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

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

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 200
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 145
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Kiefdog
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of JRedner. Pours a dark brown to pitch black color with a small off-white head. Little retention or lacing. Aroma is rich, roasted malts, dark ripe fruit, notes of wood, cream, chocolate, some coffee and toffee. Flavor is roasted malt, wood, molasses, spice, hints of smoke and toffee. Very interesting and complex beer. Generally full body with a roasted and malty finish. (390 characters)

Photo of Finatic
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my miniature CCB sifter.

A: Pours a dark, black color with a viscous motor oil look. Leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: The cedar smell is very prevalent as well as coffee and some chocolate. Very little trace of alcohol for a 11.5 % stout.

T: Love how the cedar interacts with the roasted malts and chocolate. The aftertaste is very smoky.

M: Creamy and very smooth on the palate.

O: I actually prefer this to the regular Marshal Zhukov Stout. The cedar really enhanced this beer for me. I will definitely seek this out again. (573 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is being done from notes. CCB had many locals over for a keg stickering party and this was our pay.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a small mocha head. The retention is low but some spotty lace is noted. Once the head dies down it is matte black in color and very evil looking in the glass.

S: I still dream of the aroma of this one. Tons of fresh roasted malt with layers of chocolate, both bitter and sweet. Hints of coffee poke thru, and then bam.... the cedar. How come no one else had tought of that?

T: If this beer is lacking anywhere, the taste makes up for it ten fold. Roasted malt comes first. It was perfectly toasted and good. After that you are hit in the face with chocolate. The rich smooth chocolate quality of this beer is what cake and fudge makers dream of. The beers is so smooth and rich like nothing I have had before. Milk chocolate makes an appearence as does caramel and marshmellow. The cedar dances in the background but does not overpower. To call this beer expertly crafted is an understatement.

M: Full in body, very rich, as smooth as a babys ass. When it comes to mouthfeel this was the smoothest most enjoyable beer I have ever tasted.

D: So drinkable, it is my absolute favorite beer to date.

I just hope this one can be re-created on the commerical scale, as I had a test batch. If it can it is an instant top ten in the world brew, if not...I guess a re-review will be in order. (1,439 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
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! (624 characters)

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.73/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to CCB for letting us lush our way through multiple glasses of this wonderful brew. It pours deep dark chocolate with dark brown edges and wispy mocha head. Looks impressive and hinting at the yummy goodness to come. The aroma isn't pungent but more moderate in strength conveying adequate notes of rich roasty malts mixing with an inviting level of rich smelling dark chocolate and a mild background of toastiness. The taste starts with a rich creamy full mouth feel ushering in velvety dark chocolate, some roasted malts to burnt malts and yummy sweet, and yes creamy, caramel candy. I love that ribbon of caramel that persists throughout the flavor experience. Wow, awesome flavor. But wait, there's more. As the finish approaches a very complimentary toasted multi grain bread stirs up and blends into a mild roasted cedar wood confluence of notes. This is just a fabulous brew and tells me a dark chocolate, caramel candy and roasted wood mix of notes can come together in near perfect flavor harmony. The only tiny knock I can give this brew would be that it could use a slightly fuller aroma. But that is getting picky. (1,138 characters)

Photo of errantnight
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Denim Dave, for sharing this last night at Blue Palms.

Pitch black with a creamy tan head with superb retention.

Huge cedar notes well balanced by a sweet, delicate espresso note and tons of leather and tobacco. Awesome.

On the palate the tobacco notes reign with a bit of allspice and a hint of heat that really emphasizes a cigar-like quality on the front half of th palate. Velvety and rich with a lingering sweet note but sufficiently dry.

Unlike anything I've had before, and an awe-inspiring way to be introduced to Cigar City. This is truly a great beer. (572 characters)

Photo of Friskybeerrapist
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of mondegreen
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of xpdrinker
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque pitch black, probably the blackest I've ever seen in a stout. Frothy dark brown head with a flash of blood red, chunky lacing coats the glass

S - Cocoa, dark chocolate, a little black licorice, coffee, molasses. Not much of the Spanish cedar that appears so prominently in their Humidor IPA but what is there is a nice touch to an already awesome stout.

T - Fresh black premium coffee, dark chocolate, a little molasses and vanilla.

M - Thick, delicious motor oil. Heavy body, coats the entire mouth. Sweet & sticky.

O - I traded an '11 Abyss for this and would do it again. I don't have to wait for this one to be at its best - it's amazing right now. I'm a huge Zhukov fan and the addition of Spanish cedar only improved what's already a phenomenal stout. I wish Cigar City would make this as available as Humidor IPA. I'd buy cases of it. (862 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in a goblet. It was a little too cold to start but as it warms up it becomes something special.

A- The body of the beer is black with no opaqueness. The head of the beer is thick and looks like a scorched chocolate milk. Nice oily film marks the beers passage from my glass. It looks really viscous.

