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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)

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BA SCORE
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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 13.91%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008)
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Cigar City Brewing branded snifter

Pours black as pitch capped by a smooth dark brown one and half finger head. Obviously the cedar-aged version retains the amazing appearance of Marshall Zhukov, one of the most gorgeous imperial stouts one can find. Tons of deep dark chocolate and dark fruit all accented by the aroma of cedar. Opens with dark chocolate notes, prunes, black cherry notes, and raisins. Molasses notes midpalate joined by pleasant cedar. Finishes with roasted dark chocolate malt, espresso notes, and continued cedar accents. Huge full body, lower level of carbonation. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel-darn near perfect. Just an absolutely wonderful brew. The base beer is one of the best Russian imperial stouts available and the aging on cedar just gives it another dimension.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 03:55:16 | More by chanokokoro
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kyle and shared BYOB style at a local joint....why don't more places in this town offer a corking fee? It's just a damn good idea.

Big boisterous black beauty out of the bottle..another large and in charge CCB stout.

Unmistakably cedar driven on the nose....gerbil cage and all. Base is masked.

The sweet complexities of regular Zhukov are cloaked in a very potent and pervasive cedar closet jamboree. Barrel influence is heavy and inclusive as the base stout plays permissive underling all leather bound and bondage like.

Rich, thick, and massively cedar infused.

For what it is I enjoyed this..cedarized stout..think Habitrail on roids.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 02:09:36 | More by BarrytheBear
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this with me. Older style generic "Humidor" label with a sticker around the neck that ID's this as 2009 Zhukov. 750ml into a matching Cigar City snifter. The brew appears a very dark inky black color with an aggressive, very dark brown head thats big and frothy. Huge patchy lace sticks to the glass and the cap displays solid retaining powers.

The smell of this brew is straight, unmistakeable cedar and it is spicy. A lot of heavy roast and char to the grain comes across somewhat like anise, tobacco, leather and coffee. However, the cedar inclusion remains ever-present and possibly a bit over done.

The taste includes a heavy burnt char character to the grain. Anise, leather, heavy oak to cedar-like spice, coffee and well almost something along the lines of tar and bitter. Dark backstrap molasses evolves to a slight raisony alcohol character.

This is a full bodied brew thick and nearly chewy with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very unique with huge cedar spice. Unique to the extent that this is worth trying but im not sold on the character really blending together that well to make a cohesive package.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 17:32:02 | More by stakem
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blackcoyote13

Georgia

2.29/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Tried this last Saturday from a cask release at Cigar City Brewing. Was very excited but I have to say that the cedar was so obnoxiously unbalanced and overwhelming that it ruined the Zhukov's base. Four folks in a row were cringing and turning red, while trying their best to find something positive to say about it (in futile effort really). I gave my glass away after a few swigs to a couple of folks sitting behind me, but not sure if they drank it either.

The surprising piece is that, while Cigar City looks to push the envelope with flavors and creativity (the fantastic Hunaphu, Zhukov's, Jai Alai IPA, etc), they seem to not have the courage to toss something out that tastes horrible. This brew needs to stay retired. I'll be sticking with the regular Zhukov's or looking around for a BA variant.

Serving type: cask

09-16-2013 17:43:48 | More by blackcoyote13
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to raveskdr for sharing this bottle. Served in a Cigar City snifter. Pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black. The nose carries loads and loads of cedar. Far, far too much. It’s over the top. That’s enough ways to say that. Zhukov is a powerful beer, and it’s barely noticeable underneath the cedar here. The flavor adds in some roast and chocolate, but it’s mostly all cedar. Wow. Medium body with a spicy cedar finish. Not a huge fan. I’d much prefer regular Zhukov.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 20:01:51 | More by Thorpe429
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The good Marshal is not mentioned anywhere on this bottle, but once I started drinking the beer, there was no mistake. Cheers to bsuedekum for this bottle, and for going the extra mile in this trade. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled Sept 2011
Cedar spiralls from Barrel Mill

APPEARANCE: Yes. I could stop here. This is what stouts should look like. Take note Goose Island. A thick, sludgy, vicious motor oil black pour yields a cascading 1+ finger, thick, tight, dark mocha head with great retention. Sludgy black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp cap. A swirly wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Thick, vicious, and meanicing. Fantastic.

