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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: 2,078
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,068
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

hopslam11, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Skrypt, Oct 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

corysmith01, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thx to velcrogrip.

Appearance: This pours just like Hunahpu(duh!), with a small tan head that hugs the perimeter of the glass; it's black as night as you'd expect. This shit pours thicker than any other. Just viscous as anything I've seen.

Smell: Faint roasted malt, extra bitter chocolate, hints of coffee, graham cracker. There's hardly anything to smell, it's all very faint. No horse blanket : (

Taste: Holy crap, you'd never see that flavor profile coming from that smell. Definitely not indicative. Right off the bat is that faint graham cracker thing that you get in the nose(which sets this apart from most, imo)roasted malt, chocolate, and then some hop bitterness. Finish is chocolate that fades into hop bitterness. Definitely great.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, viscous, huge. Hunahpu is the most viscous stout I've ever had, and this is right there with it(makes sense).

Overall: One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Just well done, viscous as hell and it has the graham cracker x factor going for it. Win.

PsilohsaiBiN, Oct 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Prospero, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

redblacks75, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of dar482
4.88/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a deep black color with very dark chocolate brown head.

The aroma is huge of sweet sweet caramel and toffee notes. Lots of licorice, a touch of smokiness, chocolate, hoppy wood character, dark fruit.

The flavor follows with a thick sticky rolling amount of bittersweet chocolate with a bit of coffee. There's then lots sweet toffee notes and then a kick of bitterness on the end that cleans the beer up. It's extremely complex as it rolls of coffee, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, and a balanced, but strong hop character. Touches of smoke, licorice, molasses.

A full, but clean and smooth mouthfeel.

One of best non-barrel aged imperial stout I've had.

Having had '13 and '12 of this, I can say I prefer it fresher. It just had more complexity and brightness to it.

The beer reminds me of Founders Imperial, but sweetness and more balanced.

dar482, Oct 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

kayakandbeer, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

caponeduke, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

jnardone235, Oct 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadhiker, Oct 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

MWolverines66, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Hanzo, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of timc100
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fresh 2013 vintage.

Pours the darkest black I have ever seen from a beer, even more the Hunahpu's - actually looks like motor oil. The head is very dense and creamy - burnt heavy roast mocha. It leaves a dark mocha stain on the glass with dense lacing. Astoundingly beautiful beer. The aroma is phenomenally - can already tell this is in a whole new league . Sticky molasses, tons of dark fruits - raisins, plums - decadent chocolate; followed by heavily roasted oily espresso beans, cherry, and some vanilla and very slight graham cracker sweetness. It tastes just as big as it smells with the most viscous mouthfeel possible without it being a shake. Very bitter and aggressive - the cherry, vanilla, and dark fruits become more pronounced with warmth.

This is truly an outstanding beer - hands down the most impressive imperial stout that has not been barrel aged or aged with extra ingredients. It has less espresso and more dark fruits than anticipated - kind of like a baltic porter/imperial stout blend. When comparing it to hunahpu it is very difficult because they are two completely different beasts - there are great aspects of this beer that did not shine through Huna. If I could, I would have both of these beers in the cellar at all times.

timc100, Oct 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

beer-thirty, Oct 06, 2013
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Lantern, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

OC_Beer_Fan, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

mikeincharleston, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

BeahDrinkah, Oct 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ChrisMetcalfe, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Nolen12, Oct 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Yeti1979, Oct 03, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a generous BA for this awesome extra! Pours as one of the darkest beers I've seen in a long time. Motor oil black with a DARK mocha-colored head. Scent is packed heavy with chocolate, coffee, and more chocolate. Chocolate cake with a hint of dark fruits, and rich, roasted coffee. Lots of roasted malt. Taste is just as it smells, and man is this beer rich! I thought Speedway Stout was a rich imperial stout that was available regularly, but apparently Florida has some other stuff going on. : ) Mouthfeel is FULL BODIED and rich with a bit of chalkiness. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is top notch! Rich and complex. Not much more you could ask for in an RIS. FANTASTIC beer!

DovaliHops, Oct 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,078 ratings.