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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: 2,196
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,081
Gots: 738 | FT: 60
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

A: Black motor-oil body with one finger mocha head that lingers. Lots of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate. Smells very close to Hunahpu without the peppers.

T: Yum... very very good tasting stout. Dark chocolate, roasty malt, coffee, some hops. Taste is very... long...(couldn't find a better adjective) and it lingers very long too afterwards - dark chocoalte and bitterness. It's awesome and I think it will age very well too, although it tastes great now.

M: Same and Hunahpu. Thick, syrupy, chewy, awesome.

O: This is probably my favorite non-barrel aged and specially treated stout to date.

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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout is an extremely thick and dark imperial stout. The flavour is huge but not in a pleasant way. They left the yeast in too long for my liking. Autolysis.

A: So so dark. Motor oil with a big creamy-looking brown head. 5

S: Malty with soy sauce and motor oil. Too much umami. 3

T: Malty with a lot going on. Vegemite. Autolysed yeast. Some chocolate and tobacco flavour. It's interesting but I didn't like it that much. 3

M: Like chocolate mousse. 5

O: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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

750 ML poured into a tulip. Shared with Mr Kennedy, spicelab, and Bluebetty. Thanks to Forgetfu for this.

A-- Poured oil black. Imposing looking. Thick and sludgy looking.
Head was a dark leather color bordering on dark chocolate. At best half a finger of head, otherwise a bit over film. Low carbonation. No lacing but dark chocolate legs left on the sides of the glass.

S-- Chocolate and coffee. Thick and rich smelling, no real hop presence though. Small flashes of vanilla and toffee.

T-- More chocolate and more coffee. Small bits of acidity. Thick but quite smooth tasting.

M-- Thick, rich and almost decadent. Lots of dark chocolate mixed with milk chocolate. Flashes of vanilla and toffee backed by coffee and coffee acidity. Low carbonation with a heavy feel.

O-- 11.5% ABV??? Really? Felt and tasted like 8%. Very nicely hidden. Rich and thick but very drinkable and enjoyable. Long back story with this beer but has held up very well and aged very well. Probably better without the hop presence. Much bigger and enjoyable without it to me. 750 ML might be a bit much though.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,196 ratings.