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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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2,087 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,065
Gots: 715 | FT: 60
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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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Photo of brystmar
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

200th review! Shared two pours on draft with my brother on his 30th bday.

A: black as night with a finger of dark brown head. Strong, sticky lace beckons your return to Mother Russia.

S: semi-sweet baker's chocolate, strong roasted malts, sweet malt, hints of both lactose and booze.

T: chocolatey with mild sweetness; roasted malt backbone holds its ground, contributing to a dry boozy finish. Not as complex as I was hoping, but solid for what it is.

M: holy molasses, Batman! Most viscous beer I'd had before this beast was Dark Lord 2010, and even that cannot compare to the hearty milkshake that is Zhukov. Seriously, this could be labeled as a boozy chocolate float and nobody would think twice.

D: easy drinking on the alcohol front; mild boozy warmth as it descends. However, a beer this heavy takes a toll on your stomach as it stuffs your body with chocolatey goodness. One 12oz pour filled me up to the brim.

Great beer, epic heartiness! Yet another impressive brew from Cigar City.

brystmar, Aug 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

zekeman17, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

bbadger, Nov 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

2GOOFY, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of LambicKing
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

LambicKing, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

GTB, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to try this the day after the Hunahpu release.
Poured into a snifter a deep black/brown with a slight tan head.
Aroma is of subtle dark malt sweetness, dark fruit, and chocolate/coffee.
The taste starts with a slight coffee bitterness and sweet dark chocolate and smoothes out very nicely.
The mouthfeel is medium/heavy
Very smooth and drinkable!

kbutler1, Mar 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

bcsbeer, Jun 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of ms11781
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ms11781, Apr 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

beerwolf77, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of bonkers
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bonkers, Apr 11, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

kristougher, Jul 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

masterofsparks, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MbpBugeye, Jul 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

PhatAtUT, Sep 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

WynnO, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sirsteve42, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

bismarksays, Jul 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Bilco, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

facesnorth, Mar 01, 2014
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,087 ratings.