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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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1,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 471
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.63%
Wants: 1,014
Gots: 646 | FT: 46
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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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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
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assman79

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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mikey711

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle received in a trade from Dstructo.

A: Pitch black. No light can get through this beast. THe head is brown and bubbly and leaves very nice lacing.

S: Smokey/peety is the first thing that I detect then a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolaty sweetness. It smells a bit likt scotch. As it warms some of the smokiness fades more into chocolate.

T: The smokiness still comes through and is very enjoyable but it is much more balance with the roasted malts and bitter chocolate. The bitterness is mostly in the finish.

4: Rich, creamy, bold. The bitterness from the chocolate lingers a bit too long for my liking. No chalkiness and no booziness.

D: I plan on enjoying this one for a long period of time while splitting the bottle.

11-05-2009 00:50:17 | More by mikey711
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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -14%

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Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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riemster

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

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Florida

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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clay23

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14%

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.