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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.79%


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

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Double barrel aged version of Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout for 2010. A blend of bourbon and brandy barrel aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout.

Limited Release: 216 bottles

(Beer added by: Gtreid on 07-11-2010)
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dar482

New York

4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark black color with a thin brown ring of a head.

The aroma has a good amount of fruits in the front. Raspberries, muddle blueberries. It's surrounded by umami, huge notes of chocolate, brownie.

The flavor follows of big roasted coffee, sharp dark chocolate, a huge fudgey notes of brownie (reminds me of Plead the Fifth) and then the alcohol arrives. The spiced rum bites throughout the experience as the beer calms in brown sugar, hints of dark cherry, vanilla. The finish continues of a lasting chocolate flavor.

The barrel is not particularly aggressive on this one except the flavor has that sharp alcohol and rum flavor at times.

Still a spectacular beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2014 22:25:42 | More by dar482
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like motor oil, with thick legs, no head, and no carbonation. Rich barrel aromas reveal flavors of molasses, vanilla, mild apple and coconut. Fairly sweet with a very oaky finish. Zero carbonation, and yet still somehow not a syrupy as the standard Marshal Zhukov's.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:53:05 | More by kscaldef
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle out of a wine glass. Thanks to Casey for the hook up a long time ago...

A- pours an oily black, but looks a bit thinner than regular Zhukov. The head is a little pile of dark colored of bubbles that dissipate quickly.

S-a rich blend of semi sweet chocolate and roasted malt. I get a little oakiness, but it has no booziness at all.

T- Extremely smooth at first then explodes with flavor. The semi sweet chocolate brownie flavor hits, the barrel aging comes through mainly as some brandy/bourbon flavor after the chocolate fades. There is a light oakiness and some extremely roasted aftertaste.

M- low carbonation, but that isn't too off for the style. I was hoping this would have zhukovs body, but it was a bit thin.

O- Overall this is extremely good, and has developed very nicely. While I wish it had a bit more body, it had all the chocolate characteristics that I love about Zhukov. Would love to try this again fresh for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 02:31:22 | More by Gfunk720
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Treebs

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Super thick. Very viscous with an oily sheen on the pour. Even though the carbonation is pretty low it still produces a dark mocha head that recedes quickly to a thin, bubbly ring. Minimal lace.

S: Brandy sweetness followed by a more overpowering bourbon and oaky booze combination, but it really plays off the heavily roasted malts and the brownie/fudge like sweetness at the back end.

T: More oaky and chocolate flavors in the taste with a smooth booze. Some roasted malts with a touch of smoke on the finish.

M: Heavy and viscous with a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is low, borderline flat.

O: Very solid. It seems the booze came out a little more in the nose which I enjoyed, but the taste has also really smoothed out and become well integrated. Maybe I'm just an alcoholic when it comes liking a little more boozy flavors. Either way this was a real treat that I'll probably never have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 12:38:46 | More by Treebs
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Thanks to Jzmhector for sending me this one!

2010 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and brandy. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and solid flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:56:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Tim.

Essentially black in color with minimal tan head forming. The bourbon seems to be a bit more prominent than the brandy, which is sort of unfortunate. Quite a bit of wood and roasted malt with a bit of dark chocolate. The flavor has a more pronounced liquor character with vanilla and wood being well represented, as well as the bourbon and brandy. Lots of roast with some sweet dark chocolate and fruits. Much better than the regular Zhukov’s.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 22:10:12 | More by womencantsail
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to cmrillo for bringing this one out during his own 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Can’t believe I got to try this one!!! 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head that subsided to virtually none quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, and sweet alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew. Even after two years this brew has really held its own in my opinion. There is still plenty of well balanced flavors and aromas going on here as well as barrel character. Just wish we would have been able to taste this with the Brandy and 4 Roses versions at the same time. But beggars can’t be choosers. Everyone should try this beer at least once in their lifetime.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 12:13:06 | More by thagr81us
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with no head. I poured this one aggressively after hearing of a lot of flat bottles. I got a couple bubbles but pretty much zero carbonation.

S - Oak, booze, some dark fruits.

