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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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2,082 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,082
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,066
Gots: 713 | FT: 59
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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%

dlello2, Apr 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

averagejake872, Apr 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to injuredreserve for the bottle. Shared with Bilco and angrybabboon

Appearance: Thick, dark, and massive. Pours like motor oil and sludge. So very still. No head. Syrupy and viscous. I've poured some big stouts, but this might be the scariest thing I've ever seen come out of a bottle.

Smell: Char. So very burnt. It's charred and aggressive. Smoke and more smoke. Meat ends. Turn up the grill and burn those malts. Sweetness is in your face. Alcohol pulls through, but is quickly subdued by the all out malt assault. Coffee and cocoa. Holy hell. Some vanilla and dark fruit. It's all about the char.

Taste: Unrelenting malt aggression. Burnt, charred, and sweet. Somehow they've achieved Maillard reaction flavors. Did they cook this with a blow torch? Bitter cocoa and some fresh coffee. Meat and a mellow roasted compliment. It's confusing. Plums and raisins. Cherry. Waves of flavor and depth. Complex and then some.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, slick, and full. It's beastly. So very heavy. Carbonation is almost non-existent. So much body.

Overall: This transcends the levels of normality. We're talking about something that fringes on a solid. It's a beast and a half. So much char that a bottle would be impossible to drink alone. Bring your friends and be astounded.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of TheBeerologist
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Jackie O's snifter

A: This poured thick and black like used motor oil - one of the darkest/thickest beers I have seen. A thin, dark brown head lingered for several minutes.

S: Sweet and pleasant. I am typically not one to love too sweet of a stout so at first it was a bit much. Strong scents of molasses with a touch of dark fruit and vanilla.

T: Molasses and figs up front with a really nice roasted malt finish which balances the sweetness perfectly for me. A fantastic amount of complexity among the flavors - some coffee, some chocolate, some dark cherries. A great tasting RIS all around.

M: Well carbonated, maybe even a little much for me, but not over the top. Thick, creamy, and syrupy as well, possibly the thickest stout I have tried.

O: A great RIS - I am looking forward to aging one and trying it a bit down the road. I really wish I had regular access to this one year round as it would definitely keep me happy through the winters.

TheBeerologist, Apr 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

eawolff99, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was very impressed with this one.

A: Large, extremely dark colored head, almost ashy. Head displayed fantastic retention eventually settling leaving ample thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, semi-sweet scents, vanilla notes, some dark fruit hints, and molasses.

T: Dark chocolate, hints of cherry, bits of toffee. The fruit undertones persist and add a pleasurable complexity to the overall experience. Espresso flavors show up just in time for the beers finale.

M: Thick, well carbonated, creamy.

O: I found this beer to be very good, just shy of another Cigar City stout, Hunahpu's.

tjkinate, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of EricCioe
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours deep black, one of the most viscous looking beers I've ever seen, which surprised me given the Huna that we had right before this. On the nose there is a giant roast component, dark fruit and vanilla and molasses. This is a very sweet beer. In the mouth the roast provides a base for molasses, dark fruit, and some smoke to play around on. The body is thick, one of the thickest I've ever experienced, with a long finish of the various flavors fading together.

Overall, I'd drink this over Huna all day long. There is enough going on in this beer, and to me Huna pushes all those flavors over the edge. While you can't call this balanced, for a big stout everything sits well together.

EricCioe, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

djtomain, Apr 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

DanGolfs86, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

HopsJunkiedotcom, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

KnightRider, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

laxer8811, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ales4baldo, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I forget who opened this...perhaps Dunt? Thanks to whoever!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a completely black color and thicker viscosity. About half finger of tan head.

Smell – Sweet chocolate and cocoa, roasted malts, char, coffee, and brown sugar.

Taste – A nice roasted flavor up front mixed with a nice milky chocolate flavor. Slight toffee and hops come through in the middle and a hint of coffee at the end.

