1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,867 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,867
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 646 | FT: 46
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,867 | Reviews: 472 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AndyAvalanche
AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.64/5  rDev +6.4%

1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. The liquid portion comes out black like motor oil only it's not separated. As the liquid rises in the glass it consumes all light that it touches in the glass with absolutely zero highlights. There is a dark brown foaming head with large air pockets bubbling up to the top. It sort of looks like a melted hershey chocolate bar as the head at first. It sort of transcends its way separating itself from the liquid. By the end when it settles there's a frothy head with small and medium bubbles, excellent lacing. A truly amazing looking Russian Imperial Stout, if you were to drink this regularly you would be dissapointed the way other beers look.

Smell is pretty direct to the point. Nice malt bomb with lots of dark chocolate, but uniquly not too bitter, a little sweet. There are also some aromas of espresso or dark roasted coffee and hints of sweet licorice. Slight hints of some earthy, grassy hops. My main knock on the aroma is compared to everything else about this beer, it's not that strong, can't quite figure out why.

Taste makes up in power where the aromas lack. Huge amounts of dark and other various types of chocolate, both but I'd say slightly more sweet than bitter. A bit of dark coffee and some sweet licorice again. There's also some dark fruits like sweet candied figs and raisons and I swear I'm even picking up some subtle hints of toasted shaved coconut. Hop profile is much stronger here, almost like candy coated mild hops, mild sweet citrus and some pine. Probably should've said this earlier, but there seems to be some honey flavors too. Like in addition to all of the dark roasted malts there's a little bit of a pale caramel malt glazed with honey. To cap it off there's a very subtle smokey flavor, not overwhelming at all. This beer is loaded with flavor!

Mouthfeel is great, no doubt a full bodied pretty heavy beer, a nice long lingering flavor. Nice moderate carbonation level, small bubbles tickle your mouth most of the way through. Silky smooth with a nice bitter finish that isn't too try or too gritty. Nice flavorful beer that's excellent the whole way through. A crazy good sipper that's super decadent, but drinkable enough for any stout lover to enjoy on their own, but I'd recommend sharing, even though I'm being selfish right now and not!

03-24-2014 22:50:42 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of basili1250
basili1250

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-24-2014 19:42:47 | More by basili1250
Photo of bleeps
bleeps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-24-2014 17:32:23 | More by bleeps
Photo of backbaybrewer
backbaybrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-24-2014 13:35:28 | More by backbaybrewer
Photo of Eric15
Eric15

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-24-2014 13:10:16 | More by Eric15
Photo of planbee
planbee

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

03-24-2014 04:22:01 | More by planbee
Photo of calivessel
calivessel

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2014 19:05:29 | More by calivessel
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%

2013 release. Thanks to my friend, Matt, for cracking this open for us!
L - pitch black with a tall chocolatey brown head
S - boozy and rich with chocolate, coffee, roasted barley
T - dark chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, fairly sweet and boozy
F - full bodied and creamy
O - upper echelon RIS. Really solid stuff from a brewery I wish was distributed to IL. Glad I had the chance to try this!

03-23-2014 18:28:15 | More by barnzy78
Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
iwanatalk2sampson

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2014 18:04:45 | More by iwanatalk2sampson
Photo of greenspointexas
greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-23-2014 15:16:39 | More by greenspointexas
Photo of Kevincredible
Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-23-2014 11:52:30 | More by Kevincredible
Photo of Ela
Ela

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-23-2014 02:09:32 | More by Ela
Photo of JesseLara
JesseLara

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-23-2014 01:38:08 | More by JesseLara
Photo of dunlap926
dunlap926

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

03-22-2014 16:24:56 | More by dunlap926
Photo of facundoCNB
facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%

A thick jet black pour with dirt brown head. Smells roasty, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, charred. The flavor is spot on with aroma. A delicious charred flavor with enough sweetness to balance out, and a bit of soy sauce. Thick full body with low carbonation.
An excellent stout. Glad I got ahold of one, and looking forward to someday trying huna.

03-22-2014 12:07:45 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of dspinler
dspinler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2014 11:59:10 | More by dspinler
Photo of Doh-Kay
Doh-Kay

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-22-2014 02:44:50 | More by Doh-Kay
Photo of carmike813
carmike813

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-21-2014 03:09:34 | More by carmike813
Photo of carrionricardo
carrionricardo

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-20-2014 18:49:15 | More by carrionricardo
Photo of Johnny58
Johnny58

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-20-2014 18:04:18 | More by Johnny58
Photo of terranostra86
terranostra86

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-19-2014 00:29:36 | More by terranostra86
Photo of gcamparone
gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 25 oz bomber into a cigar city snifter. Thank you FLBrew for this guy!

Appearance - Pours a thick, oily, opaque black body with a nice 2 finger milk chocolate colored head that reduces very slowly to release those delicious aromas at a slow pace.

Smell - Strong, potent aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, molasses, toasted marshmallows, and coffee beans fill the air. Really inviting.

Taste - Let this one warm up for the flavors to come out. The first flavors to touch the tongue are bold coffee with cream, milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses.. these flavors develop into deep roasty notes, including cocoa, really dark chocolate, roasted malt. The aftertaste is charred and delicious.

Mouthfeel - Thick, rich, and savory. I enjoyed this over a 2 hour period and the flavors and thickness got better as it warmed.

This is what an imperial stout should taste like.. perfectly balanced, rich, complex, flavorful. Doesn't need a barrel or a boat load of crazy ingredients to make it world class.

03-18-2014 01:15:20 | More by gcamparone
Photo of zachary80
zachary80

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -5%

Pours pitch black, great lacing, very good head that fades but stays stronger than normal.

Smells fairly average for an imperial stout.

Taste is heavy roast - a little rough but still pleasing.

Very heavy mouthfeel - one of the heaviest, and fits well with the flavor.

Overall a great beer but not my favorite IS.

03-18-2014 01:06:18 | More by zachary80
Photo of imyourhero21
imyourhero21

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-17-2014 20:51:15 | More by imyourhero21
Photo of GABrew
GABrew

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-17-2014 01:56:15 | More by GABrew
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,867 ratings.