in there. Tastes incredible especially as it warms up. There are some subtle cocoa notes as well as a hint of coffee towards the end. It is sure a sipper. It feels so thick and chewy in the mouth it is a meal in itself. This is a delicious beer but it is really hard to get down unless you take real small sips but nonetheless very memorable.

Photo of CoastieSimon
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this brew last night.

Opened the bottle and a slight hiss. Knew there was not going to be that much carbonation from the reviews so it was expected. Poured into a pint glass, and could not see any light threw it at all. Overall felt like I was pouring oil out of a can. The smell is definitely wonderful, very chocolaty. Now the best part about this brew is the taste, at first it tastes like a chocolate milkshake with the bitterness settling in after you gulp it down. There is also a strong coffee aftertaste which is really nice. because of the low carbonation it is very difficult to drink the whole liter as it is so thick, that is this beers only downside. SIP this beer, as the ABV will sneak up on you as I was feeling really good after the whole bottle!

Photo of djmichaelk
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, chilled then warmed a bit, into a snifter.

A - Pours black, with auburn edges. Solid finger of mocha-colored head, with great retention and lacing.

S - Very nice. Cheerios, roast, dark chocolate, and a sweetness that lurks around in the shadows.

T - Lots of roast and dark chocolate here, and coffee-like notes. Chicory and nuttiness mid-palate. A sweet caramelized sugar finish. A bit of alcohol in the finish. Very warming. Everything I'd like to have in an RIS. Among the best of the regularly available RIS's that I've had.

M - Plenty of carbonation, and it's VERY full, almost like a shake. I've had this several times, and once when trying to finish it quickly I struggled putting it down -- that thick an heavy.

D - Well, the abv is fairly high, so that makes it tough to drink more than a single (large) bottle, but the flavors make me want more and more.

O - This definitely ranks with Speedway as one of my favorite heavy stouts. I love the fact that it's made in the town that I just moved to, and it's available pretty much all the time. At $10, the price is pretty good, too. Certain other breweries in the northeast and midwest would charge $15-20 for this.

Photo of mondegreen
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750ml into an Ommegang Chalice.

Pours a flat pitch black syrup. A short dark head rises from the void briefly, then falls away, leaving slight lacing in its wake.

Aroma is dark chocolate and sweet molasses. Smells warm and inviting.

Taste is rich. The sweetness hits immediately. Chocolate stands out above all, followed by a slight hop bitterness. Not much roasted character, this is a very rich, sweet beer.

Mouth is thick as it can be. Wonderfully heavy mouthfeel.

This is an enjoyable sipper from Cigar City. This one 750ml will keep me busy for most of tonight. Would be a great brew to split among friends.

Photo of bierguru
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -
pours like oil thick and slugish its awesome pours no head but light brown lacing and is jet black

S -
hints of malt chocolate licorice and some roasted flaovrs

T -
chocoalate maybe vanilla roasted notes molassess

M -
a bit dry mildly sweet overall well balanced biterness sweetness

D -
simple and well balanced between sweetness and bitterness split the 750 and glad i did very rich

Photo of afksports
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on cask, and tap twice, but most recently on tap so that's what we're going with. Had it at the CCB event at Blind Tiger on 11/17. Some crap post nasal drip had me tackled, so I was only able to enjoy this and the Peach IPA. Argh, Novemberrr!

It pours a thick black with a dark tan/brown, almost khaki and red head. The finger thing stuff dissipates and leaves not much lacing, but keeps some decent legs. It's pitch black. No wonder the Germans couldn't beat this guy. They couldn't see. The smell is just as fantastic, with coffee, espresso and chocolate predominating. Burnt notes are there, caramel, toffee. Taste is out of this world too. Everything that's in the nose is in the drink, plus a sweetness that covers the booze.

It feels great going down, with the only knock being that there's not much variation on the velvety smoothness. I will drink as many of these as I can get my hands on. While I'm still standing.

And if November colds don't get in the way.

Photo of Kegatron
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bomber into a couple of tulip glasses. Thanks go to Jw347 for this in a recent trade.

