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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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1,756 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,756
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 986
Gots: 604 | 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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FosterJM

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

991st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 ML

2011
Thanks to Spydfire83 for this gift.
*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- When I look at nostalgia items in a antique store and see those old Mobil cans from the 50's, this is the liquid I imagined would be flowing out of it. Pure black motor oil with a huge viscous body to it. Not the semi-transparent oil we use today. This also produced a small one finger dark roasted looking brown head with some nice cling lines.

Smell- This opened like a good hot cast iron pan roasting nuts for the holidays. A little bit of the nuts come in and then a little bit of the wafting smoke from the fire comes up. A bit of liquid chocolate and then a little bit of the malts on a final pull.

Taste- So far for me, CCB has been hit and miss. I was really afraid this would be like Hunaphus and I wouldn't like it. Not the case. A very good large stout with a lot of flavors and layer wrinkles to make us beer geeks happy. Not as smooth as some, not as flavorful as some. But very well done with large quantities of chocolate, roast, smoke, coffee and some dark dark fruits. (←, this was very minimal)

Mouth- A thick body with a low carbonation level. Dark chocolate, coffee and roast after taste. A good feel but not as creamy as I would like it to be.

Drink- This was a good treat. I am glad I decided to open this one up for everyone and it got rave reviews from the group. A solid, large, not overly complex but still very multi-faceted beer. I would love to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 16:07:19 | More by FosterJM
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-18-2011 19:27:03 | More by ChrisPro
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-18-2011 15:59:17 | More by acurtis
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Spider889

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this for some time now.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter, Marshal Zhukov’s is as thick as they come. With the consistency of the unchanged sludgy oil of an obsolete model WWI-era tank, this Russian Imperial Stout promises to be a slow sipper already. The head cascades upwards with the pour to produce a wonderfully dark foam cap the color of fudge. This slowly fades back into the blackness of the brew beneath. The foamy head is thicker than the ranks of the Russian infantry. Lacing is intermittent but thick – a wall of opposition rushing to meet the opposing perfection of the glass. But glass grows brittle in cold; the Germans are being staved off with the aid of Marshal Zhukov.

The aroma on this behemoth brew is deep and robust. Roast is like careening grapeshot – explosive and devastating. Hidden within that grapeshot is the seed of fruit aroma – berry and raisin. There’s an interesting mustiness lingering in this beer, one that makes one think that there are some English counterparts to the Red Army pent up inside the bottle. There is also a ton of sweetness to consider here – coffee cake and fudge and all of the sweet sticky residuals of unfermented body-enhancing malt sugars.

If the aroma is the artillery clearing a path to victory, then the flavor is the general infantry’s sound to charge. Dark fudge and bitter char render your palate a wasteland – just as any long-used battlefield becomes through history. There’s some ashiness going on, but the density of the beer helps to mediate an attribute that can be a bit drying and gritty in other beers. The biggest thing of note though, is the sweetness. It’s a great treat to sip on, but it can be a bit much to take in at times as well. The mouthfeel is thick and silky with moderately low carbonation. The alcohol – clocking in at 11% – is never as oppressive as the Axis opposition, but it does creep up on you and also adds as another limiting factor on the beer’s drinkability.

Overall a really nice Russian Imperial Stout, this Marshal Zhukov’s… I highly recommend sharing with comrades; it’s big, bold, heavy, and sweet. Definitely borders on overly rich and filling at times... I would really enjoy trying this barrel aged though!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 06:22:54 | More by Spider889
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-18-2011 05:40:34 | More by cadaugherty
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fortheunheard

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-17-2011 13:00:42 | More by fortheunheard
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metter98

New York

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of burnt malt in the nose along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is very malty with flavors of chocolate and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels very full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is one that needs to be sipped, but the taste is interesting enough to make you want to slowly savor.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 04:50:38 | More by metter98
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cfh64

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-17-2011 00:02:00 | More by cfh64
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I would love to get to my review, and I will, but now I must say that the Marshal is the most intimidating looking beer I have ever seen. It pours like motor oil; I almost had to shake the bottle to get it out. What came out was this viscous black liquid with a head the color of over chocloted milk. That extremely thick head sticks around nicely. Holy hell im in for hell.

Smells barrel aged. Smooth whiskey and bourbon notes are intertwined with vanilla, roasted malts, and touches of dark chocolate. The deep coffee roasted malts balance out a little more than usual with BA stouts, I like it.

Does not taste overly barrel aged. Its very balanced. Its kind of hard to pin down exactly what I wanna say here. The taste is mostly the roasted malt, but its not like one flavor really takes over. I get hints of oats, black chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. To add another layer of thickness, the molasses comes in, and holy shit. Its like what I used to put on biscuits.

