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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 469
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
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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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Bendurgin

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -20.9%

Got this one from Sean. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one sits black in the glass with about a finger of dark brown head.

Earthy aroma here. Tobacco and leather with hints of chocolate sweetness in the background. Burnt coffee with a little bit of a lingering fruiting character. Pretty sweet in the aroma with some nice earthy aromas taking the forefront here. The flavors here tend to be sweet; like a chocolate syrup mixed into some burnt coffee. A bit of a fruity flavor in the finish with rustic flavors like leather and char. Kind of falls apart on the pallet for me.

The body is thick and full. Somewhat syrupy with low carbonation. Kind of sticky.

This is a no nonsense RIS here. Lots of big flavors. A little sweet for my liking but a pretty well done beer in the end.

11-03-2011 04:15:42 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Poured into a tulip. This is the slowest pouring, thickest oily looking beer I think I've seen. The head is about three quarters of an inch and very very dark brown; it almost blends into the body.

The aroma consists of chocolate and dark fruit. This is mostly sweet smelling with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is full of sweet chocolate malt and cherry like fruit.

This is very thick and the carbonation is soft. This is going to take a while to drink.

Well, I prefer more coffee and bitterness in my stouts. But fans of big, chewy, viscous fruity stouts will be very happy with this one.

11-03-2011 04:11:35 | More by andrewinski1
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.3%

A- so viscous and pitch black. A dark brown head fading to a tiny lacing.

S - roasty burnt grains. Dark bitter chocolate. Cocoa powder.

T - charcoal burnt wood. Chocolate syrup. faint black licorice ending. Sweet alcohol. hints of earthy bread and some hop floral. So sweet. Lactose?

M - possibly the thickest stout ever. So viscous d'ass heavy bodied.

O - pretty wel balanced for 11.5 abv and such a heavy body

11-02-2011 03:51:43 | More by BeerForMuscle
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srandycarter

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Black beyond black. Head is the darkest mocha I have ever seen. Slow to leave and lots of lace left.

S - Fresh deep malt. Soy, burnt coffee and chocolate notes.

T - Soy sauce, sesame seed, booze, sweet thick malt.

M - Heavy body, good carb and balance.

D - Very tasty. Would drink even after it is a good idea.

11-02-2011 03:48:10 | More by srandycarter
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Treebs

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

Big thanks to my awesome trading partner Mike (Gushue3) for hooking me up with this long time want. 2011 version, served in a Founders snifter.

A: Holy oil Batman. This guy pours a very viscous jet black with a ridiculous dark brown head that has ridiculous retention. This is what an inviting stout should always look like.

S: Smells of coffee beans, roasted malts and chocolate all fill the nose. It's so heavy that its scent coats the nose. I may have Marshal Zhuokv boogers when this is all said done.

T: Roasted coffee and fudge swarm the mouth with an addition bitter bakers chocolate. There is a nice slight vanilla sweetness on the backend as well.

M: Heavy and rich with flavor. So smooth though and coats the entire mouth and throat with chocolate goodness.

O: This is right up there with Bourbon County as the heaviest stout I've ever drank. Very good brew and loved the chocolate.

10-30-2011 14:18:46 | More by Treebs
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Auracom

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Part of my stout tasting on October 22nd, 2011. 6-7 oz. into snifter.

A – Hello Pennzoil, meet Marshal Zukov’s. About as oily-looking as it gets. Pours a flat and true-black with no really hint of brown or any other tone on the edges. Khaki one/two finger head.

S – Lots of roast upfront, but not to the volcanic or ash-like level that some people have claimed. Dark Chocolate, brown sugar and spice, dates and raisins, and a touch of alcohol.

T – More of the same. Quite a bit of bitterness to account for the hops added into the brew. A touch smokey, but again the roasted note takes center stage here back up with a decent mixture of undertones. Reminds me of Founder RIS but with a bit more roast.

M – Quite thick body here. Relatively smooth. Lengthy finisher with a lasting bitter aftertaste.

D – Not an easy one to work through on your own. This was the first beer we ticked off the lengthy list of ~ 30 bottles and I felt that 3-4 ounces would have been ideal. Overall, I think it is judged a bit harsher than it deserves and serves at a great base beer for other CC endeavors (e.g. Hunahpu’s).

