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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,044
Gots: 695 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

zekeman17, Mar 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

wdarcy77, Mar 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

CADMixes, Mar 19, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage, enjoyed 3/12

A jet-black beer that pours like motor oil, thick and sludgy, with a big brown bubbly head that settles down slowly. Lacing is sticky; the glass looks like I had an ice cream sundae, not a beer.

Nice nose; lots of chocolate, both bitter and milk, anise, espresso, roasty malt, and a just a trace of booze.

Big and tasty, the way this style is supposed to be. It’s all here, tons of chocolately goodness, coffee and roast, just a hint of tobacco, molasses, toffee, caramel, a bit of hoppy bitterness, but just so, in the finish. Sweet, fudgy and desert-worthy; paired especially well with chocolate chip brownies for an over-the-top diabetes-inducing indulgence.

The body on this one is perfect; go big or go home. Tons of chew, thick, thick, thick, low carbonation, your lips are sticky after a sip.

I feel like this one can hang in there with almost any other example of this style. To me it was like going to San Diego and drinking fresh Pliny, Nelson, Kern River, etc. How to say which is best? They are all tremendous examples of American IPAs. Put this one up there with the KBS and the BCBS and the rest in my book. It’s like comparing Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, etc., etc. It’s not that one is better than the other, but rather, who are you in the mood for today?

tobelerone, Mar 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

roadhouse, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

DSlim71, Mar 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

abmhighrise, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

surlytwinsfan, Mar 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

BMart, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured an extremely vicious black, super thick like syrup had about a finger of darkest reddish brown head I've ever seen. This is without a doubt the darkest beer I've ever seen

S: Has a pretty big bourbon characteristic despite it not being BBA. I also got quite a bit of espresso and wet wood type scents.

T: Right upfront, it tastes almost just like pure molasses, then that goes into some espresso qualities and nice bourbon soaked dark fruits. Tons of dates, tons of dark chocolate. Finishes strong with alcohol.

M: Super thick and with a slight alcohol burn. With the super aggressive appearance and flavors of this beer, I was really happy about the mouthfeel being so crazy and intense.

Overall this was excellent, one of the best stouts, let alone beers I've ever had. I managed to stockpile a few as Cigar City is not sold in my state. Look forward to future bottles with more age on 'em.

Bobheed, Mar 04, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010

pours pitch black and looks like soy sauce, with no head at all. and very viscous looking

smell is also like a soy sauce with dark fruits

very sweet, a lot of dark fruits and molasses

medium bodied, no carbonation to it at all and very viscous

overall it was interesting, enjoyable in moderation. would like to try one with less age to it

rtaps, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Zenasdassman, Mar 01, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black and has a nice one finger light brown head. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts and molasses.

T - Dark chocolate overwhelms you transforming into expresso and finishing with dark fruits (plums/raisins).

M - Thick and highly carbonated. Full bodied and not ashamed of it.

O - A unique imperial stout. It's an in your face, bold imperial stout. But, the lingering sweetness throws me off.

cvm4, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Xudoo, Feb 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Scotchboy, Feb 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

scubahood, Feb 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Cstromberg57, Feb 27, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage. Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Aggressive pour yielded only on finger of creamy light brown head. Retention was poor, even for the ABV. No lacing.

5.0 S: Really awesome nose on this. Rich dark chocolate is plentiful. Deeply roasted espresso undertones. Lots of blackstrap molasses with caramel, lightly herbal and citrus hops, and a oaky woodiness. Black cherry with a touch of sherry. Full of the CC house flavor that works so well in their stouts.

4.5 T: Like the nose, this is complex and powerful. Dark chocolate is again the strongest flavor with molasses, caramel, and neutral malt sweetness next. Notes of vanilla, oak, cherry, and herbal hoppiness. There's hitns of sherry again, but it acts to complement the flavors. Really tasty.

4.0 M: Heavier body. Carbonation is a bit lower than I'd prefer, but not horrible. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.5 D: Really tasty beer. About as good as Hunahpu's.

DavoleBomb, Feb 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

Jparkanzky, Feb 22, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a pitch black with two finger's worth of a dark brown head. The head tones down to a about a half fingers worth quickly. This beer is dark as night.

S- Lots of chocolate and coffee. Hints of dark fruits as well.

T- Starts off sweet and chocolately, which then makes way to the coffee-espresso notes. The alcohol seems to be masked well for a RIS.

M- Thick and chewy, almost creamy. A great sipper, well balanced. Maybe a bit too sweet?

This is only the second beer I've tried from Cigar City, and I've enjoyed both. This is a very complex stout.

vic21234, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

ritter57, Feb 20, 2012
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2/5  rDev -54.2%

juliusseizure, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Mebuzzard, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Rusty18, Feb 17, 2012
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.