Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged W/ Vanilla Beans | Cigar City Brewing

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged W/ Vanilla BeansMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged W/ Vanilla Beans
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged W/ Vanilla BeansMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged W/ Vanilla Beans
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout aged in Laird's Apple Brandy barrels with Madagascar vanilla beans on the small batch system. Brewed exclusively for BeerZareGewd.

Added by robbiemoy13 on 01-19-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
123
pDev:
7.42%
 
 
Wants:
80
Gots:
17
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by BeRanger:
Photo of BeRanger
4.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Poured dark, like motor oil with a nice dark brown rim into my snifter.

S: Originally slightly chilled the nose was filled with Apple Brandy however as I left the beer warm the vanilla started to shine through. A little booze on the nose but its not overpowering.

T: Divine - fantastic combination of the apple brandy barrel and a blend of vanilla. The barrel was just right - not overly sweet, a perfect compliment to a top notch base beer. Can't help but think about a fudge dipped caramel apple with some vanilla drizzle.

F: Thick, Chewy - the mouth feel you'd expect from regular zhukov with a little more grit. This one will coat your glass.

O: Better than I expected - the beer came out absolutely perfect. Highly recommend taking this from slightly chilled to room temp to see the contrast between predominantly barrel and the vanilla. I could drink this all day, every day. Cheers to CCB and "BeerZareGewd!"

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kylo76
3.43/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Was really excited to try this, most disappointing beer I've ever had. Poured pitch black with little head into snifter. Got a bit of the Apple brandy and vanilla in the nose. First taste was extremely sweet and syrupy with a very medicinal aftertaste. Tasted almost like corn syrup, not boozy nor did I get much barrel character. Overall way too sweet with a musty soy sauce like aftertaste and a syrup viscosity. Had 50 beers at the share and this finished in the bottom five.

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Photo of masucci85
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possibly one of the best and most unique smelling beers I have ever had Apple, Fresh thick Fudge, Brandy, Rich Caramel and Vanilla. Like smelling Christmas morning at grandmas house next to a fire with a silk smoking jacket on.
The brandy is more toned down than the nose leads to believe no booze burn, very dangerous. The sweet notes hang around without ever becoming overwhelming, and OMG that Vanilla.
Mouth feel is full bodied lots of texture and perfectly chewy.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say this is not just one the best stouts I have ever had but possible one of the best beers I have ever had. Truly a unique experience that can hardly be translated into words.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.39/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apple brandy is a nice barrel treatment of an excellent base beer. Vanilla is a bit lacking. Great to try but not worth the effort needed in obtaining this whale.

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Photo of JNewbs
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply unreal. Thanks to Ben G. for bringing this to our tasting. One upped the entirety of what everyone else brought to sample. Which is absolutely saying something considering that we had a 2007-2015 BCBS vertical on the same night. Honestly one of the best nights ever, and I have 3 kids.

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Photo of joemochas
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When you're in a random CCB line at Hunahpu's Day, 3rd person from the station, and they randomly tap this, what do you do? You drink the damned delicious beer. This was fantastic.

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Photo of JamesH
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unfreaking-believable. A bit roasty as it is fairly fresh Zhukovs but once it hits room temperature the apple brandy compliments the roasty base of the beer. Basically a caramelized vanilla apple dipped in brandy and zhukovs. Wonderful beer. One of the best that CCB has brewed in a long time.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was a great one. Missed this at Huna Day but had a friend come through to get me a taste. Base Zhukov is always good, but like Dark Lord, the barrel versions are (almost) always way better. Loved the flavor profile on this one. Would love to get more!

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Photo of mmcurran
4.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mangbus
4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Shawner
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rightcoast7
4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mar02x
4.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer really lived up to the hype. It costed a few dollars to get it, but it was worth it :) - This was a thick creamy tasty bastard. This beer was thick without the use of Glycerin, awesome! Well-done Cigar city, now please send me a case. I even wanna pay for it.

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Photo of fiedler84
4.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jloomis
4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Inky black. No head. Smells really intense. Molasses and alcohol. Brandy. Nutty malts. Tastes really nice, but it's just as intense. Strong apple brandy. Nutty malts. Molasses and fudge. Booze. Just a hint of soy sauce. I don't really get any vanilla, though. Heavy as anything. Silly. It tastes good, but it isn't sensible or drinkable at all.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.15/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of enelson
3.77/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bad bottle? Had a sour note. Likely infected.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: absolute pitch black pour, a finger of dark drown head that fades to a film and ring quickly
S: wow....big aroma. Apple brandy and vanilla jump out of the glass. Sweet fudge. The mix of fudge, vanilla and sweet apple brandy is awesome.
T: just like the nose! What a treat. This has it all going on. The smooth barrel and apple brandy race to the taste buds first. So smooth, just like you hope and few accomplish. Then it's the fudge and vanilla complimenting each other in waves of goodness. This is an amazing beer!
F: thick, sticky, the flavors coat my teeth and mouth and linger on one sip. The barrel in this is super smooth to boot.
O: all 5's.....world class amazing beer!

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Apple Brandy Barrel Aged W/ Vanilla Beans from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.58 out of 5 with 123 ratings