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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,275
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,132
Gots: 765 | FT: 66
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008

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
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Ratings: 2,275 | Reviews: 504
Photo of bmur112
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sweffin
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of captainbearcat
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SFC21
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JKV96
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first beer I sawed out when we moved to Clearwater Fl.

Poured into snifter.Probably the heaviest looking beer I have ever poured. Opague black with a heading just a few shades lighter then the beer itself. Lacing is all over the place very nice clumpage.

Nose is simple. Heavy roasted malts,slight touch of mocha but barely noticeable under the assault of dark roasted malts.

Taste is superb.Again a very heavy roasted malt fills the mouth and just unloads all over the palate.A slightly sweeter molasses takes over for a nice second or two.Finishes with a nice hop bite with a slight fruity touch.

Mouth is about the smoothest and creamiest stout I have ever had. Big full body and a very thick molasses chew make this somewhat a chore to sip but I love it.

An excellent beer. Now at first I was wanting to move to Florida because of the beaches but I remembered Cigar City and now there are two big reasons.

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of farrago
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Be careful not to pour too aggressively or you'll get half a glass of head, all dark brown and mostly foam but also with a few islands of larger popping bubbles, thick and gobby streaks of lacing. Pure black in color liquid, that's all you can say, not a star in the sky. Cappuccino, milk chocolate, licorice blow through your nostrils like wet paper, the smokiness is more like incense than wood smoke, light touch of plum and cherry fruit, there's an underlying leafiness, like plant oils on your fingers, otherwise hops a vocal backseat driver. Full-bodied enough that you have to gulp to get it going down your throat, as expected from the pour, the carbonation has a large billowing effect, making it foam up and close to out of your mouth. Less milky here, the roast more pronounced in the coffee bean, dark chocolate flavors, close to bitter. Flutter of caramel, butterscotch. The cherry fruit deepens here, more red than black. Again the hops don't distinguish themselves through individual flavors, more both a tactile bite and oiliness which cements the whole onto your palate. Monochromatic, as all exemplary steamrollers are. You can't wash it out of your mouth with a hose.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick dark brown head with good retention, pitch black color, good carbonation and lacing

S: Dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses

T: Espresso, dark chocolate, dark toffee, dark fruits, complex

M: Smooth and creamy, good carbonation, medium-full bodied, warming

O: Good stuff, hope to try this again and again in the future

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of pixieskid
3.54/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer exhibits things that I love in an imperial stout but at the same time was surprised that I didn't enjoy it more...

Pours black as night with a solid 2 finger head; has a bit of that redish color like Huna does but not quite as good looking.
Nose; milk chocolate, a bit of roastiness.
Taste; way different than the last bottle I had, which was the under-carbonated batch from 2010. It's like a boozy milkshake, extremely one dimensional and somewhat cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel is super thick, chewy, and rich.

Overall; I don't know if it was just too much at the time, or if my palate has changed, but as Harrymel stated, it was somewhat of a chore to drink and I only had a third of the bottle. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, it was just too much and surprised me as I've drank nearly an entire bottle of Huna to myself and loved every sip...

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3.92/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. No head what so ever. One bubble actually. Vry thick. Smells malty and sweet. Tastes fairly nondescript. Just a ton of malty sweetness. Some light fruitiness on the tongue. Lots of earthiness own the tongue a bit of roast. Very basic but solid. Thick mouthfeel but not very well carbonated.

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of draheim
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL (bottled 8/31/2012) into a snifter. Pours a thick, oily pitch black w/ a deep reddish tan head. Absolutely opaque and black as night. This is an impressive looking imperial stout.

Aroma is thick and sticky as well. Molasses, dark roasted malt, rich chocolate, vanilla, dark stone fruit.

Taste faithfully follows nose. Bittersweet chocolate, sticky molasses, rum-soaked figs, espresso, vanilla, toffee, and just a touch of booze. There's a ton of dense sticky sweetness here, but it's balanced perfectly by a sharp, cocoa-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is chewy and coating; thick and rich. Decadent. Yet it somehow manages to vanish off the palate and finishes semi-dry, leaving behind a nice chocolatey aftertaste that lingers like a rich bittersweet truffle.

Overall, a truly impressive Russian imperial stout and a genuine dessert beer. I was expecting this to be good, but not this good.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage (I think, old label). Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 3" dark cola head. Big trails and giraffe print of lacing remains on the glass, half finger of head remains as well.

S- sweet maple syrup, chocolate, roast, anise and some dark fruits.

T- sweet chocolate, maple syrup, anise, sweet dark fruits, roast and some ash.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Big thick feel, creamy and smooth.

O- better than I expected from what I have heard about MZ. ,anyone the age mellowed the sweetness some, even though it is still very sweet for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of number1bum
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Pours a vicious, thick black color, completely opaque with a slowly rising two plus fingers of dark tan head. Head settles very slowly and retains very well, keeping a thick, creamy head throughout and leaving some beautiful lacing on the sides, falling slowly back to the beer after each sip or swirl. Beautiful.

Smell is exceptionally fruity, with lots of citrus and blackberries. Ton of fruit going on here. There is also a good amount of fudgy chocolate, some molasses, a bit of coffee and some roasted malt. Not a ton of roasted malt for a RIS. A bit of alcohol creeps in as it warms.

Taste is also very fruity with a lot of black currant flavor in particular, as well as some citrus. The malt flavors are bolder than the aromas, though, with more fudgy chocolate and roasted malt than the nose had. Lots of molasses to, and also a bit of smoke and coffee. Some bitterness and roasty flavor lingers into the finish. This is rich and super flavorful, and really tasty.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich, full bodied and very chewy. This is a meal, or definitely a great dessert. It's slick, creamy and very smooth on the palate.

This is an exceptional beer. No other way to say it. Tons of flavor, very robust, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden given the strength. Incredibly fruity as well. I'm glad I picked this up; it is outstanding. Seek it out.

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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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