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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: 1,854
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,012
Gots: 645 | FT: 46
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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: 1,854 | Reviews: 471 | Display Reviews Only:
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-05-2011 19:07:30 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-07-2013 23:30:52 | More by waddellc2
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

02-18-2012 18:08:26 | More by chrispoint
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2014 15:16:39 | More by greenspointexas
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codynevels

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-17-2011 05:13:32 | More by codynevels
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

I got this as a gift from my cousin. I poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter. It pours a viscous, jet black with a moderate tan head. It has a roasty chocolate aroma, with coffee and molasses hints. It has a nice roasty coffee/chocolate flavor up front. It is slightly sweet with vanilla notes in the finsih. The finish lingers on for a while. This is a well carbonated, full bodied brew that hides its ABV well. A very good RIS that is worth seeking out.

04-11-2010 00:16:39 | More by bonkers
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.44/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours like motor oil; thick, black and viscous with the densest of heads. The head was a brown color but had a near black outer coating.

Chocolate malt scent with dried fruitiness such as dates or even apricot. There is a little coconut and vanilla in the scent with a creamy marshmallow.

The taste has dry chocolate, dried fruit, marshmallow, vanilla espresso, and milk chocolate. The taste and feel scream out creaminess with dry Graham cracker tones. There is so much going on yet this is a solid cohesive stout. Strong, thick and tasty it's a huge player.

04-28-2013 00:20:19 | More by KYGunner
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

08-17-2014 22:51:00 | More by CraigTravor
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Big thanks to neorunner for surprising me with this bottle. He says its from 2009.

Appearance
Damn, this stuff looks thick. I almost have to scoop it out of the bottle. The pour is super black and ropey. A nice, toasted head rises up, and rests at a thin layering. Not that much lacing.

Aroma
A little tiny hint of oxidation in the form of a suggestion of paper; but this is very subtle and actually a welcomed addition to the aroma's profile. Leather and sweet, dark tobacco dominate. Molasses and dark fruits are below. Alcohol gives this beer a punch.

Taste
Very leathery with earthy suggestions of maduro cigar tobacco. A burnt dark chocolate flavor forms mid-palate. A really nice french vanilla cream element takes things through to the end.

Mouthfeel
Indeed, this beer is full bodied, but its not as thick as the looks suggested. Carbonation is ample, perhaps a bit high at first. The beer has a dry, burnt cocoa powderiness to the finish. This is a very sticky beer as well. Alcohol is sturdy, but very nicely incorporated for an ABV that nears the 12% mark.

Overall
This is pretty decent. Solid brewing, but it just isn't intense all across the board as I had hoped. It does make a good base beer for Cigar City style experiments though.

07-08-2011 04:00:39 | More by MbpBugeye
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2013 04:34:26 | More by beerwolf77
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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-20-2013 13:17:39 | More by 22Blue
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-22-2012 02:50:40 | More by zekeman17
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-27-2012 04:50:57 | More by LambicKing
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-23-2014 23:43:42 | More by Dave_Treat
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -6%

Thanks to moz9. No date on the bottle but the label lists the ABV at 11% but the listing on the site has it at 11.5%. Perhaps that would differentiate which vintage this is.

Pours a very thick, solid black with zero head aside from a a few tiny bubbles on one side of the glass. The beer looks thick and viscous with no noticeable carbonation. There is no noticeable lacing as the beer is consumed but once the glass is empty an extremely thin, clear, brown film-like layer can be seen.

The aroma is quite strong. Dark and bitter chocolate dominate the nose, along with some almost earthy notes. There is a sweetness to it, maybe some milk chocolate and/or dark fruit. There is a hint of coffee as well as a strong aroma of alcohol. When the beers is a bit colder it smells bourbon-like, which was surprising, but as soon as it warms even the slightest amount that characteristic disappears.

The taste is very sweet. Not cloying, a tad sugary, but somewhat balanced on the back end. There are milk chocolate and slight toffee flavors that stand out and make the beer very sweet at first. There is also a hint of molasses and a bit of ripe, dark fruit, almost cherry-like. There is roasted malt character that takes over and finishes with a bitter,charred, burnt coffee flavor that sticks for a bit. As the beer warms the sweeter characteristic become more pronounced and the bitter ones fade a bit.

The mouthfeel is extremely thick. Syrupy and viscous. The carbonation is as close to non-existent as you can get. In fact, there may be none. There is some warming from some alcohol that may make it seem like there is a touch of carbonation but that may not be the case. When the beer is a bit colder the charred, burnt flavors dry it out considerably but that fades as it warms.

Overall, this was a solid and interesting example of the style. I actually enjoyed the whole 750ml bottle myself over the course of an almost 5 hour period so I had the beer at various temps and as it warmed it brought out new flavors and/or highlighted some of the existing ones. I definitely wish I had another bottle as I'd like to lay one of these down and revisit it down the road.

04-19-2011 05:33:52 | More by ms11781
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Danny1217

Florida

4.81/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

09-13-2012 04:56:45 | More by Danny1217
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

750 ml bottle, bottled August 31, 2012, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Absolutely gorgeous. Pours pitch black, thick and viscous looking. As it fills the glass it slowly produces a two-finger, dark chocolate brown, thick and creamy head, which has nice retention and spotty lacing.

S- Loads of chocolate and roasted grain, some char, fruit and vanilla.

T- A big rush of malty sweetness, chocolate, cocoa powder and molasses, after a bit some roasty flavors become more dominant, with roasted grain and a huge amount of coffee. Some notes of fruit and vanilla are playing in the background. Slight alcohol warmth towards the finish, but it's very well hidden in general.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation, has a creamy, velvety and slightly slick feel with some lingering chewiness.

O- This is a damn impressive beer, one of the tastiest stouts I've had in the last few months. Everything you could want in a stout is here in a big way and it all works very well together. If you were fighting your way room-by-room through the burning ruins of the Reichstag this is the kind of beer you would want to be drinking.

11-07-2012 04:29:36 | More by WillCarrera
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Paccamacca

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-08-2013 15:54:10 | More by Paccamacca
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-25-2014 03:02:34 | More by campfirebrew
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-08-2013 01:53:49 | More by JMBSH
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-29-2012 12:10:12 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Urbancaver

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours pitch black. No head what so ever. One bubble actually. Vry thick. Smells malty and sweet. Tastes fairly nondescript. Just a ton of malty sweetness. Some light fruitiness on the tongue. Lots of earthiness own the tongue a bit of roast. Very basic but solid. Thick mouthfeel but not very well carbonated.

02-26-2011 21:32:28 | More by Urbancaver
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DCon

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-25-2013 18:17:54 | More by DCon
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-15-2013 13:27:40 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,854 ratings.