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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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1,990 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,990
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,044
Gots: 695 | FT: 55
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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: 1,990 | Reviews: 481 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Jas45678, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

djtomain, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

JKV96, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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

MaseFace, Feb 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Jamison85, Sep 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 11, 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
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Soneast, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

rydev24, Feb 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

starrdogg, Jan 21, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

fossage78, Sep 29, 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
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

SFC21, Sep 22, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

vinny21bal, Oct 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

CEDAMA, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 21, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Beejay, Feb 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Lucnifter, Apr 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Drucifer, Oct 17, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick dark brown head with good retention, pitch black color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, dark toffee, dark fruits, complex

M: Smooth and creamy, good carbonation, medium-full bodied, warming

O: Good stuff, hope to try this again and again in the future

derkfromwi, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

robwestcott, Jan 28, 2014
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.