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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,025
Gots: 670 | FT: 51
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

JayAre46, Nov 27, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a .750 bottle into a goblet.

Appears as dark as midnight. Pure motor oil. Super viscous with a small creamy bubbly head.

Smells very boozy... There's a sting to the nostrils. There's a trace if anise and some coffee. There might be a subtle scent of coffee underneath it all.

Tastes like dark chocolate brownies. Much less coffee and licorice in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is super thick and a mouth filler. It exits quietly and without too much if a booze burn.

Overall I'm impressed with this beer. It's a thick one and a slow sipper that carries its booze well.

Yagman3000, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

hiphopipa, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

cosmonick, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Pete27lax
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2011 bottle on 11/25/11

The look of this beer is the perfect view of an RIS in my opinion. A sludgy, oil like pour comes out with a solid 1 finger head. The word black simply doesn't do this beer justice, incredibly dark and dense. Fantastic appearance.

Smell was great as well. Very sweet, molasses is there upfront. Roasty coffee and chocolate are there but take a back seat to the sweet molasses. A tiny bit of the alcohol is present but expected due to the abv.

Taste, though very good as well, was the low point in this beer. (which is definitely not a negative comment) Roasted notes are very noticeable, especially in the after taste. Taste is extremely sweet, dark fruits and molasses. Chocolate also adds to the sweetness. I also have to note how there is no trace of alcohol in the taste which is very impressive.

Can't say enough about the mouthfeel. This is what my ideal RIS feels like. Thick, dense, sticky, all the way through. Really stays on your palate for a while which is just great. I have yet to try a stout with a mouthfeel as impressive as Zhukov (though I have yet to try Dark Lord).

Overall one of my favorite RIS to date. Great all the way through and can't wait to see how this does with some age!

Pete27lax, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

ryancorn, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

daveytheformer, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

happy5930, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

vonburgey, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share, thanks tbadiuk! From notes.

A: As dark as the night is black. Not a hint of light. Dark tan head, light lacing.
S: The nose just hammers you with molasses, with underlying hints of liquorice.
T: Sticky sweet, with tons of molasses and burnt sugar. Did not develop and complexity is lacking, A sweet molasses bomb of a beer.
M: Sticky and the sweetness just lingers forever on the palate.
O: Comes across as an imperial sweet stout. If you like sweet stouts, you'll likely like this, but I found it overpoweringly molasses dominated. It is rare I have a RIS where I don't get any roasted notes...

kjyost, Nov 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

MrVonzipper, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

leschkie, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Exiled, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Callmecoon, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of CruisaC
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this year's release in a recent trade. Poured into my Rodenbach snifter.

Pours very thick, oily even. I was impressed to be honest. A nice dark brown head forms and lingers. Coats the glass as it swirls around.

Smells sweet, sticky, vinous, almost port-like actually. Plums, dark fruits, raisins.

Wow---very impressed. I was expecting more coffee-forward as many RISs are. This was not what I was expecting; in a good way. Nice berry presence with a finish of dark chocolate.

Very creamy and viscous.

Overall better than I was expecting. Makes me want to go out and trade for a Hunaphus. And a Nielsborhium while I'm at it.

CruisaC, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Amalak, Nov 21, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

azureoval, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

ShawnMH, Nov 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

hopluva1, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

LaCoursiere, Nov 19, 2011
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.