Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
2010 vintage shared by rebis1bear. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.
Is this the base beer for Hunaphu's? I don't know but these sure are related. Actually black and way darker than other stouts. I know that dark as sin/night/etc is an adjective thrown around much, but damn! this IS as dark as black hole ;-)
Not much of a head here, but some thick legs are seen. Aroma is sweet and charred, but the taste is way overpowering and complex, in a very delicious way. Residual sugars, char, roast, coffee... I could go on but in summary, Zhukov's tastes of roasted fire whatever that means. Damn delicious, a straight up stout with a velvety smoothness, and excellent taste!
4, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5
01-20-2012 19:39:08 | More by tewaris
4.9/5 rDev +12.4%
Bottle from randombattle, poured into a new Belgium globe glass.
Pours a dark black with a short brown head. Nice foam color I'm excited now.
Well I smell the alcohol there but hey it is 11%. Lots of dark roast smells too.
Taste is lots of milk chocolate and dark roasting as. Hop bitterness is a good balance at the end. One of the best tasting stouts I can recall.
Mouthfeel is where this really shines, nice and heavy. Syrupy without the soy sauce awfulness.
Overall this has to be the best stout I've had to date. I am really impressed. Lives up to the hype.
01-20-2012 08:05:59 | More by Phoenix2443
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
750ml Bottle - Thanks to lubiere for this
Appearance - Black/brown colour with a large size fizzy/frothy brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.
Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malts, smoke, nuts
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it isn't as syrupy feeling as I expected. I can taste lots of chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some nuts. There is also a nice amount of smoke mixed with malts. It ends with a bitter sweet aftertaste.
Overall – One of the better RIS's Ive had. Although the taste is big and bold, it's still very drinkable and well balanced. I'd love to have a few bottles of this tucked away.
01-17-2012 19:57:39 | More by spinrsx
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
Had a 2011 vintage in a tulip earlier this year. This review will be updated asap once I grab another bottle. Poured a black, thick, viscous beer. Smells sweet, lots of chocolate in this once some caramel as well. Really sweet… almost too sweet for me (and I usually love sweet chocolate bombs), this would be good barrel aged (hence the reason hunahpu is so popular). I need to try this again, but this was very chocolaty and sweet.
01-17-2012 04:31:14 | More by codysjb
4.72/5 rDev +8.3%
Pours a deep deep dark black color with a nice cap of creamy mocha head, settles into a long lasting collar. Scent is filled with fantastic dark malts, bitter baking chocolate, fudge, dark roasted and freshly brewed coffee, dark pitted fruits, faint notes of vanilla and coconut. Taste follows suit, deeply layered flavor with each note standing out at particular points in the drinking experience, but none being too powerful to cover anything else up. Full bodied, thick, and coating, entire glass was left with brown tint after drinking. An excellent beer that I may have enjoyed slightly more than the aged versions - blasphemous? maybe...
01-16-2012 14:37:25 | More by rfgetz
District of Columbia
3.98/5 rDev -8.7%
750 mL 2011 bottle.
Pours viscous and dark black with chocolate edges. Dark mocha head, fades to a collar, with some legs. Roast malt and coffee nose, minimal sweetness or chocolate, mildly hoppy. Flavor is sweeter than nose, with caramel, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and pine. Thicker side of medium body with low carbonation; coats the palate and lingers well through finish with minimal heat. Other than the nose, this is an impressive RIS.
01-14-2012 21:51:52 | More by yourefragile
4.03/5 rDev -7.6%
A - Pours like motor oil. Jet black color doesn't allow any light to pass through. Very dark brown two-finger head leaves thick lace clinging to the sides of the glass.
S - Sweet toffee. Roasted dark maltiness really dominates along with some big notes of coffee.
T/M - Overly sweet, chocolatey coffee up front. The roasted malts really come through in the taste as well. Has quite a bitter finish that hangs around for awhile. Full-bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation. That really helps balance out the feel.
O - No complaints with this one. Really glad I got my hands on a bottle, and would definitely try another one.
01-14-2012 02:33:53 | More by bigaltemple
3.35/5 rDev -23.2%
750ml bottle into brandy snifter. Thanks to the generous BA who traded me this one.
A: Pours pitch black with an extremely unimpressive collection of bubbles that I guess is supposed to be considered a head. A couple of tiny soapy specs of lace were left down the glass.
S: Notes of chocolate, molasses, and a hint of toffee. Not a very smelly beer.
T: Rich notes of bitter dark chocolate, sweet fudge brownies, dark roasted malts, and a hint of caramel. I get a touch of coffee in the finish, and the aftertaste contains notes of molasses and faint earthy hops.
M: Thick body, slick and chewy mouthfeel, but almost no carbonation. This beer seriously needs some bubbles. Alcohol is hidden very well.
O: I was a bit let down by this one. The flavor is good but not very complex, and while the body is thick the carbonation is borderline watery. Hopefully this is just bottle variation, as fuller carbonation would be a drastic increase.
01-12-2012 02:01:25 | More by scottfrie
4.03/5 rDev -7.6%
Traded for this back at BASC release. Poured into NB globe...
A- Uhhh, wow... Definitely the thickest beer I've ever poured, much more so than Hunahpu. Tints the glass brownish yellow as it holds onto the sides. Looks like oil with no head, no bubbles, no sign of life, just a raging erection in my pants...
S- This is a big badass stout alright. I think my nose just melted. Roasted barley, nice malted grain aroma. Chocolate and plums with a touch of anise. Even some coconut to round it out.
T/M- Thick as shit, holy hell. Sweet chocolate and roast initially hit my palate and a slight smoke component comes out. Alcohol really sweetens this up, but its not hot at all. As it warms it really smooths out well and isn't such a pill to swallow- because initially it is a bit much. Full, slick, chewy body with almost zero carbonation.
O- Well, this is the most RIS-y RIS I've ever had, if that makes sense? Drinks much like a meal as there were 4 of us who had trouble finishing this because it was so heavy and filling. Not necessarily the best, it IS good, but damn it's bold. Roils definitely try again, maybe put a couple years on it though...
01-09-2012 14:16:57 | More by TheGordianKnot
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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