SMELL: Cedar wood for sure, with vanilla, roasted and charred malts, molasses and cocoa powder on the nose. Burnt espresso works its way through as well. Pretty nice, though the cedar does run the show a little.

TASTE: Follows the nose to a tee. Cedar wood, vanilla notes, then lots of roasted, burnt and charred malts at the swallow. Roasted and burt malts accompany burnt, bitter espresso, pure, bitter dark chocolate and more sweet cedar flavors in the bold and lingering finish. Sweet molasses from the base beer as well. Very flavorful and dominating, with plenty of cedar taking the lead here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. No bite. Cedar aging has lightened up the body some, as it's not as thick and full as it usually is. Still a tick above average though.

OVERALL: This was really, really good. The base Marshal Zhukov is an outsanding imperial stout, and the cedar againg has added a new dimension to the beer. That said, while I can easily finish a bottle of the base beer myself, the cedar aging added a sweetness that makes a willing buddy an almost necessity, as this does get a little chalenging as the bottle empties. Still, a great beer from a great brewery. Thanks guys, and cheers again bsuedekum!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 15:46:14 | More by Jeffo
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/16/12

Shared by PDXHops

Sept 2011 printed on the label

This is quite the dark beer; the deep, scorched brown looks nearly black in the glass. The head is a rather dark brown and hits the one finger mark before skimming out. Small spots of lace build with each sip and slide back down the glass.

Dark sugars dominate the aroma; dense notes of molasses, chocolate and prune. Dark berry overtones. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of roast. The cedar isn't particularly distinct here; it just adds a small amount of wood in the few places not filled with sugars.

Thankfully, roast plays a more prominent role for the palate; even better are ashy hints toward the finish. Chocolate, molasses, tangy roast and undertones of coffee beans. The cedar is subtle here, too, and that's probably a good thing. The wood adds a snappy, earthy layer that might be overdone were it stronger. Sweet, but not terribly so. The finish has residual roast and sugars.

The feel is so viscous and dense, it might as well be termed sludge. Then again, it's too smooth to be sludgy, I reckon. Carbonation is on the low side of average; in comparison to the body, it's at a comfortable level for me right off the rip. No need to swirl here. The 11% abv is concealed well.

I had my reservations on account of some of the Cigar City sugar bombs I've had before, but this one panned out pretty well. The sweetness becomes more pronounced with warmth, and eventually, the beer becomes a bit tiring. It's not a terrible beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 06:25:49 | More by Ryan011235
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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage 750ml bottle with a white sticker on the top neck stating "Marshal Zhukovs Imperial Stout 2009" on it.

Appearance: Black as night with a super dark brown 2 finger crown that shows good retention and some lace.

Smell: Great subtle interplay of dark fruits and roast malt wrapped in a beefy blanket of cedar!

Taste: Same elements as the nose but with less refined integration. The cedar is so abundant it throws the flavor off in my opinion. I get cedar that tastes just like it smells at first, a small leather quality, then some booze, dark fruits, a bit of roast, a nice touch of hop bitterness, and then a fairly tannic finish. It's probably closer to a 4.25 so I'm rounding down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with ample carbonation that helps wash the lingering flavors of booze and cedar off of the tongue.

Overall: Make sure to let this one warm up to proper serving temperature to really enjoy the flavors. A great wood aged imperial stout for sure. The flavors are great and both the look and the smell are very impressive!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 23:08:38 | More by koopa
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ehammond1


2.33/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Beerness!

Black and thick body with a moderately sized dark brown head. As usual, Cigar City makes another beautiful stout. Shiny, black, thick, heavy, viscous, oily--all words I'd use to describe this stout. Unfortunately, it's appearance was probably my favorite aspect of the beer.

Big notes of wood and smoke, as expected, and the base beer is largely lost because of it. There's also fairly large amounts of vegetable/tomato ketchup aroma, which isn't particularly pleasant. There's some strange sweetness and a bit of soy as well.

