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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Brandy Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Brandy Barrel AgedMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Brandy Barrel Aged

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 11.47%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 01-17-2010)
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

G - Cigar City snifter

A - Evil crude with a nearly black head that lasts forever. The look of this brew is only rivaled by Hunahpu; it is the most ridiculous, sinister and striking brew you could ever see.

S - Ridiculously decadent. Strong everything: booze, coffee, cocoa, wood, vanilla. It smells ominous or dangerous, which it is.

T - This delicious barrel treatment of the Marshal Zhukov RIS is just ridiculous beyond description. The base brew is really enhanced, revealing serious layers of added complexity. Boozy, of course, but not crass; the heavy impressions are subdued and as a result the flavor is more focused on very light and delicate flavors such as suggestions of sweet Fuji apples and crème Brulee. The heavy stuff is also there, the bitter cocoa, the espresso and chicory, the tobacco and charred wood, but it is so beautifully tempered by the barrel treatment. Outstanding.

M - The ultimate in viscosity. This stuff will stain your teeth, it is so intense.

D - If you are even in a position to question its drinkability, then you are in the right place my friend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 22:29:47 | More by ktrillionaire
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Infernal75

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 32oz growler, thanks go out to muskabeatz for sharing this with me.

The group of us were all rather worried, holding our collective breath really as this one was opened because the bottle was sticky out of the shipping package and it had clearly leaked some... Much to our delight the beer didn't seem to have been adversely effected at all!

A: Holy smokes, this beer was rich and dark, truly giving the description "motor oil" a work out, coated with just a tiny bit of the darkest foam I've ever seen, this beer is a pretty, pretty, looking stout!

S: The initial assault on the nostrils is pure apple, fresh, crisp, ripe from the farm. But that's not it, it seems to warm into a sweeter hybrid between apple pie and fudge brownies, really a uniquely delicious aroma with just a hint of woodiness trailing. The only negative for me was that I caught a whiff of alcoholic fumes that kept this away from perfection.

T: The taste matches the smell pretty well, The apple seems to be some kind of blend between washington and bit of granny smith tartness. The apple mixes with some dark chocolate evenly smoothed out with the brandy. Maybe the clearest trace of Zhukov's present in this beer, I caught a little dark fruit, almost a darker cherry flavor in the tail end. As it warms up you get a little alcohol hotness, only a tiny bit boozy as it warms. This monster leaves a barrel-aged dark chocolate sort of bitterness in your mouth that lets you know you've got a quality stout. Wow, what a unique, delicious stout!

M: Mouthfeel, I'll be brief, THICK. Could use a tiny bit more carbonation, but given the age of the growler and the leaking concerns we faced, I was really pleased with the carbonation level relative to the style.

O: Wow, the sum of this beer's parts is a fantastically mind-blowingly dark Russian Imperial Stout. The taste is well-crafted and doesn't seem forced, somehow the apple, while tart, mixes well with the chocolaty sweet barrel-aged stout characteristic you expect from something akin to Bourbon County. A wonderful treat.

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 02:59:29 | More by Infernal75
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calcio360jrd

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Coffee District for Cigar City/TBC takeover night.

This was by far the hit of the evening, the keg was tapped out barely an hour after firt pour. Pour was black as night and thick as hell when coming from the tap. The smell was intoxicating, u got a real hit of the apple brandy barrel aging right at the beginning. The taste was just as wonderful, the complex flavors of a RIStoudt along with the barrel aging were fantastic on the palette. Glad i got 2 pours before the keg kicked. Recommend this to anybody if you get the chance to try it, fantastic!

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 14:56:11 | More by calcio360jrd
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muskabeatz

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Sendsilk for this one!

Poured from a 32oz. CCB growler into my Portsmouth tulip.

A- This is THE darkest beer I have ever seen, touched, held in my hand, drank, you name it...the darkest EVER. Many times I've seen a khaki or brown head come to rest on top of an imperial stout similar to this; however, the head on this beast is a dark, burnt brown, nearly the color potting soil. Jesus. This is love at first sight.

S- After reading prior reviews, the aroma was a bit more subtle than I had built it up to be in my imagination. Lots of oak initially, along with a rich brandy presence, and green apples in the background. All of these marry with the tremendous malt presence that adds a noticable roastiness into the mix as well. I find the aroma slightly underwhelming simply because I was expecting a bit more apple out of it.

T- Wow. This beer presents to the drinker all the most wonderful flavors to be had in life: fresh apple pie, sweet brandy, heavy malt presence, all linked together by brownies and baker's chocolate in the finish. Absolutely outstanding.

