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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 1,130
Gots: 765 | FT: 64
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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: 2,272 | Reviews: 504
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours black with no head. Thin coffee ring appears as the beer settles. Coats the glass like CRAZY. Did I get duped with 10w30?? Aside from it looking still, it's perfect.

Smell -- Black coffee, cherry bon-bon, bourbon, vanilla, molasses. Beautiful.

Taste -- So much going on: Chocolate cake, vanilla, and black cherry are most noticeable upon the sip, followed by espresso bean and black malt roastiness. Definitely sweet, but with enough black malt acrid bitterness and a modicum of minty hops to keep it from seeming cloying and one-dimensional. There is an incredible amount of bourbon and vanillin flavor for something that is not even partially barrel-aged - it's not, right? Lingering flavors are of chocolate-covered cherries and cafe macchiato.

Mouthfeel -- Thick, chewy, coating.about as close to still as you can get. Carbonation flies past creamy headlong into Angel's Share territory. Having had a few Zhukov/Hunahpu variations up to this point, it seems to be this beer's hallmark. Intentional? Regardless, halfway through my glass it felt like chocolate syrup.

Overall -- This was a delicious beer. The roast/sweet interplay reminded me of a rich desert paired with coffee. Decadent, lots of depth, but man, that mouthfeel is difficult to get over, though looking over a lot of the other reviews. However, after browsing through some of the reviews perhaps I'm the only one? By the last 3-4 oz of my pour it became a labor to get through it was so syrupy. Regardless, good stuff. Consider sharing this with 3-4 friends.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black into my tulip glass. I gave this a reasonably hard pour but it was coming out very thick and viscous so the head took a second to form. Before I knew it, I had 4 fingers of the darkest beer head you will ever see rising...and rising...and rising...and then overflowing. I tried to clean it up but it was just so damn thick and sticky that a simple paper towel couldn't do the trick. After cleanup, the head camped out forever and left a wall of lacing down the glass. Literally the best looking beer I've ever poured.

Smell is a somewhat odd mix of bright hops, wood, toasted malt, and apple peel. Not bad, but different.

The taste is a bit more "normal"...and in this case normal refers to a gigantic roasted malt profile. Burnt toast, cocoa powder, citrus hops, biscuits, and just the smallest hint of sweetness make up the flavor profile. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with good carbonation levels. The carbonation actually makes it seem lighter than it is though. This is definitely thick and sticky right when it hits the mouth.

This stout was actually more impressive than it was likable, however I still enjoyed it quite a bit. If there was a bit more complexity in the flavor profile--perhaps the addition of a dark fruit or chocolate character--this could be a world class beer. The base is there, but I don't feel like it is complete. Still, worth acquiring and sharing with a couple buddies.

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I was really looking forward to trying the 2013 Zhukov. I opened the bottle and noticed a strange aroma, but when I poured it it looked delicious. I took another whiff and wow this smelled horrible. The taste was just as bad. I'm so disappointed but I hope I get to try this again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oily and viscous out of the bottle, it barely resembles beer and looks more like ink until the huge billowy head appears, reminding that it is, in fact, still beer. The head is a rich dark brown, perhaps the darkest head I've ever seen and sticks around for a while. Lacing is awesome.

The smell is powerful, I can pick up the dark malts while the glass is sitting on the table waiting for me to drink it.

Taste is smooth and rich. some chocolate, moderately bitter. The malt profile is a bit richer than I'd like but still really good. ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Mouthfeel is incredibly thick, perhaps the chewiest stout I've had.

Overall impression is that this is solid. The flavor profile is a little one-dimensional, but outside of that, I have few complaints.

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A_Pours jet black with an eruption of dark brown foam. Amazing lace and retention. Beautiful looking beer.

S_A deep roasted malt combined with sweet chocolate and coffee. Very potent in a good way

T_The taste is a bit different from the smell. Dark chocolate covered cherries and a light vanilla mix with a bit of sourness to create a well balanced imperial stout. The sweetness is tempered well with the acidity here.

M_This style can get a bit too thick but this is not. Still thick but with a nice carbonation to cut through the viscosity.

O_A very impressive beer. The alcohol is present but in no way hot. This hits the various notes of the sytle without falling into any of the common traps. Very well done.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Mike! Thick, pitch black pour with an amazing creamy dark caramel colored two finger head with decent retention and crazy lacing. The nose is hugely roasty and subtly sweet with hints of espresso, molasses, dark chocolate, toffee, and booze. The taste is complex and is dominated by the roasted malt along with hints of strong bitter dark chocolate, espresso, wood, burnt coffee, licorice, and some subtle vanilla and dark fruits with just a touch of smoke. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and slightly oily with a bit of sweetness that is abruptly squashed by a lingering bitter finish. For a beer with such a beautiful head, it had a bit of a flat feel and could have used a touch more carbonation, but that's really being picky. I love the way it coats your mouth with flavor. Overall, this is a big rich bold beer that's really drinkable. First ever Cigar City beer, but definitely not the last!

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,272 ratings.