10-27-2011 03:30:30 | More by Auracom
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Gushue3

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

#200
2011 vintage poured into snifter. Thanks to djmichaelk for the smooth like butter trade.

A
pours FLAT black and gets a GIGANTIC fudgy brown head. It looks like a brownie is floating above my beer. The body is absolutely opaque and looks damn delicious. As the head slowly comes down tons of thick brown lacing is left around the glass. A+

S
Brown sugar, molasses and chocolate punch my nostrils. Some alcohol and raisins in there too,

T
Chocolate and a nice roast up front with some subtle smoke. slight darker fruit fig toward right before a bitter chocolate finish. After it fuly warmed to room temp there was a slight cherry taste with a tartness.

M
Big heavy mouthfeel with smaller amount of carbonation. Chewy like a piece of fudge and leaves my mouth somewhat sticky.

O
Great beer. Easily one of the best looking and feeling beers Ive had. Cigar City stouts are top top notch.

10-23-2011 03:03:53 | More by Gushue3
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sleazo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

A_Pours jet black with an eruption of dark brown foam. Amazing lace and retention. Beautiful looking beer.

S_A deep roasted malt combined with sweet chocolate and coffee. Very potent in a good way

T_The taste is a bit different from the smell. Dark chocolate covered cherries and a light vanilla mix with a bit of sourness to create a well balanced imperial stout. The sweetness is tempered well with the acidity here.

M_This style can get a bit too thick but this is not. Still thick but with a nice carbonation to cut through the viscosity.

O_A very impressive beer. The alcohol is present but in no way hot. This hits the various notes of the sytle without falling into any of the common traps. Very well done.

10-22-2011 05:51:25 | More by sleazo
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours black with an amazing dark mocha head with large bubbles nestled in the middle. The head carries such a nice color! The lacing is very nice creating an artistic presentation on the inside of the glass. Possibly the best looking bottled RIS that I've seen.

Smells of milk chocolate, cocoa, and cedar start the nose with a tingling heat on the nostrils. Some vanilla and cayenne spice come trough as well.

Notes of dark chocolate, molasses, earth, smoke, cedar, coffee, raisins, and a touch of biting spice appear in the taste. There is a touch of sweet almost sour toward the end of the taste which seems a little out of place. It reminds me of a combination of raisins and apples.

Cigar City really hit the nail on the head with regards to the appearance and mouthfeel of this. It is like velvet in the mouth, creamy and soft with a chewy, medium-full feel. A nice sticky dryness is left on the palette upon swallowing.

I truly enjoy the complexity of this brew and feel it is among the best russian imperial stouts that I've had. The alcohol is well hidden and I will enjoy finishing the rest of this 750ml. Thank you TCHopCraver for bringing this one back from Tampa!

10-21-2011 01:33:11 | More by TCgoalie
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

750 mL bottle from 2011, poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks therealnomayo.

Whoa. It pours thick like heavy cream, but it’s pitch black. The head is the darkest I’ve ever seen on a stout, reminiscent of 80% dark chocolate. Fairly tight bubbles, a finger’s worth of head. Gorgeous lacing, with thick sheets of foam made of infinite tiny bubbles all around the glass. Even an hour after pouring, the lace remained. Good grief, this is flawless.

Very roasted, toasted aroma. Some definite smoke in the smell here. Very dark chocolate, as the appearance would suggest. Not a ton of coffee, but plenty of vanilla - those two flavors work very well together. Some dark fruits. I really have to search for the alcohol.

Very roasted, almost charred malts in the taste. It's similar to a burnt marshmallow, simultaneously very roasted and very sweet. Definite coffee bitterness lingers in the finish. A lot of chocolate, and it only becomes more pronounced as it warms. By the end of the bottle, this was sort of like drinking burnt hot fudge, the dregs at the bottom of a scalding canister. The alcohol is very muted.

The feel is just about perfect. Super thick and viscous – again, the milk comparisons are warranted. The carbonation is very low, but there’s just enough to help the flavors open up. As chewy and mouth-coating as they come, this is a big beer but a joy to drink.

I really loved this. As far as non-bal aged stouts go, this is right near the top for me. This is decadent, and yet it still comes across as restrained. Though in general I prefer more sweetness in Russian Imperial Stouts, Marshal Zhukov’s absolutely crushes it.

