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

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.46 | pDev: 8.07%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout aged in Rum Barrels
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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Inky black. Medium mocha head. Stains the glass.

Smell - Fudgy and rummy. Smells very sweet. Intense molasses Zhukov aroma.

Taste - The rum works well. As sweet as the beer is, the rum doesn't amplify it. Rounds it out a bit. Strong molasses. Oak. Fudgy all around.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Boozy.

Overall - Preferred this to the Sherry treatment, which was on tap at the same time.

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Photo of Lapalou
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best BA version of this beer. The rum adds a perfect sweetness to this thick black stout. On tap at Huna day and could rival and pour I had that day.

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Lapalou from Florida, Mar 28, 2015
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4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared between Dylan and I, reviewed after notes taken with Dylan
Had this right after regular zhukov

A - Appearance is dark black with a beautiful pour out of a cigar city growler.

S - Smell is fantastic here. Chocolate, toffee, the famous tobacco taste you expect from a cigar city beer and dark fruits (more here than reg zukov). The rum peaks as the bear comes close to 65 degrees and really makes this beer shine

T - Taste follows the nose. Perfect dark fruits on the front with a milkier chocolate finish. The rum barrels really smoothed and at the same time added a great complexity to the base beer.

M - A perfect mouthfeel.

O - Pumped I was able to drink this and share it with a good friend. If I had the opportunity to get this again I would!

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jdprmd from Missouri, Jun 01, 2014
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4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottle acquired from Daniel719 thanks again for the trade!

Shared between John and I
Had this right after reg zhukov

A - Appearance is dark as night with a 1/2 finger mocha head. Luscious pour out of the growler

S - Smell is fantastic here. Sweeter notes of chocolate, toffee, tobacco and dark fruits. A mellowed out sweeter smell of reg zhukov. The rum notes come through a little more as it warms.

T - Taste follows the nose here and is definitely one of the finer parts of this beer. Really delicious sweet fruits on the front with a milkier chocolate finish. I think the rum barrels just smooth and balanced the base out much more. This was one of the better tasting stouts. Dark fruits, sweet chocolate, with minimal heat on the finish. Little hints of molasses. This beer is spot on.

M - Full bodied creamy and smooth. Coats the mouth and the glass.

O - This definitely edged out the base and is definitely my latest wow beer. This was so well balanced and sweet. Very drinkable. Glad I have about 8 ounces left for a pour tonight.

Seek this one out if you get the chance.
and Let it get to room temp.

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drmcleod10 from Missouri, May 07, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Rum Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida.

Score: 96

Growlered on 04/29/14. Served in a Toppling Goliath snifter and enjoyed on 05/02/14. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with just under a finger of brown espresso head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention with nice oily legs and major browning from swirling. Looks exactly like you would expect for the style. 5/5

Smell: Rummy dark fruit and oak, with a touch of alcohol. Light chocolate notes too, and a hint of coffee. Warms up to a lovely molasses/syrup flavor. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet rum, raisins and fig, with dashes of syrup, oaky vanilla and licorice. Finishes with a nice bakers chocolate flavor and a little bit of coffee flavor, both of which linger nicely. As the beer warms up, the syrup and coffee flavors come through more, and the strong initial sweetness of the beer right out of the fridge mellows out. Really tasty and well integrated. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, spot on carbonation. Very viscous, syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet upfront on the palate, with a nice residual bitterness for balance to the finish. The sweetness mellows out as it warms up. 4.75/5

Overall: An excellent barrel treatment on an excellent imperial stout. Cannot wait for the barrel aged releases of Marshal Zhukov in bottles later this year. Seek this one out with confidence and drink it on the warmer side. Cheers!

Cost: $25 for a 32 oz growler.

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jegross2 from Illinois, Mar 18, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beauty at Bondurants in NYC, 8-oz snifter.

