Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
3.93/5 rDev -5.5%
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
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
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
3.79/5 rDev -8.9%
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
2.29/5 rDev -45%
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
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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