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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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Ratings: 2,021
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,058
Gots: 701 | 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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4/5  rDev -8.5%

BrewtalAlement, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Stiggy, Dec 29, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade from bryanole27.. thanks man!
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout has been a long time want of mine.

Appearance: Served appropriately in my Cigar City snifter - Marshal Zhukov's glugs from it's 750mL bottle with such viscosity that comparisons to motor oil become inevitable.. the head on this thing is a foreboding espresso color. It's also impenetrable to light; completely opaque and one of the darkest beers I've ever seen.

Smell: charred malt with touch of mustiness; there's that uniquely British hop aroma in there as well.

Taste: a bunch of dark chocolate along with some dark toffee, espresso, and molasses.. the finish is what sets this beer apart though - it's surprisingly earthy and herbal. I remember reading someone's take on Marshal Zhukov's here on Beer Advocate and they used the descriptor "scorched earth." I feel like that illustrates the finish on this one pretty well. It's almost as if there's a dirt like quality to this stout (it sounds bad, but it works!).

Mouthfeel: few beers can rival Zhukov's density.. it's borderline chewy. The carbonation level is low, allowing for a smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: I'm really glad I finally got to try this one.. If I were still living in Florida, I would pick up a couple bottles every August when it's released.

BlastBeats, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

13esd, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

whartontallboy, Dec 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mdillon86, Dec 25, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

aleslover, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

funkel81, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

rowingbrewer, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

gregmoscetti, Dec 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

THECPJ, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dvelcich for bringing this and the Humidor version.

A - Pours back, mocha-colored head, very thick and viscous.

S - Sweet dark fruits, slight char, burnt sugars, nice level of roast, chocolate. Pretty sweet, sweeter then expect, really. The chocolate and burnt sugars really stand out and create the high level of sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. Very sweet, chocolate, burnt sugars, char, roast, dark fruits. The alcohol is barley noticeable, which is impressive for such a fresh version and 11.5%. Impressive.

M - Full, rich and viscous, creamy oak finish.

O - A really good RIS. Perhaps a bit too sweet to enjoy in large amounts, but still, very good and enjoyable. Would def have again, if offered. I would like to try a bottle with some age on it to see if the sweetness dies down at all. Very good.

Sean9689, Dec 19, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

991st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 ML

Thanks to Spydfire83 for this gift.
*Shared by those at MrHirschybars*

App- When I look at nostalgia items in a antique store and see those old Mobil cans from the 50's, this is the liquid I imagined would be flowing out of it. Pure black motor oil with a huge viscous body to it. Not the semi-transparent oil we use today. This also produced a small one finger dark roasted looking brown head with some nice cling lines.

Smell- This opened like a good hot cast iron pan roasting nuts for the holidays. A little bit of the nuts come in and then a little bit of the wafting smoke from the fire comes up. A bit of liquid chocolate and then a little bit of the malts on a final pull.

Taste- So far for me, CCB has been hit and miss. I was really afraid this would be like Hunaphus and I wouldn't like it. Not the case. A very good large stout with a lot of flavors and layer wrinkles to make us beer geeks happy. Not as smooth as some, not as flavorful as some. But very well done with large quantities of chocolate, roast, smoke, coffee and some dark dark fruits. (←, this was very minimal)

Mouth- A thick body with a low carbonation level. Dark chocolate, coffee and roast after taste. A good feel but not as creamy as I would like it to be.

Drink- This was a good treat. I am glad I decided to open this one up for everyone and it got rave reviews from the group. A solid, large, not overly complex but still very multi-faceted beer. I would love to have this one again.

FosterJM, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

ChrisPro, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

acurtis, Dec 18, 2011
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3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been wanting to try this for some time now.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter, Marshal Zhukov’s is as thick as they come. With the consistency of the unchanged sludgy oil of an obsolete model WWI-era tank, this Russian Imperial Stout promises to be a slow sipper already. The head cascades upwards with the pour to produce a wonderfully dark foam cap the color of fudge. This slowly fades back into the blackness of the brew beneath. The foamy head is thicker than the ranks of the Russian infantry. Lacing is intermittent but thick – a wall of opposition rushing to meet the opposing perfection of the glass. But glass grows brittle in cold; the Germans are being staved off with the aid of Marshal Zhukov.

The aroma on this behemoth brew is deep and robust. Roast is like careening grapeshot – explosive and devastating. Hidden within that grapeshot is the seed of fruit aroma – berry and raisin. There’s an interesting mustiness lingering in this beer, one that makes one think that there are some English counterparts to the Red Army pent up inside the bottle. There is also a ton of sweetness to consider here – coffee cake and fudge and all of the sweet sticky residuals of unfermented body-enhancing malt sugars.

If the aroma is the artillery clearing a path to victory, then the flavor is the general infantry’s sound to charge. Dark fudge and bitter char render your palate a wasteland – just as any long-used battlefield becomes through history. There’s some ashiness going on, but the density of the beer helps to mediate an attribute that can be a bit drying and gritty in other beers. The biggest thing of note though, is the sweetness. It’s a great treat to sip on, but it can be a bit much to take in at times as well. The mouthfeel is thick and silky with moderately low carbonation. The alcohol – clocking in at 11% – is never as oppressive as the Axis opposition, but it does creep up on you and also adds as another limiting factor on the beer’s drinkability.

Overall a really nice Russian Imperial Stout, this Marshal Zhukov’s… I highly recommend sharing with comrades; it’s big, bold, heavy, and sweet. Definitely borders on overly rich and filling at times... I would really enjoy trying this barrel aged though!

Spider889, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

cadaugherty, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

fortheunheard, Dec 17, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin mocha head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of burnt malt in the nose along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste is very malty with flavors of chocolate and has a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels very full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is one that needs to be sipped, but the taste is interesting enough to make you want to slowly savor.

metter98, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

cfh64, Dec 17, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I would love to get to my review, and I will, but now I must say that the Marshal is the most intimidating looking beer I have ever seen. It pours like motor oil; I almost had to shake the bottle to get it out. What came out was this viscous black liquid with a head the color of over chocloted milk. That extremely thick head sticks around nicely. Holy hell im in for hell.

Smells barrel aged. Smooth whiskey and bourbon notes are intertwined with vanilla, roasted malts, and touches of dark chocolate. The deep coffee roasted malts balance out a little more than usual with BA stouts, I like it.

Does not taste overly barrel aged. Its very balanced. Its kind of hard to pin down exactly what I wanna say here. The taste is mostly the roasted malt, but its not like one flavor really takes over. I get hints of oats, black chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. To add another layer of thickness, the molasses comes in, and holy shit. Its like what I used to put on biscuits.

The body isnt really as heavy as the pour might have led you to believe. Its thick. That molasses just makes it feel like used motor oil.

The best part of this beer is that the flavors all explode into your palate upon drinking. Its like one doesnt want to be the first to give up. I keep feeling the smooth notes from the oak, but the dark chocolate comes in. Then the chewy malt comes in. Its like no one wants to the first out. Its rather nice.

Thanks heatwave33! Guava Grove Saison up next!

VncentLIFE, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Discordian, Dec 15, 2011
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,021 ratings.