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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: 1,929
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,033
Gots: 679 | FT: 53
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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 Tilley4
2.33/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

What an up and down experience this was....

Pours a motor oil black... Syrupy and thick... No head at all even when swirled... No carbonation present here at all... Uh oh....

Lovely thick aromas of blackstrap molasses, dark bitter chocolate, strong coffee and deep roasted malts... Awesome aromas to this one...

Lazy and flat tasting... Strange bitter almost sour taste present.... Not much in common with the aromas... Thick oily mouthfeel is great but I can't get by the taste of this one...

Drain poured this one... Maybe a bad bottle but as is, a big disappointment...

Tilley4, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of starrdogg
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

starrdogg, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +14.4%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

CEDAMA, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of djtomain
4.5/5  rDev +3%

djtomain, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Jas45678
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Jas45678, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of Beejay
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Beejay, Feb 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Soneast, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of rydev24
4.5/5  rDev +3%

rydev24, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev -8.5%

robwestcott, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Gotti311, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Drucifer
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Drucifer, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +3%

MaseFace, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Treebs
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Treebs, Oct 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

sliverX, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

SFC21, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

MastaShonuf, Oct 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

CGMLS3, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a botle of Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout at my local Whole Foods in Manhattan. When did Cigar City start sending the Zhukov up here??

Appearance: Huge bottle onto my Sierra snifter. God this thing pours thick and then some! Outrageous. Pure Kuwaiti oil with a pitch-black color to match, plus an oversize head the size of a fist. Carbonation issues? This thing sure did pop out with a bang and overflowing, which is rare for an Imperial Stout... all in all, though, this looks exceptional indeed.

Smell: Booze, sweetness, chocolate powder, dark fruit, a hint of sourness.

Taste: The hops shine here, along with strong chocolate and cold-brewed coffee. Some smoke as well, very subtle. A tad of anise and a dry, spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally rich, creamy and sleek/slick, with a nice hoppy/tingly feel at the end of the sip. Dry, reverberates in the mouth long after you're done. A tummy-warmer for sure!

Overall: Damn good this is! One of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever enjyoed, no doubt. From the looks to the last drop, this is truly outstanding. Worth the price of admission and then some! The alcohol is the only aspect of this beer that gets on the way of sheer enjoyment. Boozy, it requires sipping. I took over 90' to finish this...

DoubleSimcoe, Sep 28, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

TonyTalon, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of younger35
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

younger35, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of artoolemomo
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

artoolemomo, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of angrybabboon
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 3/31/12

Appearance: Dark, to say the least - pitch black, with a dark brown head - small, spotty lacing - looks like oily sludge, seriously leaves a film on the glass

Smell: Burnt and absurd - an utterly massive amount of malts, like liquified burnt bread, so heavy and so burnt - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, other burnt aromas

Taste: Burnt chocolate and... malt extract?! - caramel (like, a cube of caramel candy), coffee, sugar, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits - extreme, to say the least - the maltiness is insane, tastes like concentrated extract that should be watered down to make into beer

Mouthfeel: One of the heaviest beers I have ever had, ever - sludgy, extremely heavy, like burnt malt syrup, yet somehow has enough carbonation to hold it together

Overall - This is a monster

Multiple aspects of this beer are simply unbelievable. This is something to make into beer, not a stand-alone product. You could probably eat this with a spoon.

angrybabboon, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Zimm
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Zimm, Jul 11, 2014
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,929 ratings.