M- Heavenly. The Zhukov's varieties are just about as thick as they come in terms of viscosity, and this one sits damn near the top. It is uncompromisingly thick and syrupy, with just enough carbonation to come in and save the day. For me, it doesn't get much better than this.

O- Overall, Brandy Zhukov's is up there as one of my favorite beers ever. While the aromas were just shy of meeting my expectation, this is a beer I would NEVER turn down. I was happy to split this growler with three of my good friends, and we all decided that this brew fell just short of the greatness that is Hunahpu's. In the end I'm eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to try this, and can only hope to have it again in the future.

Serving type: growler

04-04-2011 21:21:39 | More by muskabeatz
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark, black as night this one poured with a tremendous fury. Evil looking and thick as oil it came at me . Small two finger head settled down and coated the sides with sticky chocolate colored lacing that let me know I was in for it.

As I reach in and take a whiff it hits me like a ton of bricks. Deep aroma of roasted malts, huge brandy notes , vanilla, molasses, tons of rich oak and lots of sugary and boozy touches. Hard to explain, just soo complex I dont know where to begin. Warming just confuses me more as the profile seems neverending. Each sip is like liquid god for me. Deep roasted notes, coffee, light licorice, brandy, boozy flavor that seems to dominate early on but fade as it starts to warm. Vanilla, and oak, chocolate, rich decadent notes of toffee and never ending complexity welcome me and wont let me go.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2011 01:13:41 | More by mikesgroove
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Super huge thanks to Jeff for busting this one out as a nice surprise. In a flip-top growler for around a year, hopefully it has held up okay. It pours out of the growler inky and oily, completely black in color, much like the regular iteration of Zhukov. Understandable, there is basically no head that forms; simply a minuscule, deep-mocha ring that surfaces at the circumference of this black-hole brew and nothing else. Very quiet and still in the glass.

Whatever was lost in terms of appearance can be forgiven as soon as you finally smell this beer - it's absolutely fantastic. Sensational brandy notes, both sweet and warming with fine hints of booze and apples. Rich, dense, fudge-covered chocolate cake, backed with mounds of dark fruits; dates and figs, rolled and covered in brown sugar. It sounds like a diabetic's nightmare, but the sweetness is really monitored so well.

Some warmth brings forth even more aromas; more molasses, more brown sugar, and more, sweet, sweet apple brandy. The coffee that was so heavy in the original Marshal Zhukov's stout seems to have lots it's magic here, but no matter - the apple brandy aging (and possibly a year in the growler) has turned the base beer into a whole new monster, at least aromatically.

I take a sip, and immediately I am both surprised and enthralled to find that the flavor actually does have some intense, roasted coffee notes in it - much akin to the regular Zhukov stout - and it blends perfectly with the other flavors here. Roasty coffee beans, chocolate cake, rich and dark fudge, burnt, sticky toffee, and a whole lotta wet oak in the background.

The apple brandy flows through the entire profile so perfectly. Warm, boozy, and ever-present, yet it's miles and miles away from ever being "hot". This is certainly only of the smoothest inclusions of brandy barrels I've ever tasted. Lots of silky, sweet prunes and dates in the finish, along with more apple-like, boozy brandy and mild after-notes of chocolate and coffee.

Even with virtually no carbonation (although there was still a *touch* left in the growler), this brew was insanely palatable. It was definitely huge on the palate; silky, chewy, thick, and beyond viscous, and there's not doubt that a year of mellowing out did nothing but help. I would imaging that just a touch more carbonation would be excellent, but I still don't have much to complain about at this point.

So out of the 20+ beers that were consumed this night, this beer was far and away the best in show. Just insane, really. Marshal Zhukov is an amazing stout, first and foremost, and tossing that sucker in apple brandy barrels just takes things to a whole different level and gives you a completely out-of-this-world, barrel aged stout. Again, such a huge thanks to Jeff for this nice surprise. What an amazing brew.

Serving type: growler

07-15-2013 16:17:38 | More by tectactoe
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KevSal

California

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

last minute extra from Jefe73, can thank you enough Jeff for pullin this one off. thanks buddy!

Out of a growler into a Cigar City Growler poured with my gf, gotto get into it asap!

