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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: 1,726
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 969
Gots: 602 | FT: 42
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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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Photo of Treebs
Treebs

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my awesome trading partner Mike (Gushue3) for hooking me up with this long time want. 2011 version, served in a Founders snifter.

A: Holy oil Batman. This guy pours a very viscous jet black with a ridiculous dark brown head that has ridiculous retention. This is what an inviting stout should always look like.

S: Smells of coffee beans, roasted malts and chocolate all fill the nose. It's so heavy that its scent coats the nose. I may have Marshal Zhuokv boogers when this is all said done.

T: Roasted coffee and fudge swarm the mouth with an addition bitter bakers chocolate. There is a nice slight vanilla sweetness on the backend as well.

M: Heavy and rich with flavor. So smooth though and coats the entire mouth and throat with chocolate goodness.

O: This is right up there with Bourbon County as the heaviest stout I've ever drank. Very good brew and loved the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 14:18:46 | More by Treebs
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22Blue

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

11-20-2013 13:17:39 | More by 22Blue
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-02-2013 21:24:02 | More by sliverX
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kristougher

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-02-2013 01:06:28 | More by kristougher
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bcm75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-03-2013 00:43:09 | More by bcm75
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-15-2011 12:10:05 | More by Bilco
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-14-2012 02:49:20 | More by Auror
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Beejay

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to DmanGTR for this brew!

A: It pours like solid black glass, no light can escape this. I am pretty sure the amount of light in the room when down when I poured it since it is absorbing so much of it. It pours thick, and when swirled in the glass it leaves the glass a dark molasses brown. There is no head at all on this, but just a swirl of dark color that collects in a ring on the edges of the glass. Man does it look nice.

S: Very rich and sweet. Notes of burnt caramel and brown sugar, black licorice, dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee cake. Perhaps a bit of dark chocolate or coffee in the finish, but the sweetness is really powerful.

T: Sweet chocolate comes out first, followed by licorice, and a nice roasted flavor. The sweetness and the dry roastiness form a bit of a ying and yang balance. And while the flavor isn't as complex as the aroma, it still tastes nice. Malty, roasty, with a touch of coffee in the finish.

M: Thick mouthfeel, like drinking creamy smooth oil. The carbonation is very low, and helps create that silky feel.

D: Tasty as hell, this is something that could be enjoyed with some nice aged cheese, or maybe a cigar. This is a sipping beer that will for sure sneak up on you. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 04:10:01 | More by Beejay
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Danny1217

Florida

4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black, like ink. You can literally see the thickness of it. Not much head to speak of, but the intensity of the black color speaks in itself. Smells very roasted. Some hops coming through (it is a very fresh bottle, so the hops are all in tact) as well as dark fruits, chocolate, espresso, toffee, and booze. The alcohol on the nose is powerful, and actually frightening. Fortunately, the alcohol is completely hidden beneath the bold flavors. Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, figs, and a floral hop bitterness. Bitter and powerful. Flavorful even as imperial stouts are concerned. Each sip coats my mouth with its deliciousness. A somewhat light carbonation makes it feel so creamy. This beer is viscous and full bodied.

Could be the best RIS I have had. Definitely one of them. I need to find some more of this and see how it does with age.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 04:56:45 | More by Danny1217
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-15-2011 15:00:40 | More by monitorpop
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-09-2012 16:39:31 | More by CEDAMA
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robwestcott

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.3%

01-28-2014 00:10:12 | More by robwestcott
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

10-17-2013 15:18:18 | More by Drucifer
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younger35