The flavor is just as bad, if not worse, than the aroma. Big notes of gourd vegetables, tomatoes, ketchup, wood, soy, and sweetness. A favorite beer of mine has been transformed into something not particularly drinkable.

Thick bodied with low-moderate carbonation. This beer does not fail the mouthfeel test.

I have largely hated the Humidor Series from Cigar City. This one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 18:30:39 | More by ehammond1
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one in a past trade! Shared this one with everyone at cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head that subsided to basically none quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cedar, dark chocolate, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, cedar, dark chocolate, spices, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the kiss of cedar on this one that the Humidor Series added on this one. The nice woodiness on this one made it seem like it was added in an uber-barrel, but left out some of the undertones you pick up on using barrels. A really well thoughout-out brew that I’m glad I got the chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 12:13:10 | More by thagr81us
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socon67

New York

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Final beer of hosted tasting on 5/19/2012

A - Pours black and as thick as motor oil. Coates the glass with a film and the brown foam laces the glass.

S - Smells of strong chocolate and brown sugar. The cedar gave this a bit of smoke that wasn't in Zukhov's.

T - Rich chocolate flavor and incredibly sweet. As the stout warmed the addition of spanish cedar added a smoky flavor that lingered so slightly.

M - A very rich stout, and could be a bit more mellowed on the finish.

O - I liked Zukhov's, I really liked Hunaphu, and this was right there as well. Of all the Humidor Series, this might be my favorite. Excellent brew from CCB.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:16:49 | More by socon67
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black body, a 1/2 finger of dark brown head that disappeared quickly.

S - Dark fruits, a lot of wood/cedar.

T - A big blast of cedar wood at first that fades into more familiar stout flavors. Dark fruits, raisins, plums, dark chocolate, molasses.

M - Very thick, a bit sticky. Not too much carbonation.

Good stuff. A nice take on the original.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 23:48:58 | More by s1ckboy
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beergod1

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and almost black with a small brown head, found this to be better than Zhukov in every sense, and Zhukov was great. A roma is bitter cocoa and espresso, the cedar seemed to mellow the ashy burnt nose quite a bit, flavor is just the same, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and a healthy dose of cedar. What a difference the Cedar makes. Not quite as noticeable in the IPA. It actually stained the glass as I sipped. Thick full body, Just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:01:25 | More by beergod1
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a CCB Snifter. Bottle dated Sept 2011.

Pous thick and sludgy, just like Marshal Z. always does. Puts up a sexy dark brown head that leaves a little lacing on the glass as it falls. CCB's Imperial Stouts are among the best looking in the business.

Nose is outstanding. The spicy cedar is a fantastic companion for the earthy, leathery, tobacco notes typical of this beer. The cedar is in perfect balance right now, I'm probably wouldn't age this one much longer.

Taste is voluptuous. Dark fruits and earthen roasted malts - the wood leads to a drying finish that you don't usually get from the base beer. Roasted woods linger.

Mouthfeel is the strong point of this brew. Beyond full. Heavy. Creamy. I'd give it a 6 if I could.

Overall, this is a fantastic treatment of an already stellar stout. This beer was gifted to me by a fellow beer geek who will remain nameless. I owe him one.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 22:07:57 | More by mondegreen
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brystmar

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Shared this one with some BAs at a recent tasting. Love me some Zhukov, so let's see how the cedar aging fares.

True to its roots, Humidor Zhukov gloops out of the bottle with a viscous flow of liquid that refuses to separate into drops -- regardless how slow I pour. Almost zero head, but this is still the only beer I've seen that retains a lace of SYRUP (not beady lace) once the beer itself is gone. This stuff requires a full-on scrubbing to remove it entirely from your glass; simply rinsing does not suffice!

Aroma is cedary/smokey as expected, but wreaks of cigars and other various tobacco smoke. I strongly dislike smoke (as in the byproduct from burning something), and this reminds me of being in a room full of smokers.