Appearance- looks amazing, wasnt expecting too much carbonation but got a nice half inch mocha head. the appearance is delicious (plus these CC growlers are mega cool)

Smell- Wow this gets top marks. as soon as I opened it the room was filled with stong apples and brandy scents. sticking my nose in the glass gives me an apple covered with chocolate. Zhukov is there too with some bourbon, but not as much as i was expecting at first. half way through the glass the booze and brandy becomes more pronounced. a swirl of the glass unleashes that awesome chocolate apple again

Taste- hmm this stuff taste great. you can still taste the base beer, its a unique taste. The flavor has been seriously boosted, great bandy sweetness and barrel taste.

Mouthfeel- coasts the entire mouth, the flavor gets all over and its great. much better mouthfeel than was expecting actually. very little alcohol burn, very smooth.

Overall- overall a very good experience. even better is knowing there's 15-20 ounces left! i feel very lucky to get to try this guy.
great beer for after dinner. wish they bottled this and i wish i had some aging in the cellar.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2011 06:34:37 | More by KevSal
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shand

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Hunahpu's Day 2011.

Pours a jet black with a nice deep, thick head that retaines amazingly all the way through the sample. Looks awesome. The smell is some smooth chocolate, apple Jolly Ranchers (in a good way), a bit of coffee and vanilla, and some roastiness. The taste was very good! Plenty of green apple and vanilla from the barrel aging process, and some very substantial chocolate. Roastiness is a little more subdued, but still a huge part of this beer's character. A great choice of barrel to age this on.

The mouthfeel is amazing, it's super thick and very creamy for a barrel aged beer. I savored every sip. The drinkability is surprisingly good for the ABV and thickness, my pour didn't last very long. Ah, what a day Hunahpu's Day was! I may not have gone nuts on the endless arrays of tantalizing taps because I had to unfortunately drive home after getting my bottles, but any day I have four A+ brews in a row is a good day for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 02:36:48 | More by shand
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a deep mocha colored head that is almost an inch thick. It held pretty well for a growler pour and leaves nice lacing.

S: Big chocolate notes with hints of coffee and roastiness in the background. also the barrel is quite present bringing some vanilla notes and some green apple notes as well.

T: The barrel is very present bringing out notes of caramel and green apple with some vanilla. tons of chocolate and some woodiness as well. A slightly roasted bitterness and a nice booze like presence with a lingering bitter chocolate note.

M: Rich and creamy. incredibly smooth with no real heat present or chalkiness. the abv is hardly detectable, exactly what i am looking for in a stout

D: this is one outstanding stout that I am extremely happy to have gotten to try. i would not hesitate to try this one age if given the chance

Serving type: growler

07-15-2010 23:46:40 | More by mikey711
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and thick with a bit of dark brown head. More notes from the comparison:

The Brandy was very hit or miss among our group. Everyone agreed that the nose was phenomenal. Put next to the Laird's Apple Brandy there is a ton of apple and oak on the nose. However, the taste is interesting... a bit unbalanced in most of our opinion an a little unusual but super tasty none the less.

Serving type: growler

03-17-2011 00:46:45 | More by Urbancaver
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tpd975

Florida

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hunahpus release.

A: It's a Cigar City stout. Dark Evil and awesome when it comes to appearence.

S: Wonderful barrel aromas right from the start. Tons of brandy and woody oak. Very bold roast boardering on char. Notes of espresso and deep earthy chocolate.

T: Very much like the aroma but the barrel helps this one really stand out. Very roasted with strong chocolate. Hints of earthy char and coffee. Big big barrel notes but in such a good way. Oak and pure Brandy goodness.

M: Very full in body, smooth rich, great.

D: About as drinkable or should I say sippable as a beer this big can be.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 13:56:06 | More by tpd975
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Cigar City taproom. This was dark brown/black, completely opaque, with very little head (probably due to the 11.5% ABV). Initially sweet, after the first whiff I can tell that the beer has strong brandy notes. Reminds me of several great barrel aged beer aromas (OADL, 110K+OT I tried at 2009 DLD).

The beer was delicious and a little less boozy than expected, sweet and rich, roasted malts and a little smoke. Thicker than your usual barrel aged beer, I'd love to try the standard Marshal Zhukov's sometime to see how thick it is. Creamy and mouthcoating, lovely.

This was hands down the best beer I tried at CC, better than Hunahpu's (also on tap), just an extremely well made beer aged to what seemed like perfection in a brandy barrel. Also, one of the best names for an RIS that I've heard, nearly as good a name as Old Rasputin.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 02:03:16 | More by TurdFurgison
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler, out of my Maudite tulip. Thanks to Dave for making this one happen. A variation of a favorite of mine.

A- Oily, slick, and black. It is a vicious looking fluid that no light can penetrate. Has actually a nice reddish dark brown head. Very light lacing...

