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

2,143 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,067
Gots: 733 | FT: 63
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:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,143 | Reviews: 490 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of azdback
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep dark black ink black color. Edges are just as black. Head is a huge three fingers of dark chocolate color and a silky pillow soft appearance. Reminds me of Brooklyn Black Ops. Lace is sticking in a raining pattern. Quite nice!!

Smell is dark roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate, dried cherries, maybe some charred wood and some alcohol.

Taste is mostly like the nose. There is the dark, bitter chocolate, some coffee but the dominate flavor is the tart fruits. Cherries, figs. I am not getting any alcohol taste or burn with this at all, at least while it's still on the cold side.

Mouth is smooth and luscious, carbonation is on the medium side. Body is rich and towards chewy. Finish is everlasting and wet with the slightest hint of alcohol burn.

Overall I have been waiting over a year to crack this bottle and it didn't disappoint. There is a reason this is on the top 100 list. Thanks to Centenial for sending this my way. I would love to try a fresh bottle. Trade for, or pick this one up if you can.

Photo of jriggins6
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of kaseydad
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Birthday beer for this birthday boy. Had this in the cellar for about six months. Crack-a-lack time.

Pours a black as night brew pour with a beautiful beige foamy head. Not much lacing but who cares?

The aroma is big chocolate, and molasses goodness. Light boozy burn in the nose but really sweet smelling. Some tobacco, jerky and shoe polish as well.

The taste is more on the chocolate side. Rich and creamy. Toffee does come out well here though the 11% is almost non-existent......until I stood up. Some roastiness and coffee bean on the aftertaste.

Overall this was a big want for me and I was able to procure a bottle from Letspour. I was not disappointed. This is a fantastic RIS that deserves the love it gets. Seek it out and enjoy. Definitely worthy of a birthday beer.

Photo of whitenads
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wolf_switzer
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Poured into a tulip. This is the slowest pouring, thickest oily looking beer I think I've seen. The head is about three quarters of an inch and very very dark brown; it almost blends into the body.

The aroma consists of chocolate and dark fruit. This is mostly sweet smelling with a touch of alcohol.

The taste is full of sweet chocolate malt and cherry like fruit.

This is very thick and the carbonation is soft. This is going to take a while to drink.

Well, I prefer more coffee and bitterness in my stouts. But fans of big, chewy, viscous fruity stouts will be very happy with this one.

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of huntermop
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 2-26-2011

A - dark black body with some purple light through the edges. No foam of any sort.

S - woody dry chocolate, bitter earthy notes.

T - smoky, dry, bittersweet dark chocolate.

M - robust and smooth, little to no carbonation

D - not bad. Tastes good, isn't too overpowering.

Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Gtreid
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into my CCB tulip.

A: Pitch black. A big two fingers of dark mocha color head appears and leaves great spotty lace. Very impressive.

A: Great chocolate, and roasty aroma. Molasses, more chocolate, and just a hint of dried fruit. Oh, and did I mention the chocolate?

T: Just plain awsome. The chocolate shines, but there are underling hints of raisin, smoke, and currant. There is a bitterness from the hops that really make the beer quite balanced for such a big stout.

M: Thick and viscous. It coats the palate with a chocolatey goodness.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great for a beer of this strength. I could drink quite a lot of this. Overall, this is one of the best examples of an RIS I have had. Another great brew from the guys at Cigar City. Skal.

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sarge3130
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of billshmeinke
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge, sticky, black as can be, super duper sweet but with enough of a roasty and coffee finish to persuade you that there's some sort of "balance." Seriously though, so so sweet. Really mouth coating and gnarly viscous with hints of berries, cherries, licorice, chocolate, and smoke. If you like sweet and super viscous imperial stouts, try and find some of this.

Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Robyn
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Joecaddie
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Blaze5445
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MPSTARR
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ajs4bd
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of topdown
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,143 ratings.