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

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Sherry Barrel AgedMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Sherry Barrel Aged
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American Imperial Stout
4.42 | pDev: 8.14%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Sherry Barrel AgedMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Sherry Barrel Aged
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Photo of macrosmatic
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the 750mL bottle into a Cigar City Hunahpu goblet. Consumed on 12/21/15.

A: Dark – essentially black – and opaque. Forms a finger’s worth of brown head that lasts wonderfully. Almost no visible carbonation bubbles. A very nice-looking beer.

S: Rich and sweet – chocolate and tobacco, cacao and sherry. The sherry reminds me of a combination of a light bourbon with a vinous sweetness. Mild oak tannins as well.

T: Dark chocolate and big dark toasted malts. Sherry sweetness is balanced by much more dry oak and barrel character than I got in the nose. This does dry out quite a bit in the middle, and there’s maybe a touch of smokiness or barrel char in the middle too. Some sherry booziness comes through, then more cacao and pipe tobacco. Chocolate and sherry with some fading oak dryness in the end.

M: A big, thick, sticky body, with fairly low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is obvious, but restrained for a barrel-aged stout.

O: Wow. It might not be Barrel-Aged Hunahpu, but the sherry treatment really worked for the Zhukov. I'm not sure what to make of the charred flavor in the middle. It might be from the barrel, or maybe something I hadn't picked up before in Marshal Zhukov? I’m not certain, but it's not unpleasant. And either way, this was really, really good.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pitch black pour, lots of legs, viscous on the sides of the glass. Thick looking.

S - Cherries, dark fruit, sherry, delicate coconut, some cocoa.

T - Cocoa, coconut, light cherry, aggressive oak flavor, faint molasses and a touch of dark fruit.

M - Full bodied, thick, viscous, slippery, sticky on the lips. Some warming on the way down but fairly subdued for the ABV.

A - Another Marshal variant worth a try.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thick black, thick creamy tan head.
Aroma is oak, lots of cherries and dark fruits, raisins.
Taste is lots of dark fruits, lots of oak, cherry, dry finish.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Cigar City shared at the meeting.
Inky black with a decent tan head that persists. Chocolate roast and thick molasses and licorice with some sharp vinous sherry notes. Very thick very sweet, but pretty tasty too.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a super dark midnight color. Aroma is really dark chocolate and charred malts. Flavor is chocolate with a light caramel flavor, a hint of booze a really roasted/ charred malty backbone. Overall this was very tasty.

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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Zhukov. I have loved many men, but you are perhaps my favorite. Especially when you come in a 750ML bottle…& aged in sherry bottles? Come here. Split with my wife. I mean…never mind.

The pour is black with a head that’s shorter-lived than a rabid mayfly. The nose is nearly all sherry, ergo fruity, along with a soft background of chocolate & sweet malt. Delicious.

Marshal Zhukov’s - Sherry Aged is like Zhukov at a masquerade ball - barely recognizable. The sherry is on this like a whore on Tyrion. Briskly fruity yet sweet, white grapes, insistent vanilla, candied sugar with an echo of Belgium, all wine-like up in my grill. Beneath the barrel is the base beer crying for attention with sweet malt, bit of chocolate, tiny flecks of roast; but Zhukov’s proper is only a fever-dream in this brew. Thick as the original & just as easy to drink & I could do so until stout was leaking out of my armpits.

A case of the barrel actually muting & diverting some of the beautiful components of the base beer. Still. Even muted, Morphine is better than about any band out there, capiche? Ditto up in this. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of Lapalou
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This review is from recent pours from the bottle and on tap. Tried this in 2015 Huna day and thought it was too sweet and a little over done. But the age has made this beer phenomenal. The Zhukov base provides great mouth feel and toasty chocolate notes and the sherry barrel has mellowed some with the sweetness lurking in the finish. Becomes extremely drinkable as it warms and almost addicting. Drinking great right now and such a nice treat because it's different than the 100 bourbon BA stouts out there at the moment. Grab one it's more special than you think and holding up great... Getting better.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from 7clutch recently. Lovely find. Cheers man!

From a 750 into a snifter.
Ale aged in Sherry barrels

APPEARANCE: Thick, opaque black pour yields a 2+ finger, thicker looking, creamy, dark tan head with great retention. Opaque black body with med-low levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a thick cap and leaves some lacing as it recedes. Slight wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Great look.