S- A beautiful blend of sweet brandy, oak, and chocolate. The oak and brandy is pretty overpowering on the smell. I get some touches of cherry or plum perhaps.

T- Wow. I love regular Zhukov's and this is a nice improvement. The barrel aging is apparent, but not completely overpowering. The heat is present at first, but it transitions to flavors of chocolate, brandy, and some hops.

M- It's without a doubt a little hot, but the flavor is well blended. The body is actually better than regular Zhukov's, a little less thick. The aftertaste is very nice too.

O- This is another great beer out of CCB. Would love this in some bottles, so it maybe had some time to mellow out. Delicious...

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 00:52:42 | More by Gfunk720
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours solid black, no head, no lace. Looks ominous.
Smells of so many things, sweet caramel, coffee, chocolate, hint of booze, dates, and the brandy really comes through.
Taste is dark as hell, rich and thick of coffee grounds, brandy, sweet and yet bitter chocolate. This thing lingers in the back of the throat with hints of bitter coffee grounds....not coffee.
It slides down your throat like cough syrup and coats the glass the same way. It's still on the glass between sips. No carbonation at all and it doesn't need any.
This is a fantastic stout which pulled all the goodness out of the brandy barrel. I really hope to try more of this series.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2011 00:03:41 | More by kirok1999
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks urbancaver

from notes

A - good dark black body, no head really.

S - freshly pressed apples...it's beautiful. a bit of roasted malts in there too

T - very sweet apples, nicely balanced with roasty malts

M - smooth and thick, great.

O (D) - a big and tasty beer that smells great, pretty highly enjoyable

Serving type: growler

03-26-2011 16:25:10 | More by ColdPoncho
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 32 oz. growler into a tulip. From the 2011 Hunahpu's release. Thanks to Dunt for bringing this over.

Appearance: This pours black with cerry mahogany edges. A small foamy tan head fades to a ring. Pretty standard for an 11.5% stout.

Smell: Sweet apple brandy jumps into the nose; roast malt, some coffee, and chocolate provide support.

Taste: The smoothness in the brandy is quite noticeable, as is the flavor. Dark, chewy, roasted malt gives a base to the malt character, with touches of roast coffee and chocolate adding more character, and the oak and vanilla contributing even further depth. Still fairly boozy, but the brandy is pleasant so I do not feel compelled to knock it down for that.

Mouthfeel: As with the other Zhukov-based beers I have had, I found this to be incredibly creamy and smooth. Cigar City knows how to put this in my wheelhouse when it comes to the mouthfeel.

Overall: This was overall just a solidly enjoyable beer. Somewhat dominated by the brandy, but that is not a bad thing. When available, this is definitely worth seeking out for me.

Serving type: growler

03-30-2011 21:45:37 | More by KickInTheChalice
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade. Thanks man. Just barely opens the growler. Been sitting in my fridge the whole time waiting for a good oportunity. Poured into my cigar city snifter. Pours soo thick. Maybe the thickest I've seen. At first I was worried there was no carb but the two glasses I poured for my brother and my roomate had a nice dark tan head. No real lacing though on any of the glasses.

Aroma is amazing. Never had those aromas in a beer before. It's got a strong green apple aroma from the apple brandy. Nice roasty and caramel notes in the background.

Taste is the same. You get that apple brandy at first and then a nice caramel flavor then to a nice roastyness and oak and then finishes with the apple brandy again every time you move your tinge around after you swallow. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel is so thick. A sipper for sure. Glad I shared it with friends. Nice carb for a growler.

Overall an awesome beer I'm glad I got to try. Gunna have to look for more next year.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2011 04:50:15 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to cpinto6 for this beauty.

Super thick pitch black oily heavy motor oil with thick legs, light head covering darker head.

Nose apple brandy is dominant, dark roasts, black patent, dark chocolate, fluffy oats and nougat like, bits of dark fruit, caramel, light vanilla, light bitter earthy hop

Taste starts rich, thick, smooth oats, roasty, dark choc, milk choc, light pepper, some apple brandy, woody ethers, some fruity taste like green apple, lighter earthy hops, light bitter roasted malts, sticky and a little sweet, chewy malts, light vanilla, coffee grinds, finishes with a thick mouth coating, lots of dark malts and chocolate, woody ethers, light minerality, light booze.

Mouth is fairly thick, creamy rich smooth, mouth coating, decent carb for the style.

Good, apple brandy adds some different feel and flavors compared to the original, and the brandy has a sharp contrast, and adds some woody ethers, made it lighter on the hops and malts even, booze is actually not bad.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2011 18:41:29 | More by jlindros
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sharing this medicine jar growler at Stakem's tasting on 4/2/11.