10-18-2011 02:10:25 | More by amphion1065
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calcio360jrd

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%

Oh zhukov, you are still one of my top 5 fav beers.

Bottle poured into my st bernardus chalice, hell no i didn't share this with anyone else tonite!

I have read forum posts about people saying which beer is the darkest, and they sure are right when they say that it is the marshal, black as nite this one is.

Lovely roastiness off the nose of this one, little bitter chocolate smell and coffee, sounds like what i had about 14 hours before this with my breakfast.

In some ways i actually prefer the taste of the regular version of zhukov to all the other treatments for the sheer fact of how clean it is, the alcohol is there but not in the forefront, the coffee taste is very prevalent to me.

This overall is just a great, if not the best, imperial stout for my money on the market, glad i got about another dozen bottles here around the house!

10-15-2011 05:03:54 | More by calcio360jrd
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Marshal zhukov 2010 Vintage

This beer looks fantastic. Pitch black with a brownish mocha colored head. The oily consistancy clings to the glass in a glossy fasion. The nose is full of milk chocolate and roasted malt. The booze is a bit present but no way near as much as the other characteristics. The taste is chocolaty, roasty, some dark fruit, and more chocolate. Deep full flavors here. Fucking fantastic. The mouthfeel is also blowing me away. Viscous oil like liquid sticks to my palate and pastes the flavors. Overall, this is a beast stout that is full bodied and massively flavored. Bravo CCB. Looking forward to this awaiting Hunahpu's

10-13-2011 20:51:50 | More by ChugginOil
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Marshal Zhokov '11 bottle with the new label poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A: This is the thickest beer I have ever seen. Completely like motor oil. Basically no head on pour, but with swirl its a supreme dark brown tan color. Tons of lacing, almost like syrup. The head color is like nothing I have ever seen either. Special brew.

S: Lots of chocolate from the nose. Faint coffee, but not as pronouced as I was expecting. Some dark fruits, but mostly chocolates and roasted malts.

T: Wow, that is a smooth smooth RIS! Freakin' delicious beer. No coffee in the taste. Bitterness from the chocolate, lots of dark but some milk chocolate. Long finish. You really don't get any booze, it's completely masked.

M: Very much a full bodied beer. Mouth coated by the oil.

O: A. I really liked this one a lot. It's up there for my on the non-BA RIS that I have had. Can't wait to try the Hunahpu's and some of the BA variations of this one.

10-11-2011 15:29:49 | More by inlimbo77
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ryanonline

Florida

3.8/5  rDev -12.8%

very very dark, pitch black with the darkest tan you can get without it just being brown in the head. huge lacing.

chocolate, espresso and a touch of resinous pine coming from the hops.

ooh, this one is thick and deep. lots of roast and char with some coffee and chocolate but a very bitter piney finish. a touch too sweet though.

the mouthfeel is amazingly creamy and full bodied yet it still retains a certain smoothness, for an 11% alcohol beer, it is masked very well.

wonderful beer, could use some aging though.

10-11-2011 04:53:10 | More by ryanonline
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JayS2629

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured jet black with thick, dark mocha head that fades slowly into rich, creamy rings. Sticky black legs like molasis run down the edges of the glass. Beautiful.

Bold, rich, roasted coffee punches through dark chocolate, molasis, over-ripe plums and dark cherry notes. Hints of vanilla, tobacco and licorice fade into some warm, inviting, rum fumes in the finish.

Dark chocolate and molasis balanced with roasted malts and black coffee create a background for dark fruit notes of cherry, figs, and plum. Hints of vanilla, dark cola, tobbacco and licorice. Earthy hops balance rum notes in the finish to create a complex and enjoyable beer.

Rich, syrupy, smooth and silky. Warming. Thick and sticky.

Super rich, complex, enjoyable imperial stout. Defninite warming sipper to share on a cold night.

10-10-2011 20:00:41 | More by JayS2629
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BoosPackage

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours jet black with a beautiful tan/medium brown head. Awesome lacing. Smell is inviting with immediate bittersweet chocolat, coffee, and a little booze. Taste definitely delivers on these but with a dark fruit sweetness, maybe plum? Very impressive imp stout from Cigar City.

