Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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4.55/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-26-2012 05:34:58 | More by angrybabboon
4.43/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-08-2010 03:13:16 | More by JohnQVegas
4.15/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
06-04-2010 18:51:48 | More by paco1029384756
4.8/5 rDev +10.1%
Found a botle of Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout at my local Whole Foods in Manhattan. When did Cigar City start sending the Zhukov up here??
Appearance: Huge bottle onto my Sierra snifter. God this thing pours thick and then some! Outrageous. Pure Kuwaiti oil with a pitch-black color to match, plus an oversize head the size of a fist. Carbonation issues? This thing sure did pop out with a bang and overflowing, which is rare for an Imperial Stout... all in all, though, this looks exceptional indeed.
Smell: Booze, sweetness, chocolate powder, dark fruit, a hint of sourness.
Taste: The hops shine here, along with strong chocolate and cold-brewed coffee. Some smoke as well, very subtle. A tad of anise and a dry, spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Exceptionally rich, creamy and sleek/slick, with a nice hoppy/tingly feel at the end of the sip. Dry, reverberates in the mouth long after you're done. A tummy-warmer for sure!
Overall: Damn good this is! One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever enjyoed, no doubt. From the looks to the last drop, this is truly outstanding. Worth the price of admission and then some! The alcohol is the only aspect of this beer that gets on the way of sheer enjoyment. Boozy, it requires sipping. I took over 90' to finish this...
09-27-2011 23:45:02 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.63/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
09-25-2011 02:52:58 | More by russwbeck
3.93/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
01-31-2011 18:06:28 | More by KickInTheChalice
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
A: Same as Hunahpus with a jet black color and very dark head and lacing.
S: Very complex malt character with molasses, fudge, and smoky malts being most prominent. A little teriyaki saltiness as well, but with plenty of sugariness to balance.
T: Also a great taste with balanced malt notes and a little bit of hop esters as well. Bitter back and big fudge and smoke notes.
M: Very smooth and inviting.
D: Very drinkable for a stout of this magnitude. Another excellent stout from Cigar City!
01-26-2011 03:44:55 | More by Dreadnaught33
3.85/5 rDev -11.7%
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...
11-25-2011 03:47:52 | More by kjyost
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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