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

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 200
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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

t0rin0, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

spycow, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 19, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 15, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

largadeer, Aug 17, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

emerge077, Jul 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this was contributed by nerd or Deaconbluez - thanks to whomever it was.

A - Pours with no head, a few bubbles and the typical Zhukov's glass-coating brown film. Oily pitch black body.

S - Surprisingly sweet for a Zhukov variant, with far less astringent and burnt character. The apple brandy and bourbon barrels have done a fine job contributing notes of apple, butterscotch, vanilla, coconut, and earthy barrel. There is plenty of oak, chocolate, and roasted malt too.

T - Taste is quite a bit more mellow than I expected, with far less harshness and scorched earth than the regular version. There's a good deal of richness and depth on par with the nose with a heavy emphasis on sweet apple notes.

M - Sludgy, almost non-existent carbonation, and a roasty tannic finish. A smooth body with some alcohol heat. Needs a bit more in the way of bubbles.

D - This was quite good, and would probably be my favorite Zhukov variant if it was carbonated. I definitely couldn't down a 750ml on my own, but it'd be a nice dessert beer to share with friends.

MasterSki, Aug 18, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 21, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours no head at all. Color is a deep black. A swirl and it leaves legs down the glass.

Aroma: A big brandy sweetness up front. It has some oak and bourbon, but I love the brandy. Some roasted malts, chocolate, and dried fruits as well. I also get some vanilla and sweetness. A nice nose to it.

Taste: Much more roast and smoked malts. A decent alcohol burn here. Brandy and bourbon blend together more here. It has a ton of peat and smoke in the finish. Some cherries, plums, and dried fruits in the middle. Oak and vanilla with a light caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Warming and roasted. A lower amount of carbonation. A full bodied beer. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, the nose was really nice, but the taste was a bit roasted and smoked which I didn't like. The nose was great though. A sipper for sure.

mothman, Oct 23, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 21, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

billab914, Jan 27, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

HopHead84, Sep 09, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
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.

glid02, Mar 17, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Rhettroactive, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

drummermattie02, Apr 22, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was shared by the ever generous Sean....A oily black pour with no carbonation, none. Strangely though there is some really nice stickly lacing, brown head all over the glass as your drink it...A super sweet aroma that does display both bourbon and brandy characters. Lots apple brandy and vanilla, chocolate cuts them both on the finish...The taste also displays both barrels, sweet chocolate, burnt coffee, lots of sweet brandy and oak.

The double barrel concept is something worth exploring more as this showed off some nice things. A huge improvement on the original MZ, worth trying for sure.

jrallen34, Aug 30, 2010
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4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

thagr81us, May 31, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 16, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gford217, Aug 15, 2010
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.