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

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

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BA SCORE
91
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 204
Gots: 13 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: Gtreid on 07-11-2010

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
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by ktrillionaire:
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of cjgator3
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

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!

Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Michael.

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.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours thick and pitch black as motor oil. Some dark transparent bubbles popped up, but otherwise a serious thickness to this one.

(S)- Super rich. Some molasses and boozy heat. Some deep chocolate aspects coming through as well.

(T)- So rich and sweet. Tons of caramel, molasses, and layers of dark chocolate with an underlying warmth.

(M)- Slick and rich/decadent. Very sweet, but decent ABV integration. Lower carbonation level, but not bothersome.

(D)- This is a different monster, but a good one. It would be a chore to tackle a bottle with only 1 or 2 people however. It is a tad over-the-top, but sometimes that fits my mood and this was kind of a welcomed transition for the evening from sours. I would be curious what age did to this.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -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.

Photo of dar482
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with speedwayjim, capra12, billyshears. Thanks to billyshears for sharing!!!

Thick black with no head and that barrel aged shine to the brew. No lacing at all...the booze just kills it. A swirl of the glass leaves a soft coating of the brew which slides down like a watery syrup. The beer was definitely nicely balanced and the 2 different barrels seem to really compliment each other...the bourbon flavor is chilled quite a bit from the brandy. Very well balanced and tastes a bit like soy sauce, but really silky and smooth and extremely easy to drink.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by kbutler1 at a tasting. Thanks Kevin. Poured from a bottle into my tasting glass.

A: Pitch black motor oil. Thick as hersheys syrup. No head or lace. Although the sample was small I assume you could not acheive head or lace no matter how hard you tried.

S: Sweet boozy chocolate and black coffee. The nose is very "warm" on this one. Reminds me of good old DL.

T: The flavor was much less boozy than the nose had led me to believe. Much more roast coffee and chocolate. Mildy bitter. Just a touch of molasses and camp fire.

M: Uh.. like it would be anything other than thick and chewy. Coats the glass and my mouth. No carbonation.

D: Overall a big bold version of a very good Double Stout. 4-5oz was plenty for me. I would have trouble attacking an 8-12oz pour of this.

Photo of mistakebythelake
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Urbancaver and the Cincinnati crew.

A very Viscous black and hints of brown that poured virtually no head or bubbles. A boozy Nose with some dark fruits. Tasted of vanilla and some smoky oak with bourbon coming through as well. It was nicely blended and balanced and definitely enjoyed how smooth it tasted. Thick and creamy moderate carbonation. Enjoyed this variation the most at our Zhukov tasting.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours with little to no carbonation with a black body.

S. Delicious bourbon with brandy that comes out more as the beer warms.

T. Chocolate malt, lots of brandy sweetness (not as much as the brandy barrel aged), oak, and a bit of smoke.

M. Super thick and luscious. Thins out and becomes more dry as it warms.

D. Delicious. A nice mix of the bourbon and brandy. This started as my second favorite, but went downhill as it warmed.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/13/2010

Thanks Michael! The beer pours nearly flat with no head and a very dark brown body.

The nose is quite complex. Light brandy notes waft from the glass, accompanied by an appropriate level of bourbon (balanced, I'd say) and wood. Rich dark chocolate and vanilla are strong, and I note brown sugar as well. I get none of Zhukov's signature scorched malt and burnt wood notes, which is positive.

The flavor is rich dark chocolate laced with brandy and bourbon. A moderate booze heat is evident. The combination of both barrels is nice, and I detect none of the harshness of the regular Zhukov's...maybe just a dash of roasted malt, but it's mostly bourbon and brandy chocolate.

The body is full, the mouthfeel thick and creamy, and the carbonation adequate for a beer of the style. A nice beer from Cigar City, much better than Rurik's, which we tried next to this.

Photo of urwithdave
4.64/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Cigar City Snifter

A- Pours jet black...the Gulf of Mexico isn't this black. A fingers worth of a mocha head that recedes quickly and leaves a thin ring around my glass. Not much lacing left.

A- A lot like the base beer in that I get tons of dark fruits,chocolate, smoke, leather, and a hint of coffee. However, this one is packed with huge notes of brandy and bourbon from the barrels. The barrels really steal the show here. The brandy has somewhat of a sweetness to it. The bourbon isn't as dominating as the brandy, but you definitely know it's there.

T- This is my second favorite BA brew that CCB had produced. The chocolate and dark fruits are the first thing that really hits me. The brandy and the bourbon are nice and warming. They play well off of each other and the flavors of the base beer do not get muddled. I'm really happy that it's not overly sweet.

M- Nice and thick all the way down. Carbonation is on the lighter side. A finish that leaves me yearning for the next sip.

D- A stout of this magnitude is definitely a sipper. You will want to crack this when you have enough time to fully enjoy it. I found that as it warmed the flavors really accelerated.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.