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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: 1,863
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 645 | FT: 46
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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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rhinos00

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -17.4%

Thanks to Jettanbass9 for hooking me up with this CCB brew. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pretty freaking nice. Absolute clear separation between the body and head. Poured a dark black color...almost like the color of an infinite abyss. Zero visibility. Produced three fingers with of cocoa, tan colored head. Stellar head retention and some lacing as consumed.

S- A very nice aroma indeed. Toasted malts with a bit of a charred character. While this dominated, I could pick up a nice subtle layer of sweetness underneath...almost like molasses.

T- Bittering, chocolate malts and slight fruit character upfront that quickly transitions into a roasted, charred flavor. Finishes with a tad bit of creamy, sweetness and a decent amount of heat.

M- Medium bodied, pretty smooth. Wished this was a little more viscous.

D- With the level of bitterness upfront, and then the heavy charred flavors and big alcohol heat on the back end, my one glass became a pretty big chore to put down.

Overall, this is only my second beer from CCB, but I have not been impressed whatsoever. It was dressed for the part and had a pretty decent aroma, but just really fell apart in the other three areas. Hopefully they can prove me wrong down the road.

02-04-2010 03:00:43 | More by rhinos00
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -6%

Aromas of roasty malts, chocolate, and coffee come thru. The smell of the piney hops hide behind it all. Love the color and aroma on this one. The roasted malt has a nice balanced mix with the chocolate and coffee that come thru. The piney/citrus bitterness comes thru on the back end. Overall pretty darn drinkable. Not to heavy but it is full bodied, nice and rich, smooth, and its fair share of carbonation.

12-03-2009 01:59:59 | More by Anthony1
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-16-2014 02:54:39 | More by funkyaudio
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-14-2014 13:26:19 | More by MichiganderHB
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-12-2013 22:13:43 | More by CypherEnigma
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Westuh

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-14-2014 08:44:07 | More by Westuh
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

09-23-2013 15:58:33 | More by ToddThompson
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Robyn

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-17-2014 19:32:13 | More by Robyn
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FullObs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

10-28-2012 17:22:03 | More by FullObs
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Pete27lax

New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Had the 2011 bottle on 11/25/11

The look of this beer is the perfect view of an RIS in my opinion. A sludgy, oil like pour comes out with a solid 1 finger head. The word black simply doesn't do this beer justice, incredibly dark and dense. Fantastic appearance.

Smell was great as well. Very sweet, molasses is there upfront. Roasty coffee and chocolate are there but take a back seat to the sweet molasses. A tiny bit of the alcohol is present but expected due to the abv.

Taste, though very good as well, was the low point in this beer. (which is definitely not a negative comment) Roasted notes are very noticeable, especially in the after taste. Taste is extremely sweet, dark fruits and molasses. Chocolate also adds to the sweetness. I also have to note how there is no trace of alcohol in the taste which is very impressive.

Can't say enough about the mouthfeel. This is what my ideal RIS feels like. Thick, dense, sticky, all the way through. Really stays on your palate for a while which is just great. I have yet to try a stout with a mouthfeel as impressive as Zhukov (though I have yet to try Dark Lord).

Overall one of my favorite RIS to date. Great all the way through and can't wait to see how this does with some age!

11-26-2011 06:04:52 | More by Pete27lax
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timoteo833

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-27-2013 03:22:11 | More by timoteo833
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-22-2014 12:44:29 | More by azorie
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KG710

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-28-2014 16:41:06 | More by KG710
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csiewert

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-17-2011 18:59:32 | More by csiewert
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mhenson42

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-13-2014 03:19:45 | More by mhenson42
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atoulouk

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-05-2012 20:33:54 | More by atoulouk
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

02-16-2014 20:57:50 | More by montrealbcr89
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -8.3%

08-05-2013 21:18:13 | More by Luk13
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RandyKemka

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-10-2014 16:02:35 | More by RandyKemka
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zachary80

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -5%

Pours pitch black, great lacing, very good head that fades but stays stronger than normal.

Smells fairly average for an imperial stout.

Taste is heavy roast - a little rough but still pleasing.

Very heavy mouthfeel - one of the heaviest, and fits well with the flavor.

Overall a great beer but not my favorite IS.

03-18-2014 01:06:18 | More by zachary80
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unclejazz

New York

3.75/5  rDev -14%

04-23-2013 18:08:16 | More by unclejazz
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-02-2014 15:21:38 | More by -NESTO-
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

04-27-2014 12:58:07 | More by DerekQXQX
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jbriggs7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-14-2014 16:45:55 | More by jbriggs7
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-14-2011 19:02:36 | More by photomike
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,863 ratings.