The body isnt really as heavy as the pour might have led you to believe. Its thick. That molasses just makes it feel like used motor oil.

The best part of this beer is that the flavors all explode into your palate upon drinking. Its like one doesnt want to be the first to give up. I keep feeling the smooth notes from the oak, but the dark chocolate comes in. Then the chewy malt comes in. Its like no one wants to the first out. Its rather nice.

Thanks heatwave33! Guava Grove Saison up next!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 23:35:25 | More by VncentLIFE
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Discordian

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-15-2011 04:44:30 | More by Discordian
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-14-2011 19:02:36 | More by photomike
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wchris21

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-14-2011 13:00:13 | More by wchris21
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FunkyFibes

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-14-2011 12:21:01 | More by FunkyFibes
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kagent777

Utah

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle from the sample room, purchased in November of 2010 and cellared until now. Poured into a CCB snifter for my 100th review.

Appearance: Seriously, I would have thought this was dirty motor oil if I had not poured it myself. This is utterly black, pours with no head at all, no lacing. I thought at first that it had gone flat, but no.

Smell: Molasses, sweet chocolate, a little coffee, and some smokey notes along with some char. Definate herbal hops as well. As it warms I get a sense of cherries as.

Taste: This is probably the most intense beer I have had in a long time. The flavors meld so nicely. They really mirror the nose. Semi sweet chocolate, molasses and coffe flavors. The finish is long but not because of any bitterness, this one is semi sweet. The sweetness is not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel: It pours like motor oil, the mouthfeel is just as thick and sticky. The carbonation is right where it should be, just enough to lift the beer a little. This beer is soft and velvety.

Overall: A heavyweight of a beer. I really like it, but I can only recommend it to experienced beer drinkers because it is so intense. I had a sample fresh, but that was so small and so long ago that I am not sure what my aging had done.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 03:42:59 | More by kagent777
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Pittsky

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-12-2011 19:48:47 | More by Pittsky
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thanmad

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-12-2011 02:15:14 | More by thanmad
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Pahn

New York

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split 3 ways into wine glasses (with morningthief and his wife). Thanks to BA shufon for trading me this bottle!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 1 inch brown head. Pours like engine oil and leaves solid brown lacing walls. Darkest beer ever.

Smell: Thick dark chocolate, some raisin, coffee, caramel. Not too much happening, but potent and good.

Taste: Coffee, wood, molasses, BBQ sauce, hot cocoa. Basically hot cocoa and BBQ sauce, with some bold wood soaking in it (Mesquite or something). Roasted malt, slight toffee.

This is a pretty serious stout. I haven't had a beer this thick and bold since 2009 Black Tuesday (which was decidedly more complex, but equally bold). My friend says it tastes like oatmeal packets she'd get in Taiwan. She amends the statement to "hot cereal packets."

Huge aftertaste. Thick and bold.

Mouthfeel: Full(est) bodied. Mild carbonation. Amazingly thick. It clearly had a goal, and fulfilled it.

Overall: I don't know if these kind of "all the way" stouts are my favorite, but they're great to sip on now and then. Hides its ABV beautifully, but delivers heavy flavor. Hard to not admire how fully this beer delivers for the true "Big bold stout" lover. I wouldn't put myself in that category, but I appreciate greatness when I experience it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 02:49:36 | More by Pahn
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bkny27

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-10-2011 21:37:52 | More by bkny27
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mcallister

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing looking beer. Deep oily black with one of the best colored heads I've witnessed. Dark mocha colored and oozing rolling bubbles like molten lava.

Layers of black fruits and dark chocolate. Burnt caramel and some light leathery notes and earth. Blueberry, currant, tobacco, and more, great nose.

This is a fantastic beer, smooth, round, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes like a mocha latte. Cream, burnt sugar, espresso and chocolate in the front and middle, and black fruits and earth through the finish. Delectable beer huge malts, perfect balance and amazing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 20:32:12 | More by mcallister
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-10-2011 17:28:37 | More by bsuedekum
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-09-2011 05:08:05 | More by iemailjack
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CGMLS3

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-09-2011 02:07:00 | More by CGMLS3
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bespin15

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-08-2011 16:37:13 | More by bespin15
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mltobin

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Isaac Newtown`s.

Appearance is a rich black color with a thin head. Its` nose has brown sugar, coffee, molasses and roast. The taste is chocolate, black licorice, more coffee and all around sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvet like, quite nice. All in all, a very good RIS from the folks down south at Cigar City.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 01:39:55 | More by mltobin
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beergod1

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, tan head. Great retention. The aroma is a swirl of chocolate, and espresso with hints of vanilla and molasses. Full-bodied and very creamy with some carbonation. Sweet chocolate and bitter coffee flavor. Well-balanced. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish. World class imperial stout!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:34:04 | More by beergod1
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.