Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) - Cigar City Brewing
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2.33/5 rDev -44.1%
Acquired via trade
Black and thick body with a moderately sized dark brown head. As usual, Cigar City makes another beautiful stout. Shiny, black, thick, heavy, viscous, oily--all words I'd use to describe this stout. Unfortunately, it's appearance was probably my favorite aspect of the beer.
Big notes of wood and smoke, as expected, and the base beer is largely lost because of it. There's also fairly large amounts of vegetable/tomato ketchup aroma, which isn't particularly pleasant. There's some strange sweetness and a bit of soy as well.
The flavor is just as bad, if not worse, than the aroma. Big notes of gourd vegetables, tomatoes, ketchup, wood, soy, and sweetness. A favorite beer of mine has been transformed into something not particularly drinkable.
Thick bodied with low-moderate carbonation. This beer does not fail the mouthfeel test.
I have largely hated the Humidor Series from Cigar City. This one is no exception.
08-29-2012 18:30:39 | More by ehammond1
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
01-08-2012 00:52:59 | More by flexabull
4.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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!
10-04-2012 23:08:38 | More by koopa
3.73/5 rDev -10.6%
Many thanks to a very generous jw347, who I most definitely owe ... this was an extra! I ensured proper reviewing dynamics by gently using an eyedropper to fill a tumbler with exactly 2.3 oz of this liquid. I also used a blow dryer combined with dry ice to replicate heating and freezing temperatures. Good to go!
Pours jet black, with a gigantic, beautifully bubbling dark brown head. This is a gorgeous beer. Off the top of my head, I can't think of one more attractive. Nice bubbling foamy crust throughout.
Smells earthy, with just hints of cedar (not nearly as pronounced as other cedar aged beers I've had from them), with big roasted malt and a much stronger than expected dark fruit/plum background. Hmm...why would this have so much more dark fruit than the "normal" version? Some bitter chocolate and espresso in the nose.
The taste, unfortunately, doesn't quite deliver on the aroma. And I blame the cedar. I appreciate what Cigar City is trying to do in terms of expanding palates, but the cedar is so distracting. Yes, cigar boxes and furniture come to mind. There's an earthy roasted maltiness with a big dark fruit component (again, where is this coming from? The "regular" version was much more charred/earthy/ashy, and the dark fruits were a hint) and accompanying chocolate and coffee. The whole thing is bitter and earthy. But the cedar ... man. I can't help but wish they'd gone with a bourbon barrel.
Overall, very interesting, glad I got the chance to try it, but not for me.
12-02-2009 09:05:29 | More by Overlord
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-11-2010 17:49:23 | More by nickd717
4/5 rDev -4.1%
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!
12-10-2012 15:46:14 | More by Jeffo
2.48/5 rDev -40.5%
Somewhat chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by stupac2. Thanks, Stu!
A: This pours a heavy, motor oil black with a pretty leggy appearance in swirls. Thick, dark head that looks menacing and retains fairly well. Say what I might, the appearance cannot be faulted.
S: This is REALLY woody. Tons of tannins with some roasted coffee and soy sauce backing it up. Kind of one-dimensional.
T: As in the nose, it's overly tannic; they contribute spice and astringency. The base beer is quite sweet, so I'm hoping for some interplay, but the tannins dominate. Some chocolate, but mostly roasted coffee and mild char.
M: I love the richness (thought it makes the beer hard to drink). I can't stand the over-emphasis on cedar, though. It's a wash.
O: This was shared in a really stout-dominated tasting, so it had the unfortunate luck of being stacked up against a number of other beers in the style (some great, some not). I found this near the bottom. Perhaps on its own, I might have been more pleased; but given how woody it is, probably not.
02-19-2012 08:29:57 | More by Arbitrator
4.43/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
01-29-2010 00:29:39 | More by crossovert
2.45/5 rDev -41.2%
Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/16/12
Shared by PDXHops
Sept 2011 printed on the label
This is quite the dark beer; the deep, scorched brown looks nearly black in the glass. The head is a rather dark brown and hits the one finger mark before skimming out. Small spots of lace build with each sip and slide back down the glass.
Dark sugars dominate the aroma; dense notes of molasses, chocolate and prune. Dark berry overtones. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of roast. The cedar isn't particularly distinct here; it just adds a small amount of wood in the few places not filled with sugars.
Thankfully, roast plays a more prominent role for the palate; even better are ashy hints toward the finish. Chocolate, molasses, tangy roast and undertones of coffee beans. The cedar is subtle here, too, and that's probably a good thing. The wood adds a snappy, earthy layer that might be overdone were it stronger. Sweet, but not terribly so. The finish has residual roast and sugars.
The feel is so viscous and dense, it might as well be termed sludge. Then again, it's too smooth to be sludgy, I reckon. Carbonation is on the low side of average; in comparison to the body, it's at a comfortable level for me right off the rip. No need to swirl here. The 11% abv is concealed well.
I had my reservations on account of some of the Cigar City sugar bombs I've had before, but this one panned out pretty well. The sweetness becomes more pronounced with warmth, and eventually, the beer becomes a bit tiring. It's not a terrible beer, though.
11-07-2012 06:25:49 | More by Ryan011235
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
11-18-2011 14:12:02 | More by nlmartin
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
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