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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of backstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

We brew and release Zhukov's in the summer knowing that a beer of this heft reaches its full potential a few months after release. So save a bottle for the cold winter!

80 IBU

Added by BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
533
Ratings:
2,561
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
21.26%
 
 
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Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large shared 2014 bottle.
Lightly sweet, a better level than Surly Darkness or Dark Lord, tried in the same tasting session.
Plenty of dark dried fruit. Lightly boozy in a way that fits the other characteristics.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a solid black. maybe just a hint of mahogany near the extreme edges. a finger or so of a tan to brown head with decent retention and leaving behind a small lacing. a good amount of viscosity as it swirls around the glass. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: espresso flavored fudge, dark fruits, slight char, molasses, some booze. earthy and bitter as well.

Taste: opens with fudge, black cherry, dark chocolate and espresso fudge. opens up with a fruity molasses flavor. some char and dark malts comes in. some syrupy sweetness before becoming earthy and bitter, some burnt malts add to the bitterness. a moderate amount of booze at the end.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy. lots of sweetness and maltiness but bitterness wins out just barely. some strong alcohol warmth.

Overall: a top notch, big, non-adjuncted stouts. seriously tasty and great balance. Cigar City does there thick stouts very well and this may be the lead and original

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When you talk about the darkest, thickest sludge used motor oil stouts, this one has to be mentioned. Doesn't really form a head, but hey, its dark as night in the desert.

Aroma was a little boozy, roasty, no surprises there.

Taste was straightforward, minimal chocolate and coffee notes from the malt, relative smooth stuff. Toffee, somewhat dry yet smooth in an oatmeal kind of way.

Narwhal is better and way more affordable, not gonna be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely beautiful stout--pitch black with a huge head of uniformly distributed tiny dark tan bubbles like a massive pile of beer caviar.

Aromas of molasses, leather, nuts and roasted coffee.

Molasses, nuts, roasted coffee, chocolate, but not sweet, well balanced.

Blankets the tongue with its smooth and luscious liquid. I could call this Doris Zhukov, as this is very close to one of my all time favorite brews.

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Photo of jhartley
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian tulip. Bottled on 07/28/2015.

Look: Pure black body with a reddish-brown bubbly head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing in the glass.

Smell: Wow! Getting leather, tobacco, espresso coffee beans, dark roasted maltiness; perhaps some dark fruits on the end.

Taste: Coats the tongue with thick syrup like flavors of deep roasted malts, raisins, char, dark, bittersweet bakers chocolate and coffee.

Feel: Full and thick body, that leaves a nice coating on the tongue and doesn't let go.

Overall: A real big winner worthy of any and all hype! Huge beer that is just a true sipper and just fills your mouth with all kinds of malty goodness. One of the best RIS I have ever had.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a rich dark chocolate with a milk chocolate head that maintains well and laces beautifully throughout.

S: Notes of dark chocolate and spicy hops are huge and upfront, with milder notes of toffee, roast and coffee. A whiff of booze. A big beer in the nose, but inviting rather than daunting.

T: Big, roasty, toasty flavors, with dark chocolate and toffee on the end. Bittersweet chocolate and hops lay on the palate.

M: Rich, thick and silky smooth, this Imperial rolls across the tongue coating everything with flavor, a tight carbonation and a slight warming from its sizable ABV.

O: "Big" but not "too big" in so many aspects, this RIS lives up to its name and style. Well balanced with both big malts and big hops, it is a delicious beer that must be had.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pour pitch black with a very dark brown head. Pours thick.
S: sweet dark malt, malt bomb.
T: like the nose, a massive dark malt bomb. Sweet, which I love, I don't like bitter stouts. I wish there was more to this, I do see this as a perfect base beer for adjuncts. I look forward to several variants.
F: thick and coating for sure. The flavors fades a little too fast though, and not as thick as the best out there.

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Photo of barflybastard
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep black with a modest coffee colored head that halves quickly, but that doesn't fade completely.

S: Molasses, coffee, raisins.

T: Roasted malts, molasses and syrup, prunes and coffee (toffee?)/chocolate. Sweet , but not cloyingly so.

M: Best part of it--full and creamy, low carb.

O: Haven't had the other iterations, but this is an impressive (for me) base beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 51°F from a 22oz bottle (no date) into a snifter. Consumed on 21Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of cinnamon colored foam that halves itself after 15 seconds. Black in color. So black in color that there is no tint. As a matter of fact, as I poured this beer into the glass, what came out was something that resembled the Symbiote from Spider-man. I can already tell this is gonna be full-bodied. Rising bubbles are extremely small in size and subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin in quality and moderate in quantity.
SMELL: Very strong molasses aromas punch me in the nose before even getting close to the beer. Strong aromas of sweet chocolate, mild aromas of smoked goodness and subtle aromas of coffee, vanilla, black cherries, raisins, and prunes back up the overpowering, yet lovable, molasses aromas. I love how there is no bitter roasted malt aromas.
TASTE: Very strong flavors of molasses and strong flavors of sweet chocolate first enter the palate. Strong coffee flavors and mild black cherry, raisin and prune flavors immediately follow as molasses flavors grow slightly stronger. Subtle vanilla, smoked goodness, and bitter roasted malt flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Extremely full-bodied (it is almost as if I am drinking syrup and I love it!) with a subtle amount of carbonation. Goes down more smooth and creamy than you can imagine. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: This was sweet. Extremely sweet. I loved every bit of it. The bitter roasted malts weren't there to balance out the flavors, which I personally loved. If you love heavy stouts but also have a massive sweet tooth, I would recommend that you get your hands on one of these. Another well-done brew from CCB. They have not let me down so far.

