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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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2,086 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,086
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,065
Gots: 715 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 2,086 | Reviews: 485 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Danny1217
4.81/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black, like ink. You can literally see the thickness of it. Not much head to speak of, but the intensity of the black color speaks in itself. Smells very roasted. Some hops coming through (it is a very fresh bottle, so the hops are all in tact) as well as dark fruits, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and booze. The alcohol on the nose is powerful, and actually frightening. Fortunately, the alcohol is completely hidden beneath the bold flavors. Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, figs, and a floral hop bitterness. Bitter and powerful. Flavorful even as imperial stouts are concerned. Each sip coats my mouth with its deliciousness. A somewhat light carbonation makes it feel so creamy. This beer is viscous and full bodied.

Could be the best RIS I have had. Definitely one of them. I need to find some more of this and see how it does with age.

Danny1217, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Kmat10, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of jaymo18
4.5/5  rDev +3%

jaymo18, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this with my brother-in-law (godin64bit) while we watched Superbowl XLV...

Popping this open--- sounded uncarbonated... Pours an inky dark black, very little carbonation. Just a few little bubbles create a loose and lazy collar. Viscous and oily legs... Leading to sticky lace that looks like that of a root beer float. Some carbonation here would put this beaut over the top.

The smell has huge chocolate notes... Almost reminding me of chocolate covered raisins-- raisenettes, perhaps? Mmmm. This is quite tasty. Great roastiness. The flavor holds a hint of booze not found in the nose. The chocolate is so thick and full, it should be called "fudge."

The body needs some bubbles... It is very full and thick. The beer is insanely drinkable for the ABV. If the carbonation issues get worked put, this will be a top rung contender.

AleWatcher, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a trip to Orlando in Sept. 2010.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Blacker than black body but no head at all. Kind of plops into the glass. Very viscous as it leaves a film on the glass as it's tilted.

Smell: Dark chocolate, bit sweet, robust coffee. Not as strong as i would have expected but still pleasant.

Taste: Hazelnut, layer of roasted coffee, long finish. Flavor is gradual, builds up in the middle. Molasses cookies, lingering coffee flavor. Not as complex as ABV would indicate.

Mouthfeel: Real thick yet retains a slick smooth feel. A bit syrupy.

Overall: Real good but still haven't found one that tops DL.

papat444, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of DRBiser
4.5/5  rDev +3%

DRBiser, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of josephwa
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

josephwa, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4.5/5  rDev +3%

jplopez21, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev -8.5%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of ajzy
5/5  rDev +14.4%

ajzy, May 25, 2013
Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Keith_R, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Dave_Treat, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Liquorice and molasses, quite herbal, some roasty chocolate, slight alcohol, a litle bit of smokiness.

L: Thick, black as night, darkest, creamiest head i've ever seen. Solid retention and lacing.

T: Chocolate and malted milk balls up front followed by a dark fruity bitterness. Eases into some additional dark chocolate and coffee before a medium coffee roastiness settles in. Pungent herbalness persists in the finish.

M: Full, creamy body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Fantastic, a really solid beer. The look of this beer was great and the taste was even better than the aroma. The only thing that brings this down is drinkability, this is a big, quite sweet beer and was a struggle to finish.

bum732, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Zachtheporter
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Zachtheporter, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

thebigredone, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +3%

jacewg, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of jvillefan
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

jvillefan, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Pours dark black, almost like motor oil, with a one finger mocha head, which fades to a thin round disc before vanishing, and leaves no lacing. The aroma has dark chocolate, black licorice, roasted malt, molasses, and espresso.

Tastes sweet with the perfect amount of bitterness. There is dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, molasses, cherries, dates, figs, and licorice, The dark malt and espresso do a nice job of balancing the sweetness from the other flavors. It's amazing that an 11.00 % abv beer has no alcohol taste. Very nicely made.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and a chocolate with espresso aftertaste. Definitely a chewy beer. Definitely a world class Russian Imperial Stout.

hardy008, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of BeerBucks
4.5/5  rDev +3%

BeerBucks, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of CoolEthan
4/5  rDev -8.5%

CoolEthan, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photekut, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mpalestino
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%

mpalestino, Oct 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

jeff1973, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of nlmartin
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is simply black. No opaqueness to back light. The head is towering and has major retention. The head looks like dark chocolate hot cocoa. The lacing is thick and mark this beers very rapid departure from my glass. In short this beer is gorgeous gorgeosity!

S- Darkly roasted malt, coffee nearing Italian roast, lots of cocoa of the dark chocolate variety. Spicey leather, tobacco and suggestion of smoke lots of earthy tones. Pepperyness from the alcohol.

T- A commanding dark roasted flavors. A bit of anise, dark cocoa, dark fruits raisins and figs, earthy notes, tobacco, and a bit of warming alcohol. This only gets better as the beer warms up.

M- Full bodied with a low proper carbonation. Very viscous body. The beer has no alcohol in the mouth. Roasted flavors carry throughout the beer drinking.

O- Pure drinking pleasure for RIS fan. This would be a go to RIS if it was more widely available.

nlmartin, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of uturn
4.5/5  rDev +3%

uturn, Dec 06, 2011
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,086 ratings.