Pours black as motor oil coming out of the bottle, topped off with a ½ finger of burnt and blackened looking dark mocha head. There actually isn't a whole lot to the retention or lacing on this, as this peters out pretty quickly, but the amount of sticky brown oils that it leaves down the sides of the glass has you anticipating the dark decadence to come. The aroma is sharp in the nose at first with roasted coffee character, before a gooey smelling mix of chocolate and caramel malts rise up underneath. Citric green hops add some fresh green balance to this. Lot of beefy power here to the nose but I'm not getting any heat, as this merely amps up the robustness of the flavors.

The taste is thick and tangy in the mouth with chocolate fudge and toffee character up front. This is enveloped by crunchy burnt notes of roast and coffee, while a solid tingle of green and earthy feeling hops runs through the middle of the profile. The backend is heavy with leftover sweetness and citrus flavor before leading into dry roasted and zippy espresso finish. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and VERY chewy in the mouth. That 11% ABV is just beautifully hidden here, as you can feel just how big it is as it sits on the palate but there is absolutely no heat signatures coming out of this at all. Beefy but not boozy. Fantastic feel!

While not the most complex RIS out there, this doesn't have to be, thanks to the robustness, power, and most importantly balance of all of those huge flavors that are involved here. It's no wonder that this makes a perfect base for all of the different varieties that they put out of this beer. Just a well crafted Russian Imperial Stout with the alcohol content being right where I like it.

Photo of cope0021
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a black, viscous fluid that sucks all the light out of a room. No lacing, but it sure coats the side of the glass like syrup. No head to speak of.

Nice aroma. Mix of sweet notes and muted alcohol. Nothing overpoweing. This is what I expect heaven would smell like.

First taste is sweet, but not too sweet. Some flavors of chocolate and raisins. Perfectly ballanced beer.

This beer is thicker than thick, but smoother than silk.

This has to be among the best beers I have ever tried. I cannot wait to get my hands on some more.

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

Bottle has been in the cellar in September of 2009. Was really excited to try this one and drank it in preparation for a Hunahpu's Imperial Stout tasting.

A: This beer is very dark, plasma-like black levels, big chest out boasting head. Lace left until fully consumed. Hansome.

S: The smell is of chocolate and cocoa with a hint of espresso.

T: The taste is dominated by the bittersweet chocolate, but adds some good depth with roasted notes and a real dry finish. The dryness and roasted offset the sweetness. Real good flavors and makes me start to like CCB after being let down a bit. Alcohol was superbly masked, perhaps benefiting from some time in the cell.

M: Milk chocolate? No not quite, but rather smooth bodied. A great velvety consistency.

D: Hmmm...not sure when I'll try it again, but great beer.

Photo of AndrewNations
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As anticipated this beer is outstanding. It pours black as sin and yields an awesome head similar to the creama on a good espresso.

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The head doesn't last long but as I swirl it around and let it breathe it makes an appearance again only to fade away quickly.

The smell is great. Lots og nice balance between chocolate and sweetness. I only get faint hints of coffee but nice all around.

This taste outstanding, like a good RIS should be. The most note worry aspect for me is how smooth the finish is. Its almost like its been in the cellar for several years already as the isnt too hot at all. I cant wait till get a hold of some of the other varietals of this and also see how good these age.

Nice work CCB.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Finally opened a bottle at DLD 2010. Served in a mini snifter.

Pours black as night with a good mocha head. Head recedes quickly without leaving behind much lace. The nose is incredible with a wondrous balance of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. A good dose of booze to blend things up. The taste is equally decadent with all the flavors in harmony. Good, smooth feel with a bit of heat. Drinks incredibly well and this will be a big cellaring candidate for me.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A crazy-stupid stout that works magic in how it comes together in an ultimate robust mouthfeel, chocked full of roasty coffee, cocoa, and rich maltiness. Not overley complex, but it doesn't have to.

