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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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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.94%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. The wood gives it a nice complexity and balance. The aroma is very chocolate. Big mouthfeel. Very dark brown. Coffee too. A nice one but not 100 percentile.
This is rather known as the humidor series, which uses cedar wood.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 18:31:03 | More by Sammy
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Greg (googzoid10) for the bottle! I haven't had the standard Zhukov's yet, but this is the second aged version (my first was the brandy) and I've really enjoyed them both.

This pours dark, I guess you could call it black, with a thin tan head. I braced for a strong cedar nose (having tried the Jai Alai and Gruit Humidor series last year) but the cedar was really a minor component here. What comes through most strongly are RIS aromas, roasted malts and a little cocoa, then after all that is processed I get a little cedar at the end.

On tasting, the cedar makes its presence known. Unlike the aroma it's more of a defining characteristic in the taste, but in a way that worked very well for me. I think a strong RIS is a better choice for cedar aging than, say, an IPA, as the stout can keep a lot of its original flavor. At least that's based on the few I've tried from Cigar City.

Lots of sweet roasty malts, a little caramel malt too, some cocoa and what have you. Plus cedar, which melds with the flavors nicely. Based on some things I heard while sharing this bottle, there's a chance that a little age has helped the flavors come together.

Nice thick mouthfeel, not so much alcohol apparent in taste or by burn, very easy drinking. An odd beer maybe, but one I fully recommend.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:33:29 | More by TurdFurgison
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Jeffo

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -3.8%
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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hdelavega

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at cigar city brewery.
Poured a deep black with a one finger brown bubbly head that only lasted around 30 seconds.
Nice roasty/chocolate nose with hints of woodyness, defiantly some dark fruit.
Lots of cedar in the taste. These humidor beers really display more wood than most wood aged beers I've had, and the cedar is super interesting to boot. This one is pretty roasty with a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, sticky, slickly. Big body medium carbonation.
Overall a really nice stout the cedar may have been a tiny bit over powering but as a featured part of the brew it was presented nicely.
I will defiantly try this again and suggest it to others.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 22:36:50 | More by hdelavega
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cavedave

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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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ales4baldo

California

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P-Good size bottle, solid looking building. Digging the cigar band label.

A-poured out a jet black with a midnight look. Thick and milky. Soft mocha foam that didnt last long. Bits of red glaze shine through.

S-smells a little like a cigar box. Get chocolate and a bit of cherries. Bits of vanilla and grape. Plum and cedar are scarce.

T-A bit rustic and tart. A little smoke and also dark. Cherries and cedar are present but not too much. Tiny vanilla notes and coffee esspresso.

M-Thick and heavy. Definitely full bodied. Sticky and pasty as well. A round taste with little carbonation. A bit flat but its welcomed.

O-Made really well and didnt do overdo it with the cedar. I like the thickness of the beer and how it sticks. Nice blend. Would have liked to see the flavors come out a bit more to really showcase the beer. Really good though.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 06:22:12 | More by ales4baldo
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socon67

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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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illidurit

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy daknole. Pours a very inky black with a dark brown creamy head. Very oily and sudsy, looks great. Smells exactly like a cigar box. Having trouble getting any notes other than cedar. Tastes like a cigar box too, but at least there's some beer influence in there as well. Dark chocolate, not a lot of roast, rather smokey, no alcohol presence. Chewy and smooth. I'd love to try the base beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 21:58:01 | More by illidurit
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sjccmd

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enormous amount of thanks to lerxst for this one!

Pours ridiculously black, glooping out of the bottle. The head is small but absolutely one of the darkest I've seen, rich dark coffee brown. Sticks to the glass. Quite thick.

Dark roasted coffee, rum, raisins in the aroma. Warm alcohol. Slight salty aroma. Lots of roasted malts and dark fruits.

Sweet dark fruits and tons of roasted malt in the flavor. Lots of sweetness that is almost cloying, but roasted bitterness keeps it in check.

Super thick, but a decent amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth with roasty bitterness and dark chocolate flavors.

Overall a very dense beer. Not especially complex, but lots of flavor. Definitely a beer to share.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:30:02 | More by sjccmd
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adam42381

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

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
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Gtreid

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Just like all the Zhukov variants, this one pours black as night with an evil looking, thick head. Tons of lace.

A: I get the same notes as the base beer, loads of chocolate, sweet molasses, roasted malt. And the distinct aroma of the cedar wood. I really enjoy what the cedar does to the nose of zhukovs, very woodsy and earthy.

T: I like the base beer better in this department. I think the cedar takes away from the outstanding qualities of zhukovs. Don't get me wrong, this is still stellar, just not quite as good as the original. It finishes very dry.

