1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

Not Rated.
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,849 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,849
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,011
Gots: 641 | FT: 45
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,849 | Reviews: 471 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Alpar
Alpar

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

05-04-2014 01:28:41 | More by Alpar
Photo of Pellinore1
Pellinore1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

01-23-2013 16:05:05 | More by Pellinore1
Photo of Hopheadhiker
Hopheadhiker

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-07-2013 16:23:38 | More by Hopheadhiker
Photo of KCBeerNerd
KCBeerNerd

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-24-2014 20:05:28 | More by KCBeerNerd
Photo of beachbum1975
beachbum1975

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%

Many thanks to urbancaver for sharing this beer! This is one of the 4 x Zhukov's poured last night.

Pours black with clear, amber edges. No real head on my pour and no lacing. Thick and viscous pour.

Heavily roasted malts with black licorice. Heavy char.

Very little carbonation on the mouthfeel, as well. Lots of heavy char and licorice.

Big and tasty.

03-17-2011 20:16:25 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of greg4579
greg4579

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

08-10-2013 15:11:19 | More by greg4579
Photo of Devi0us
Devi0us

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-21-2012 09:38:21 | More by Devi0us
Photo of Roger85
Roger85

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-03-2013 00:58:08 | More by Roger85
Photo of Bfarr
Bfarr

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -11%

Thick syrupy black pour and tight sienna head with great retention and lacing. Dark chocolate and charcoal roasted aroma with an herbal note. Big chocolate taste up front gives way to coffee notes and finishing sweet and herbal. Coffee linger. Very thick viscosity with light bite and a lightly lingering dryness.

The look and feel of this beer is incredible. It actually coats the glass and turns it a different color that stays until it’s rinsed off. A fairly unique flavor is good in a small dose means it’s definitely a great beer for an 8 – 10oz pour. Any more than that and the herbal quality really takes over. This is typical of the malty CCB beers that I’ve tasted. I’d say it’s great to share or have a small taste of it but any more than that and it begins to be disappointing. Really a pretty enjoyable beer.

11-28-2011 01:28:17 | More by Bfarr
Photo of beergod1
beergod1

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, tan head. Great retention. The aroma is a swirl of chocolate, and espresso with hints of vanilla and molasses. Full-bodied and very creamy with some carbonation. Sweet chocolate and bitter coffee flavor. Well-balanced. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish. World class imperial stout!

12-08-2011 00:34:04 | More by beergod1
Photo of xdtfx
xdtfx

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-25-2013 07:24:51 | More by xdtfx
Photo of ali1987
ali1987

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -14%

11-01-2013 20:01:30 | More by ali1987
Photo of Neffbeer
Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.7%

11-14-2011 22:19:47 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of stogirelli
stogirelli

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-01-2014 01:48:01 | More by stogirelli
Photo of mverity
mverity

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

05-16-2013 20:38:47 | More by mverity
Photo of IPAIsaac
IPAIsaac

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-05-2014 22:02:02 | More by IPAIsaac
Photo of Rau71
Rau71

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-15-2013 05:25:53 | More by Rau71
Photo of bishopdc0
bishopdc0

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

12-02-2013 00:41:05 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of MNPikey
MNPikey

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.7%

06-07-2013 21:33:32 | More by MNPikey
Photo of mobrockman
mobrockman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-18-2013 00:37:40 | More by mobrockman
Photo of MrDave
MrDave

California

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

11-18-2013 16:55:20 | More by MrDave
Photo of Zraly
Zraly

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Sent to me by my soon-to be boss (how lucky am I?) -- Opaque black with a very faint espresso crema head. Smells of rich chocolate, earth and tobacco. Fabulous legs. Swirl this one and see this stout cling to your glass for dear life. Cigar City is chasing down the wine snob in me with this one!

Sticky sweet and perhaps the most intense, hardcore chocolate note I've come across yet in an imperial stout. The creamy smooth finish is divine. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and cocoa. Extremely tasty.

Incredible. A monster. And would make a lovely dessert beer paired with your best dark chocolate and dried cherries.

04-16-2011 22:23:03 | More by Zraly
Photo of claaark13
claaark13

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%

2011 bottle poured into a DHF chalice. Thanks urwithdave, I've wanted to try this guy for a while now and just hadn't gotten around to trading for it.

A - Perfect. Pours like I'm topping my car off with a liter of oil. So dark, so thick. A dark, chocolate colored head slowly rises from the 12oz line to the top of the chalice. As time passes and sips occur, the head retains at 1/4" or a little less. Beautiful. This is exactly how I want all of my RIS to pour.

S - Before any sips, I was getting roasted malts with a very mild amount of hops in the background. As it warmed, I picked up on some sweetness. As I drank and as it continued to warm, the sweetness turned to dark fruits / roasted malts. Pretty good aroma all around. My wife described it as shoving your face into a bag of chocolate covered raisins. I can agree with this assessment. Nothing great stands out at me though and makes me think, "I need to try this right now."

T - Sweetness upfront and then the whole way through, finishing with roasted malts and a slight hint of what I'd call slightly burnt coffee. Sweet, creamy middle flavor. Finish is dry. Upon further investigation (2nd sip), I think I'm getting some hops here. As I get further into the glass, I get sweet dark fruits -> mild hops -> sweet roasted malts. The sweetness is evident, but not overpowering. The more I drink this, the more I really enjoy it. I am going to finish this bottle without issue. Not a lot of complexities, but a very nice drink.

M - Oh yes, this is how I like my RIS. I'll put this one up there with the appearance...perfect. Thick, creamy, full. RIS should have to be at least this thick to compete. Drinkability isn't really dinged here for me, but that is just my opinion.

O - I really like this beer. It is unique in that I think it hits the middle ground of two categories of RIS: thick/sweet and thick/hoppy. It stands out among most peers. Balance isn't perfect, but it is good. Of course, I'm comparing it to other "fresh" bottles of RIS to be fair. $12? Really? I'd buy as case, annually, if I lived in Tampa. I think the fact that this is available on the shelves holds it back on many people's scales, but I think it would fare very well in a blind taste test.

09-16-2011 00:52:02 | More by claaark13
Photo of unclekeith
unclekeith

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-26-2014 03:55:04 | More by unclekeith
Photo of assman79
assman79

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

11-09-2013 04:11:22 | More by assman79
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,849 ratings.