SMELL: Oak, lots of nice sherry, grapes, light cherry notes, milk chocolate, vanilla and sweet cream on the nose. Dark fruits and alcohol as well. Very bold and the barrel aging has definitely left its mark.

TASTE: Very flavorful up front, with lots of sherry, white wine, oak, milk chocolate and sweet vanilla cream. Sweet beer for sure. Some more sherry and oak at the swallow with a big, bold and lingering finish of more barrel character, oak, milk chocolate, vanilla cream, caramel sweetness, some light coffee bitterness and molasses. Very flavorful and plenty going on.

PALATE: Full body and medium carbonation. Lots of weight on the palate. Creamy and smooth, goes down smooth and finishes very sticky. No heat lingers. Full, thick and slick. Heavy. Excellent.

OVERALL: This was lovely. Lots of great aroma and flavor that shows a wonderful balance between the base stout and the sherry barrels, along with a menacing look and a massive feel. Love The Marshal and this incarnation turned out very nicely. Thanks again 7clutch. Top class stuff.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Fl.

This one pours a dark deep and forbidding black, with a small head, and a good level of lacing.

Smells really vinous and fruity, dark fruits and dark cherries, lots of sherry, chocolate, and some oaky vanilla.

I haven't had the regular MZ to compare to this one, but all I can say is that this is utterly delicious. The barrel notes are tight and well integrated, oaky with some vanilla, along with tannic sherry, super vinous, with lots of chocolate as well.

This is thick bodied, oily and slightly syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation.

A real winner here.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired through the El Catador club. Bottled 2015. Served in a goblet.

A jet black nectar rests in the goass with two and a half fingers mocha head. The dark foam recedes to a thin rail around the edges without leaving any lace.

This smells excellent. Deep, welcoming aromas of chocolate, vanilla, grapes, caramel and creamed coffee. Faint traces of oak, roast and sherry round out the experience.

The flavor delivers on the promise of the nose and more. Rich chocolate fudge, red wine soaked oak, caramel, vanilla, cooked caramel, grape skins, marshmallow, vague raisin bread, a little vanilla and a slight booze tingle. Flavor work quite well together and while this remains a sipper it is quite easy to drink.

That signature full, sludgy yet satisfyingly creamy feel with silky soft carbonation. Aspects of chocolatey red velvet cake, cabernet and vinilla-tinged toasted oak create a pleasing and long lasting aftertaste.

Cigar City delivers another outstanding play on Marshall Zhukov's. The sherry, oak, dark fruit and vanilla add a sweetness that does well to round out the fudge and roast. This is the sort of release that keeps me in the El Catador Club!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap from Gnarly Barley for their 4th anniversary. This takes Marshal Zhukov's and kicks it up another level with wonderful notes from the sherry barrels. Great beer!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at FFF. Received in a "perception" glass.

3.5 A: Black color. Poured to top but left a few wisps of brown lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of sherry coming through. Dense layers of caramel and molasses. Sweet low attenuation maltiness. Some roastiness to balance.

4.25 T: It's really good but the sherry is too strong and it interferes with the gloriousness that is Zhukov. Still, very good. Dense caramel and molasses with tons of vinous sherry and a moderate vanilla and oak.

4.75 M: Super heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Sticky, but creamy and velvety.

4.0 D: Good variant, but the original is still better.

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Photo of stakem
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a matching CCB snifter. The brew appears an oily black color with 2 fingers mocha that fades leaving webby lace.

This smells vinous and quite fruity with alcohol tang, than oak, chocolate, char, raisin and coconut.

This tastes tangy with fruity alcohol that is quite vinous but with a neutral oak feel too. Some sweet chocolate, licorice, earth, char and tobacco. A bit of toasted coconut comes out as it warms.

This is full bodied with modest carbonation. An already awesome beer with nice barrel nuance that you can tell is tannic and wine centric but doesnt distract from the base beer.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and thick. The sherry barrel is present in both nose and taste. Dark cherry notes mingle with smokey chocolate and a slight caramel. Possible a slight burned caramel bittersweet present. Roasty and rich. Damn good.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The beer was black as a stout with mocha colored bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell – The sherry makes an impression in the nose with chocolate malts in the background.

Taste – The sherry makes the initial impression in the form of grapes. The grapes mix with the chocolate of Zhukov. The stout is not overly boozy, and runs a little sweet. A sweet chocolate after finishes the experience.

Mouthfeel – The stout leans thick with little carbonation. The sherry gives a sense of stickiness.