The pour brings an oil-like volumpuous pour that brings up a thick and building character both in volume and in head formation. Deep brown in color the head forms a dense and weighted froath that simmers to a lace along the glass and with intermitten pockets of creme. With each swirl, the beer coats the glass with inky brown legging. Both intimmidating and alluring all in one glass.

Rich aromas of roasty espresso, heavy toast, and roast (almnost ashy). Cocoa and malt counter against the harsher edges of roast while contributing layers of robust flavors that blend well with coffee- including cherry, licorice, and soy/sherry.

Boastfull, almost brash, flavors of intense coffee/cocoa completely take control of taste with any other rival flavors playing minority roles. Dense roast, espresso, cocoa powder, and charred woods abound. Malty flavors begin to display molassas flavors but low on sweetness. Malty rich with a dry toast character. Low on cherry, berry, anise esters, these only decorate the peripheries of the beer in the aftertaste.

Very boastfull with thickness and chewiness, the beer makes no appologies. Sweetness is foregone in favor of dry toast and powdery/chalky feel (again, almost ashy). Though the beer waivers from its full-bodied start because of alcohol thinning, it retains such weight and velvety richness to carry it well into the finish and lingering into an eternal aftertaste.

This is one serious Stout!

Photo of beersensei305
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes on 10/30/10. on tap at CCB.

A: Black and opaque, a tan head apears late but is thin and dissapears quickly.
S: Coffee, Chocolate, dark roasted malts.
T: Very complex taste, Coffee, choclate, roasted malts, dark fruits, toffee, molassess.
M: Very heavy beer, very creamy.
D: Good sipping beer but the flavors dominate everything even after you finish. So this is a one and down brew.

Photo of basscram
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

bought the 750 at cigar city on 10/30/10.
poured into my goblet glass and it pours like motor oil into a glass. their is no head or lacing, even as it is swirled around.
Color is black and light brown at the top. cannot shine light through this.

smell is slightly charred nuts but VERY light smell.
first taste is wow! Very thick. As I let it move along my tongue, a lot of chocolaty goodness is what I experience, almost like M&M's. The alcohol is hidden in the taste! There is some floral tastes as it subsides on the back of the tongue.

I put drink-ability pretty low because this is definitely not one you would want to gulp but sip on slowly and enjoy like a fine brandy or wine.

I'm very impressed with this beer.

Photo of codewarrior
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL Bomber into a Snifter.

Yet another stout from the mystery stout box from 7ways. Amazing generosity.

A: Pours jet black and thick as tar (quite literally). Head materializes from beneath, half-finger, a few seconds after I finish pouring.

S: Crisp, bitter-sweet in the front, roasted malts and caramel, back fades into booze.

T: Bitter into sweet, then fading into booze. Back is far sweeter than it smells.

F: Mouth-coatingly thick. Clings to your lips on the way in. I imagine this is what drinking motor oil is like.

D: Damn good, something implacable in the mouth and nose here, but really really good.

Photo of Tilley4
2.44/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

What an up and down experience this was....

Pours a motor oil black... Syrupy and thick... No head at all even when swirled... No carbonation present here at all... Uh oh....

Lovely thick aromas of blackstrap molasses, dark bitter chocolate, strong coffee and deep roasted malts... Awesome aromas to this one...

Lazy and flat tasting... Strange bitter almost sour taste present.... Not much in common with the aromas... Thick oily mouthfeel is great but I can't get by the taste of this one...

Drain poured this one... Maybe a bad bottle but as is, a big disappointment...

Photo of BigBlacke
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my snifter. It pours a jet black opaqueness with a thin reddish tan head that simmers quickly to leave a nice ring. Smell is of roast malt, molasses, and caramel. Taste is of creamy, strong coffee with a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel feels like a coat of velvet throughout the mouth. Low carbonation. Drinkability is quite high for me due to the excellent flavor. I have been quite impressed with Cigar City. Try one!

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

A: thick motor oil black, thin chocolate head that does not last long.

S: dark roasted malts, chocolate,

T: Chocolate, roasted malts. bitter coffee, caramelized sugars. Boozy.

M: thick and syrupy, get me a spoon

D: Fantastic, will make a great winter warmer

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.