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer from both Gibby and tpd975, God bless 'em. Haven't had many brews from Cigar City but they've all been pretty top notch. Drank form my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Easy the darkest brew that I've ever witnessed being poured from a bottle. No cap remains but a pretty thin collar remains along with no lacing.
Pours a dirty motor oil black with a super dark tan head that's so dark it's nearly red.
Smell- Nice and intense as the beer starts with a huge roasted profile that's as close to burnt and charred as you can get. Tons of bitter dark chocolate and raw slightly roasted cocoa nibs. French roast and a touch of vanilla are fairly prevalent before the substantial hoppiness kicks in. They are dank and earthy with a sort of spicy blast that I may have only smelled in an Imperial Stout before in Darkness '08 (not a tasty beer). The alcohol is fairly prevalent too and probably really adds to that spiciness.
Taste- Starts slightly bitter from the super roastiness of the malts. The coffee aspect is fairly large as is the chocolate. It's somewhere between milk chocolate and dark chocolate depending upon the drink I take. Plenty of molasses and cake batter with just a hint of caramel. The hops are fairly aggressive but not as crazy as the nose led me to believe. They are lightly citrusy and somewhat earthy with a fairly medicinal sort of herbal kick. The alcohol is pretty aggressive and warming but nothing that seems to interfere with the overall tastiness of the brew.
Mouthfeel- A fairly large body with a light zip of carbonation that really aids in a the semi creamy, numbing feel.
Drinkability- This is the first true IRS I've had in quite a while and it was very tasty. It's very intense and pretty over the top. I can't wait to see what happens to the other I have stowed away in a couple years. Nice little alcohol punch too, feelin' good. Thanks much guys!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 15:02:13 | More by younger35
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.7%

01-11-2012 23:39:40 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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Paccamacca

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-08-2013 15:54:10 | More by Paccamacca
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

03-23-2012 01:12:21 | More by TonyTalon
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DustinSWB

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

09-29-2013 14:20:43 | More by DustinSWB
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to injuredreserve for the bottle. Shared with Bilco and angrybabboon

Appearance: Thick, dark, and massive. Pours like motor oil and sludge. So very still. No head. Syrupy and viscous. I've poured some big stouts, but this might be the scariest thing I've ever seen come out of a bottle.

Smell: Char. So very burnt. It's charred and aggressive. Smoke and more smoke. Meat ends. Turn up the grill and burn those malts. Sweetness is in your face. Alcohol pulls through, but is quickly subdued by the all out malt assault. Coffee and cocoa. Holy hell. Some vanilla and dark fruit. It's all about the char.

Taste: Unrelenting malt aggression. Burnt, charred, and sweet. Somehow they've achieved Maillard reaction flavors. Did they cook this with a blow torch? Bitter cocoa and some fresh coffee. Meat and a mellow roasted compliment. It's confusing. Plums and raisins. Cherry. Waves of flavor and depth. Complex and then some.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, slick, and full. It's beastly. So very heavy. Carbonation is almost non-existent. So much body.

Overall: This transcends the levels of normality. We're talking about something that fringes on a solid. It's a beast and a half. So much char that a bottle would be impossible to drink alone. Bring your friends and be astounded.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 01:54:41 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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phishbone23

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-22-2013 21:19:41 | More by phishbone23
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-12-2013 16:25:44 | More by coldmeat23
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-22-2013 04:52:45 | More by FUwolfpacker
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Greg (tpd795) for this 750. Fantastic treat. 750 into Bruery tulip.

Pours pitch black, with thin layer of brown head. Nice legs, but little in the way of lacing. Still, an intimidating beer.

Nose is chock full of big, bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit. Hint of a burnt edge, just a bit of alcohol,

Taste is different, but good - big and bold. Big time bittersweet dark fruits, blackstrap molasses, earthy dark chocolate, all with an almost burnt edge to it. Balancing bitterness seems to come almost entirely without a big hop presence. Maybe a bit of alcohol bite, but it's restrained. Finish is long, a bit burnt, lots of earthy bitter chocolate and some dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is nice - more carbonation bite than expected, which I tend to like, creamy as the beer warms, full bodied and then some. No syrupiness at all and only a bit sticky. Long finish is full, a bit burnt but balanced.

Drinkability is quite nice. This one impressed me, as most Cigar City brews have. These guys just know their shit.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 03:13:16 | More by JohnQVegas
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

03-22-2012 02:50:40 | More by zekeman17
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-21-2013 22:11:07 | More by starrdogg
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,726 ratings.