Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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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
4.8/5 rDev +14.8%
Sampled several times pre release, Thanks Joey.
A: Pours a nice rich deep black hue with a small tan head. No real retention or lace here.
S: Wonderful rich deep aromas. Tons of barrel here. The apple brandy really sticks out with notes of the oaky bourbon barrel as well. Very rich and earthy. Lots of roast, smoke, and chocolate. Coffee is there with hints of asphalt and dark fruits.
T: Not as bold as the flavor but still reallly good. Loads of barrel goodness. The rich brandy plans well off the oaky bourbon. Tons of charred malt with hints of dark fruit and booze filled chocolate candy.
M: Rich and thick, low on the carbonation when I tried it (as it was bottle conditioning). Lack of carbonation does not hurt at all though. Light carbonation is actually pretty nice here.
D: Not the most drinkable, but very sippable which is how you should rate a beer of this style.
07-27-2010 20:34:51 | More by tpd975
4.72/5 rDev +12.9%
Appearance: Pours a body black as sin. Though, beyond a few bubbles produced by the pour, there's no real attempt at head formation.
Smell: Heavy, sweet-smelling aroma of chocolate cake batter, roasted malts, burnt sugars, alcohol-soaked figs and raisins, and with many a very vibrant, attractive brandy and bourbon barrel scent. My, but that does smell mighty nice.
Taste: Deep flavors of melted dark chocolate, homemade marshmallows, molasses, dark caramel, and espresso. Sturdy sweetness. Desiccated dark fruits. A bulk of charming barrel character, with scads of oak-laden bourbon and brandy contributing vanilla bean, flaked coconut, wooden dowels, and sweet, ripe apples. It's all very luscious. Plenty of alcohol warmth in this one, but, thankfully, it never forces any ganky hotness on you. Well-incorporated bitterness. Notably roasty finish with primarily the bourbon coming through at the end.
Mouthfeel: Near-full, creamy body. Low carbonation. I'd prefer a skosh more, but being the slow, thoughtful sipper that it is, I don't mind the lack of bubbles.
Drinkability: A heavy, hearty, intoxicating drink, but I persevered. Excellent, perhaps even mind-bendingly so. Sure, it's not the easiest beer to acquire, sadly, but, if you have the means and opportunity, I highly recommend it.
09-15-2010 15:58:57 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.68/5 rDev +12%
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.
08-13-2010 08:02:10 | More by urwithdave
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
4.6/5 rDev +10%
Got from the brewery on the day of the release. The aromas I got were big and robust with hints of oaky wood, chocolate, bourbon, coffee, and barely. The carbonation was a little on the light side, but I was told that it was best served that way, but needless to say it was still an amazing beer.
08-24-2010 17:45:02 | More by dimenhetfield
4.58/5 rDev +9.6%
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!
03-26-2011 19:05:02 | More by Lunch
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
District of Columbia
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
03-21-2011 20:00:49 | More by Huhzubendah
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
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
4.43/5 rDev +6%
750mL yellow-wax bottle from a super generous FL BA.
Pours a viscous oily black with very little carbonation - just a collection of brown bubbles around the edges. It does leave some brownish legs along the sides, almost tinting the glass a bit.
The aroma is complex and fantastic. It's all in there - bourbon, vanilla, cocoa powder, charred black malts, oak, tobacco. I mean, it's just a massive nose.
The taste doesn't disappoint either. The burnt malt character is even more dominant than in the aroma. There is bitter chocolate, espresso and dark fruits. The barrel character hits hard in the finish and the bourbon especially burns going down.
The mouthfeel is where this one falls short of excellent as it's hardly carbonated at all. I had a regular 2010 Zhukov last week and it had the same issue. It doesn't completely take away from the beer but does affect the overall impression.
This is a massive, heavily charred impy stout that has a solid but not overpowering barrel character. If the carbonation had been a bit better this one would be a world class beer. It's still an excellent beer.
08-15-2010 01:43:35 | More by gford217
4.43/5 rDev +6%
This is Marshal Zuhkov's aged in a Laird's Apple Brandy barrel and a Woodford Reserve bourbon barrel. I count myself quite lucky to have had the chance to try this brew. Poured into a CCB snifter.
A: Jet black, but with little head. What head did appear quickly fade and left no remenants of it's existance. No real lace either.
A: I get the underlying notes of the base stout, smokiness, roasted coffee, chocolate, and earthy hops. But the barrels, mmm, the barrels. Mostly bourbon, but I do get a whiff of the brandy as well.
T: Pretty hot, but nice. The brandy and buorbon barrels really play very well with Zhukov. Chocolate, coffee, charred malts, and molasses, with notes of vanilla from the barrel. It finishes clean with a hefty amount of alcohol.
M: This is just about perfect. The double barrel aging creates a smoothness I have yet to encounter in a beer. Little carbonation, heavy body.
D and overall impression: Drinkability is slightly lower. The barrels and the high ABV will limit it some. Overall, I have had both the apple brandy and bourbon versions by themselves, and I think this one beats them both. Very nicely done. Skal.
07-11-2010 12:47:26 | More by Gtreid
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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!!!!
10-31-2011 01:55:09 | More by koopa
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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.
03-10-2012 00:37:58 | More by s1ckboy
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
03-21-2011 19:35:42 | More by drabmuh
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.