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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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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 987
Gots: 605 | FT: 40
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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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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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pisano

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-25-2013 14:22:54 | More by pisano
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phishbone23

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-22-2013 21:19:41 | More by phishbone23
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-12-2013 16:25:44 | More by coldmeat23
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-22-2013 04:52:45 | More by FUwolfpacker
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-02-2014 04:20:14 | More by shehateme
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-24-2012 22:11:28 | More by Soneast
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-11-2014 00:35:05 | More by artoolemomo
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mctizzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

04-21-2014 18:11:05 | More by mctizzz
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-24-2012 14:23:49 | More by doucmehu
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-22-2013 06:17:38 | More by rydev24
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Greg (tpd795) for this 750. Fantastic treat. 750 into Bruery tulip.

Pours pitch black, with thin layer of brown head. Nice legs, but little in the way of lacing. Still, an intimidating beer.

Nose is chock full of big, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. Hint of a burnt edge, just a bit of alcohol,

Taste is different, but good - big and bold. Big time bittersweet dark fruits, blackstrap molasses, earthy dark chocolate, all with an almost burnt edge to it. Balancing bitterness seems to come almost entirely without a big hop presence. Maybe a bit of alcohol bite, but it's restrained. Finish is long, a bit burnt, lots of earthy bitter chocolate and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is nice - more carbonation bite than expected, which I tend to like, creamy as the beer warms, full bodied and then some. No syrupiness at all and only a bit sticky. Long finish is full, a bit burnt but balanced.

Drinkability is quite nice. This one impressed me, as most Cigar City brews have. These guys just know their shit.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 03:13:16 | More by JohnQVegas
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-22-2012 02:50:40 | More by zekeman17
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with two fingers of thick dark tan head. I love these endlessly dark Imperial Stouts.

Scent of roasted coffee, roasted malts, sugar, dark fruit, cedar, and a hint of spicy hops. Strong, but surprisingly, not very boozy.

Taste of burnt coffee, roasted malts, caramel, dry sugar, and some dark fruit. Finishes bitter, but not quite as bitter and Hoppin' Frog's D.O.R.I.S.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, dense and oily with a low, smooth carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 18:51:48 | More by paco1029384756
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-08-2013 02:09:59 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:48:53 | More by siege06nd
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-26-2013 13:33:52 | More by Phillyz
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 3/31/12

Appearance: Dark, to say the least - pitch black, with a dark brown head - small, spotty lacing - looks like oily sludge, seriously leaves a film on the glass

Smell: Burnt and absurd - an utterly massive amount of malts, like liquified burnt bread, so heavy and so burnt - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, other burnt aromas

Taste: Burnt chocolate and... malt extract?! - caramel (like, a cube of caramel candy), coffee, sugar, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits - extreme, to say the least - the maltiness is insane, tastes like concentrated extract that should be watered down to make into beer

Mouthfeel: One of the heaviest beers I have ever had, ever - sludgy, extremely heavy, like burnt malt syrup, yet somehow has enough carbonation to hold it together

Overall - This is a monster

Multiple aspects of this beer are simply unbelievable. This is something to make into beer, not a stand-alone product. You could probably eat this with a spoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 05:34:58 | More by angrybabboon
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-27-2013 03:49:43 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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russwbeck

Virginia

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

A: My God. The darkest, thickest head I have ever seen. Period. Dark brown in color to almost black. Creamy, lacing beautiful as it finally recedes down the glass. It leaves a cap not unlike whipped cream to introduce you to the beer.

S: Are those hops I smell? Certainly some, mixed in with coffee. Molasses, coffee, smoke, and a ton of chocolate. No alcohol is noted at all.

T: The chocolate really dominates the beginning of this beer, followed by the molasses and smoke. At this point in my mind I'm thinking about how sweet this beer is, that was not to last. You get nailed with coffee, roastiness, and a bone dry finish.

MF: Thick, creamy, extremely heavy. Carbonated well. No hint of the 11% ABV

O: This beer is simply phenomenal. I wonder what age will do to it, but I have to figure the coffee would step back the the chocolate would take an even larger part of the beer, if not thin out a bit. Very, very good fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 02:52:58 | More by russwbeck
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

02-10-2013 05:09:39 | More by mportnoy
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle, SO viscous. Almost no head unless it is a very high and aggressive pour. Then a tiny head forms, fades to a ring, and disappears. No lacing. At this point I am wondering if this is a 'flat' bottle or if it is just this lightly carbonated.

Smell: The aromas blend together in a very smooth fashion. Roasted malt, chocolate malt, dark chocolate, coffee, a little molasses, and some anise. A touch of booze to remind me that it is a big bad army officer of a stout.

Taste: Again, very smooth. The malt is blended, it tastes like several types of dark and roasted malts were used here. Dark chocolate, creamy coffee, vanilla, and some anise provide supporting flavors. Each flavor knows its role and has a properly proportioned strength. As the glass continues, the coffee flavors grow somewhat. Some spicy hops help to finish it out. There is some lingering coffee bitterness and molasses sweetness, but considering how huge this drinks, it cleans up fairly well. I think additional carbonation would help the finish even more as well.

Mouthfeel: This was not completely flat, but I think it was unintentionally under-carbonated. Other than that, it was velvety smooth, very viscous, creamy, and very full bodied. With a proper amount of carbonation, this score jumps considerably.

Drinkability: If this had the proper level of carbonation, it would be up there with the heavy hitters of the stout world. As is, it was ok, and all of us sort of lamented what could have been.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 18:06:28 | More by KickInTheChalice
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share, thanks tbadiuk! From notes.

A: As dark as the night is black. Not a hint of light. Dark tan head, light lacing.
S: The nose just hammers you with molasses, with underlying hints of liquorice.
T: Sticky sweet, with tons of molasses and burnt sugar. Did not develop and complexity is lacking, A sweet molasses bomb of a beer.
M: Sticky and the sweetness just lingers forever on the palate.
O: Comes across as an imperial sweet stout. If you like sweet stouts, you'll likely like this, but I found it overpoweringly molasses dominated. It is rare I have a RIS where I don't get any roasted notes...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 03:47:52 | More by kjyost
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-04-2013 01:00:27 | More by Hugonaut13
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.