S- Toasted, chared and even burnt dark malt almost to the coffee level but more of the dark cocoa and milk chocolate levels. Wrapping around these smells are an ever present ceder aroma.

T- If you want to know what a cedar chest taste like this would be a good start. Earthy and spicey wood tones wrap around dark roasted cocoa and chocolate a bit of leatheryness at the back end. Its a bit boozey but works really well.

M- Full bodied with a low level of carbonation. Nice long lasting bitter roasted flavors.

O- Very nicely doen this is a perfect beer to drink on a cold Cincinnati morning. (920 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolute black and thick. Looks like motor oil staining the inside of my glass with a three finger dark brown head that fades slowly and leaves huge rings of dark lace behind.

The aroma is amazing. Full of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, plums, raisins, black cherry, vanilla, pipe tobacco, leather notes and of course cedar.

The cedar makes itself known over a rich chocolate and coffee backbone. Hints of dark fruit like cherry, plum, raisin with vanilla and tobacco notes.

Thick, smooth and chewy

A definite sipper. hard to finish because it is so rich. Definitely one to share and sip on a cold night. (628 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a Tulip glass.

Color: Black with a dark brown head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and cedar.

Taste: Chocolate coffee, alcohol, cedar and slighly smokey.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with good carbonation and pleasantly smooth.

Overall: Was able to enjoy this on-tap at Sweetwater Grill for the Cigar City tap takeover.
Has a great complexity to this one. The cedar and alcohol come thru very nicely. Cheers! (417 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark black in color. Huge tan head comes up and over the top and really fills the glass right to the rim. Hardly anything falls off of it for several minutes. Huge amounts of sticky tan foam all up and down the sides of the glass. Tons of chocolate and fruit notes just jumping out at you from the very first touch of it to the air. Notes of whiskey, hints of cedar and rich chocolate are all infused together seamlessly to put a wonderful touch on it. Enormous feel here, with huge carbonation just lets the flavor coat the entire tongue and really just gives it a wonderful sense of fullness to it. Rich chocolate and licorice notes just play off each other soo well. This was just wonderfully done. Hints of grapes, touches of almost apples coming through now. Very rich. Nice boozy and oak notes now coming through and giving it a very nice balance and richness (870 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle, 2009 vintage, thanks jdubfl.

Pours into my snifter a dense black, with no light even on the edges. The head is the best ive seen, it is cocoa brown and looks like chocolate creme. It stick around nicely leaving some very nice lacing behind.

The smell is pretty wild on this one, like no beer I have smelled before, thanks to the cedar. Along with the fresh cedar there is massive amounts of malt and a huge chocolate presence. This is also one of my favorite smelling brews. There is a tiny hint of sourness and wine way underneath too. It is totally exotic, but very well executed.

This one tastes very delicious. The malts are very easy to pick out and leave layers of flavor as you go. The cedar is a huge presence in the taste and it tastes good. It is a totally different beast than oak, it melds with the bitterness expertly creating almost a piney flavor. It is sweet and has a decent alcohol presence but neither become overpowering.

The mouthfeel could be less carbonated, but for the most part it is pretty good. My mouth has gotten really sticky while drinking this stuff.

This stout is jam packed with flavor, it isn't for the faint of heart, I wish I had another bottle to age. (1,218 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Cigar City Brewery, in Tampa, FL.

A- Motor oil. Tar. Ink. Take your pick. This stuff is pours as thick and black as any beer I have seen. After a vigorous pour, the minimal tan head quickly recedes to the edges of the glass. It almost stains the sides as I sip and leaves no lacing.
S- Heavy roasted malts with dark fruits and cedar in the background. A little bit of chocolate. Not as powerful as I would expect from a beer of this size.
T- Talk about complex. Heavy roasted malt in the beginning, quickly surpassed by dark fruits (plums, figs, currants), cedar, and chocolate. No alcohol detected, which is nice for an 11% stout. The cedar is a bit muted at first but really comes out as the beer warms. My only compliant would be that its amost a bit TOO roasty.
M - Thick, viscous and chewy. A full-bodied stout with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.
D- Without saying, this was hands down a sipper, yet for a stout of this size it was incredibly "drinkable." Granted, finishing an entire 750ml by myself was difficult, but the thanksgiving dinner I had just eaten didn't help. I'm glad I've got four more bottles.

Overall - My second Cigar City brew, and easily the better of the two. The cedar really adds another layer of complexity to the beer that overpowered the Cedar Aged Maduro Brown. A world class stout, highly recommended to split with some friends. (1,399 characters)

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewery.
Poured into a CC snifter. Opague black with a nice creamy lighter brown heading. Good lacing throughout the tasting.

Nose is mostly of spanish cedar with a solid caramel and mocha malt backing.Slight hop presence as well in the nose.

Taste is not far off from the nose. A heavy first wave of cedar,a much bigger hop bite than anticipated takes over and settles to a hotter boozey finish.

