Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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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
4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
02-26-2011 04:10:01 | More by Beejay
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-30-2011 14:18:46 | More by Treebs
4.53/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-21-2012 01:54:41 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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