Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
02-25-2014 22:25:42 | More by dar482
3.4/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
01-30-2013 02:53:05 | More by kscaldef
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
12-28-2012 02:31:22 | More by Gfunk720
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-10-2012 12:38:46 | More by Treebs
4/5 rDev -4.3%
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!
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.
07-24-2012 01:56:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-16-2012 22:10:12 | More by womencantsail
4.48/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
05-31-2012 12:13:06 | More by thagr81us
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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