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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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1,752 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 979
Gots: 601 | FT: 41
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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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Dactrius

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-22-2013 12:37:04 | More by Dactrius
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RickS95

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can't improve upon the look. There are no words to define the darkness of this beer. It completely lacks any sort of lightening agent. A literal black whole of color. Very thick pour. Even the head is dark...an extreme dark brown, the darkest head I've seen. Only a finger thick, decent retention, all that with a hefty ABV.

The scents are subtle, so while no one smell dominates, everything there works in harmony. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, caramel, even the sweetness from the molasses.

It's a world class malt bomb. The darkness of roasted expresso and the assortment of malts explodes on the tongue. It tastes like a liquid candy bar, with some alcohol. Just enough hop presence (80 IBUs, really?) for balance.

Dessert in a bottle. Hard to believe this thing packs such high alcohol and IBU because it's so gentle on the palate. It oozes sweetness and creaminess. So easy to drink, no need to worry about sipping this because it's so smooth. Full bodied, you almost chew it. Faint bitterness just to make sure the palate is ready for the next brink.

Overall, Cigar City has created a beer with no faults. It's literally a perfect beer; so good there's nothing to even nitpick about.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2014 02:39:33 | More by RickS95
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spointon

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-04-2013 01:28:37 | More by spointon
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-02-2013 01:06:28 | More by kristougher
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Tilley4

Tennessee

2.33/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

What an up and down experience this was....

Pours a motor oil black... Syrupy and thick... No head at all even when swirled... No carbonation present here at all... Uh oh....

Lovely thick aromas of blackstrap molasses, dark bitter chocolate, strong coffee and deep roasted malts... Awesome aromas to this one...

Lazy and flat tasting... Strange bitter almost sour taste present.... Not much in common with the aromas... Thick oily mouthfeel is great but I can't get by the taste of this one...

Drain poured this one... Maybe a bad bottle but as is, a big disappointment...

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:25:27 | More by Tilley4
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-15-2011 00:32:04 | More by thebouch01
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sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-23-2013 04:02:51 | More by sirsteve42
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-15-2011 15:00:40 | More by monitorpop
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-15-2011 12:10:05 | More by Bilco
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-10-2013 19:51:16 | More by Arsenal0328
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-09-2012 16:39:31 | More by CEDAMA
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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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Drucifer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

10-17-2013 15:18:18 | More by Drucifer
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Treebs

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my awesome trading partner Mike (Gushue3) for hooking me up with this long time want. 2011 version, served in a Founders snifter.

A: Holy oil Batman. This guy pours a very viscous jet black with a ridiculous dark brown head that has ridiculous retention. This is what an inviting stout should always look like.

S: Smells of coffee beans, roasted malts and chocolate all fill the nose. It's so heavy that its scent coats the nose. I may have Marshal Zhuokv boogers when this is all said done.

T: Roasted coffee and fudge swarm the mouth with an addition bitter bakers chocolate. There is a nice slight vanilla sweetness on the backend as well.

M: Heavy and rich with flavor. So smooth though and coats the entire mouth and throat with chocolate goodness.

O: This is right up there with Bourbon County as the heaviest stout I've ever drank. Very good brew and loved the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 14:18:46 | More by Treebs
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-02-2013 21:24:02 | More by sliverX
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Beejay

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to DmanGTR for this brew!

A: It pours like solid black glass, no light can escape this. I am pretty sure the amount of light in the room when down when I poured it since it is absorbing so much of it. It pours thick, and when swirled in the glass it leaves the glass a dark molasses brown. There is no head at all on this, but just a swirl of dark color that collects in a ring on the edges of the glass. Man does it look nice.

S: Very rich and sweet. Notes of burnt caramel and brown sugar, black licorice, dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee cake. Perhaps a bit of dark chocolate or coffee in the finish, but the sweetness is really powerful.

