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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: 1,756
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 987
Gots: 605 | FT: 40
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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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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-05-2013 14:47:14 | More by plumcrazyfx
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CityofBals

Illinois

3/5  rDev -31.2%

01-31-2013 23:23:42 | More by CityofBals
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CGMLS3

Florida

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-09-2011 02:07:00 | More by CGMLS3
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of pittsburghkid66....thanks Roland

Bottle split with steepH20. Gorgeous deep dark pour with no light permeating this beast. Fluffy cinammon head and supermodel legs make this beer a wonder to look at.

Sharp espresso sweetness, alcohol, dark chocolate covered raisins, and a healthy dollop of smoke and ash on the back end.

Zhukov opens with a peppery bitterness on the front end, the origin of which I cannot discern. Hops? Rich dark chocolate in the middle transitions into a heavy roast and loads of molasses. Quite sweet, but kept mostly in check, she finishes with dark fruits and a long, tingling bitterness at the end as well that seeps into the jawline.

Mouthfeel is borderline milkshake, very full bodied and lush and smoothly carbonated.

This roasty beast is a sipper that leaves my snifter an oily coated ruinous mess.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 03:01:42 | More by BarrytheBear
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

11-14-2011 14:46:42 | More by sideshowe
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-20-2012 08:13:26 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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freduardo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-14-2011 06:56:29 | More by freduardo
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

2/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

DManGTR hooked me up with this bad boy. Thanks, man! 2010 bottling into imperial pint glass.

A- Thick, motor-oil, dark brown beer, slow-growing 1cm creamy thick oatmeal cookie head. Nice initial lace ring.

S- Semisweet chocolate and dark fruit. Chocolate is very light and sweet.

T- Big harsh roasted malt. Very bitter. Finish leaves a dark fruit sweetness that seems like it's trying to cover up some acrid/rotting fruit flavor. The lingering sweetness builds like cherry robitussin (it's not nearly as strong as cherry robitussin, it's just a similar flavor/mouthcoating feeling). Additional strange flavors creep in- cinnamon? peppercorn? what the heck?

M- Low carbonation, big heavy beer. Alcohol is noticeable. Actually, this one's pretty hot, even with some time on it. Lingering bitterness/astringency that I don't like.

O- Man, I hope the double barrel is better than the base. This one has some flavors that seem out of balance and rough around the edges. Did not finish the 750ml. I much enjoyed Bohr and Dirac, this one is not enjoyable, though.

Thanks again to DManGTR for the chance to try this.

How the hell is this beer rated so highly? Confusing to say the least.

644

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 22:01:21 | More by ShogoKawada
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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-25-2012 01:29:12 | More by kevgod
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this one!

Pours with more viscosity than I've ever seen on a beer. Almost no head, but what does turn up is super dark brown. The body is opaque black and thick.

Nose is all about molasses and blackstrap rum. Stewed figs and dates, motor oil comes to mind, black chocolate and something close to black licorice and coffee extract.

Palate is super thick and cloying. Chock full-o-coffee flavors, thick like molasses, raisins, dates, plums, demerara sugar, rum-soaked oak, and leather leather leather. Long long finish.

Notes: This bad boy is super thick, sweet and cloying. Would like a little more carbonation though. Mouthfeel suffers because of the lack of bubbles. I like it, but it's a BIG f---ing beer! FFO Dark Lord, BCBS, D.O.R.I.S., etc.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 03:30:41 | More by SFLpunk
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as black can be with a thin tan head. Pretty standard for a RIS. Decent lacing, just above average in this dept.

S - Slightly better than average, so I'll call this good. Both dark and sweet chocolate. Funny, you don't usually get that combo. Vanilla and coffee. Again, standard for the style. Pretty nice surprise of sweetness in there though..

