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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
92
outstanding

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
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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Photo of thagr81us
4.48/5  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.

thagr81us, May 31, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

marine1975, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of s1ckboy
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

s1ckboy, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
4.33/5  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.

Rhettroactive, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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
Photo of siege06nd
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Rhettroactive for this very generous share. So excited to have this one. Thanks, Rhett, for all the generosity you have shown me. You're a great beer bud.

A: Pours pitch black, with hints of dark brown along the edges. Absolutely zero head. I mean zero. Least amount of head I have ever seen in a beer. No lacing. I am told by Rhettroactive there were major carbonation issues with this batch of Zhukov. Beautiful color. Everything else is suspect though.

S: Definitely the same cocoa and dark chocolate notes as regular Zhukov. Lots of booze here on the nose, including plenty of bourbon. Very strong dark fruit presence as well. Smells quite good.

T: Wow, very impressive. Sweet milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, some coffee roast, and lots of oak, bourbon, and a sweet, sticky finish from the brandy. The flavors here are all very well integrated. The barrel aging is apparent but refined. Really not much booze on this at all. Flavors are allowed to stand on their own, and when you have as much flavor as this, that's a hell of a good thing. Very nice.

M: Ok, so I'm torn here. This had major carbonation issues that CCB publicly acknowledged. Admittedly, there is zero carb on this one. That being said, the style doesn't really lend itself to carbonation anyways, and it drinks rather well all things considered. From a balance standpoint, it is spot on. Flavors are incredibly well balanced here, and I am grading it accordingly. The carb issue keeps this from being a 5.

O: A very good beer. I'm bumping up my score because I think the whole outweighs the parts. Huge carbonation issue is a significant black eye, but the flavors are so well done and the barrel aging so well balanced that I have to give this a big thumbs up. Very good work here.

Thanks again, Rhett, for a generous pour of this.

siege06nd, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jophish17, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev -3.6%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks upon thanks to steelcitybrew for swapping me this bottle in a Cigar City trade. Never thought I'd get to handle this bottle: here it is. I've been saving it for a special occasion that keeps drifting towards the horizon. Enough waiting. It's going down.

Big 750ML bottle split into two glasses. Quietest of hisses when the cap pops, after using a buzz saw to cut through the three inches of yellow wax. Pour is the blackest black; bubbles are MIA, no head, no evident carbonation. The smell is all over my clothes, no lack here. Bourbon, brandy, roast fling themselves at me like groupies. Mmmm. Groupies.

Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's is a beer at war with itself on the eastern front. I hate to say, but the brandy & bourbon are fighting & making me a little uncomfortable. The brandy has the upper hand & really infuses the beer. The bourbon is present only in the back of the throat, the ghost of barrels past. The charred roast so aggressive in the base beer, is quieted by the barrels & slinks into the backseat. And without that, Zhukov's is just another pretty good stout. The freight-train of the mouthfeel doesn't help, either. Half a bomber is a chore, & about ninety minutes, to get down. It didn't improve as it warmed, either.

Decent beer, but nothing light years from the epic I was hoping for. I love - LOVE - the base beer, & this treatment brought it down like a granite balloon. Too heavy, little carbonation, & the barrels covered up its best traits. Give me the regular every day of the week.

maximum12, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jh1982, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of bob727
5/5  rDev +20.5%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ucis
5/5  rDev +20.5%

ucis, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of SourNotes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

SourNotes, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!!

koopa, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

doopiedoopiedoo, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer that I never thought I'd even come close to seeing. A huge thanks to dboon for his generosity on this one. A barrel aged version of one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries in the world. Life is good.

From a 750ml, wax dipped bottle into a snifter.
Note: Drunk right after the base beer for comparative purposes.

APPEARANCE: Same look as the base beer. Pours thick and pitch black out of the bottle. Initially pours quite flat, but a wonderful, slow motion cascading effect produces a small, dark, dark mocha colored, thicker looking head with a few bubbles on the top. Head had little retention and faded quickly to a faint wisp and bubbly ring. Jet black body, dense looking, with zero carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp swirls after every sip, leaving some dots of lacing that slowly fall down the sides of the glass. Looks thick and vicious.

SMELL: Roasted malts, molasses, dark pure chocolate and burnt espresso beans fill the nose with barrel riding overtop. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon aromas mesh well with the base beer on this one. Big aromas and well integrated. Very nice indeed.

TASTE: Roasted characters, with lots of molasses and hints of dark chocolate notes up front. Bourbon barrel is more present here than in the nose, with lots of vanilla, oak and milk chocolate through the middle into the finish. Bolder and lingering aftertaste is full of barrel, with bourbon, milk chocolate and espresso in there lingering nicely. The barrel is very nice for sure, though I wish it complimented the wonderful base stout a little better. The great roasted, molasses, chocolate flavors that is the regular Zhukov are a little outplayed.

PALATE: Thick, oily body with understated carbonation. Enough carbonation to keep it really vicious, but this is slightly closer to flat than the base beer was. Heavy and full on the palate, goes down fine with a bit of heat on the swallow and finishes relatively mouth-coating, though far from cloying. Menacing, but almost completely flat by the end of the glass.

OVERALL: This was wonderful. A big, bold, and demanding beer. I enjoyed this one more than I do most bourbon barrel imperial stouts, and more than I do most beers for that matter, but since I love the base beer so much, it is hard to say if this was an improvement on it. It is certainly a flavorful and well integrated barrel aged stout, but in all honesty, the great molasses and pure chocolate flavors of the base beer, which stepped aside somewhat in favor of the barrel flavors here, were sorely missed. That said, this is a class brew in itself, and if you have the chance, jump over children to drink it. Really glad I got the chance to drink this brew. Thanks again for the major league hookup on this dboon.

Jeffo, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  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.

ktrillionaire, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.93/5  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.

emerge077, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
4.35/5  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.

AgentZero, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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
Photo of cpetrone84
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste thanks to Jeremy.

A-jet black liquid with little to no dark tan colored head with a purple hint.

S-the nose has a fair bit of wood up front with notes of sweet brandi and lots of roasted malts with hints of malt sweetness. rather woody and boozy in the nose.

T-again, there is a fair bit of wood with light brandi sweetness. lots of roasted malts hints of roasted coffee and slight bitterness with a very light malt plum sweetness. strong heat in the back.

M-medium body with low carbonation and a thin finish. the barrel has taken its toll.

D-the barrel again dominates and the roasted malts are most prevalant from the beer aspect. to thin, basic, and boozy.

cpetrone84, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Lunch
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Lunch, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks urbancaver

from notes

A - super deep black body, looks very thick, no real head, some red bubbles around the surface.

S - yeasty, sweet apples balance with a dry roasty rawhide smell

T - sweet roasted dry chocolate, definitely can taste the bourbon and apple, perhaps a bit too sweet.

M - thick and viscous, but a smaller body than expected.

O (D) - good and tasty, interesting, but its a bit big and doesn't bring enough balance to make that ok

ColdPoncho, Mar 26, 2011
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.