T: Sweet chocolate comes out first, followed by licorice, and a nice roasted flavor. The sweetness and the dry roastiness form a bit of a ying and yang balance. And while the flavor isn't as complex as the aroma, it still tastes nice. Malty, roasty, with a touch of coffee in the finish.

M: Thick mouthfeel, like drinking creamy smooth oil. The carbonation is very low, and helps create that silky feel.

D: Tasty as hell, this is something that could be enjoyed with some nice aged cheese, or maybe a cigar. This is a sipping beer that will for sure sneak up on you. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:10:01 | More by Beejay
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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-20-2014 01:06:12 | More by Jas45678
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-11-2012 23:39:40 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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robwestcott

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-28-2014 00:10:12 | More by robwestcott
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to injuredreserve for the bottle. Shared with Bilco and angrybabboon

Appearance: Thick, dark, and massive. Pours like motor oil and sludge. So very still. No head. Syrupy and viscous. I've poured some big stouts, but this might be the scariest thing I've ever seen come out of a bottle.

Smell: Char. So very burnt. It's charred and aggressive. Smoke and more smoke. Meat ends. Turn up the grill and burn those malts. Sweetness is in your face. Alcohol pulls through, but is quickly subdued by the all out malt assault. Coffee and cocoa. Holy hell. Some vanilla and dark fruit. It's all about the char.

Taste: Unrelenting malt aggression. Burnt, charred, and sweet. Somehow they've achieved Maillard reaction flavors. Did they cook this with a blow torch? Bitter cocoa and some fresh coffee. Meat and a mellow roasted compliment. It's confusing. Plums and raisins. Cherry. Waves of flavor and depth. Complex and then some.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, slick, and full. It's beastly. So very heavy. Carbonation is almost non-existent. So much body.

Overall: This transcends the levels of normality. We're talking about something that fringes on a solid. It's a beast and a half. So much char that a bottle would be impossible to drink alone. Bring your friends and be astounded.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:54:41 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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younger35

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer from both Gibby and tpd975, God bless 'em. Haven't had many brews from Cigar City but they've all been pretty top notch. Drank form my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Easy the darkest brew that I've ever witnessed being poured from a bottle. No cap remains but a pretty thin collar remains along with no lacing.
Pours a dirty motor oil black with a super dark tan head that's so dark it's nearly red.
Smell- Nice and intense as the beer starts with a huge roasted profile that's as close to burnt and charred as you can get. Tons of bitter dark chocolate and raw slightly roasted cocoa nibs. French roast and a touch of vanilla are fairly prevalent before the substantial hoppiness kicks in. They are dank and earthy with a sort of spicy blast that I may have only smelled in an Imperial Stout before in Darkness '08 (not a tasty beer). The alcohol is fairly prevalent too and probably really adds to that spiciness.
Taste- Starts slightly bitter from the super roastiness of the malts. The coffee aspect is fairly large as is the chocolate. It's somewhere between milk chocolate and dark chocolate depending upon the drink I take. Plenty of molasses and cake batter with just a hint of caramel. The hops are fairly aggressive but not as crazy as the nose led me to believe. They are lightly citrusy and somewhat earthy with a fairly medicinal sort of herbal kick. The alcohol is pretty aggressive and warming but nothing that seems to interfere with the overall tastiness of the brew.
Mouthfeel- A fairly large body with a light zip of carbonation that really aids in a the semi creamy, numbing feel.
Drinkability- This is the first true IRS I've had in quite a while and it was very tasty. It's very intense and pretty over the top. I can't wait to see what happens to the other I have stowed away in a couple years. Nice little alcohol punch too, feelin' good. Thanks much guys!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 15:02:13 | More by younger35
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jeff1973

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-16-2013 04:52:28 | More by jeff1973
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

03-23-2012 01:12:21 | More by TonyTalon
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

09-29-2013 14:20:43 | More by DustinSWB
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phishbone23

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-22-2013 21:19:41 | More by phishbone23
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.