T - An initial blast of dark fruits & tobacco (wow), some bourbon/brandy though it's very subdued, chocolate. Some bitterness towards the end. Again a lot of dark fruits.

M - Full. Little to no carbonation.

Despite this being very flat it is still an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 00:37:58 | More by s1ckboy
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL, yellow wax dipped bottle to CBS snifter on 1/26/12
*From notes

A: Absolute black, with a killer burgundy hue to the edges. A hard, firm pour down the center of the snifter yields no head, no lacing and zero collar.

S: It's a beautiful thing. Seeing as it's over eighteen months old, and having been properly stored for most (if not all) of it's existence, this is right where it should be. The barrel qualities have mellowed yet still present themselves in an up front manner.

T: Dark fruit brownie batter soaked in bourbon. Really, it's that good. The balance is top notch. The barrel profiles are so well integrated with the base beer it's scary. Mounds of dark, rich cocoa dance in rythm with the bourbon, as the brandy infusion adds a dried dark fruit quality to the back end. Just lovely stuff.

M: As expected, this lacks any semblance of carbonation, as this vintage of Marshal Zhukov was (poorly) known for. Happily the base body is rather dense, yet the beer is still quite oily. I will say though that all of this affords the beer a very laid back vibe, making it a true sipper.

O: What a great beer. I really needed an occasion to open this, and what better then side by side with a Bourbon Hunahpu?

CCB's Double Barrel Zhukov is such a chill, easygoing beer. It allows the imbiber to come to it, rather then throw itself upon your palate. It's in no way agressive or over the top, it's simply a wonderful achievement, and one I hope CCB brews and blends again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 21:41:09 | More by Rhettroactive
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billab914

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive for generously sharing this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. It poured very thick and pitch black in color. Not much for carbonation or head, just a few scattered bubbles from the pour. Nice color, but pretty still looking otherwise.

The aroma shows a little more of the sweet, fruitier, brandy barrel to me at first. I get notes of raspberry, fig, brown sugar and molasses all coming out. The chocolate of Zukov mixes pretty well with the brandy barrel fruitiness. As it warmed I started to get a little more of the woody, bourbon flavors trying to come out. It's very rich and smooth with a lot going on in it. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

In the taste I again get more of the fruity, boozy brandy flavors to it up front. The finish shows more of the woody oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors. I get some dark fruit, raisins and cherry flavors to it as well. It's very smooth and flavorful but it also brings a lot of fruity sweetness with all those flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and almost chewy. Carbonation is almost non-existant, but it doesn't feel that out of place in it for what it is.

Overall it was a very good beer and a really cool one to try. It was a little overly sweet and fruity at times, but it also had so many great flavors coming out of it. It was very cool to see how both of the barrel flavors came together in it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 19:50:54 | More by billab914
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Rhettroactive for this very generous share. So excited to have this one. Thanks, Rhett, for all the generosity you have shown me. You're a great beer bud.

A: Pours pitch black, with hints of dark brown along the edges. Absolutely zero head. I mean zero. Least amount of head I have ever seen in a beer. No lacing. I am told by Rhettroactive there were major carbonation issues with this batch of Zhukov. Beautiful color. Everything else is suspect though.

S: Definitely the same cocoa and dark chocolate notes as regular Zhukov. Lots of booze here on the nose, including plenty of bourbon. Very strong dark fruit presence as well. Smells quite good.

T: Wow, very impressive. Sweet milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, some coffee roast, and lots of oak, bourbon, and a sweet, sticky finish from the brandy. The flavors here are all very well integrated. The barrel aging is apparent but refined. Really not much booze on this at all. Flavors are allowed to stand on their own, and when you have as much flavor as this, that's a hell of a good thing. Very nice.

M: Ok, so I'm torn here. This had major carbonation issues that CCB publicly acknowledged. Admittedly, there is zero carb on this one. That being said, the style doesn't really lend itself to carbonation anyways, and it drinks rather well all things considered. From a balance standpoint, it is spot on. Flavors are incredibly well balanced here, and I am grading it accordingly. The carb issue keeps this from being a 5.

