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

1,921 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,921
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,029
Gots: 674 | FT: 52
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: 1,921 | Reviews: 479 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 750 into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer is pitch black with a slight dark brown head.

Aroma: I'm picking up some coffee, dark chocolate and a roasted almond smell.

Taste: It starts off with some sweet chocolate before giving way to coffee. Its a big beer whose flavors balance the alcohol. It reminds me of ten-fidy which is a good thing.

Feel. Its thick creamy and smooth.

It is a well balanced delicious beer.

1Nrwyscotch, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black with a ruby edging, with no head. Nose of bourbon, coffee, earthy notes, molasses, and booze. Flavors are smooth coffee and chocolate, with a solid booze undertone, char notes, and rich molasses. Wow! Velvety smooth body, with a rich, bittersweet, smooth aftertaste. The finish is slick, with a solid linger. Huge, but drinkable.

GarthDanielson, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of phishterrrrrrr88
4.5/5  rDev +3%

phishterrrrrrr88, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Bbaker0326
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Bbaker0326, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of tripelhops
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

tripelhops, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of KRG
4.5/5  rDev +3%

KRG, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

hollywood_15063, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Nobcefus
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%

Nobcefus, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of pmangold
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

pmangold, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of eyemustard
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

eyemustard, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of johnflyons
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

johnflyons, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of HideYaBeer
5/5  rDev +14.4%

HideYaBeer, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of EvoJoe
4.5/5  rDev +3%

EvoJoe, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Beer21
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Beer21, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Lucoli
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Lucoli, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of threedaggers
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

threedaggers, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of hornsup
4/5  rDev -8.5%

hornsup, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of will_eye_e
5/5  rDev +14.4%

will_eye_e, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of TNeedles
4.5/5  rDev +3%

TNeedles, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of ELS
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Picked up a couple bottles of MZ 2014 and decided to drink one now and cellar the other bottle. I had high expectations for this RIS being a big fan of Cigar City but was underwhelmed. Although it has a nice jet black color and layer of tannish foam the aroma did not appeal to me. Smells very boozy and I pick up some notes of licorice and tobacco but they are overpowered by the boozy smell. The taste again was very boozy which didn't allow me to fully appreciate the chocolate, tobacco and licorice flavors. I also found the bitterness to be too much (I like hoppy beers so it's not that I don't like a bitter beer in general). Again, it overpowers the other flavors and doesn't do much for the balance. I'm going to cellar my second bottle for a year or two and maybe all the flavors will come together and offer a completely different/better beer.

ELS, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CTJman, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of MaximumYuks
4.5/5  rDev +3%

MaximumYuks, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of johnwkraft
4.5/5  rDev +3%

johnwkraft, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Dolfan907
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Dolfan907, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of kbuzz
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

kbuzz, Aug 31, 2014
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.