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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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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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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired a 2009 bottle from fogdog awhile back. Thanks Kevin! Split this with a group of beer advocates at a gathering at Creekside Brewing Co. last night.

Poured (multiple times) into a 4oz. tasting glass.

Appearance: Poured out like used motor oil, creating a short layer of deep, dark brown foam that soon settled in as a dense crown. Body is pitch black, totally opaque, and very thick. Fantastic head retention and spotty lacing. Doesn't get much thicker or darker than this!

Smell: Cedar explosion! Ho lee shit! Sweet, floral, and loaded with lemon zest and soft fruit notes (peach, kiwi, etc.). The cedar nearly wipes out all traces of imperial stout - only a hint of roasted malt peeks through. Somewhat buttery. I'm not too sure how I feel about this. While the massive cedar aroma is pleasant, I don't like how it totally knocks out the base beer. Interesting, to say the least.

Taste: Much less cedar-y than expected. Still, I get a lot of soft fruit, white pepper, and floral esters. Dark chocolate and chocolate syrup both play pretty large roles, and booze peeks through as it warms. Cedar-forward, but the RIS base comes through a lot more here than in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Full, malty, lightly carbonated, and spicy. Finishes moderately sweet and leaves a long-lasting chocolatey, cedar-y taste on the palate.

Overall: Very interesting, but I'd like this beer a lot better if the cedar played a subtler role. I love the use of cedar in Humidor Jai Alai, but it was just too much here. Still, this was enjoyable and memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 19:37:02 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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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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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-01-2014 01:37:54 | More by madtowndmb1
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

03-01-2014 00:00:27 | More by Knapp85
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SixPack6

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -4.1%

02-26-2014 03:24:09 | More by SixPack6
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robbrandes

Oregon

5/5  rDev +19.9%

01-15-2014 05:52:19 | More by robbrandes
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

01-14-2014 13:26:43 | More by MichiganderHB
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.1%

01-13-2014 22:53:33 | More by mattmarka1
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

12-14-2013 07:26:13 | More by Gonzoillini
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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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-23-2013 23:53:35 | More by Kegatron
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

11-14-2013 04:46:50 | More by Hopsiam14
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

10-27-2013 02:19:30 | More by zestar
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -28.1%

10-16-2013 06:40:00 | More by chippo33
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%

10-16-2013 04:45:25 | More by jegross2
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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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bishopdc0

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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CajunMary13

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.1%

08-19-2013 13:46:10 | More by ncaudle
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.1%

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DonFrap

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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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.