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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: 2,089
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,065
Gots: 715 | FT: 60
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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Ratings: 2,089 | Reviews: 485 | Display Reviews Only:
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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
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

johnbjaeger, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

dasmusik, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

zgunder, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of zep9865
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in another insane tasting with aasher. Poured into New Belgium snifter. Trying to pour this beer is like a wine presentation gone wrong. No matter how you try to pour the beer, you will look like a fool. It gulp gulps out of the bottle like trying to pour motor oil into your car engine. Im immediately interested. Jet black color, any mocha or tan foam head you thought you saw is not really there.

All kinds of roasted barley on the nose with typical stout characteristics. Oatmeal, toffee, a little bit of chocolate. At 11.5, the alcohol is masked well. Don't let me forget raisins.

Beer may be a little sweet, but it is so smooth. I cannot believe that the alcohol is not over-kill. It tastes like a chocolate morsel you've never had b4.

The sweet malt of this beer kills some of the flavors that you should taste, but it is pretty smooth all the way through.

So impressed with this beer. It's like a bedtime snack or breakfast drink b4 a tailgate for those of us who would rather sip on something nice instead of housing light beers. Do it the right way.

zep9865, Nov 19, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this bottle from thagr81us in a past massive trade. Thanks once again Calton!

This bottle was the 2010 vintage. This one pours a blackest of black, motor oil sludge in consistency with absolutely no head or activity. It smells of rich and smooth milk and dark chocolates, featuring both sweet and bitter malt characters with a good amount of coffee. The sweetness is almost Baltic-esque. The flavors are heavy on chocolates, all types of chocolates. Initially I got a good amount of milk chocolate, followed by coffee. It is quickly followed by a dark chocolate bitterness and plenty of roasted malts. It's just really sweet, which takes away from the overall balance. It drinks exceptionally smooth, as one should expect. Overall it's a nice RIS but it is on the sweet side. I can see where Nielsborium got it's sugar from and I can see the base of Hunahpu as well. It's a solid beer, worthy of barrel aging and new additions, but alone it's nothing too special.

aasher, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Scoot1969, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -31.4%

mmcnaughton, Nov 19, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Liquorice and molasses, quite herbal, some roasty chocolate, slight alcohol, a litle bit of smokiness.

L: Thick, black as night, darkest, creamiest head i've ever seen. Solid retention and lacing.

T: Chocolate and malted milk balls up front followed by a dark fruity bitterness. Eases into some additional dark chocolate and coffee before a medium coffee roastiness settles in. Pungent herbalness persists in the finish.

M: Full, creamy body, medium low carbonation. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

Fantastic, a really solid beer. The look of this beer was great and the taste was even better than the aroma. The only thing that brings this down is drinkability, this is a big, quite sweet beer and was a struggle to finish.

bum732, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Mark000, Nov 18, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a thick, viscous blacked out color with a layering of dark browned head. Retains for a bit, some wispy tanned film lies on top, leaving a couple spots of lacing behind.

Very roasty and warm in the nose. Plethora of dark fruits with some candied, sweet notes. A suggestion of cola. Licorice, plum, and dates. Cocoa with caramel and roasted malts. Decent flair of alcohol too.

Roasty and sweet up front. More dark fruit than I was expecting with candied dates and anise notes with a hint of plum. Dark chocolate and cocoa swirled with caramel and heavy, roasted malts. Warm booze and residual sweetness in the finish.

Very thick, viscous, almost oily feel on the tongue, decent carbonation. A really nice imperial stout, although it made me yearn for Hunahpu's.

xnicknj, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

basilcrow, Nov 17, 2011
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,089 ratings.