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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: 1,990
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,044
Gots: 695 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
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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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Prospero, Oct 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Denzo, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of tewaris
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage shared by rebis1bear. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Is this the base beer for Hunaphu's? I don't know but these sure are related. Actually black and way darker than other stouts. I know that dark as sin/night/etc is an adjective thrown around much, but damn! this IS as dark as black hole ;-)

Not much of a head here, but some thick legs are seen. Aroma is sweet and charred, but the taste is way overpowering and complex, in a very delicious way. Residual sugars, char, roast, coffee... I could go on but in summary, Zhukov's tastes of roasted fire whatever that means. Damn delicious, a straight up stout with a velvety smoothness, and excellent taste!

4, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5

tewaris, Jan 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

jnardone235, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured in to a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a thick tannish almost red head.

Smell is roasty, sweet and a smooth chocolate. Very balanced.

Taste is pretty bold. Coffeeish roasty, char with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. This beer is not real drinkable for me, but does not sacrifice the beer.

Another great, huge beer from ccb.

aubuc1, Nov 17, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

mixed_master7, Sep 11, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Stone IRS snifter, served at room temp.

Viscous black liquid emerges from the bottle. Heavy pour produces a very scant head. Dark brown sugar cap goes nearly as soon as it came, though leaves a surprising amount of lacing. Carbonation is visibly missing from this bottle. Body is void of light, opaque is an understatement.

Rich fudgy chocolate oozes from the glass. Smoky, charred malt is set just behind. A slight bit of ash is noted. Molasses and hints of licorice can be enjoyed as a more subtle scent. Warmth brings out a rather pleasant caramel flavor to the surface.

The contrast of flavors noticed right of the bat leads me to believe I am in for a treat. Sweet chocolate, rich creme and caramel flavors are balanced by a roasted nearly charred malt flavor and hints of espresso.

Thick creamy mouthfeel despite the complete lack of carbonation. Thick flavors coats making for a long finish. Carbonation is completely lacking, even a light amount would improve the mouthfeel tremendously.

Impressive beer. Any beer which can overcome a complete lack of carbonation and still score very high is worthy of the praise it receives. The alcohol is hidden rather well. Certainly a sipper but every sip is enjoyable. Pairs very well with homemade roasted cinnamon and cayenne dark chocolate truffles.

kzoobrew, Dec 28, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

greg4579, Aug 10, 2013
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brownbeer, Feb 14, 2014
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denimdemon, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

unclekeith, Mar 26, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black and has a nice one finger light brown head. No real lacing to speak of.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts and molasses.

T - Dark chocolate overwhelms you transforming into expresso and finishing with dark fruits (plums/raisins).

M - Thick and highly carbonated. Full bodied and not ashamed of it.

O - A unique imperial stout. It's an in your face, bold imperial stout. But, the lingering sweetness throws me off.

cvm4, Mar 01, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into snifter. Thanks to djmichaelk for the smooth like butter trade.

pours FLAT black and gets a GIGANTIC fudgy brown head. It looks like a brownie is floating above my beer. The body is absolutely opaque and looks damn delicious. As the head slowly comes down tons of thick brown lacing is left around the glass. A+

Brown sugar, molasses and chocolate punch my nostrils. Some alcohol and raisins in there too,

Chocolate and a nice roast up front with some subtle smoke. slight darker fruit fig toward right before a bitter chocolate finish. After it fuly warmed to room temp there was a slight cherry taste with a tartness.

Big heavy mouthfeel with smaller amount of carbonation. Chewy like a piece of fudge and leaves my mouth somewhat sticky.

Great beer. Easily one of the best looking and feeling beers Ive had. Cigar City stouts are top top notch.

Gushue3, Oct 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

CesarLopes, Nov 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

cfh64, Dec 17, 2011
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.