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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,921
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,029
Gots: 674 | FT: 52
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Paccamacca, Dec 08, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle dated 31Aug2012 in a DFH snifter. Thanks surge1311!!!

A - Deep black with no light. A sturdy tan head that clings nicely to the glass. I enjoyed watching it stick with each sip then oh so slowly slide down the side.

S - Rich malt aromas with molasses, brown sugar, roasted marshmallows, chocolate and coffee. Great depth and complexity.

T - Like the aroma, rich malts dominate. Lots of dark chocolate. Great complexity. Smooth with no rough edges.

M - Thick and chewy yet an aspect of light and airy. Fantastic.

O - This is the stuff oil workers scrape off their shoes. But unlike them, this is not something you wish away. A great brew from an unlikely part of the country.

GJ40, Dec 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

LambicKing, Dec 27, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one rich tasting RIS. The smell is that of a strong coffee, with traces of caramel, roasted toffee, and a little spice.

The taste is equally impressive. I found it to be so rich that it was a bit heavy, but if you are a fan of robust stouts than this hits the mark.

The drinkability is okay, when you consider the style.

So far this was my favorite offering from Cigar City and I intend to cellar a bottle as per the brewers instructions. I suspect the taste will be even better in a few months.

socon67, Aug 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

JMBSH, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

PhatAtUT, Sep 13, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black with a few-cm. head of cocoa-colored head. Very good retention, no lacing.

S: Rich cocoa, molasses, espresso, moderate roast, a little caramel in the background provides something different for an RIS, a whiff of cherry. All in all very well balanced.

T: Roasted malt and dark chocolate, slight tang, finishing with lots of espresso and cocoa on the palate which leave behind a film. An everlasting finish. Some alcohol noticeable.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. A little heat is evident. Mouthcoating and leaves some residue on the lips.

O: Superb example of the style, definitely on the bigger end but very well executed. This tip-toes into the roasty RIS category without going full blown.

pmarlowe, Dec 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

savagepm, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jul 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

bcm75, May 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

FLBeerGuy, Jan 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

GTB, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ricecracker420, Apr 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

spointon, Apr 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

coreyfmcdonald, May 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer exhibits things that I love in an imperial stout but at the same time was surprised that I didn't enjoy it more...

Pours black as night with a solid 2 finger head; has a bit of that redish color like Huna does but not quite as good looking.
Nose; milk chocolate, a bit of roastiness.
Taste; way different than the last bottle I had, which was the under-carbonated batch from 2010. It's like a boozy milkshake, extremely one dimensional and somewhat cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel is super thick, chewy, and rich.

Overall; I don't know if it was just too much at the time, or if my palate has changed, but as Harrymel stated, it was somewhat of a chore to drink and I only had a third of the bottle. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, it was just too much and surprised me as I've drank nearly an entire bottle of Huna to myself and loved every sip...

pixieskid, Jan 03, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Urbancaver, Feb 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

jeff1973, Mar 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage (I think, old label). Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 3" dark cola head. Big trails and giraffe print of lacing remains on the glass, half finger of head remains as well.

S- sweet maple syrup, chocolate, roast, anise and some dark fruits.

T- sweet chocolate, maple syrup, anise, sweet dark fruits, roast and some ash.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Big thick feel, creamy and smooth.

O- better than I expected from what I have heard about MZ. ,anyone the age mellowed the sweetness some, even though it is still very sweet for the style.

kawilliams81, Mar 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

WynnO, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

kristougher, Jul 02, 2013
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.