Taste is no better, sporting a distinctly ashtray-forward flavor. The hearty, roasty Zhukov base is overshadowed by the disgusting memory of the last cigarette I smoked ~10 years ago. Fortunately, this sensation only shows up towards the end (and lingers, ugh), so if you keep drinking non-stop it's a pretty decent RIS! A rare misstep from from CCB on the Imperial Stout front.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 19:32:54 | More by brystmar
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cavedave

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BulbMan. From notes. Tasted next to regular Zhukov's.

Almost black, impossibly thick, oozes into glass. Thin light brown head. After a couple minutes just some random bubbles and a nice ring. A gentle swirl leaves some bubbly legs glued to the tulip.

Strong aroma, the cedar quite evident, like an actual cigar humidor, almost smell tobacco behind it, dark caramel, chocolate, bitter coffee, and charry malt round things out.

Wow, the cedar is like a party pooper first sip, spoiling a superb lineup of all the flavors in the nose, plus some funky fruit flavors in there, and overpowering it. Regular Zhukov's is a strong blend of incredible flavors that play well. This takes on a new aspect, that of overwhelming with too many strong flavors. Besides all this, there are also some alcohol burn things going on here too, much more than regular, spicy also sharp and hot things. At room temperature this beer is more pleasant than cooler, but never as fine as the regular.

Like its brother beer it is impossibly thick, perfectly low carb. astoundingly viscous, with a finish that defies the laws of physics.

If you are a person who says, "I love the biggest, thickest, most over the top stouts," you will love this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:11:23 | More by cavedave
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cvm4

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The base beer pours phenomenal and so does this one. Deep black in color with a lovely brown one finger head. No real lacing to speak of.

S - The cedar punches you right away. Once you're used that, then you'll find dark chocolate and molasses hiding in the background.

T - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts and plums. The cedar is mixed in with all those flavors.

M - Perfect... Thick and carbonated to coat your palette.

O - I had the regular Marshal Zhukov last night and prefer the Humidor Series. In my opinion, the cedar really balances out the sweetness of the RIS base beer. A very well done RIS!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:40:19 | More by cvm4
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Friskybeerrapist

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First breaking the seal reveals a lumber yard of cedar aroma. Pouring into a cigar city snifter unveils a murky, dark and beautiful imperial stout. When this beer hits your tongue, flavors of vanilla and dried fruit are first, followed by a distinct and overwhelming wood finish. Humidor is an imperial stout at it's finest, and I expect nothing less from one of the best breweries in the United States.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:40:08 | More by Friskybeerrapist
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claspada

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mocha color with foam that quickly dissipates to a thin collar. Pitch black body with glass-coating brownish oily film.

Aromas begin straight cedar box, but once you get past the wood there's a hefty amount of dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla as well. Really dark toasted caramel in the background.

The taste is much more mellow with the cedar influence, and is much better integrated than I expected. It's a nice blend of cedar, chocolate cake, smoke and light espresso. Finishes with light bitterness. As it warms I get more dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, wood, toasted malts, bready malts and light vanilla. Not as sweet as the nose and a tiny step down.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation that is sufficient to keep this from getting syrupy, but just barely. Quite a sticky finish and lightly tannic as well. Thankfully the alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall this is another big boy stout that requires sharing. It's a nice interpretation/variation of the Zhukov, but I like "the version" with cocoa nib, cinnamon, chiles and vanilla beans better. :-) Not really worth seeking out as it just tastes like Zhukov and a cigar box had a baby. Glad I tried it and didn't have to drink the whole bottle by myself.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 16:13:40 | More by claspada
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Arbitrator

California

2.48/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Somewhat chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by stupac2. Thanks, Stu!

From notes.

A: This pours a heavy, motor oil black with a pretty leggy appearance in swirls. Thick, dark head that looks menacing and retains fairly well. Say what I might, the appearance cannot be faulted.

S: This is REALLY woody. Tons of tannins with some roasted coffee and soy sauce backing it up. Kind of one-dimensional.

T: As in the nose, it's overly tannic; they contribute spice and astringency. The base beer is quite sweet, so I'm hoping for some interplay, but the tannins dominate. Some chocolate, but mostly roasted coffee and mild char.

