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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 151
Gots: 39 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

acurtis, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to raveskdr for sharing this bottle. Served in a Cigar City snifter. Pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black. The nose carries loads and loads of cedar. Far, far too much. It’s over the top. That’s enough ways to say that. Zhukov is a powerful beer, and it’s barely noticeable underneath the cedar here. The flavor adds in some roast and chocolate, but it’s mostly all cedar. Wow. Medium body with a spicy cedar finish. Not a huge fan. I’d much prefer regular Zhukov.

Thorpe429, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

nmann08, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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

mikesgroove, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Knapp85, Mar 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of largadeer
2.17/5  rDev -48%
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.

largadeer, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

JAHMUR, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Kegatron, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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.

MasterSki, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

oline73, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

mdfb79, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

beernads, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of stakem
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.

stakem, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

mothman, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Gonzoillini, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +19.9%

sendbeer, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by wetherel on 12/19/2009. Thanks! The beer flows from the bottle and appears black and viscous with a one finger light brown head.

The nose is earthy, with notes of toasted cedar. It's like walking in a forest (of Cedar trees), stopping, dropping to one knee, taking a bit of soil between your cupped bands, and bringing it to your nose to partake in the wonders of nature. The malt is very roasted. Light vanilla is evident. I detect a little chocolate and tobacco. Dark fruits linger in the distance.

The flavor is of chocolate with an ashen, roasted, tannic, bitter, astringent, and woody quality. The cedar doesn't translate well to the flavor, but it's not particularly offensive, and there are redeeming qualities. This is a robust RIS with an emphasis on the roast. The finish is somewhat harsh, with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and wood

HopHead84, Dec 21, 2009
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.