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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: 1,922
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,030
Gots: 676 | FT: 53
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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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Photo of Bfarr
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bfarr, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from 750 ml bottle into an efes snifter. Tudor brown head, decent retention. Oily, clear lacing slides down the glass. Aroma consists of roasted malt, coffee, slight alcohol, even a touch of bacony smoke. Taste includes coffee, faint chocolate, slight underlying sweet malt and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very, very thick and viscous. Certainly more amazing upon warming. Spectacular.

KickbacksSteve, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BierJager89
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Obsidian with a dark brown head, perhaps the darkest beer I have ever seen.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses in a delicious nose.

T: Dark chocolate, but sweet, molasses.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: This beer is an epic drinking experience. One of the best non-barrel aged imperial stouts I've ever had.

BierJager89, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

meanmutt, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of BeerMeBrah
4.5/5  rDev +3%

BeerMeBrah, Apr 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Robyn
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Robyn, Jul 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

stogirelli, May 01, 2014
Photo of EricCioe
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours deep black, one of the most viscous looking beers I've ever seen, which surprised me given the Huna that we had right before this. On the nose there is a giant roast component, dark fruit and vanilla and molasses. This is a very sweet beer. In the mouth the roast provides a base for molasses, dark fruit, and some smoke to play around on. The body is thick, one of the thickest I've ever experienced, with a long finish of the various flavors fading together.

Overall, I'd drink this over Huna all day long. There is enough going on in this beer, and to me Huna pushes all those flavors over the edge. While you can't call this balanced, for a big stout everything sits well together.

EricCioe, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Envelopes
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Envelopes, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of TubaDan
4.5/5  rDev +3%

TubaDan, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Pellinore1, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mgr78704, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of beachbum1975
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beachbum1975, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of ScottP
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

ScottP, Nov 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Devi0us, Apr 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

tourdot, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sarge3130, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

HeadyTheElder, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of IPAIsaac
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

IPAIsaac, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of themind
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours dark as night with a coffee roast and molasses aroma. The mouthfeel is amazing! this beer is creamy and goes down very smooth. The abv is mostly hidden with little to no burn. This beer deserves it's rating, just a finely crafted imperial stout. Would I buy again, YES! There are other RIS brews out there that overcome this masterpiece but they are few in number.

Bottom Line: Great RIS, defining the style.

themind, Saturday at 11:08 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Hopsiam14, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

ali1987, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of beergod1
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

beergod1, Dec 08, 2011
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 1,922 ratings.