O: A very good beer. I'm bumping up my score because I think the whole outweighs the parts. Huge carbonation issue is a significant black eye, but the flavors are so well done and the barrel aging so well balanced that I have to give this a big thumbs up. Very good work here.

Thanks again, Rhett, for a generous pour of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:13:59 | More by siege06nd
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks upon thanks to steelcitybrew for swapping me this bottle in a Cigar City trade. Never thought I'd get to handle this bottle: here it is. I've been saving it for a special occasion that keeps drifting towards the horizon. Enough waiting. It's going down.

Big 750ML bottle split into two glasses. Quietest of hisses when the cap pops, after using a buzz saw to cut through the three inches of yellow wax. Pour is the blackest black; bubbles are MIA, no head, no evident carbonation. The smell is all over my clothes, no lack here. Bourbon, brandy, roast fling themselves at me like groupies. Mmmm. Groupies.

Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's is a beer at war with itself on the eastern front. I hate to say, but the brandy & bourbon are fighting & making me a little uncomfortable. The brandy has the upper hand & really infuses the beer. The bourbon is present only in the back of the throat, the ghost of barrels past. The charred roast so aggressive in the base beer, is quieted by the barrels & slinks into the backseat. And without that, Zhukov's is just another pretty good stout. The freight-train of the mouthfeel doesn't help, either. Half a bomber is a chore, & about ninety minutes, to get down. It didn't improve as it warmed, either.

Decent beer, but nothing light years from the epic I was hoping for. I love - LOVE - the base beer, & this treatment brought it down like a granite balloon. Too heavy, little carbonation, & the barrels covered up its best traits. Give me the regular every day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 03:51:49 | More by maximum12
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koopa

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared this 750ml bottle with friends at the Copper Mine Pub today. Less than 200 bottles available and no draft offering. Nice 750ml bottle dipped in yellow wax.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a minimal brown crown that displays minimal retention and minimal lace.

Smell: Great mix of roast malt, slightly oxidized soy sauce, and moderate bourbon.

Taste: Same as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and I WANT MORE!!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 01:55:09 | More by koopa
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was just another Tuesdaynight at my crib when Jeffo brought two monster beers to share. You da man, Jeff!

had this one right after the regular Marshal Zhukov.

Just like the regular Zhukovs:
A pour into my snifter scared the crap out of me. It's black, thick, mean. Is this dried blood? A nice one finger head leaving nice lacing on the side of the glass.

The dark roasted malts on the nose, the peaty and coffee scents are still there but this time added are Vanilla bourbon scents and some wonderfull oak and earthy notes.

As promised by the nose flavors are peaty, coffee and dark roasted malts but also a nice hoppy and chocolate bitterness. There is a slight alcohol burn I didn't detect in the base beer. The peaty notes seemed to have been amplified by the barrel

Motoroil for the mouth. It's thick and it's beautifull. It has perfect carbonation. It feels perfect for such a big stout.

Overall I might prefer the regular version. Which I tend to anyways when tried side by side. As a barrel aged beer this one of the best ones I have ever had. Do what you have to in order to get your hand on this.

Thanks Jeffo, always bringing some big ass beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 11:33:06 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that I never thought I'd even come close to seeing. A huge thanks to dboon for his generosity on this one. A barrel aged version of one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries in the world. Life is good.

From a 750ml, wax dipped bottle into a snifter.
Note: Drunk right after the base beer for comparative purposes.

APPEARANCE: Same look as the base beer. Pours thick and pitch black out of the bottle. Initially pours quite flat, but a wonderful, slow motion cascading effect produces a small, dark, dark mocha colored, thicker looking head with a few bubbles on the top. Head had little retention and faded quickly to a faint wisp and bubbly ring. Jet black body, dense looking, with zero carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp swirls after every sip, leaving some dots of lacing that slowly fall down the sides of the glass. Looks thick and vicious.

SMELL: Roasted malts, molasses, dark pure chocolate and burnt espresso beans fill the nose with barrel riding overtop. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon aromas mesh well with the base beer on this one. Big aromas and well integrated. Very nice indeed.