Mouthfeel – Nice and chewy, thicker bodied, finishes a bit dry.

Overall – A great stout and one I’d hope to have again.

SpdKilz, Apr 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Morey, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

closisinthehouse, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Satchboogie, Apr 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a tulip. Courtesy of moose3285...thanks Mike!

A- Pours an oil slick black. Chugs out of the bottle. This is the darkest beer I've ever seen. Head is a dark mocha brown...leaves a huge brown film/legs when swirled.

S- Huge. First smell is of dark cacao powder, figs, and raisins. Scents of molasses, roasted malt/coffee. Alcohol is present, but not in a stinging way..I feel like it lends a hand to the sweetness. I pick up some licorice and vanilla on the back end as well. Very complex and I'm sure there are more notes that I just can't pick out individually.

T- First taste is of sweet dark fruits - figs and cherries mostly. Mid-palate I get more dark fruity notes...mostly raisins but coupled with a touch of bittering hops. Huge coffee/espresso finish...lasts forever. Somewhere in there I get the smell/flavor of a fresh pouch of Beechnut. Easily the most complex non-BA RIS I've had.

M- Thick and chewy with adequate carbonation. One of bigger stouts I've had as far as feel goes.

O- As previously stated, this is the best non-BA RIS I've had. The flavor is so incredibly complex and powerful that I almost doubt there were no additives (i.e. coffee) to this. I will definitely be seeking this out again.

stxSS07, Apr 01, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
2011 version, but no specific dates or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a viscous, viscous, opaque jet black, with 2 plus fingers width of bubbly yet dense, dark,  chocolate ice cream colored head.  This is the darkest head I've seen on a beer, ever.   Great retention, and takes minutes to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  Leaves a decent amount of lacing.  Amazing looking beer.

S: Very aromatic from the moment I opened the bottle.  Big dark fruit characters with tons of fig and some raisin.  There are even notes of unripe sour plums.  Chocolate aroma is present as well, along with some roasted malt and toffee notes.  The alcohol presence is noticeable but not negatively so.  There is a wood oaky aroma as well.  Lots going on with the nose, but dark fruits are the most prominent.  Very nice.

T: Initial sip gives roasted malts and dark fruit sweetness.  Other flavors noted are fig,  an oak flavor thats bourbon like, milk chocolate,  a nutty character, bitter bakers chocolate on the back end, and even a hint of coconut at one point. Early on its almost too sweet, but as it warms the sweetness is balanced by other flavors including hops and roasted malt, and an earthy grassy flavor.  The flavor profile is complex, with large variations from sip to sip.  Very good.

M/D: Silky smooth, very nice.  A very chewy mouthfeel and does a great job of coating the palate.  About as full bodied as you can get.  Carbonation is very minimal, in a good way, which makes the head and retention that much more impressive.  Pretty good drinkability considering how massive this beer is.  

O: Overall, a great beer.  Really top notch.  Actually it's very similar to Hunahpu , except the Hunahpu flavor profile is slightly ( and I mean only slightly) better, and I actually like it more than rum barrel aged Hunahpu.  A great offering that I highly recommend trying if you can get it.

zac16125, Apr 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Deshon2688, Mar 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

RaffyS, Mar 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

atone315, Mar 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

OneBeertoRTA, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of DrWalterWhite
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured on 3/23/12.

A:
Hard pour leaves a caramel colored two finger head over a motor oil base. Outstanding.

S:
Bitter dark chocolate, some coffee and oat notes as well.

T:
Chocolate, bread, toffee, molasses. Very complex.

M:
Wow. Thick. Almost to a fault. Like a frothy glass of half and half in terms of texture.

This an outstanding beer, but I don't know that I'm going to be able to finish the bomber by myself. This thing is THICK. A lot of novice beer drinkers claim that drinking a Guiness is like having a milkshake...well this thing is actually close to it.

DrWalterWhite, Mar 23, 2012
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,082 ratings.