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Photo of FFscubasteve
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

CCB has out don't it, great stout, I got a lot of toffee taste and not as much espresso. Great stout, one of the best non BA stouts I've had. I think the longer this one sits more coffee notes will come out.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bomber poured into 2 Cigar City snifters.

a: Black body. Thick like oil. One finger head. Brown like leather.

s: Roasted malt, molasses, baker's chocolate, faint coffee.

t: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoked molasses, espresso and hop spice finish.

mf: Full chewy body. Heavy with low carbonation.

o: All is OK when this beer warms. The raw ground espresso roast after taste is a bit much.

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Photo of PatrickBeebe
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 vintage poured into a CCB snifter. Pours darker than a black hole. It sucks light out of it's surroundings. Super thick, almost black head. Smells rich, dark, complex, malty, smokey, chocolately, boozy, peaty, and even smoky. Taste is very complex, almost indescribable. So rich, 100 diferent levels of flavor and taste come through. Taste like a big ball of smoked cereal, covered in chocolate, rolled in dirt, smoked with peat moss. Everything about this brew is amazing. The label says it pairs well with ground wars, and after a full bottle I'm about ready tp start one just to find out. Very thick. If it was not labeled properly, I could mistake it for the leftovers of my last oil change. No discernable off flavors. Just pure, unadulterated Russian Stout here. And on National Stout Day to top it all off!

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Photo of Pete_IV
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle into teku. This beerpours a black oil with dark leathery head and smells so promising sweet but burnt hints of chocolate. The taste though is a big disappointment cloying sweet with a soy sauce flavor that over powers any other note I can get. Not sure if I aged this beer past it's prime?

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big and luscious. Soy Souce BOMB. Big fudge and roasty malts up front, but harsh and overly soy souced on the finish. Not appealing to keep sipping after each sip. My bottle was 3 months old. I'll give credit where it's due. My favorite Imperial Stouts are ones that have 2-3 years age on them (The Abyss & Stone IRS) and I don't like them at all when fresh. I'll be honest here, Marshal has everything I look for in a RIS when it comes to aging. I'll bet if this one had 2-3 years on it, I'd be singing a totally different tune & giving a much better score. Until that happens, the above score is where I stand.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a beefy two finger mocha colored head and some light lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Just a crapload of roasted malt, dark chocolate espresso beans and charred wood. Smells amazing. Faint cranberry, raisin and ash in here as well.

T: Tons of dark chocolate, espresso, dark chocolate covered cherry, molasses and charred wood. Faint hints of dark fruit peeking out from under the velvety dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is Barry White smooth. Just so good.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost completely black. Thick with not much foam.
Tastes well balanced with toasted malts and chocolate flavor
Has medium viscosity with just enough carbonation.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2013; Poured 9/2015

Pours motor oil black with a thin mocha head dissipating quickly to a tight collar. Spots of lacing garnish the glass with each sip. The nose is...massive; huge roasted malt, raisins, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses. The taste is as full and aggressive as a Siberian winter (I think...) featuring massive rich grain, dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, espresso with a little warm alcohol and some drying bittering hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and almost oily with enough albeit low carbonation. A great RIS.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark dark brown, basically black, no light passes through, with a rich chocolate brown head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly. Haven't seen a head that dark in a while.

S: Molasses and umami almost soy sauce like notes dominate, with faint roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit.

T: Molasses and dark sugar, roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, earthy, a little dark fruit, maybe a hint of smoke.

M: Full body, moderately low carbonation, smooth, alcohol is well hidden.

O: All the molasses-y goodness separates this one from most RISs I've had. Different, but very cool. Time has treated this one well.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Blackish brown in color. Very dark brown head poured half inch that quickly disappeared. Smell launches the molasses, espresso, and chocolate. Great taste. Toffee hits at front. I'm imagining it sticking in my teeth, but in a good way. Well balanced dry hops carries throughout but is well balanced with the malts. Not overly bitter. Espresso provides the finish. Very smooth with noticeable carbonation. All in all a great beer.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a silky black color with a dark brown head, lingers for a short while then dissipates. Some lacing on the glass as it drinks down. Molasses, espresso, toffee on the nose. Bright molasses flavor at the front of the taste, finishes very clean with rich espresso. Mouthfeel is smooth, very light carbonation. This is excellent, really enjoyed it.

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Photo of mschrei
4.96/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very very good beer. Lots of flavor, complex and thick. Pours dark brown with big foam. Felt like a strong alcohol burn earlier but it mellowed into a very strong eventual smoothness. Smoky, syrupy, candylike, mouth filling, Lots going on with this, one of the best non-barrel aged imperial stouts I've ever had.

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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well it's about time I had this beer. Had like 2 or 3 variants so far but never had the base beer; Zhukov.

Look is perfection. Straight up motor oil looking. My car wants this beer.

Smell is kind of sad. Nothing special at all. Typical Imperial

Taste is great. A bit of a lingering heat feel on the back end but overall a great beer. Very different beer and I think that is what sets this apart from other Imperials. You can tell it is very clean and well executed.

Feel is as good as most Imperials. There is however a lingering burn from the ABV which is what is holding this back.

Overall an amazing beer. Can't wait to pop open a bottle each month to see how the flavors develop.

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Photo of Seamus
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a cigar city snifter. I do not know what happened, but this beer did not smell good. However, the pour was jet black, and the feel was great. Tastes like chocolate and roasted malt. Really good veer but did not like the smell.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very viscous as it pours with a jet black color. Has a nice aroma of chocolate with a sweet molasses hint. Tastes very much how it smells and how an imperial stout should taste. Feels very thick as you drink it, in a good way. Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of Bogart2930
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical CCB Stout.. In that it's great. Really sets standard on how a good stout should taste like. Never hesitate to pick this one up (or multiple where possible) of this you wont be disappointed.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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