A - Emerged from the medicine jar as a pure black liquid with a burnt golden brown ring of foam that reduced to some patchy retention and lacing.

S - Whoa! Intense alcohol notes and a big whiff of brandy character, followed by lots of wood and apples. However, the apple character is much more tart that I was anticipating. As the liquid warmed up a bit, the tart green apple presence really opened up and took center stage.

T - Where to start? First sip elicits smoke, tar, tobacco, whiskey, oak/wood and an intense green apple character that is really displayed quite prominently in the finish. While there is a hint of alcohol warmth in the finish, it doesn't come close to suggesting an 11.5% ABV tag. The tartness of the apples works amazingly well with the brandy character and all of the other complexities found within.

M - Full-bodied with a viscous, oily texture and smooth yet sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is mild. Finishes with a hint of tartness and some earthy hop bitterness. Not too sweet at all.

D - Very different than the Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel Hunahpu's, but equally as awesome. Cigar City manages to consistently blow me away with their amazing beers, and this one is no exception!

Serving type: growler

04-05-2011 13:14:25 | More by ffejherb
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glid02

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by Grant via Shep – thanks to both!

Pours black with a half-finger dark brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing and thick legs.

Smells of heavy dark chocolate and molasses backed by booze-soaked green apples. Also present are hints of roasted malts.

Tastes more robust than it smells. Smooth roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors kick things off before being joined by well-integrated apple brandy flavors. Midway through the sip the beer sweetens with the addition of molasses. Very light hints of oak work their way into things near the end of the sip, smoothing over the molasses flavors and carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It’s got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I’m not sure how I feel about the brandy treatment of this beer, I can easily say that I preferred the Four Roses bourbon version. Still, an interesting treatment to an already distinctive beer that’s well worth a shot.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2011 20:00:49 | More by glid02
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at the release at CCB tasting room. Poured into a snifter.

A: Jet black with a small tan head. No visible carbonation. Don't know where to put observations about consistency, but this is thick and sticky to the touch.

S: Brandy, alcohol, chocolate, coffee.

T: Everything you would expect from the aroma, but has some sweet caramely flavor also.

M: Thick, sweet, sticky. Alcohol presence is high, punch you in the mouth high.

O: Excellent, and I think the barrel aging helps this beer develop more (and interesting) characteristics. Certainly is a sipping beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2012 03:54:42 | More by macrosmatic
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Hunahpu's release.

Pours near black with a thin mocha head. Quickly dissipates. The aroma is super strong and nicely complex. Great aromas of boozy brandy, chocolate, oak, vanilla, dark roasted malts, caramel, and dark fruits. The taste is very, very good as well but doesn't retain as much complexity as the nose and falls a bit with some excess booze. The full is thick and heavy and not horribly boozy. Drinks very well; I preferred this to the bourbon version.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 23:14:34 | More by Thorpe429
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at at Hunahpu day 2011.

A: Black! Similar the other Zhukov's. Small, dark brown head, that fades rather quickly.

S: Big notes of whiskey, vanilla and apple, with some coffee and chocolate. Wow was the first impression!

T: You get hit with the roasted malt, coffee then a hint of chocolate. Finishes with a hint of vanilla, apple and bourbon.

M: Thick, heavy body. Good carbonation.

Overall impression: Had this along with the 4 Roses Zhurkov at Hunahpu Day. This is definitely a good BA of a great imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 22:20:34 | More by CGMLS3
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mondegreen

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased (by me) at Hunahpu's release 2011 in Tampa. Brought back to Athens to share with 3 friends.

Pours dark and thick. A few bubbles rise, but nothing I would call a head. Not a glimpse of light comes through this one.

Nose is all apples. Amazing that such a huge and heavy beer can replicate the smell of fresh apples.

Taste has a big brandy component, but is also very sweet and a touch hot. Still, a phenomenal brew.

Just like every other incarnation of Marshall Z, this beer is thick and syrupy.

Great, great beer. I'm glad to have enjoyed it, both at the brewery and at home from te growled.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2011 21:04:12 | More by mondegreen
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BeerAndBourbon

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4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours black with a foamy coffee colored head that sits pretty on top of the brew.

S. Smells of beautiful apple brandy with chocolate.

T. Chocolate with lots of apple brandy.

M. Tons of body with a thick mouth coating feel.

D. This one grew on me. I liked it quite a lot by the end of the glass.

Serving type: growler

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