T - Pretty awesome taste. I wasn't expecting this much flavor. Roasted Malts are obvious right off the bat. The Sweet chocolate is present first, and then the bitterness from the dark chocolate is there too. Must be a few different roasts to make this complex of a flavor. Some woodiness in there too. Pleasantly surprised.

M - Thick and full. Lots of body, but maybe a hint too much carb for the style. Alcohol is hidden well, but not completely.

O - Glad I got a few of these when I did. Hope they become available again as I'll buy up a bunch more. Great stout that makes for a great time.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:04:00 | More by BeerThursdays
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vande

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-13-2014 13:09:57 | More by vande
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-27-2011 15:26:46 | More by SPRichard
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Shaw

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at the brewery. I'm drinking one now and will try and pick up another one to age.

It's super-black with a deep brown head.

The smell is of roasted malt with hints of molasses and alcohol.

This is a rich RIS, but it's not cloying. Flavors mix to make a typical complex taste.

The body is wonderfully slick.

Overall this is a fine RIS and another good beer from Cigar City. It's a seasonal release, so get one while you can.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 19:00:56 | More by Shaw
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Zimm

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

07-11-2014 01:09:28 | More by Zimm
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Sean. Thanks. Poured into a tulip. This one sits black in the glass with about a finger of dark brown head.

Earthy aroma here. Tobacco and leather with hints of chocolate sweetness in the background. Burnt coffee with a little bit of a lingering fruiting character. Pretty sweet in the aroma with some nice earthy aromas taking the forefront here. The flavors here tend to be sweet; like a chocolate syrup mixed into some burnt coffee. A bit of a fruity flavor in the finish with rustic flavors like leather and char. Kind of falls apart on the pallet for me.

The body is thick and full. Somewhat syrupy with low carbonation. Kind of sticky.

This is a no nonsense RIS here. Lots of big flavors. A little sweet for my liking but a pretty well done beer in the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 04:15:42 | More by Bendurgin
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doughanson78

Washington

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-15-2011 08:19:32 | More by doughanson78
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by @scud, poured into a snifter.

Pour: Completely oil black body, with a very sizable two finger deep khaki head. Leaves no lacing, but the glass is slick with a brown sludge through the glass.

Smell: Bitter dark chocolate, with a hefty smokey/roastiness. A large amount of coffee comes through. as it warms, vanilla and caramel come out.

Taste: Deep bitter coffee and chocolate. Very rich. Some toffee and caramel come out as it warms. Closes with some vanilla milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy, and very rich. A definite sipper.

Overall: Evolves amazingly through the glass. Really great stuff. Thanks Dan for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 01:02:54 | More by cfrances33
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VonZipper

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-11-2012 03:57:48 | More by VonZipper
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-18-2013 00:40:37 | More by ldhughes3
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TXhomebrewer

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

10-30-2012 07:16:26 | More by TXhomebrewer
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kell50

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-14-2013 01:55:10 | More by kell50
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

holy shit thats a thick, dark pour. I swear its coming out in chunks. a very dark head that is the color of coffee with just one creamer added. it sticks around a bit and leaves behind wonderful lacing.

first aroma is black strap molasses backed up with tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some firewood, a bit of charcoal (not smoky, though). an intoxicating aroma.

a woody flavor comes out first with black strap molasses, pure cacao, burnt dark roast coffee. maybe a bit of licorice and definitely some charcoal. so rich. This beer is gonna last me all night.

one of the thickest beers I have come across. carbonation is spot on as well as it makes its presence known, but does not take away from the creaminess.

wow. Thanks to Retail1LO for sending this my way. I definitely like this one better than the Parabola I traded for it (though thats no slouch either!) gotta get my hands on more of this. As well as more Cigar City beers. Judging only by this example, they may have worked out the carbonation/quality assurance kinks they had previously.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:34:05 | More by silentjay
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facesnorth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-01-2014 05:48:29 | More by facesnorth
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magictacosinus

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-30-2014 05:00:03 | More by magictacosinus
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,756 ratings.