M: Again I think the wood detracts from the great qualities of the base brew. Still thick and creamy just not as viscous as the original. Great carbonation though.

O: Really, really good brew. I like zhukovs a bit more but I really like the different nuance of the cedar. Try it if you can. Skal

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:20:17 | More by Gtreid
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Sean9689

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Bottle shared by rudylaw at a pre-DLD tasting.

A - Pours black, very little head. A few bubbles here and there but otherwise, just the straight black motor oil look.

S - Spanish cedar, reminds me of a Cuban cigar box, mixed with some chocolate and dark fruit. The cedar is really in-your-face on the nose...I mean, REALLY.

T - Not as much cedar as I was expecting. Quite nice. It's got the milk/dark chocolate and a smooth woody/cedar touch to it. Very ncie.

M - Full bodied, rich, creamy finish.

D - Very nice stout. I haven't had the regular version yet so I can't really comment on a comparison. I'll update this once I've had the chance. Overall, me like.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 05:40:59 | More by Sean9689
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mdfb79

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/19/11 notes, shared with a few friends. Didn't realize this was MZ based on the label, had to do some digging around on BA and RB. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evidenet. Some light lacing left on the glass and head lasts for several minutes. Pretty much the perfect looking big RIS.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, some wood/oak, coffee, and toasted malts. Pretty good and the toasted notes/wood definitely comes through.

t - Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, wood, toasted maltys, bready malts, light dark fruits, and light vanilla. Not as sweet as the nose and a tiny step down.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body, pretty thick. Tiny bit of alcohol but not too bad at all for 11.5% ABV. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was another great RIS from Cigar City. I'm not sure if it is an improvement on the base beer at all, but a fun variation none the less. Looks perfect and has a great mouthfeel, I think the nose was a little less vanilla/sweet than normal MZ, and the taste had more bitter/dark chocolate. If you're a fan of MZ and Hunahpu I'd strongly suggest trying this one, though I think I prefer both of those slightly more. Something I'd certainly like to have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 16:25:03 | More by mdfb79
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my Founder's stout glass, this brew pours as wonderful as an Marshal Zhukov's. Pitch black with a milk chocolate head. Any brew based off of Marshal Zhukov is always the darkest, most fearsome stout I've ever seen. This version is leaving lace 360 degrees around the glass, that deserves a 5.0 in my book.

S: The first aroma that jumps up and grabs you is the cedar that truly makes this a humidor series. The usual Marshal notes of chocolate and molasses are hiding in the background, but come out to complement the cedar notes.

T: Fresh out of the fridge the cedar takes over, given time to warm notes of dark chocolate, fudge, and roasted caramelized malt shine through. The cedar leaves a very nice woody after taste.

MF: Smooth and creamy, carbonation is spot on for a beer of the caliber. It shows how much CCB has learned about carbonation over the few years they've been in business.

Overall, take a box of your favorite chocolates and serve them up in a cedar box. That is Humidor Marshal in a nutshell. Seriously, this brew means business and I'm glad I got a few to age.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:43:46 | More by TKEbeerman
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1%
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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bret27

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of illidurit

S: Cedar!, roasty, tobacco

A: Jet black w/dark brown head

T: Cedar is overwhelmingly strong. If it was more balanced this would have gotten an even higher taste score. There is also roast, spice, little alcohol, and a bitter roasty finish.

M: Fairly thick.

D: Really minimal etoh presence, and very tasty.

Overall: First C.C. "humidor" series beer I've had. If the cedar was a little more subdued I think it would be a whee bit better.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 18:55:00 | More by bret27
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Beerisheaven

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, props to tpd975 for the hook up on this difficult to obtain bottle from CCB. Greg always seems willing and able to surprise you with some choice CCB selections.

A - Dark pour into a snifter glass with a small head that quickly settles down.

S - Very interesting in that the cedar smell is definitely present. Hard to place in that no other beers really feature the cedar aging and profile. Very interesting. You are expecting the normal RIS profile but the cedar definitely makes you sit up and take notice. My friends who were not aware of what was being served had strange "what is this" expressions on their face.

T - Follows the nose in that the cedar provides a really interesting taste to the base Zuhkov. At times not sure if you love it, it is that interesting and unusal. Not sure you can drink a lot of this, but it is an interesting variation to the base RIS.

M - A slightly thinner version of the base beer. Everyone liked it.

D - Again, it is very unique and I am not sure that my share of the bottle is more than enough. Very interesting experience.

Thanks again to greg for the hookup on this variation. I really appreciate it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 05:28:57 | More by Beerisheaven
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mulder1010

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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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nickd717

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 17:49:23 | More by nickd717
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2010 07:25:07 | More by Damian
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.