10-10-2011 16:30:44 | More by BoosPackage
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hmf05

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured pretty black and left a small head that quickly dissipated. The aroma was coffee, chocolate, plums, cherries, black currant, and a hint of rubbing alcohol. The taste was just like the smell. Sweet dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate dominated. Pretty smooth going down but there is a hint of alcohol. Overall, a great RIS. The alcohol taste is noticeable and probably the only thing wrong with this beer, but at 11.5% what do you expect?

10-09-2011 18:17:50 | More by hmf05
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

'11 Vintage poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip. Thanks to Cigar City for this one!

A- Pitch black, slick like oil. The head is the most beautiful dark chestnut color I've ever seen on a beer, leaves streaks of thick lacing down the glass.

S- Sweet coffee mixed with dark chocolate. Molasses. Toffee with a hint of alcohol at the end.

T- Divine. Blackstrap molasses. Bittersweet dark chocolate/cocoa nibs. Toffee, mild alcohol hidden very well. Almost tastes like blackberry on the finish.

M- Juicy and thick. I like my stouts like I like my men. Lingers on the palate for an amazing bittersweet feel on the tongue.

O- One of the greatest Imperial Stouts I've ever had, could drink this every day. Cigar City, I fucking love you

10-04-2011 01:33:52 | More by GrindFatherBob
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Holland

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Had it on tap at the brewery. Review from notes.

A: thick, syrup-like look with thin lacing after the small head disappears. Not much to say about highlights - maybe a very dark brown.

S: smells of coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malts and grains, some sweetness, and a faint alcohol smell as it warmed past 50.

T: mostly the same as smell, with slightly burnt sugar added.

M: deliciously smooth, with some carbonation to balance it, but it's thick. What do you expect?

O: great beer, only wish it was less expensive and more available. It was $12 or $15 at the brewery, and I have not seen it elsewhere.

10-03-2011 18:51:46 | More by Holland
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -13.3%

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a tulip

Thanks to Jebus3513

Holy thickness. This pours like ink black motor oil. A thick dark brown head with purple hues rises to fill the glass beautifully. I can't get over how dark the color of the head is. Oily brown coating on the glass when swirled.

Intense aroma of espresso, black licorice, dark chocolate, oak, sweet sticky toffee and blackstrap molasses. I wasn't expecting this to be so sweet on the nose.

Even more intense flavors going on here. It's taking me a few sips to really wrap my head around it and give my palate a chance to acclimate.

Molasses and licorice are heavy, while sticky toffe, dark syrupy chocolate and espresso all come in equal waves. Overall, a sweet flavor profile. The roast is low. Very imbalanced and a little tough for me to handle.

Thick, full, rich body with minimal carbonation. Very smooth and luxurious. Awesome mouthfeel for such an intense stout.

This has some really good elements, but the molassess sweetness didn't resonate too well with me. A very good beer, I can appreciate that, but not one of my favorites in the style.

10-03-2011 14:31:04 | More by ColForbinBC
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -29.4%

Poured into a snifter on 10/2/11

It appears to be dated July 13th, 2011

Many thanks to PDXHops for the chance to try this

This has to be the darkest beer I've ever seen poured. It's such a thick, sludgy drizzle and almost jet black even before getting comfortable in the glass. I had to aggravate the pour after a few moments of nary a wisp of foam; by the time I was done there was about an inch and a half of hot chocolate colored foam in it's smooth "might as well be nitro" glory. The head drops to a much thinner layer. It looked like a lot of lace would catch but alas, that isn't the case. Some webbed lace does hold on the second pour.

The aroma is just as loud as the appearance, though I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing in this case. Seems like there is just too much concentration of intense aromas. Viciously burnt and scorched chocolate lead off and is had in droves. Some overly tangy roasted notes are worked in, too. I love burnt, charred and roasted qualities in beer, but this is just a bit over the top. Nips of butter toffee and burnt coffee dregs occasionally make known their presence. Has a bit of acidity that calls to mind something akin to tomato paste; oh, you've come to visit me again, tomato paste aromatics. Meh. At least there's no indication of the 11% abv.