M: I love the richness (thought it makes the beer hard to drink). I can't stand the over-emphasis on cedar, though. It's a wash.

O: This was shared in a really stout-dominated tasting, so it had the unfortunate luck of being stacked up against a number of other beers in the style (some great, some not). I found this near the bottom. Perhaps on its own, I might have been more pleased; but given how woody it is, probably not.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 08:29:57 | More by Arbitrator
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mulder1010

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Sendsilk for this

A-- Poured motor oil black. Massively thick looking beer. One finger dark chocolate leather looking head that showed tints of crimson red and deep purple purple. Very imposing looking head. Spotty lacing through drinking. Very nice.

S-- Dark roasted chocolate, coffee, plumb and soft notes of cedar. Cedar went through waves. Sometimes being big and others being quite soft. Just touches of lemon floral from the wood.

T-- Dark chocolate, heavy roasted coffee, coco powder, and notes of the cedar. Generally white and black pepper with hints of lemon and peppers. Slight amount of spices.

M-- Thick, rich, coating and very dry. Cedar dominates the finish as this is just a dry finishing beer. Heavy feel and low carbonation. Desert beer.

O-- Decadent. Good hints of cedar made this interesting. Notes of pepper, peppers and spices really made this interesting. highly doubtful could drink a 750 on my own. Very good treatment where the wood notes have seemed to have dropped off a lot. Not something I would drink all the time but something I would want on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 13:04:33 | More by mulder1010
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adam42381

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/19/11.

Poured on draft into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a 1 finger chocolate brown head. Excellent lacing. Looks perfect.

Smell: Typical Marshal Zhukov's aroma consisting of coffee, chocolate, sweet malt and a touch of toffee with the addition of sweet cedar.

Taste: Cedar and black pepper are prevalent throughout with the normal Zhukov's RIS flavors in the background. The aftertaste is mostly black pepper.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and thick with a low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, though you wouldn't want multiples due to the high ABV%.

Overall: Very good beer overall. While I prefer the standard Marshal Zhukov's, I'm glad I tried this one and would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:37:06 | More by adam42381
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to msulinksi & moose3285 for sending me bottles of this brew: having sampled it in small quantities at three tastings recently, I'm eager to have a full pour. Solid 750 ML bottles split in two.

Pour is traditional solid-tar black. Smell is cedar closet, huge sweet malts, more cedar.

Cedar Aged Zhukov's is like standing in a cedar sawmill with bronchitis caused by cedar sawdust. Two by fours of cedar carpet-bomb the palate within milliseconds of the first sip. The brewery's patented charred roast - roasted cedar, in all likelihood - is secondary. Ghost malt adds imperceptible sweetness. Lovely stickiness, no alcohol. The cedar onslaught takes a bit of getting used to, but once you do, I'm jazzing to drink this like river water.

I'm a sucker for regular Zhukov's, a fan of wood-aged beers, & this is a high-class marriage of both. One could argue it is one note, it's too much, it's this, it's that. All true. And delicious too. Excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:44:38 | More by maximum12
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cvm4 (Cliff) for this bottle!

This pours magnificent. Black as night, with the most robust, chocolaty head ever conceived. Aroma was monster coffee, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a spicy woody note. Fairly same translation to the taste: huge coffe and chocolate with a high roasted/charred note and a spicy wood note. Thick as can be, coats the mouth and glass.

While some impy stout can seem daunting, the sheer excellence here negates that possibility.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 06:29:40 | More by EgadBananas
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 sent by Dan. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Looks like all its relatives --- extremely dark and thick. I am intrigued. Off to aroma and taste: this is dark, thick, roasty... everything, and then there's wood, lots and lots of it!

I read somewhere that this is like drinking furniture. Although I mean the same in a good way, I don't know how to say it differently. Drinks like tasty furniture? Quite thick on its own but a tad thinner than regular Zhukov's that's perhaps my favorite of the CC stouts I have had till date.

Different than any other stout that I have had, this one's like something Dogfish Head would make. Very good but I can see it getting tiring for a 750 ml.

4, 4.5, 4, 4, 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 19:40:13 | More by tewaris
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.