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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 200
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 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 ales4baldo
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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. (850 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind courtesy of Retail1LO, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark black color with the darkest brown head I think I've ever seen. As the beer settled, the head turned to more tan color, nice lacing.

Aromas are very chocolate like, dark cocoa, bready, grainy, with some vegetal notes.

Taste is of heavily roasted malts. Definitely has a smoky char flavor, some bitter bakers chocolate, dark fruits, and some brown sugar sweetness. Finish is warm, lightly boozy, with light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and well rounded, carbonation is good too.

Overall, this is a nice stout. Very heavy roast flavors, but it's still very tasty. (647 characters)

Photo of largadeer
2.2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stupac2 shared this one. Thanks!

Oily pitch black pour, in the usual Cigar City fashion. The head is near black itself, and retains well. Swirling the beer reveals syrupy black legs.

Ridiculously overwhelming cigar box aroma. Spicy, fruity, a lot of sweetness. Bit of soy sauce and tobacco. Not as much acrid char as regular Zhukov, which is a plus, but the cedar is far too intense.

The palate offers more of the same: a ton of spicy cedar. It's balanced fairly well by the sweetness, but still comes off as too much. Quite tannic, chocolatey, very thick and rich. Some char and astringency in the mouthfeel. Pretty rough, hard to drink. Yet another example of why cedar and beer should never meet. (702 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 sjccmd
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We opened this up during a tasting last weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours black and very thick with a layer of cocoa colored head that fades to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slightly peppery with a strong presence of the cedar. Sweet and roasty, quite nice.

Taste: Again, the wood has a very strong presence here. The taste is a little bitter with the sweetness taking a back seat, which is a big change from the base beer. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: I thought the wood would balance out the sweetness from the base beer. It ended up being way too bitter. I don't think I'll search this one out again. (739 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,400 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 MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the big 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle dated SEPT 2011 into a tall snifter. It comes out thick and dark like motor oil. It leaves a head color reminiscent of an espresso crema. Some markings are left on the glass.
The initial smell reveals coffee and chocolate in the forefront, but the cedar and alcohol are not far behind. Some sweetness is present.
Coffee and dark chocolate were more prominent in the beginning, but as I continued to drink and it warmed the cedar seemed to get more pronounced. The taste just wasn't gelling with me after awhile. I think it was all the alcohol and cedar that just got old quickly.
It has a full body with light carbonation. Dry. (672 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 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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a motor oil black. Leaves a lot of legs. This is thick.

Aroma: Sauna cedar. Very roasty with coffee and spice. Vanilla and chocolate. Very unique. Tons of cedar!!!

Taste: A ton of cedar. Very earthy and woody. Roasty and coffee. Chocolate and dark fruits. Molasses and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Dry, roasty, and kind of smooth. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean.

Overall, this was a very interesting beer. It was kind of drinkable. I enjoyed it. So much cedar! Reminded me of a sauna. (522 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 hdelavega
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of Gtreid
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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 (896 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 Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the "Aging Beers on Unusual Wood" presentation by Cigar City at Bx Beer Depot.

Appearance - Jet black with no head. Little brown bubbles around the edge. So black it stains the glass.

Smell - Sweet malts and some coffee aromas. Overwhelming sweetness. I honestly don't get a lot of cedar, unless it's hidden within the sugar and booze.

Taste - Strong chocolate malts. Hop bitter at the front, which is strange for an RIS. Strong sweetness in the middle with a cedar astringency in the finish. The cedar seems to add to the sweetness, too.

Mouthfeel - Thick as hell. Not a lot of carbonation, even on tap. It coats the mouth and makes the flavors linger.

Overall - I don't get a lot of direct cedar. It adds to the flavors subtly and unfortunately enhances the sweetness of the beer. (797 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 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 ThreeWiseMen
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (1,548 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,306 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Eric (turd) for this one. 2009 bottle poured into a tulip. I was dreading to try this after other Humidor series, but this surprisingly good...This is a looker, a midnight black body with a dark tan head that rises about three full fingers. The heads falls a touch to fast without leaving much of a cap but great lacing at first...As expected the aroma is mostly cedar, strong, astringent, yet fresh and not totally overbearing as lots of dark chocolate adds balance. I also get some fresh tobacco leaves, really nice touch. At points the cedar comes across very strong but it dies and lets other things show, including a touch of mint leaves and alcohol...The cedar takes a backseat on the taste. Its still there and strong but doesn't dominate and makes this drinkable as I came back for a couple more glasses. The chocolate really holds up well here and is actually the main player. Cedar accents with some smoke and vanilla. Hate to say it, this is good!

I had no expectations this would be good. Stay away from cedar aged ipas but the stout holds up. This isn't something I would drink several times, not could I finish a bottle myself. However, its a successful change of pace that I would suggest everyone trying. (1,232 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.