TASTE: Roasted characters, with lots of molasses and hints of dark chocolate notes up front. Bourbon barrel is more present here than in the nose, with lots of vanilla, oak and milk chocolate through the middle into the finish. Bolder and lingering aftertaste is full of barrel, with bourbon, milk chocolate and espresso in there lingering nicely. The barrel is very nice for sure, though I wish it complimented the wonderful base stout a little better. The great roasted, molasses, chocolate flavors that is the regular Zhukov are a little outplayed.

PALATE: Thick, oily body with understated carbonation. Enough carbonation to keep it really vicious, but this is slightly closer to flat than the base beer was. Heavy and full on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of heat on the swallow and finishes relatively mouth-coating, though far from cloying. Menacing, but almost completely flat by the end of the glass.

OVERALL: This was wonderful. A big, bold, and demanding beer. I enjoyed this one more than I do most bourbon barrel imperial stouts, and more than I do most beers for that matter, but since I love the base beer so much, it is hard to say if this was an improvement on it. It is certainly a flavorful and well integrated barrel aged stout, but in all honesty, the great molasses and pure chocolate flavors of the base beer, which stepped aside somewhat in favor of the barrel flavors here, were sorely missed. That said, this is a class brew in itself, and if you have the chance, jump over children to drink it. Really glad I got the chance to drink this brew. Thanks again for the major league hookup on this dboon.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 19:58:33 | More by Jeffo
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beersack for opening this one with me, as I traded all of mine away and thought I may not ever get a taste, as it was ~200 bottles and zero draft. Pours a brown-black hue, visibly less rich and viscous than the base beer would be, and has a short-lived filmy tan head. There is not much carbonation, either. The nose is rather subdued and offers more wood and oxidation than distilled spirit impartation; the taste follows suit. Roast barley, bittersweet cocoa, oaky sherry, soy sauce and and dark fruit compote comprise the flavor and aroma for the most part, and while they make for an enjoyable beer, it is not anything better than the base brew. It is actually not as enjoyable to me. Bottom line, this is a very nice beer, but it tastes more like an aged version of the base rather than a -bal(x2) treatment of Zhukov.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 16:52:26 | More by ktrillionaire
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emerge077

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this surprise beer.
Review from written notes.

Poured into a small snifter, it's a dense oily viscous liquid, no foam, save for a hairline thin ring around the edge. Definitely oily... glistening obsidian, still on the surface.

Aroma is somewhat mellow, woody with traces of charred roast.

Flavors are similarly rich and roasty, notes of vanilla, fudgy dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow charred in a campfire. Oily and viscous texture, with a telltale sting of distilled spirits, and mild boozy presence of alcohol in the taste as well. Surprisingly though it's smooth and pretty easy drinking, though I wouldn't want more than a small serving. Best shared with friends that dig huge stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:32:04 | More by emerge077
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Sean on a random afternoon.

A - Black beer, looks pretty thick, and kind of flat. Mocha head that doesn't stick around very long. Recedes to a thin collar with minimal stick on the sides.

S - Smells very sweet, with an interesting blend of bourbon and brandy. Decent amount of roast and smoke with a lot of sweet chocolate and a little molasses.

T - Lots of barrel, sweeter brandy and oaky bourbon. A bit of char, lots of chocolate, some slightly roasted notes. Good stuff.

M - It's kind of flat, I've heard of a lot of bottle variation on this brew, but at least it isn't infected. Thick and smooth, full bodied.

O - A nice sipper, with good flavor and some fairly mellow spirits from the barrels. Would like to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 22:48:36 | More by AgentZero
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

ark as night, black, inky, oily just full of everything big and mean you could possibly want out of a huge stout. Nice small tan head then rises up and settles across the top leaving a little bit of lacing and a smooth and consistent coating along the inside of the glass.

The aroma was the thins that dreams are made of. Rich coffee smacks you in the face from the first sip, but then slowly melts into a seemless mix of vanilla, rich bourbon notes, delicate sweet chocolate and rich roasted malts. Perfect in every way. I could not have imagined this actually coming across any better. Then I took the first sip and the velvety smooth, sensual and completely coating nature of it took over. Incredible amounts of coffee up from but the vanilla is starting to steal the show for me over. Really just the most thick, viscous, and wonderful full bodied stout I could have had. Rich bourbon and vanilla are all over the place here and each is simply stunning in its own right, but when combined they are perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 05:25:20 | More by mikesgroove
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste thanks to Jeremy.

