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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: 1,829
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,010
Gots: 635 | FT: 45
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008)
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-01-2011 00:11:42 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Notacraftdrinker

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-04-2014 20:53:13 | More by Notacraftdrinker
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roger617

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-03-2014 01:41:48 | More by roger617
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WorldWideStout

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-22-2013 16:44:52 | More by WorldWideStout
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sharpski

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-26-2014 01:26:32 | More by sharpski
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wsnich

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-28-2011 15:43:14 | More by wsnich
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Jpepe08

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-22-2014 02:24:15 | More by Jpepe08
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-07-2013 23:28:02 | More by savagepm
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-05-2011 19:07:30 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%

A- so viscous and pitch black. A dark brown head fading to a tiny lacing.

S - roasty burnt grains. Dark bitter chocolate. Cocoa powder.

T - charcoal burnt wood. Chocolate syrup. faint black licorice ending. Sweet alcohol. hints of earthy bread and some hop floral. So sweet. Lactose?

M - possibly the thickest stout ever. So viscous d'ass heavy bodied.

O - pretty wel balanced for 11.5 abv and such a heavy body

11-02-2011 03:51:43 | More by BeerForMuscle
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OptionParalysis

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-21-2014 15:41:06 | More by OptionParalysis
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-02-2013 14:41:28 | More by mjohnson17
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RebornStussy

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%

06-26-2014 23:00:09 | More by RebornStussy
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tubbnik

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-03-2013 16:55:54 | More by tubbnik
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-08-2012 23:13:25 | More by laxer8811
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-20-2013 20:08:47 | More by tom10101
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

12-27-2010 08:34:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Vintage 2010.

Poured into a cigar city snifter.

Appearance: Midnight black bodied beer. It looks like motor oil. Medium brown head with less than a fingers worth of head.

Smell: Deep Dark chocolate and roasty coffee.

Taste: Bitter dark chocolate and a heavy malt profile that is not really sweet. Roasty almost burnt coffee notes. Mild astringency noted also. Hardcore RIS almost overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Dense full bodied beer with low carbonation. Chewy, viscous, and silky.

Overall: I was really looking forward to tring this beer when i returned from Florida a few week ago. Picked up a bottle of this at Kickback Gastropub in Jacksonville. This beer was a really well made beer, but the bitterness was almost over the top to me. Maybe a little bit of sweetness to help this beer along. Doing a side by side with Hanahpu that is the beer that is up next.

07-09-2011 05:22:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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ManVersusBeer

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

The latest edition, 2011.
Pour is so huge that I have to place it in my sink as it foams over. This head is intensely chocolate brown with a dark as night body.
Cocoa, chocolate, some bitter lemon hops, and caramel sauce in the nose.
Very, very smooth. It is sweet, but not too much, more like a chocolate milk although the hop character balances nicely so it doesn't become cloying.
This has a good body and it is sweeter than I would would like, but not sticky, as it is quite drinkable for a big beer like this without having over the top carbonation in the feel.
Moves toward a caramel, chocolate sundae topped with crushed pecans and dried Turkish figs, which makes it much better than average.

02-17-2012 14:40:43 | More by ManVersusBeer
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Duff27

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Pitch black, no head. Motor oil viscosity. Nice alcohol legs.

Some roastiness. The smell doesn't do a whole lot for me.

Like the taste a hell of a lot more than the nose. Coffee, roast. Has this zip to it, yeses.

Mouthfeel is palatial. So thick. Adequate carbonation.

Wow, this one is all about the viscous appearance and thick(!!!) mouthfeel. Sets it apart. Thanks egrace84.

06-02-2012 02:45:21 | More by Duff27
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rtaps

California

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

2010

pours pitch black and looks like soy sauce, with no head at all. and very viscous looking

smell is also like a soy sauce with dark fruits

very sweet, a lot of dark fruits and molasses

medium bodied, no carbonation to it at all and very viscous

overall it was interesting, enjoyable in moderation. would like to try one with less age to it

03-04-2012 01:20:33 | More by rtaps
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Holland

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Had it on tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: thick, syrup-like look with thin lacing after the small head disappears. Not much to say about highlights - maybe a very dark brown.

S: smells of coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts and grains, some sweetness, and a faint alcohol smell as it warmed past 50.

T: mostly the same as smell, with slightly burnt sugar added.

M: deliciously smooth, with some carbonation to balance it, but it's thick. What do you expect?

O: great beer, only wish it was less expensive and more available. It was $12 or $15 at the brewery, and I have not seen it elsewhere.

10-03-2011 18:51:46 | More by Holland
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle generously shared by Rhettroactive. Thanks, Rhett!!

Poured into a snifter.

A: Oil sludge right here. Inky black with a beautiful finger and a half of dark brown head...I love it when a head is this dark. Quickly settles to a half finger with a good amount of sticky lacing. The head is frothy and bubbly, like chocolate milk. Head isn't super consistent, but coloring is top notch here.

S: A lot of cocoa, brownie, coffee grounds. There's a bit of astringency in the nose that is throwing me...almost smells like a milk stout...a lactic acidity.

T: Milk chocolate, some coffee, coconut. Super sweet and that same astringency shows up again, but it's more refined than it was in the nose. Just wave after wave of chocolate: milk, mocha, baking, dark, semi-sweet. Definitely the defining characteristic here. Coffee hangs in the background and pops up here and there. But the astringency holds it back...super sweet and borderline sour, but only for a moment. Even with that, though, it's a very good flavor profile.

M: Pretty assertively carbonated. Full bodied. Sweet, cloying, sticky. Right on.

O: A good Russian Imperial Stout here. A slightly off sourish sweetness on the mid hurts it a little bit. Not sure where that is coming from, could actually be hops. That being said, the other flavors are outstanding. One of the most chocolately RIS's I've had the pleasure of trying. A very good beer.

01-27-2012 01:48:53 | More by siege06nd
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Traded for this back at BASC release. Poured into NB globe...

A- Uhhh, wow... Definitely the thickest beer I've ever poured, much more so than Hunahpu. Tints the glass brownish yellow as it holds onto the sides. Looks like oil with no head, no bubbles, no sign of life, just a raging erection in my pants...

S- This is a big badass stout alright. I think my nose just melted. Roasted barley, nice malted grain aroma. Chocolate and plums with a touch of anise. Even some coconut to round it out.

T/M- Thick as shit, holy hell. Sweet chocolate and roast initially hit my palate and a slight smoke component comes out. Alcohol really sweetens this up, but its not hot at all. As it warms it really smooths out well and isn't such a pill to swallow- because initially it is a bit much. Full, slick, chewy body with almost zero carbonation.

O- Well, this is the most RIS-y RIS I've ever had, if that makes sense? Drinks much like a meal as there were 4 of us who had trouble finishing this because it was so heavy and filling. Not necessarily the best, it IS good, but damn it's bold. Roils definitely try again, maybe put a couple years on it though...

01-09-2012 14:16:57 | More by TheGordianKnot
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bigaltemple

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

A - Pours like motor oil. Jet black color doesn't allow any light to pass through. Very dark brown two-finger head leaves thick lace clinging to the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet toffee. Roasted dark maltiness really dominates along with some big notes of coffee.

T/M - Overly sweet, chocolatey coffee up front. The roasted malts really come through in the taste as well. Has quite a bitter finish that hangs around for awhile. Full-bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation. That really helps balance out the feel.

O - No complaints with this one. Really glad I got my hands on a bottle, and would definitely try another one.

01-14-2012 02:33:53 | More by bigaltemple
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,829 ratings.