Come sippin' time the flavors are all sorts of heavy-handed. Lots of burnt chocolate sit atop notes of coffee dregs and burnt molasses. Earthy and a tad nutty at times (though admittedly, both are hardly the focal point here). Tangy dark fruit tones, most notable is prune. Hints of raisins. While this certainly has a faint amount of sugary sweetness, it isn't disgustingly sweet. That said, it's something of a burnt mess regardless; it just doesn't fully tip the scale to burnt, sweet mess. Not that it's all that far off, though. The sugars start to take a more prominent stance as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is every bit as thick and heavy as everything else about this beer. This is a massively heavy beer. Interestingly enough, it isn't overly viscous or slick with alcohol. Once again, I'm impressed with how hot this beer isn't. Carbonation is working overtime to move this beer and succeeds without being too vigorous for the style; indeed, there is a rolling feel to the carbonation which adds a puffiness (not that this beer needs anything to bolster it's overall feel). Heck, by the end of the glass this has an almost creamy feel. Finishes roasty and tangy with a hint of cocoa but the finish is comparatively clean, considering.

I find this beer to be a toss up of some good things and bad things without ever swinging terribly far in either direction. For whatever reason, the 11% abv doesn't strike me as such; it's not hot and, to be honest, it isn't even warming. Even still, this beer is a bit much, even for me. I finished a good 3/4ths of the bottle but wanted to cut my caloric losses at that point.

10-03-2011 04:29:59 | More by Ryan011235
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -5.3%

750 ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. Thanks Kevin for sharing this.

A- Pours a thick dark black body, ½ finger tan chocolate head, nice lacing, very opaque, decent carbonation.
S-The aroma is very nice, cocoa, dark malts, vanilla, some brown sugar, big roasted notes, coffee, caramel.
T- The taste is very similar to the aroma, cocoa, chocolate, hints of vanilla, brown sugar, nice roasted coffee comes out as well, caramel, slight dark fruits (cherries, plums) dark malts.
M- Big mouth feel, thick body, well carbonated, smooth drinking.
O- This beer was enjoyable, I have yet to come across a CCB beer that was a disappointment, I would love to revisit this beer some time down the road.

10-03-2011 03:36:51 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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Demer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into my snifter. This beer is huge. Its pitch black with a deep dark brown head that stays the entire time in glass. Tons of lacing. The head is clumpy and awesome. You just know this is a serious beer just by looking at it.

The nose on this once is all roasted malty goodness. Theres some mocha and coffee thrown in to for good measure.

The taste on this beer is awesome. Roasted malts with some sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses. I also get some vanilla. This beer is motor oil thick.

Overall Im glad I have a few more bottles of this laying around. It is a great beer. I enjoyed every sip from first to last. This one is world class.

10-01-2011 14:52:57 | More by Demer
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.53/5  rDev -42%

A: Pours inky black with no activity. Just a thin layer of foam on the top that very quickly dissipates to a reddish-brown ring.

S: Dominant aroma of blackstrap molasses, with some notes of vanilla, green pepper, and licorice.

T: I'm trying to pick out individual flavors, but it's just something of a muddy "dark" flavor. The biggest thing that stands out is that weird green pepper note. Cocoa powder in the aftertaste. As it warms, a bit more chocolate comes out, but there's also an acrid note that becomes more noticeable.

M: Quite astringent and drying. Virtually no carbonation. A bit cloying.

O: This beer doesn't really come together for me. It's big and bold, but in a muddled and indistinct way, and there's some peculiar notes that I find off-putting (green pepper?). Definitely not one of my top choices of the style.

10-01-2011 05:26:55 | More by kscaldef
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%

It was just another Tuesdaynight at my crib when Jeffo brought two monster beers to share. You da man, Jeff!

A pour into my snifter scared the crap out of me. It's black, thick, mean. Is this dried blood? A nice one finger head leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The dark roasted malts on the nose, the peaty and coffee scents have gotten me excited to taste this beer.

Flavors are BOOM, in your face. As promised by the nose peaty, coffee and dark roasted malts but also a nice hoppy and chocolate bitterness.

Motoroil for the mouth. It's thick and it's beautifull. It has perfect carbonation. It feels perfect for such a big stout.

Thanks Jeffo for what might be one of the best stouts ever. EVER!

and you know what's really cool? Jeffo also brought over a Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov.

09-28-2011 11:23:48 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.