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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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Reviews: 521
Hads: 2,480
Avg: 4.28
pDev: 21.26%
Wants: 1,184
Gots: 847 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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Reviews: 521 | Hads: 2,480
Photo of mschrei
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very very good beer. Lots of flavor, complex and thick. Pours dark brown with big foam. Felt like a strong alcohol burn earlier but it mellowed into a very strong eventual smoothness. Smoky, syrupy, candylike, mouth filling, Lots going on with this, one of the best non-barrel aged imperial stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well it's about time I had this beer. Had like 2 or 3 variants so far but never had the base beer; Zhukov.

Look is perfection. Straight up motor oil looking. My car wants this beer.

Smell is kind of sad. Nothing special at all. Typical Imperial

Taste is great. A bit of a lingering heat feel on the back end but overall a great beer. Very different beer and I think that is what sets this apart from other Imperials. You can tell it is very clean and well executed.

Feel is as good as most Imperials. There is however a lingering burn from the ABV which is what is holding this back.

Overall an amazing beer. Can't wait to pop open a bottle each month to see how the flavors develop.

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Photo of Seamus
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a cigar city snifter. I do not know what happened, but this beer did not smell good. However, the pour was jet black, and the feel was great. Tastes like chocolate and roasted malt. Really good veer but did not like the smell.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very viscous as it pours with a jet black color. Has a nice aroma of chocolate with a sweet molasses hint. Tastes very much how it smells and how an imperial stout should taste. Feels very thick as you drink it, in a good way. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of Bogart2930
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical CCB Stout.. In that it's great. Really sets standard on how a good stout should taste like. Never hesitate to pick this one up (or multiple where possible) of this you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This stout pours a perfect used motor oil black and very thick. The head was a dark caramel color that faded away quick. Could taste a smokey dark chocolate with a hint of some fruit.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. 2014 Vintage, aged for one year.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/4 inch medium brown head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind.

S- Super roasty dark chocolate aroma with notes of vanilla, caramel, molasses and char. Also a considerable amount of booze smell. Also some dark fruit and port notes.

T- Big hit of char and dark chocolate with some smoky tones. Charry, nutty aftertaste with equal parts roasty/hoppy bitterness to contrast the sweetness of the residual sugars. Alcohol is very well concealed. Really good with the only flaw being a slight glassy taste.

M- Very creamy and chewy with medium-low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- Why drink Huna when you can have a real stout? Big, bold and assertive yet smooth, refined and nuanced. Damn near everything you could ask for in a RIS.

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Photo of Mscanlon31
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge beer nice chocolate expresso and vanilla. Beautiful beer for a chilly night. Another thick big stout by cigar city. Overall great beer.
Had on draft at ccb

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Photo of uvachief
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a brand snifter glass. Pours a deep dark mocha chocolate brown almost black with a thin layer of tan head that dissolved quickly leaving a trace of oily residue. You can smell the toffee and molasses in the nose. Going to be sweet. First sip is toffee, chcolate, molasses with a touch of high end espresso coffee. Sweet but overly sweet. To be honest, tastes a heck of a lot like The Answer Good Night Mekong. Maybe a little thicker but still not Surly Darkness thick. Similar to Hardywood Trickery or Brothers Resolute. Coffee is buried on the backend. No abv burn detected halfway through the glass. Cherries coming through now. Just slides down like a raw saghaw molasses. I could probably drop a biscuit on this. Super good stout.

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Photo of SockPuppet
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oozes out of the bottle. Almost no head. Thick, chewy, and brash. Chocolate, espresso, vanilla. This beer is great for a chilly night, but I wouldn't touch it in the summer unless I was sharing the bottle. Huge beer.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the most opaque, motor oil pour I have ever seen. This tastes like liquid fudge. Flavor is a blend of bitter dark chocolate and espresso. Mouthfeel is motor oil thick, which was foreshadowed by the pour. A really good RIS.

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Photo of jkinzey
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect example of a non barrel aged imperial stout. Pours oily black with a beautiful dark brown head. Taste is an explosion of roasty malts. Just enough hop presence to back it up. Everything about this beer is perfect for the style, even the name and label!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 2014, aged approximately 10 months before being consumed. Opened at a share in June 2015. Pours a dark black with little head. Super smooth and drinkable for such a big beer!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of danh53
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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. It is very sweet but there's a lot of roast to balance it. Huge mouth feel. For a non-barrel aged stout with nothing added, this is tough to beat.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of GregJ
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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!!!

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Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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Photo of Dnayew
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.