Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by beachbum1975:
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
The amazing generosity of Urbancaver comes again! This is beer review number # 500 for me. Yellow waxed bottle.
Pours thick and black as night. Slightly tan edges which appear clear.
I definitely get the apple and bourbon from both barrels in the nose. Heavily roasted grains, coffee and hints of black licorice. It really doesn't get any better than this.
Thick, thick, thick. Moderate carbonation in the mouthfeel Light licorice in the mix.
This is epic.
03-17-2011 20:18:15 | More by beachbum1975
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4.43/5 rDev +6%
Bottle shared by Shep - thanks!
Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of equal parts roasted malts and brandy. Also present are deeper and slightly spicy bourbon notes in addition to dark chocolate, molasses, and vanilla.
Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark molasses. Joining in shortly thereafter are good amounts of boozy brandy and very light hints of dark fruits. Midway through the sip bourbon makes an appearance with the addition of vanilla dn light oak. The bourbon, brandy, and molasses flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness however the carbonation is very soft.
Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.
Overall I was surprised how robust the brandy was as it nearly overpowered the bourbon and the nuances of Zhukov, though it stopped just short of doing so. A little better balance would result in a phenomenal beer, though as it stands now it's still remarkable. Well worth a shot.
03-17-2011 20:57:28 | More by glid02
4/5 rDev -4.3%
750ml yellow waxed bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by fbm115 and mikey711 at a tasting on 10/16/10.
A: Pours very little head with a single ring of big bubbles that hugs the edge of the glass. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is non-existant.
S: Boozy upfront and slightly sweet in the backdrop. Apple and other fruit esthers. Hop creaminess. Booze fades gradually as this one warms.
T: Smoky. Roasted malt, sweet sory sauce, chocolate, cocoa. Hop creaminess in the back that's subtlely bitter. Sweet and slightly fruity towards the end. Finish is spicy and boozy with an aftertaste of dark chocolate.
M: Medium to full bodied, very little carbonation. Oily, viscous and silky smooth going down. Heavy. Slightly hot. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and clings to the palate.
D: Surprisingly good since I'm not a big fan of the base beer. But this one's a totally different animal. Very well balanced and the -bal aging adds a nice dimension here. Great feel and smooth and silky as they come. Worth a try if you get the chance!
10-17-2010 03:31:17 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
A- Beatiful 750ml bottle with yellow wax covering the cap. Looks great! Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass. Pours a pitch dark black color with not much of a head. Just a thin ring of tan lacing.
S- The aroma is fantastic. Just like the nomal Zhukov, this one is packed with dark roasted malts. A lot of wood from the barrel aging infiltrates the nose as well. Finally, some of the heat from the alcohol is shining through.
T- The taste like the aroma is the original Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout just kicked up a little and enhanced by the barrel aging. Fantastic dark and roasty, with delicious woody notes from the barrels. The finish is warming from the alcohol.
M- The mouthfeel like the appearance suggests with the lack of a large head is very lightly carbonated.
D- The high ABV and extreme flavors definitely makes this one a sipper. Overall, another enjoyable release from Cigar City. Can't wait to see how this one ages after a few years!
07-28-2010 02:32:09 | More by cjgator3
3.83/5 rDev -8.4%
Bottle via trade thanks to pantanap on RB.
Pours thick and black with minimal head and some serious legs.
The aroma is big and intense bourbon and brandy along with intense imperial stout notes - chocolate, roast, anise, and even a little soy.
The flavor is big and rich, bold and unapologetic, with bourbon, brandy, oak, dark rich chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, and licorice.
Body is full as all hell, and the beer is even a little syrupy. Low carbonation - would like to see a little more.
A big and tasty beer though overall, with loads of awesomeness making up for the slight flaws.
10-22-2010 06:25:52 | More by nickd717
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
3.93/5 rDev -6%
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.
07-19-2011 01:32:04 | More by emerge077
4.88/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
06-19-2011 05:25:20 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev -6.7%
Double Barrel Zhukov's pours an oily flat black. There's almost no carbonation, no head and no lacing, though the legs are impressive.
The aroma has a big barrel character that lends a pleasant sweetness, hinting at vanilla, caramel and toasted coconut. There's a mild scent of earthy oak, while the blackened malt and dark chocolate of Marshal Zhukov's resides beneath it all, mellowed by months in brandy and bourbon barrels.
Very layered on the palate, displaying prominent flavors of molasses, burnt malt, bitter baking chocolate and brandy-like sweetness. There are subtleties of black licorice, pepper, spicy oak and a sweet apple liqueur flavor that reminds me of Calvados. The body is full and rich with no perceptible carbonation. The bitter and burnt assault of regular Zhukov's is still present, but tamed with age and balanced by the sweetness of the barrels. This is quite good, one of the best Cigar City beers I've tried, but still not top-tier for the style.
08-16-2010 23:44:48 | More by largadeer
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
4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
09-28-2011 11:33:06 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
From 750mL, yellow wax dipped bottle to CBS snifter on 1/26/12
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.
01-29-2012 21:41:09 | More by Rhettroactive
3.38/5 rDev -19.1%
Thanks to the "King of Beers" Kevin for sharing this one and for co-hosting an unforgettable night of beer and food.
Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.
Pours like motor oil. The aroma is a brandy sweetness which chocolate notes and a lot of booziness.
The flavor is very smokey with burnt toast, hazelnut, and oxidation underneath. A bit messy but not bad.
The body is medium with very low carbonation. Overall this beer didn't really mesh with my palate. It was unique but not overly impressive.
10-25-2010 00:14:32 | More by alcstradamus
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Huge thanks to Sean for getting me this bottle. Shared at a tasting yesterday evening. Served alongside the base beer in a Bruery tulip.
Pour yields a near black beer with a slight mocha head that sits around for a little bit before receding to a thin collar and then eventually nothing. The nose is initially a bit muted, but with a few good swirls it roars to life. A bit of a rise in temperature helped as well, though this was opened around cellar temperature. Great notes of bourbon and brandy come through and I really enjoyed the interplay. I think the brandy took the upper hand, though the bourbon contributed. A bit of booze in there as well. While the barrel-derived aspects of the beer dominated, there was a bit of mild roast and chocolate in the background.
The flavor mixed the barrels quite well. I really enjoyed the flavor of this one. Brandy was nice and added a wonderful complexity. Chocolate was there in small amounts, along with some roast, the latter of which was particularly prevalent in the flavor. A bit of booze in there as well. Feel was thick and viscous with a bit of alcohol warmth in the swallow. Very good beer.
03-21-2011 00:03:47 | More by Thorpe429
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.