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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: 1,898
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,022
Gots: 665 | FT: 49
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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 angrybabboon
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%

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 Phillyz
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Phillyz, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of coldmeat23
4.5/5  rDev +3%

coldmeat23, May 12, 2013
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%

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 27, 2011
Photo of doucmehu
4.5/5  rDev +3%

doucmehu, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

JohnQVegas, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.15/5  rDev -5%

Pours pitch black with two fingers of thick dark tan head. I love these endlessly dark Imperial Stouts.

Scent of roasted coffee, roasted malts, sugar, dark fruit, cedar, and a hint of spicy hops. Strong, but surprisingly, not very boozy.

Taste of burnt coffee, roasted malts, caramel, dry sugar, and some dark fruit. Finishes bitter, but not quite as bitter and Hoppin' Frog's D.O.R.I.S.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, dense and oily with a low, smooth carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of derkfromwi
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

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

derkfromwi, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of kjyost
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%

Consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share, thanks tbadiuk! From notes.

A: As dark as the night is black. Not a hint of light. Dark tan head, light lacing.
S: The nose just hammers you with molasses, with underlying hints of liquorice.
T: Sticky sweet, with tons of molasses and burnt sugar. Did not develop and complexity is lacking, A sweet molasses bomb of a beer.
M: Sticky and the sweetness just lingers forever on the palate.
O: Comes across as an imperial sweet stout. If you like sweet stouts, you'll likely like this, but I found it overpoweringly molasses dominated. It is rare I have a RIS where I don't get any roasted notes...

kjyost, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +3%

A: Same as Hunahpus with a jet black color and very dark head and lacing.

S: Very complex malt character with molasses, fudge, and smoky malts being most prominent. A little teriyaki saltiness as well, but with plenty of sugariness to balance.

T: Also a great taste with balanced malt notes and a little bit of hop esters as well. Bitter back and big fudge and smoke notes.

M: Very smooth and inviting.

D: Very drinkable for a stout of this magnitude. Another excellent stout from Cigar City!

Dreadnaught33, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of russwbeck
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%

A: My God. The darkest, thickest head I have ever seen. Period. Dark brown in color to almost black. Creamy, lacing beautiful as it finally recedes down the glass. It leaves a cap not unlike whipped cream to introduce you to the beer.

S: Are those hops I smell? Certainly some, mixed in with coffee. Molasses, coffee, smoke, and a ton of chocolate. No alcohol is noted at all.

T: The chocolate really dominates the beginning of this beer, followed by the molasses and smoke. At this point in my mind I'm thinking about how sweet this beer is, that was not to last. You get nailed with coffee, roastiness, and a bone dry finish.

MF: Thick, creamy, extremely heavy. Carbonated well. No hint of the 11% ABV

O: This beer is simply phenomenal. I wonder what age will do to it, but I have to figure the coffee would step back the the chocolate would take an even larger part of the beer, if not thin out a bit. Very, very good fresh.

russwbeck, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: This looks like motor oil coming out of the bottle, SO viscous. Almost no head unless it is a very high and aggressive pour. Then a tiny head forms, fades to a ring, and disappears. No lacing. At this point I am wondering if this is a 'flat' bottle or if it is just this lightly carbonated.

Smell: The aromas blend together in a very smooth fashion. Roasted malt, chocolate malt, dark chocolate, coffee, a little molasses, and some anise. A touch of booze to remind me that it is a big bad army officer of a stout.

Taste: Again, very smooth. The malt is blended, it tastes like several types of dark and roasted malts were used here. Dark chocolate, creamy coffee, vanilla, and some anise provide supporting flavors. Each flavor knows its role and has a properly proportioned strength. As the glass continues, the coffee flavors grow somewhat. Some spicy hops help to finish it out. There is some lingering coffee bitterness and molasses sweetness, but considering how huge this drinks, it cleans up fairly well. I think additional carbonation would help the finish even more as well.