A-jet black liquid with little to no dark tan colored head with a purple hint.

S-the nose has a fair bit of wood up front with notes of sweet brandi and lots of roasted malts with hints of malt sweetness. rather woody and boozy in the nose.

T-again, there is a fair bit of wood with light brandi sweetness. lots of roasted malts hints of roasted coffee and slight bitterness with a very light malt plum sweetness. strong heat in the back.

M-medium body with low carbonation and a thin finish. the barrel has taken its toll.

D-the barrel again dominates and the roasted malts are most prevalant from the beer aspect. to thin, basic, and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 17:39:28 | More by cpetrone84
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Lunch

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought to a recent tasting by Mr. Thorpe429, thanks man!

Served side by side with regular Zhukov. Both served in Cigar City snifters, because I am a sick man and am able to do things such as this.

Pours out thick and inky black with little head or carbonation to speak of. Looks fine. Smell is exceptional and both bourbon and brandy are present along with a hefty dose of chocolate and some oak. Hints of vanilla and roast are present. Thick like "Queen Latifah" and carbonation that is about as vibrant as her sense of comedy.

Really enjoyed this and would love to somehow have this again, thanks Mike!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 19:05:02 | More by Lunch
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks urbancaver

from notes

A - super deep black body, looks very thick, no real head, some red bubbles around the surface.

S - yeasty, sweet apples balance with a dry roasty rawhide smell

T - sweet roasted dry chocolate, definitely can taste the bourbon and apple, perhaps a bit too sweet.

M - thick and viscous, but a smaller body than expected.

O (D) - good and tasty, interesting, but its a bit big and doesn't bring enough balance to make that ok

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 16:22:09 | More by ColdPoncho
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! Served side by side with the regular Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout (thank you Paul).

Honestly, the Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout looks identical in every facet to the regular version. The beer is black with a small, beige head. The beer leaves a viscous, oily resin on the sides of the glass as it cascades downward into the abyss. Yikes!

The aroma is noticeably different, and this is where the two beers begin to separate themselves. Lots of barrel notes and complexities to sniff out, notably the combination of brandy and bourbon.

The taste brings further complexity. I found the brandy barrel aspect more prominent than bourbon barrel flavor. The beer is incredibly rich, and brings a heavy, thick, viscous, roast character. Alcohol is there, but the beer is not hot, per se. A step up from the already delicious Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout. It was a treat to try this rarity.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 20:00:49 | More by Huhzubendah
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe at a recent tasting, thanks. Served along side the original base beer, might not have been the same vintage base though. Side by side, the difference was obvious, the wood character came through much better, the beer was slightly sweeter from the barrels, and there was that signature liquor component that was missing from the non-barrel aged version. The base beer felt thinner almost and more ashy than the barrel aged version as well.

Beer is black / dark brown with nearly no head, low carbonation, and no lacing.

Aroma is bitter with roast and mildly sweet, mild liquor character.

Flavor is great, lead off sweetness with a medium body, sweetness gives way to an almost vanilla and chocolate liquor flavor and carries the beer to the late palate where there is some light bitterness like bittersweet chocolate or a mild coffee.

Very enjoyable and clearly the winner between the two beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 19:35:42 | More by drabmuh
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mdfb79

New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/19/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one; thanks Mike. 2010 stamped on the front, served in a tulip side by side with the normal Marshal Zhukov.

a - Pours an almost black color, with no head or carbonation really evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and brandy. Both barrels and the roastiness really come through in the smell.

t - Tastes of molasses, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, and bourbon. More vanill adn chocolate seemed to come through in the taste than the smell.

m - Med body and low carbonation. The body was very smooth and creamy, and there wasn't much heat to it.

d - A very good barrel aged RIS. I enjoy the normal Zhukov a lot and this version is even better. In the nose you can definitely smell some of both barrels and they blend together well in this one. Would love to have again and very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

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