Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's (Rum and Bourbon)
Cigar City Brewing

Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's (Rum and Bourbon)Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's (Rum and Bourbon)
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
12%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 5.87%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
64
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's (Rum and Bourbon)Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's (Rum and Bourbon)
Notes: El Catador Club Exclusive.

This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II, and to the barrels of the weapons used by Zhukov’s 1st Belorussian Front of the Red Army to push through the German-occupied territory of East Prussia in early 1945. We’ve aged this monolithic imperial stout in both rum and bourbon barrels to add a legendary depth of character and flavor including flavors of vanilla, dried fruit and baking spices to the dark chocolate and fresh-ground espresso qualities of the base beer.

Tasting Notes: Molasses, bitter chocolate and raisin-like fruit aromas give way to vanilla and rustic woodiness on the nose of this complex Imperial Stout. A palate of espresso, toffee and treacle is balanced by an assertive bitterness and a tannic and spicy texture imparted by extensive aging in both rum and bourbon barrels.
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4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the 750 mL bottle into an El Catador teku glass. Consumed on 10/30/17.

A: Very, very dark brown and nearly opaque. Low, if any, visible carbonation - this is dark and thick looking. Forms a thin tan head that sticks around pretty well.

S: Bourbon and rum, chocolate and coffee all together. Dark cacao, tobacco, oaky tannins. Milder vanilla. Big dark roasted malts with notes of caramel.

T: Chocolate, bourbon, and oak. Rum and dark roasted malts. Coffee, with some bitterness from the roasted malts, hops, and maybe touch of barrel char. Tobacco-like dryness. The sticky sweet flavors mix with some additional dark fruit and blend into the rum spiciness and bourbon sweetness – then the dry tannins and roasty dryness take over. Bitter mocha impression in the hang after the bourbon fades away.

M: Very thick, sticky body – but what else would you expect? Low but befitting carbonation sensation. Alcohol presence is quite well-balanced with the other flavors.

O: A really good beer. This strikes an excellent balance between both liquor types, the barrel itself, and the base beer. Perhaps there's nothing unexpected, but it's all very well constructed and balanced. Excellent.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this one from desp a while back. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled 1 August 2017
Stout age in Rum and Bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Thick, viscous pitch black pour yields a three finger, thicker looking, creamy, slightly crackly, dark tan head with excellent retention. Pitch black body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly recedes down to a thick, creamy cap.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon, oak, sweet vanilla cream, coconut cream, caramel and butterscotch aromas, milk and pure dark chocolate, hints of coffee beans and some spicy alcohol from the rum barrels. Bold and enticing. Chocolate covered candy in a glass.

TASTE: Just like the nose. Bourbon, oaky and wood flavors, spicy rum, with sweet vanilla cream, butterscotch, pure dark chocolate and some light coffee flavors at the swallow. Flavorful and lovely. Big, bold and lingering finish of bourbon and spicy rum, oak, sweet vanilla and coconut cream flavors, milk chocolate, sweet butterscotch and caramel, with some nice pure, bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors as balance. Decadence in liquid form.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes sticky on the palate. A bit of heat lingers. Big and menacing.

OVERALL: Yes. I had insanely high expectations going into this and I was actually nervous. Yes. Nervous. I figured it can’t fall short of expectations if I hadn’t opened it yet. As far as I am concerned, this is as close to perfection as I have ever drunk. This creation is proof of everything you've ever doubted, and is an explanation for everything previously unexplained. We should no longer worry about such trivial matters as the warming of the earth and its potential consequences, laying secular morality on a foundation of the well-being of conscious creatures, or the potential pitfalls of an artificial intelligence that is unconcerned with man's best interests. These are now irrelevant. Instead, making more of this beer should be humanity's first priority. Thank you desp and thank you Cigar City for doing what you do.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black color with really dark khaki head. Aroma has sweet dried fruits, umami, intense roasted malt and rum. Taste is roasty, a bit astringent, spicy, really tasty with rum, rye whiskey and light roasty bitterness on the finish. Heavy body, smooth mouthfeel. Really complex, tasty and smooth.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours dark black body, standard Zhukov base body. One finger brown head. Fair retention. Smell is tobacco leaves, oak, fair bit of rum, milk chocolate, astringent cocoa. Flavour is more rum, sweet molasses, milk chocolate, light whiskey, tobacco, touch of smoke. Cocoa. A fair bit of tobacco/cigar leaves on the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied, good carbonation. It sounded great, and it is a very good beer, but not what I was hoping for- I would have liked a bit less of the ashy tobacco oak and a little more balance on the rum which was somewhat overpowering.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle into an El Catador snifter. Bottling date of 08/01/17 etched onto the neck of the bottle. The nose is fantastic with the rum barrels stick out a little more predominantly than the bourbon in my opinion. The mouthfeel is thick and ohh so silky smooth. The taste is full of flavors and the alcohol is dangerously hidden. Once again, so flavorful, so smooth, so delicious. Almost perfect.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.68/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Inky black with a thick mocha head. Smells of rum, bourbon, alcohol, oak, sweet dark fruit. Tastes of licorice, dark fruit, rum, oak, alcohol, molasses, and some bitter chocolate. Heavy and alcoholic, but not overly sweet. Slow to drink, but in the end, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours any inky black with a tight, mocha band around the shoulders. Nose expresses bakers chocolate, roast and a hint of ethanol. Taste is amazing - butterscotch, chocolate, ethanol and some hoppy notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slightly oily consistency and a mild, even carbonation. Overall - quite sweet, but quite tasty too.

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Photo of maximum12
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Cigar City for making my dreams come true. Keep varianting this up until you can’t think of any more & I’ll keep buying them, hopefully in bulk. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

Black. Plenty of life. The nose brings rum, tons of roast, molasses sweetness. No bourbon. Hopefully it’s coming.

Marshal Zhukov’s – Double Barrel Aged is better than an hour in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Or so I hear. The base beer, all soaring depths of malts sweetness, roast, & light chocolate, comes roaring out of the gate. The rum barrel arrives mid-palate & amps up the sweetness to around eleven, with plenty of wood (probably bubinga). Bourbon afterthought melds with fudge delight to round this out. Just as thick as the original. I could drink this until they pried my cold, dead fingers from the bottle.

I wasn’t sure it was possible to amp up the original any more, but, damn, this is so close to perfect that the line is a dit to me. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of Grackos
4.12/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't get much barrel or rum. Very smooth, smells like dark fruits, caramel and tobacco. Tastes too similar to the regular barrel aged Zhukov. Still a solid stout.

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Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's (Rum and Bourbon) from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 64 ratings