Mouthfeel: This was not completely flat, but I think it was unintentionally under-carbonated. Other than that, it was velvety smooth, very viscous, creamy, and very full bodied. With a proper amount of carbonation, this score jumps considerably.

Drinkability: If this had the proper level of carbonation, it would be up there with the heavy hitters of the stout world. As is, it was ok, and all of us sort of lamented what could have been.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

jkball01, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

BarrytheBear, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Danielr26
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -8.5%

smutty33, Jan 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ldhughes3, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Scotchboy, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Enjoyed on tap at The Imperial.

Thick molasses pour, producing a muddy onyx-colored body topped by one and one-half fingers of dark mocha froth; excellent duration and rings of lacing leave me very impressed.

Marshal Zhukov emits good, solid aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, and some hazelnut. Wonderful taste, loaded with coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of berry in thew finish, and toffee. Bitter to start, the finish is surprisingly smooth to sweet. Creamy texture, somewhat light as well (not Guinness like, but a little airier than I anticipated) make this thoroughly enjoyable.

Splendid RIS, a very fine representative of the style and a great introduction to Cigar City's wares. I am glad I got a draft of Marshal Zhukov, for soon after I ordered mine, the keg spat empty and The Imperial added a different brew. This might have added to the muddiness, which I loved, though likely not much.

One of the better RIS I have had in some time. Recommended with gusto.

Gehrig, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Had this on their bottle-launch night a week ago on my last day in Florida. I missed the barrel-aged stuff by about 2 hours...curses!

On draught in a sampler glass.

Inky black, with a thin, but lingering head. Good creamy lacing.

Nose is dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses.

Taste is surprisingly smooth and drinkable, quite enjoyable. The smokiness gives the brew a unique quality that I really dug, coupled with the burnt coffee flavor made for a sharp, but easy drinking RIS. It's not nearly as bold as some of the other craft RIS's I had on the trip, but I enjoyed it the most.

Creamy and silky, thick and rich.

A fine RIS, siomilar in flavor to most of the others I've had recently, but somehow more drinkable. Just went down easy.

(...Then again, I was at the brewery, where everything tastes better!)

JohnnyBarman, Aug 03, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

plumcrazyfx, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

kell50, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%

I've been sitting on this one for a while, and since I've recently moved, most of my beer is wrapped in newspapers so I've been playing a blind game of catch, grab and drink. Review is from notes taken on 7/8/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Possibly one of the most impressive RISs I've come across, this one does indeed pour like spent motor oil - just as black as black can be, and the head is almost as dark and impressive, coming in at a whopping three fingers and fading lazily down to a full and firm cap; impossible to see through, but I'm sure the carbonation is plenty full considering the amount of carb on the crack and the full head;

Smell: Lots of big and dark fruit, but I think there may be a mild infection as it's a little sour and tart in the nose; big chocolate malts and a very earthy and big roastiness; still a bit of an herbal, bitter hop presence as well, but should be expected since it's got 80 IBUs.

Taste: I think I'm right about the infection -- the tart, sour dark cherry flavor is there, but it's not major (like in the case of Abyss); the syrupy and bittersweet chocolate is there, and the burnt coffee grains play a major role in the array of flavors; also a bit of the hops linger and have a bit of an earthy and slightly citric bite to them.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy and gritty -- the mouth is covered with a thick and sticky coating; teeth have a gritty feel afterwards; gums and tummy are left especially warm and tingly from the bigger ABV of 11%. Along with the appearance, the mouthfeel is probably the most impressive aspect of the beer.

Overall: A really good stout, overall, but definitely a sipper and something that you only want once in a while. I probably should have saved this for a cooler night as opposed to an evening in July... in Atlanta... but I'm glad I'm drinking it in the cool confines of the air conditioning anyway.

bamadog, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev -8.5%

rowingbrewer, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of AdamP
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

AdamP, Jan 28, 2014
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,898 ratings.