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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing

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Ratings: 2,228
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 1,101
Gots: 755 | FT: 63
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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1.23/5  rDev -71.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was really looking forward to trying the 2013 Zhukov. I opened the bottle and noticed a strange aroma, but when I poured it it looked delicious. I took another whiff and wow this smelled horrible. The taste was just as bad. I'm so disappointed but I hope I get to try this again.

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3.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Cigar City Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout is an extremely thick and dark imperial stout. The flavour is huge but not in a pleasant way. They left the yeast in too long for my liking. Autolysis.

A: So so dark. Motor oil with a big creamy-looking brown head. 5

S: Malty with soy sauce and motor oil. Too much umami. 3

T: Malty with a lot going on. Vegemite. Autolysed yeast. Some chocolate and tobacco flavour. It's interesting but I didn't like it that much. 3

M: Like chocolate mousse. 5

O: 3.5

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

750 ML poured into a tulip. Shared with Mr Kennedy, spicelab, and Bluebetty. Thanks to Forgetfu for this.

A-- Poured oil black. Imposing looking. Thick and sludgy looking.
Head was a dark leather color bordering on dark chocolate. At best half a finger of head, otherwise a bit over film. Low carbonation. No lacing but dark chocolate legs left on the sides of the glass.

S-- Chocolate and coffee. Thick and rich smelling, no real hop presence though. Small flashes of vanilla and toffee.

T-- More chocolate and more coffee. Small bits of acidity. Thick but quite smooth tasting.

M-- Thick, rich and almost decadent. Lots of dark chocolate mixed with milk chocolate. Flashes of vanilla and toffee backed by coffee and coffee acidity. Low carbonation with a heavy feel.

O-- 11.5% ABV??? Really? Felt and tasted like 8%. Very nicely hidden. Rich and thick but very drinkable and enjoyable. Long back story with this beer but has held up very well and aged very well. Probably better without the hop presence. Much bigger and enjoyable without it to me. 750 ML might be a bit much though.

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4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8/30/2012 vintage. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Thanks Matt!

A - Pours a thick black body. I guess I have to go cliche and call it "motor oil" here. Although personally after performing numerous oil changes I've never seen used oil look this appealing. The head that forms initially is massive. Something I've never seen before in a beer is layers in the head. Three fingers of dark mocha foam with an apparent one finger layer of light mocha head capping it off. After settling down I'm left with some edging and an abundance of sticky lacing. Swirling creates a trace of alcoholic legs and thick clinging suds. Literally stains the side of the glass with a dark yellow/brown color for a bit. Perfect.

S - Lots of roasted malts that almost come off as ashy and chalky. Herbal anise leads into dark chocolate, coffee, sweet barbecue sauce (yes, BBQ sauce), vanilla and spices. Smooth and robust with some warming booze.

T - Roasted malts, bitter coffee beans, smooth dark chocolate, and sweet vanilla. Just an unreal balance of sweet, roast, and savory. Aftertaste if of burnt coffee, which is surprisingly enjoyable. Some warming alcohol on the end.

M - Thick, syrupy, and coating. A light prickly carbonation prevents it from being too much. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

O - This beer has such presence. Its a huge roasty monstrosity of a stout, yet its never cloying or too alcoholic. It also has one of the best appearances and mouth feels I've experienced in a stout. Puts most barrel aged stouts to shame, this is the real deal!

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.