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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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2,230 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,106
Gots: 758 | 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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Photo of dleiner
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blanco
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of sleazo
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of e30todamax
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of udubdawg
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moonknight31
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I would love to get to my review, and I will, but now I must say that the Marshal is the most intimidating looking beer I have ever seen. It pours like motor oil; I almost had to shake the bottle to get it out. What came out was this viscous black liquid with a head the color of over chocloted milk. That extremely thick head sticks around nicely. Holy hell im in for hell.

Smells barrel aged. Smooth whiskey and bourbon notes are intertwined with vanilla, roasted malts, and touches of dark chocolate. The deep coffee roasted malts balance out a little more than usual with BA stouts, I like it.

Does not taste overly barrel aged. Its very balanced. Its kind of hard to pin down exactly what I wanna say here. The taste is mostly the roasted malt, but its not like one flavor really takes over. I get hints of oats, black chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, and oak. To add another layer of thickness, the molasses comes in, and holy shit. Its like what I used to put on biscuits.

The body isnt really as heavy as the pour might have led you to believe. Its thick. That molasses just makes it feel like used motor oil.

The best part of this beer is that the flavors all explode into your palate upon drinking. Its like one doesnt want to be the first to give up. I keep feeling the smooth notes from the oak, but the dark chocolate comes in. Then the chewy malt comes in. Its like no one wants to the first out. Its rather nice.

Thanks heatwave33! Guava Grove Saison up next!

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to robinsmv for this one!

Pours like motor oil... except maybe darker, and thicker. So sexy looking - dark coffee brown head fades to a thin, well retaining film that smears lacing across a layer of oily alcohol legs.

Oh my... bittersweet. Chocolate cookies, fudge... it even SMELLS thick. Damn. Some brown sugar or cinnamon, french toast, molasses... nose-gasm.

Bittersweet chocolates of all kinds, abstract roasted malt qualities, incredibly thick and exceedingly smooth, alcohol character goes virtually undetected... I wonder how many calories are in this bottle. My guess would be a lot, and it's worth every fuckin' sip.

Damn good.

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

Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of xdtfx
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of wiltznucs
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of TheRuss9585
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of sukwonee
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.

Photo of comfortablynirm
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of beerdrifter
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.