Overall – Zhukov is great. But sherry barrel take the carbonation to a higher level.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a thin, tan head that keeps for a lengthy amount of time through out sipping it.

Smells of chocolate sherry and wood

Taste is sweet, strong sherry with hints of chocolate and some minor salty notes

Feel is thick, very chewy, almost wine, almost huge black imperial stout.

Overall, a fantastic beer, going to savor my last bottle for the long haul.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.2/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Shared at a Pittsburgh share. Pours like Zhukov with slightly less head. Aroma is green wood, some roast and ash, not much else. Overwhelming green wood continues in the flavor, with some burnt ash, and little to no sweetness here. Body seems slightly lighter than the base beer. Overly dry mouthfeel. What a let down. Tastes like ash and super green oak, way too much fresh wood flavors here. Not very good.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully tannic with a layer of dark fruit, currants, plum, grape skin, and nuttiness layered on the thick chocolate tones of rightmost Zhukoff. The barrel treatment send to dry out the base a bit, almost thinning it, to more of a chewy wine feel. Well done riff on the base.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4.73/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hard not to enjoy this beer.
Pours as you would expect a CC stout to pour. Thick and dark with a fairly decent amount of mocha head. Huge roastiness on the nose followed by that booziness all sherry drinkers love. Taste is roasty with hints of dark fruit and sure as shit taste of sherry is in there too. Mouthfeel again is what you'd expect it to be, thick, chewy and amazing! Great beer, glad to tick this one!

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Photo of Duff27
4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Quickly disappearing mocha head. Dark brown/black body. Collar, screeny lookin cap.

S- Dry fruit nose.

T- Big time wine notes, faint chocolate. Only notice the alcohol from the sherry barrels.

M- Huge mouthfeel, as is tradition with Zhukov. Soft carbonation.

D/O- Well integrated. Lets just varientize Zhukov/Huna with every combination of everything ever. Because why not? Thanks Chuck (badboy7113)!

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Photo of cbutova
4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Labor Day weekend reviews, so far.

Catador Club goodie finally coming out.

A- Classic CCB Imperial Stout madness. Sludgy oily midnight oil black from a 750ml to some snifters. Dark tan cocoa head forms just under a finger with a frothy thickness. Decent retention falling to a small ring and lace is rare.

S- The barrel is strong with this big bad boy. Zhukov's savage base with a heap of sherry and vinous wet toasty oak. Cocoa, black malts, wine grapes, raisins, toasted nuts, molasses and a plank of wood.

T- Every sip gets richer and richer somehow; even coming in ready for it. The sherry is strong and it really drives the beer even with the classic CCB beastly stout base. Intense grape flavor vine and all, raisins, wet woodiness, chocolate, more woody barrel, toasted almond almost like biscotti and some vanilla sweets.

MF- Hugely oily and thick body. Like drinking some sludge. Carbonation is pretty low but the richness of the brew nullifies any problem this might create. A tiny bit warm.

The barrel is beastly in mother Russia. Sherry and oak wood are beyond prominent making the Zhukov base bow in worship. Like Trillium hoppy beers, CCB RIS always deliver.

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Photo of CASK1
4.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured at a bottle share for a friends going away. Thanks John!

L - As black as night. Even a short pour leaves a slowly rising, rich dark tan head that is easily roused to the bottom of the glass.
S - About as complex as a stout can be. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, spices, oak, hints of the sherry, dark fruit. Awesome.
T - follows the aroma. Wave after wave of complexity featuring roast malt (bitter chocolate, espresso, burnt toast), hop bitterness to balance, and fruit and spice that stand out and blend together in a way that can't really be described.
F - Smooth and rich with hints of alcohol but not hot at all. Would like just a touch more carbonation.
O - Incredibly complex and well-balanced beer.

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Photo of Junkforadam
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very chocolate with toffee flavor, not terribly bitter, I don't get much on the smell. Very thick mouth feel and leaves a brown caramel color haze in the glass. Easy to drink Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.83/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just as good as I expected. Had two pours on draft tonight. Man do I wish I had an entire bottle of this.

Look and smell were on par with perfection. Taste was great but just a tad too sweet. Other than that it was amazing. So happy I got a chance to try this one.

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Photo of danh53
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was good, but I think I'll prefer some of the other barrel aged versions of this beer. The sherry really adds to the dark fruit already present in Zhukov, but it was a little too sweet for me. Nice oak presence with tons of chocolate and molasses. Thick, vicious mouth feel is always a highlight of CCB stouts. I'd definitely seek it out again if I see it available.

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