Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#316
Reviews:
604
Ratings:
2,842
pDev:
8.92%
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0
 
 
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Photo of Nograinleftbehind
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StevenMilligan
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kmoen
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mkh012
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9 months ago. Impressive head retention for an 11% beer. Big RIS aromatics. Dark chocolate, leather, wood, and cherry. Chocolate and caramel flavor, with a medium-to-full mouthfeel. Opens roasty and piney and transitions into fudge. If I'm rating to style, this is excellent. It doesn't have the savoriness that turns me off to some RISs.

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Photo of safaricook
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black no highlights, thin beige foam, looks almost still, but there is sufficient and really fine and well integrated carbonation. Body weighs thick on the tongue. Smell is milk chocolate, vanilla and some booze. Flavor is a good roastiness and less chocolaty but also not too much coffee. Very nicely balanced also with the ending bitterness to balance sweetness. It is nice to sip such a well executed thick stout. I understand why cigar city uses it as a base for all kind of barrel ageing and additives from the dessert table and beyond, but I really enjoy it as it is. This beer got enough going on already

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Photo of smcel371
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coronaeus
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Twitgeek
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mastercamo
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Warren2621
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kev-a-Beer
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black/brown color with a heavy tan head. Aroma was delicious with chocolate, roast, and hops. Flavor of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, yet balanced with bittering from hops. Mouthfeel is heavy, without being cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of Buck89
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hotel glass. Nearly opaque dark brown color with a modest but long-lasting tan head. The aroma was all RIS with chocolate, roasted malt, and floral hoppy notes. Coffee and milk chocolate on the early palate, joined by a floral and assertive bitterness that balanced it nicely. The lasting impression was rich dark chocolate. Body was full but not overly sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roberto11232
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of T-34-85
4.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Russian Imperial Stout.

Pours a pitch black with a narrow dense layer of medium brown head.

The beer has a big heavy body that even leaves a molasses colored pattern on the interior of the glass.

Beer has a nice nose and a rich robust RIS bite. Phenomenal Beer.

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4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a foamy mocha cap, settles into a quarter inch lacing. Aroma is delicate, some classic dark malt with hints of English hops, burnt cherry, espresso & molasses. The taste is a nice balancing act between some of the huskier flavors with a gentle sweetness - there is definitely some blackstrap molasses / muscovado sugar throughout, it compliments those dark flavors well, towards the back palate you get more traditional roasted malt, coffee / espresso, vanilla and tobacco leaf. Ends with a dry English hop bitterness. Traditional and excellent.

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Photo of PDinunzi
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Illmaticzx
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't look like a head was going to form at all but then after I got done pouring one did. And it's a beautiful dark brown chocolately head to a pitch black beer.
Smells of some dark fruit like raisins, then tobacco. Love this smell. Some sweetness but not chocolately.
Tastes a lot like the smell with the dark fruit and tobacco. Sweetness but it's balanced. This is reminding me a lot of evil twin stouts.
Feel is slightly warm with a medium body. Medium to light carbonation.
Overall, I really like this. Love the notes of dark fruit and the balanced sweetness

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black beer topped by a dense and slightly fluffy two finger dark tan head which fades very slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some lacing.
S: Smells of roasty malts, bitter dark chocolate, slight dark fruits, and a little coffee
T: Tastes of dark roasted malts, chocolate, slight dark fruits with a little cherry, nice smoke and charred wood, and dark roasted coffee. Swallow is more roasted malts, chocolate, burnt sugars, and lingering coffee
M: This is a very viscous beer with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is low but is adequate for the style and contributes to the mouthfeel. The beer has a dry finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is a fantastic beer. Great flavors and complexity really make this one a treat to drink. Alcohol is also well hidden at just below 12% so this one drinks deceptively easy. Definitely worth a try if you can get it.

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Photo of durwood64
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 2,842 ratings