Appearance: beautiful snifter, my first pour was gone in no time. No need to warm it up, unlike other reviewers said. It is delicious. Stunning, deep black like fresh petroleum in Prudhoe Bay. Shiny mocha-colored head, good retention, sensuous bubbles and oily coat. Great lacing. Almost looks nitro.

Smell: Rum, chocolate, coffee. Sugar, crème brulee. Toasted coconut. Hot toddy, pickled strawberry. Wood, barrel.

Taste: More chocolate, thickness, dark fruit. This feels like drinking hot chocolate in Spain. So thick and rich you almost need a spoon. Some cigar/tobacco around, leather touches.

Mouthfeel: Unique, odd. Thick and chewy, like eating a molten cake and sipping a double espresso at once. Sweet, coats your lips, dry ending. Need water. Sip, repeat, enjoy.

Overall: Drinkable to a high point, exceptional taste and feel. Think Goose Rare! Glad I traveled across town to try this. Truly mind-blowing. I still dream of this concoction.

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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania, Mar 06, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt this one of the top two stouts I've ever had (the other being Bourbon County). Got to taste this one at a Cigar City event at Bondurants in NYC.

The head on this one was a dark tan foamy one. The beer itself was extremely dark with maybe a hint of brown.

Honestly the only thing I didn't care for about this beer was the aroma. While I got a bit of dark chocolate and rum, I was overwhelmed by a soy-sauce and beef jerky smell which I didn't find pleasant.

The taste and mouthfeel of this beer were like none other. I let the beer warm up to just under room temperature (A must). I got lots of dark chocolate, hersheys syrup -- by the time this one warmed up, the mouthfeel was a perfect, syrupy consistency -- and a little rum when tasting.

I've never had the original version before, but a guy sitting next to me noted that this was undoubtedly on par with the original, if not a bit better.

Surprising, the nose did nothing to affect my score of a perfect 5. This one is a must try.

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KHarz from New York, Feb 27, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 02/25/14 notes. Had two 8 oz. glasses of this on tap at Bondurants in NYC. Served in a snifter glass.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two inches of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks fantastic, a lot like the normal version.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malts, rum, molasses, dark fruits, toasted malts, and syrup. more sweet rum comes out as it warms up.

t - Tastes of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, raisins, figs, sweet dark fruits, toasted malts, oak, molasses, sugar, rum, and chocolate sauce. Taste has more chocolate and rum than the nose but not too much heat, very good. Like the nose, as it warms I get some clay and more sweet rum and fruits.

m - Thick, smooth body and low carbonation evident. Chewy, great mouthfeel for a stout.

o - Overall a really good BA stout; I love the base beer and would rank this slightly better IMO. Loads of chocolate and dark fruit slike the base beer, with light sweet rum that really comes through the more it warms up. Looks fantastic and great mouthfeel, well worth seeking out, especially if you like the base beer. As recommended by others, let it warm up.

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mdfb79 from New York, Feb 26, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

8oz pour on tap at Blind Tiger Ale House

Exactly how a stout should look: Pitch black, with a 1-2 finger creamy brown head.

WAIT UNTIL IT WARMS UP!!!! I was very underwhelmed by my first few sips of the beer when when it was poured from the tap. I haven't had Marshal Zhukov's in a couple of years as CC stopped, and only recently resumed, distribution to NYC. I was very excited and still distinctly remember my previous experience with the base beer. There wasn't much going on in this variety until the finish, which was full and chocolatey, but tainted by a strong tangy rum flavor. I was ready to write the beer off...until I tried it again after it had warmed to close to room temperature.

Ahhh! The beer I remember so well! From beginning to end, wonderful, rich chocolate. A thick, full bodied beer with a chewy mouthfeel. The rum notes mellowed out, or were overtaken by the richness of the beer, but either way, the rum contributed in a positive way, unlike previously.

SO happy I let the beer warm up before continuing. It really can't overstate how much of a difference it makes.

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goalie33 from New York, Feb 24, 2014
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Rum Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 159 ratings