Monsieur Zhukov’s Biere De Stout - Cigar City Brewing
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Big thanks goes out to my boy Jefe73 for sending me this one in a past trade! Shared this one with everyone at cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from growler into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, banana, spices, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, banana, spices, and burnt malt. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The saison yeast really added a nice touch to an already solid brew. The banana and spices notes blended really well with the roastiness and dark chocolate to help balance it out. I really didn’t know what to expect on this one, but was glad that I got the chance to explore it. Definitely worth trying if you get the opportunity.
05-31-2012 12:13:08 | More by thagr81us
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
Thanks to Jefe73 for sending this monstrosity my way. Cracked open at CBS release and shared in line w/ a lot of other beer afficianados.
Pours out thicker than I would have expected given the description. Looks very similar to the regular Zhukov - that is to say, pitch black, super viscous, and a hint of brown bubbles on top - like slightly carbonated motor oil.
Smell is interesting - you can definitely tell there is saison yeast present - lots of earthy notes up front. The stout characters are also there, but muted. Some chocolate and sweet malts.
Taste is also interesting. Not a bad interesting - just ... interesting. Some people said it had a belgian stout quality - I didn't quite get that. Got a lot of earthy, dry flavors from the saison yeast - blended with chocolate and sweetness. Not as rich and sweet as the regular stout.
Feel is good - a bit thinner than the pour looked, but still heavy bodied, and creamy.
Overall - in interesting experiment that didn't exactly wow me.
10-03-2011 14:50:20 | More by readbaron
2.05/5 rDev -45.9%
On tap at CCB, served in a snifter.
A - Pretty much looks like Zhukov -- jet black, with a slim half-finger or so of mocha colored head. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.
S - Very heavy aroma of rubbing alcohol, so much that it pretty much blots out anything else. A few focused whiffs give me hints of dark chocolate and some roast. But the alcohol burn makes it so unpleasant that I don't want to try any more.
T - Ugh. It's like drinking a stout mixed with moonshine. Not quite as bad as the nose, but it's definitely a chore to get through half of the glass. There's some stout-y roast, and belgian yeastiness somewhere in there. No more, please.
M - While not as nice as the regular Zhukov, it's still fairly viscous. The finish is (unfortunately) long and dry.
O - As much as I love these guys, I have to be honest and say that this did not do it for me at all; I really struggled with this one. A rare miss. Stay far, far away.
10-01-2011 06:55:23 | More by djmichaelk
4.33/5 rDev +14.2%
Dark Black, very thin head, leaving light tan ring around glass.
smells of dark bitter chocolate.. bittersweet
deep rich body, great carbonation
Taste of smokey chocolate with a malted milk finish.
Overall great drinkability, smooth and pleasurable session beer.. definately in a league of its own.
09-27-2011 03:50:09 | More by hopking311
4/5 rDev +5.5%
A: brown quarter finger head. Very dark, no light getting through.
S: very chocolatey with roast and nut notes.
T: mostly coffee and roast. Some chocolate notes.
M: medium to thick bodied and moderate carbonation.
Overall: I haven't yet had the marshall zukov to detect the differences with the Belgian yeast. A fairly palatable imperial stout overall.
09-19-2011 01:29:22 | More by kylehay2004
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
A - A black body and a small head of brown foam that leaves minimal lace.
S - Dark, sugary notes of unrefined sugar and chocolate. Some clove and a hint of pepper in the background.
T - Dark chocolate and molasses up front with some spicy yeast. Clove and anise notes in the middle with a touch of roasted grain that fades into smoky chocolate in the finish.
M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - This is interesting but, as with all of the Belgian stouts I've tried it, it's a bit odd. Not as complex as regular Zhukov, but certainly different, the dark sugar is more pronounced with less roast character. Not unpleasant, but all if I had a choice between the two, I'll stick to regular Zhukov.
09-18-2011 03:17:13 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +5.5%
I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I'm reviewing this by memory on this I had this at the Kickbacks Cigar City/St Somewhere dinner. I have had most of CC's regular beers but I have not tried this yet. Unsure how often it will be brewed or if this was just a test batch. Im surprised by the ratings. I like this beer, love regualr zuzkov but this seemed lighter with alot of earthy, maybe banyard liek flavors mixed with the typical chocolate coffee you get from a stout. interesting beer indeed.
09-16-2011 18:14:07 | More by CampusCrew
3.98/5 rDev +5%
A - Pours a a dark body wwith almost no head but has a few bubbles
S - smells a bit yeasty and a slight chocolate notes
T - its very interesting tastes like Zhukov with the dark chocolate notes and toasted grains but in the taste you get some fruitiness
M - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. No alcohol heat
D - i was upset i was only able to get a pint of it. it was an interesting brew. would try it again
09-02-2011 20:06:16 | More by bierguru
3.3/5 rDev -12.9%
This doesn't sound like the greatest idea, throwing saison yeast into Zhukov stuff, but hey, let's give it a go.
A - Dark brown beer, some bubbles, not much else.
S - Yeast, spice, some cocoa but it's muted compared to regular Zhukov. Not a great combination.
T - Actually, there's not a ton of taste on this one. Grain, chocolate, some yeast. Flavor is a bit watered down, kind of boring.
M - Lacking in carbonation, but that could be due to the growler. Medium bodied, creamy.
O - Bland, watered down, and flat, although the latter is somewhat forgiveable. Trying new things can sometimes lead to great results, this was merely okay, and nothing I'd want again.
08-24-2011 04:25:39 | More by AgentZero
3.28/5 rDev -13.5%
32oz growler...thanks, Kan!
A - Pours black, flat, small bubbles.
S - No chocolate sweetness, which is what I enjoy in this beer. Some weird Belgian funk/yeast which makes the base Zhukov into something that doesn't smell all that good. Vomit maybe?
T - Slight chocolate here, which is a better start. Some dark fruit notes, yeast funk of some kind, roasted malts, some char. Very...odd.
M - Medium, flat, creamy finish.
O - No idea how this is getting 4's on the other site. While it wasn't totally horrible, it wasn't very good. By far, my least favorite Zhukov variant ever. Can't recommend.
08-23-2011 13:57:36 | More by Sean9689
3.33/5 rDev -12.1%
Second runnings of Zhukov with saison yeast. Served in a Heady Topper glass. Thanks Sean for sharing this one.
A - Pours with almost no foam - leaky growler? There's a thin ring of bubbles topping a very dark brown body.
S - Reminds me a little of Belgian Yeti, but with more yeast and less chocolate. Very bready and doughy, with spicy yeast character (or actual spices I suppose).
T - Taste is somewhat bland, with some cocoa, yeast, and toasted grains. Kind of watery actually. Finishes with some dark chocolate bitterness and chalky astringency
M - Medium-bodied but watery, with very low carbonation. No alcohol heat, but I didn't expect any from a second runnings beer.
D - Just not a very successful experiment. Too much yeast, and not enough Zhukov left to balance it out. They can't all be zingers I suppose. Seemed pretty low in alcohol, so I was able to finish my glass pretty quickly. That being said, I wouldn't bother with this one in the future.
08-21-2011 16:32:38 | More by MasterSki
Monsieur Zhukov’s Biere De Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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