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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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1,912 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,026
Gots: 672 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 1,912 | Reviews: 477 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JayS2629
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

JayS2629, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +14.4%

mportnoy, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

AdamBear, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of captainbearcat
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

captainbearcat, Sunday at 02:09 AM
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

MikeCactusGordon, May 05, 2014
Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev -8.5%

sharpski, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Arsenal0328, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of facesnorth
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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

bigbluebeerguy, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

mctizzz, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of sirsteve42
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sirsteve42, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Etan, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of RickS95
5/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

RickS95, May 25, 2014
Photo of masterofsparks
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

masterofsparks, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Thedrizzle
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Thedrizzle, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Jamison85
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Jamison85, Sunday at 08:51 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

pisano, Nov 25, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

shehateme, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of Tilley4
2.33/5  rDev -46.7%
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...

Tilley4, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of monitorpop
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

monitorpop, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

starrdogg, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Jas45678, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +14.4%

CEDAMA, Jun 09, 2012
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,912 ratings.