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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,268
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,127
Gots: 766 | FT: 63
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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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Ratings: 2,268 | Reviews: 504
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4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - This is one of the most attractive beers I've ever seen. It pours a viscus oily pitch black abyss. Almost like syrup. There is a nice thin 1/4 of an inch dark dark brown head that sticks around for a bit with some nice dense and frothy bubbles. Almost like a cappuccino.

S - Starts off with tons of sweet molasses. There is some chocolate in there as well as some nice toffee and caramel. There is a heavy sweetness to the aroma. Slight roast and espresso notes with licorice in there.

T & M - Starts off with some slight roast and coffee notes that is then overwhelmed by tons of malt. The malt notes are quite intense with some caramel and toffee notes as well as very noticeable grain notes. There is quite a bit of licorice and some nice milk chocolate sweetness and slight dark chocolate bitterness and richness. There is some wood notes as the beer warms and the licorice and dark malt really wakes up as it warms. One of the most licorice-filled palette and noses I've ever had. The mouthfeel is very oily and chewy. Definitely a full bodied beer. It could use some more CO2.

O - The beer is very nice looking and has some nice aromas and well crafted flavors. My only complaint is the licorice. It doesn't seem as balanced as other RIS in that department. Other than that it has some nice roast and sweetness. Good beer.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of Phelps
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during an epic tasting with tlay10 and poured into a snifter.

Pours a creamy, inky black, very viscous. The head arrives incredibly late, a miniscule layer of fizz that's thick and composed of tiny bubbles the color of cinnamon. It fizzles out quickly without a trace, leaving no lace, but there are some impressive dark orange legs hugging the glass as I swirl.

In the nose: cinnamon, molasses, acrid black malts. Some hefty espresso emerges as it warms. Not much sweetness, but there are some dark plums, smoke, perhaps some vanilla.

The flavor is replete with coffee, sweet plum sauce and brandy. It gets sweeter as it warms. Nice and complex, with different flavors emerging at each stage of the swallow. Tobacco, dark chocolate and pretzels in at the finish. Is there some cedar in here? Regardless, it's nicely woody and well-hopped. Perfectly balanced finish -- not too sweet, not overly dry.

Light, tickly carbonation in the mouth. It's incredibly creamy and smooth; just a pleasure to swish about. The amazing thing is there's hardly any noticeable alcohol. Whoever put an 11 percent ABV on the bottle must be out of his damn mind.

For an off the shelf beer, Zhukov's is absolutely incredible. The flavors and mouthfeel are amazingly well-integrated, and it feels like drinking velvet. It exceeded our expectations.

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3.06/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a wine glass from a 750 ml. bottle. The pour is rich and black yet offers not even a hint of carbonation. Looks like a glass of cabernet to me. Not even a hiss upon opening should have been a sign, yet pouring half off into a 330 ml. bottle for recapping did show a hint of carbonation and the nose shows no sign of oxygen issues fortunately.

Nose of dark chocolate, some coffee and brown sugar and a hint of wafting alcohol.

Flavor is sweet and viscous, suffering to a degree from the lack of carbonation. Sweetened dark chocolate, bit of cocoa powder and roasted coffee on the finish. Feel is decent for being so flat but seems as though it would be rather light if well carbonated.

Rather slick and improves a bit in flavor with warming. Still the carbonation issue, surely not unique to my bottle, beats this beer down significantly.

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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forget who opened this...perhaps Dunt? Thanks to whoever!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a completely black color and thicker viscosity. About half finger of tan head.

Smell – Sweet chocolate and cocoa, roasted malts, char, coffee, and brown sugar.

Taste – A nice roasted flavor up front mixed with a nice milky chocolate flavor. Slight toffee and hops come through in the middle and a hint of coffee at the end.

Mouthfeel – Nice and chewy, thicker bodied, finishes a bit dry.

Overall – A great stout and one I’d hope to have again.

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.08/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 10/2/11

It appears to be dated July 13th, 2011

Many thanks to PDXHops for the chance to try this

This has to be the darkest beer I've ever seen poured. It's such a thick, sludgy drizzle and almost jet black even before getting comfortable in the glass. I had to aggravate the pour after a few moments of nary a wisp of foam; by the time I was done there was about an inch and a half of hot chocolate colored foam in it's smooth "might as well be nitro" glory. The head drops to a much thinner layer. It looked like a lot of lace would catch but alas, that isn't the case. Some webbed lace does hold on the second pour.

The aroma is just as loud as the appearance, though I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing in this case. Seems like there is just too much concentration of intense aromas. Viciously burnt and scorched chocolate lead off and is had in droves. Some overly tangy roasted notes are worked in, too. I love burnt, charred and roasted qualities in beer, but this is just a bit over the top. Nips of butter toffee and burnt coffee dregs occasionally make known their presence. Has a bit of acidity that calls to mind something akin to tomato paste; oh, you've come to visit me again, tomato paste aromatics. Meh. At least there's no indication of the 11% abv.

Come sippin' time the flavors are all sorts of heavy-handed. Lots of burnt chocolate sit atop notes of coffee dregs and burnt molasses. Earthy and a tad nutty at times (though admittedly, both are hardly the focal point here). Tangy dark fruit tones, most notable is prune. Hints of raisins. While this certainly has a faint amount of sugary sweetness, it isn't disgustingly sweet. That said, it's something of a burnt mess regardless; it just doesn't fully tip the scale to burnt, sweet mess. Not that it's all that far off, though. The sugars start to take a more prominent stance as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is every bit as thick and heavy as everything else about this beer. This is a massively heavy beer. Interestingly enough, it isn't overly viscous or slick with alcohol. Once again, I'm impressed with how hot this beer isn't. Carbonation is working overtime to move this beer and succeeds without being too vigorous for the style; indeed, there is a rolling feel to the carbonation which adds a puffiness (not that this beer needs anything to bolster it's overall feel). Heck, by the end of the glass this has an almost creamy feel. Finishes roasty and tangy with a hint of cocoa but the finish is comparatively clean, considering.

I find this beer to be a toss up of some good things and bad things without ever swinging terribly far in either direction. For whatever reason, the 11% abv doesn't strike me as such; it's not hot and, to be honest, it isn't even warming. Even still, this beer is a bit much, even for me. I finished a good 3/4ths of the bottle but wanted to cut my caloric losses at that point.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bum732
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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