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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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2,084 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,084
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,066
Gots: 715 | FT: 59
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 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
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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

masterofsparks, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of WynnO
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%

bismarksays, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

facesnorth, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sirsteve42, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Bilco
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Bilco, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Brabander, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -8.5%

savagepm, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 version. Poured from the 750ml a completely opaque pitch black with a dense brown head, leaving thick globs of lace. Wow, a fantastic looking stout. Smell: dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, heavily creamer-ed coffee, mildly citric hops and something a bit rye-like in the background. Taste: dark, high cocoa chocolate, mild roasted notes throughout, molasses, herbal and earthy hops beneath. Mouthfeel: really exceptional, thick and creamy with enough carbonation to keep it from being too heavy. I'm drinking this pretty warm and I'd swear there's no way this is 11+%. Well hidden, making it scarily drinkable. Will be revisiting this one for sure.

2011 version. Pours pitch black with dense creamy looking three fingers worth of dark brown head. Settles slowly to a half inch and leaves a sheet of thin lace down the glass, staining the glass brownish yellow. Smell: yeasty pumpernickel with carroway, dark cocoa, espresso, herbal and earthy. Taste: dark brown sugar, bready, some molasses, black currant, herbal and slightly citric (acidic) hopping, espresso and anise finish. Full bodied - thick with an exceptionally creamy feel. Missed this one(‘s carbonation) last year and happy to have it back. Same rating as 2009.

babaracas, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +3%

coreyfmcdonald, May 29, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
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
Photo of Urbancaver
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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

DCon, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Gotti311, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of kawilliams81
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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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%

MattXT, Nov 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

mmulebarn, Nov 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

bmur112, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of number1bum
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Pours a vicious, thick black color, completely opaque with a slowly rising two plus fingers of dark tan head. Head settles very slowly and retains very well, keeping a thick, creamy head throughout and leaving some beautiful lacing on the sides, falling slowly back to the beer after each sip or swirl. Beautiful.

Smell is exceptionally fruity, with lots of citrus and blackberries. Ton of fruit going on here. There is also a good amount of fudgy chocolate, some molasses, a bit of coffee and some roasted malt. Not a ton of roasted malt for a RIS. A bit of alcohol creeps in as it warms.

Taste is also very fruity with a lot of black currant flavor in particular, as well as some citrus. The malt flavors are bolder than the aromas, though, with more fudgy chocolate and roasted malt than the nose had. Lots of molasses to, and also a bit of smoke and coffee. Some bitterness and roasty flavor lingers into the finish. This is rich and super flavorful, and really tasty.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich, full bodied and very chewy. This is a meal, or definitely a great dessert. It's slick, creamy and very smooth on the palate.

This is an exceptional beer. No other way to say it. Tons of flavor, very robust, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden given the strength. Incredibly fruity as well. I'm glad I picked this up; it is outstanding. Seek it out.

number1bum, Nov 11, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

pisano, Nov 25, 2013
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,084 ratings.