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