A little thin and boozier than most Imperial Stouts but not bad in anyway. Decent carbonation.

Not bad at all. I love the touch of spanish cedar it really pulls through in this beer. (602 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CCB

A-Pours black, black, black with a 1/2" mocha colored head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lace. Looks great.

S-A nice roasty malt greets first then the cedar comes in providing a nice aromatic presence. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit also come in. I thought at 11.5% I'd sniff a whiff of booze, but there is none here. It is a very pleasant nose, though I wish it was a bit more prominent.

T-Rich roasted malt, hints of cedar and smoke, a bit of booze (there it is!), hints of chocolate, dark fruit and coffee. A tinge of sweetness too. Very good.

M-Rich, lush, full bodied, coating. The carb level on this is spot on in my book (unlike the one bottle of Zhukov I had that was flat, flat, flat).

O-This is an excellent stout. The cedar provides an interesting twist to this one. I'll be sure and pick up some of this before I head out of town. (877 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pitch black with two fingers of creamy dark brown foam, settles in a couple of minutes to a quarter inch, leaving delicate lace down the glass. Smell: tons of dark chocolate, toasted brown bread, medium roast, notes of smoke, currants and cedar. Taste: dark chocolate, black currant, toasted pumpernickel, medium roast coffee note, towards the end of the sip dark brown sugar and the slightly peppery flavor imparted by cedar. Medium+ bodied, lowish carbonation but a nice balance of syrupy and creamy. Alcohol has been relaxed. Pretty excellent. (562 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a couple times, most recently thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison). Served in a wine glass.

A - Looks like Zhukov. Angry dark mocha foam that quickly dissipates to a thin collar. Pitch black body. Glass-coating brownish oily film.

S - Cedar! But once you get past the cedar there's a hefty amount of dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla as well. I also get citrus, which I think is my brain playing associative tricks on me.

T - The taste is much more mellow with the cedar influence, and is much better integrated than the last time I had this beer (April 2010). It's a nice blend of cedar, vanilla, chocolate cake, smoke, and light espresso. Finishes with light bitterness. I'm not sure if it's the age or the cedar-aging but the scorched Earth quality I dislike in regular Zhukov has been blunted here.

M - Nice carbonation that is sufficient to keep this from getting syrupy. Full-bodied, sticky finish, and lightly tannic as well. Alcohol is well-hidden.

D - This has gotten a lot better in the last year or so. It was strangely compelling and got better the more I had. I refilled my glass a few times, and we had no problem finishing it. (1,157 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Eric, the artist formerly known as TurdFurgison.

A - Black beer with a tightly bubbled brown head that looked really nice. Minor spots left on the outside.

S - Smells like a nicely sweet and roasted stout, if you were drinking it locked in a cedar chest. Wow, tons and tons of cedar along with the roasted malts, a little cocoa, molasses, tobacco. Shocking at first, but it kind of grew on me.

T - The taste grew on me even more. Once you got used to the cedar it was a very smooth, unique beer with lots of big stout taste, a little on the sweet side, but with some complimentary and sweetness cutting cedar presence. I really liked this a lot and had multiple pours.

M - Smooth, creamy, full bodied.

O - I doubt this will be for everyone, but I really enjoyed this beer and drank a surprising amount of it. Would love to have it again. (863 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by illidurit at a tasting. Huge thanks to David for this one.

Pours jet black and viscous with a very dark brown head, about as dark as heads get.

Aroma is intense with lots of cedar, roast, and smoke, redwood forest, and coconut.

Flavor is absolutely insane, like nothing I've had before. It's almost like they liquified the taste of a great Cuban cigar and blended that with a very good imperial stout. Roasty and really cedary with burnt malts, cigar smoke, chocolate, black pepper, coconut, and tropical fruits. Really complex, really crazy, and really awesome. At first I thought it was a little weird, but it definitely grew on me.

Extremely long finish. Amazingly smooth and full on the mouthfeel yet having some harsh smoky bitterness.

Drinkability is only decent, but that doesn't really detract from how awesome this beer is overall. (862 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum, New York, NY
Served in a stemmed wine glass

Fairly thick and viscous in appearance. Nearly pitch black with no head but a frothy, coffee colored ring of lace.

The aroma was big, roasty and a touch sweet. Coffee and brown sugar came through strong. Slightly smoky.

The taste was excellent. Overall, bigger, sweeter and more complex than the aroma. Lots of coffee, roast and brown sugar. The cedar gives the beer a beer a slightly woody flavor that is definitely more subtle than oak. Dry, smoky and a touch hoppy on the finish.

The mouthfeel was amazing. Nearly full-bodied. Rich, creamy, frothy and super smooth with a fine, tongue-blanketing effervescence.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer hides its alcohol prowess well.

All in all, another terrific release from the folks at Cigar City. (836 characters)

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.