Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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3.45/5 rDev -20.9%
**Updated notes - 11-2-12
Was fortunate enough to have cbutova provide another bottle of this, which was amply carbonated, improving the appearance and mouthfeel a good amount. A super thick dark brown head with red tints retained well and left good lace, crazy head on this one. Like stated in the original review, it's tasty but extremely sweet, thick and rich- fudge, dark cherries and molasses take over the palate. I imagine it drinking best as a ~5 oz. dessert beer, it can get overbearing quickly.
(original scores/review - 2/3.5/3.5/2.5/2)
Thanks to cbutova for sharing this 750ml. I wasn't positive at the time of tasting this, but I just confirmed that this is the base beer for Hunaphu's, which I enjoyed last year.
Opens with a small hiss, but the pour is not too promising carbonation-wise. Pours black as black with no head, just slight bubbles that quickly form a thin tan ring. Ugly sediment at the bottom. Stains the glass something evil.
First impression in the smell is a big spiciness, soy sauce and licorice. Very sweet, tons of molasses. Oddly, really no expected stoutness (roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, etc)
Big, thick, sweet chocolate fudge, molasses, licorice. Smoky a bit on the finish. Dark cherries also very noticeable which adds to the extreme sweetness. Not getting much coffee.
Barely carbonated. Super thick, oily. Sweetness is cloying from the get-go. Alcohol is very-well hidden but this beer still feels so huge. Smoky ashiness lingers on the palate.
The uber-low carbonation didn't help, but damn this was one huge, sweet, tolling beer. The flavors are decent but found this to be too sweet. I enjoyed Hunahpu's alot more, but now I really gotta try it again knowing this is the base beer...
02-10-2011 14:50:34 | More by Chico1985
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
Poured jet black with thick, dark mocha head that fades slowly into rich, creamy rings. Sticky black legs like molasis run down the edges of the glass. Beautiful.
Bold, rich, roasted coffee punches through dark chocolate, molasis, over-ripe plums and dark cherry notes. Hints of vanilla, tobacco and licorice fade into some warm, inviting, rum fumes in the finish.
Dark chocolate and molasis balanced with roasted malts and black coffee create a background for dark fruit notes of cherry, figs, and plum. Hints of vanilla, dark cola, tobbacco and licorice. Earthy hops balance rum notes in the finish to create a complex and enjoyable beer.
Rich, syrupy, smooth and silky. Warming. Thick and sticky.
Super rich, complex, enjoyable imperial stout. Defninite warming sipper to share on a cold night.
10-10-2011 20:00:41 | More by JayS2629
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
750mL (bottled 8/31/2012) into a snifter. Pours a thick, oily pitch black w/ a deep reddish tan head. Absolutely opaque and black as night. This is an impressive looking imperial stout.
Aroma is thick and sticky as well. Molasses, dark roasted malt, rich chocolate, vanilla, dark stone fruit.
Taste faithfully follows nose. Bittersweet chocolate, sticky molasses, rum-soaked figs, espresso, vanilla, toffee, and just a touch of booze. There's a ton of dense sticky sweetness here, but it's balanced perfectly by a sharp, cocoa-like bitterness.
Mouthfeel is chewy and coating; thick and rich. Decadent. Yet it somehow manages to vanish off the palate and finishes semi-dry, leaving behind a nice chocolatey aftertaste that lingers like a rich bittersweet truffle.
Overall, a truly impressive Russian imperial stout and a genuine dessert beer. I was expecting this to be good, but not this good.
05-14-2013 03:07:56 | More by draheim
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
A-pours oliy black with a nice thick dark brown head...honestly the prettiest looking beer i have ever seen.
S-smells like a really dark yet creamy mocha. some spice and even some hops. strong scent, great scent
T-this is a great stout. comes in with a very thick and sweet taste of dark chocolate and espresso. some spice, maybe cinnamon? it is so thick, it feels like it almost solidifies and turns in to mousse in your mouth. has a powerful and long lasting after-taste of espresso and cocoa nibs. its a complex and great taste.
M-really thick medium but soft carbonation with a good crisp finish
O-i'm glad i shared this one. its one powerful stout! it starts out so great and mysterious but the more you drink it, the more the complexity seems to dull. its definitely a classic, and i look forward to my next bottle!
08-26-2011 21:01:52 | More by AdamBear
4.23/5 rDev -3%
750ml generously shared by Marco. Thanks!
A: Pours black and inky with a creamy dark tan head.
S: Heavy blackened barley, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans.
T: Coffee, milk chocolate, some booze, thick roasted grain, plenty of bitterness.
M: Thick and creamy.
O: Very good imperial stout, especially in the mouthfeel area.
10-26-2012 06:56:11 | More by Etan
5/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
05-25-2014 02:39:33 | More by RickS95
2.33/5 rDev -46.6%
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...
10-31-2010 19:25:27 | More by Tilley4
4.03/5 rDev -7.6%
Bottle generously shared by Rhettroactive. Thanks, Rhett!!
Poured into a snifter.
A: Oil sludge right here. Inky black with a beautiful finger and a half of dark brown head...I love it when a head is this dark. Quickly settles to a half finger with a good amount of sticky lacing. The head is frothy and bubbly, like chocolate milk. Head isn't super consistent, but coloring is top notch here.
S: A lot of cocoa, brownie, coffee grounds. There's a bit of astringency in the nose that is throwing me...almost smells like a milk stout...a lactic acidity.
T: Milk chocolate, some coffee, coconut. Super sweet and that same astringency shows up again, but it's more refined than it was in the nose. Just wave after wave of chocolate: milk, mocha, baking, dark, semi-sweet. Definitely the defining characteristic here. Coffee hangs in the background and pops up here and there. But the astringency holds it back...super sweet and borderline sour, but only for a moment. Even with that, though, it's a very good flavor profile.
M: Pretty assertively carbonated. Full bodied. Sweet, cloying, sticky. Right on.
O: A good Russian Imperial Stout here. A slightly off sourish sweetness on the mid hurts it a little bit. Not sure where that is coming from, could actually be hops. That being said, the other flavors are outstanding. One of the most chocolately RIS's I've had the pleasure of trying. A very good beer.
01-27-2012 01:48:53 | More by siege06nd
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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