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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
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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

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558
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2,680
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4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 558 | Ratings: 2,680
Photo of Chasegator
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz Becher pour
Look- Dark brown with a dark tan head
Smell- Coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt.
Taste- Very robust flavor. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt at the front with a sweet coffee finish. Excellent for an imperial stout
Feel- heavy bodied normal of an Imperial stout
Overall- Fantastic beer. Imperial stout with a rich sweet chocolate and coffee flavor. Pricey beer but definitely worth the investment.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch opaque black with a dark tan/ brown head.

Aroma is semi Belgian. Less dried roasted malt more dark fruits.

Taste is like a blend of a Belgian and a RIS in the best way possible. It is roasty but with a lot of complexity.

Absolutely delicious beer.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 Bomber

Thick, oily pour with a shallow tan head that settles and leaves solid lacing.

Smell is more dark fruit than malts, interesting non-adjunct imperial stout. Taste is right in line with this... there's a very thick body and nice malty backbone, but you don't necessarily get a lot of it in the taste... the taste is subtle, but sweet dark fruits like raisins/dates.

Really enjoyed this, and put it right up there with the best non barrel aged or adjunct stouts!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date 7/28/15:
This beer pours like the oft-cited motor oil, black and seemingly thick. After I stop the pour, the fairly deep brown head starts to bubble forth to eventually create a cm thick head. As I wait for it to warm slightly, the head collects creamily at the rim while a thin sheet covers the surface.

Nose is heavy on chocolate in the form of cocoa and candy bar, almost simultaneously. I'm expecting a sweeter beer with this nose because of this. There's a little coconut and raisin carob bon-bon note to this aged version. There's lighter accents of prune, dark cherry, fig and maybe the lightest note of alcohol.

Feel is thick, somewhat creamy, and oily, like the look. The very opening note is a subdued version of the wonderful nose - leaning sweet. The light fruit notes alight my palate for a second, but they leave as a smoky meat flavor comes forward. The chocolate notes continue along, and survive after the smoke to balance with it going into the end taste. As it warms, the smoke doesn't leave, but the chocolate has a little resurgent and I also can get some berry notes if I think about it. The feel smooths slightly with warmth, but there is a little bite from the smoky nature or the alcohol - not sure which.

This is a lovely looking and very fragrant beer. The taste shifts from the nose with the smoky notes I didn't get originally in the nose. Once I tasted it, though, the smoke came to my olfactory sense, taking a little part from the fruity notes I originally got. Definitely a strong example of an imperial stout!

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Photo of kevanb
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, 2016 release, poured into a Cigar City Hunaphu "cursive" snifter glass. Enjoyed on 11.21.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, massive and thick, viscous and like pouring out motor oil while a thin, finger high caramel colored head that has great retention and excellent lace. The aroma is excellent, tons of bittersweet baker's chocolate, rich, roasted grains, soft, decadent stone fruits, which add a bit of acidity, roasted coffee bean with molasses, licorice and lingering brown sugar. The flavors are very intense, smooth chocolate, bittersweet, roasted grains really shine with a very pleasant toastiness that brings out the coffee character a bit, stone fruits linger with molasses, licorice, raisin and brown sugar, very pleasant. The mouthfeel is perfect, incredibly thick, heavy body, coating and full of great texture, creamy and soft with just enough life from the carbonation to add a bit of zippiness with a silky finish that is warm and lightly dry.

Verdict: An excellent RIS from Cigar City, really nice integration and layering of all the flavors. It hits pretty much all the marks, excellent body, rich and roasty flavors, lots of complexity and nice warmth at the finish. This was the perfect sipping beer for a cool evening.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cigar City Brewing "Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout"
on tap @ World of Beer, Lady Lake, FL
$10 / snifter

In many ways Marshal Zhukov's is a fairly typical Imperial stout. But it's also a little more aggressive than many with a slap of alcohol that lets you know it's there, and an edge of espresso as opposed to coffee. It's what I'd call a take-no-prisoners version of the style that's better suited to fans of the style than stout lovers who are looking for something a bit stronger. Of course you'll never know until you try it, right? Recommended, but with warning.

General notes: Black body beneath a dark tan head. Very good head retention and better than average lacing. Aroma of ashen roast and dark chocolate. Flavor delivers more including fruit, caramel, alcohol, marzipan, and bittersweet chocolate. Densely roasty like espresso. Full bodied but oily and smooth with a fine-bubbled, gently zesty carbonation. Overall a bit hot even at 11.5% ABV.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Perfect looking RIS, pours like oil nice tan head even after sitting in the cellar since the summer ('16)
Smells of lots of dark fruit and chocolate powder
Very roasty taste, like burnt expresso a tad on the sweet side for my pallet
That perfect CCB stout mouthfeel like velvet
Overall worth seeking out

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Photo of OompaMentor
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter. Dark, rich in color with brown head that lays on top. Molasses, chocolate, expresso and spice notes are evident to nose. This carries to the palate - the body is thick but not heavy like some others I have had. The hops and modest spininess linger. A nice RIS!!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 pint bottle dated 7/03/16 (almost 5 months),into a Cigar City Brewing snifter.

Beautiful dark brown fluffy head,with small to large bubbles.Silky jet black in color,with no light coming through the glass.About as slow as carbonation gets,almost none at all.This beer is about as good as it gets,as far a appearance.

The nose is toffee,dark chocolate,dark coffee,dark fruits,espresso,molasses,cherries,faint piney hop,lots of aromas coming off of this one.Some black licorice.It has a very sweet,and rich scent.A little bit of smoke,and alcohol in there too.... Smells like a very good Russian Imperial Stout!!!

The taste is very sweet,I'm getting alot of dark fruits,and cherries.Black licorice,dark coffee,rich dark chocolate.Smokey aftertaste with just enough alcohol blended in.There is a small hint of piney hop bitterness,but I'm sure 5 months of aging toned that down a bit.

The body is nice and heavy,this is a very thick Russian Imperial Stout,but not too thick.Nice warming alcohol feel.Wet finish that leaves your mouth coated.

This is a great Russian Imperial Stout,probably my favorite,definitely in my top 3.I bought 18 bottles of this when it came out,4 for drinking and 12 to bring up north when I move.I really look forward to aging a bottle of this,a few more months,and drinking it on a cold winter night.As far as the style goes,this is a top notch RIS.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours black as motor oil, thin mocha head, little lacing. Chocolate marshmallow sweet aroma. Sweet sugary chocolate coffee flavor, toffee notes, full of flavor. Medium soft silky feel. Touch of bitterness in the end. Very tasty RIS

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Photo of Boccu
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and rich. Aroma is molasses, espresso and honey. Taste is espresso, molasses, toffee, light honey, prunes, vanilla and dark chocolate. Very well made. Excellent Russian imperial stout. Look forward to more cigar city.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a very dark and menacing black, with a small head, mocha colored, with no lacing.

Smells pretty wonderful- there's a great earthy and charred roasted malt quality to the aroma, with licorice, tobacco, slight dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate, and quite roasty coffee. There's a lot going on here.

The taste brings a new dimension to it- it's definitely a pretty hoppy stout fresh- there's some pine, and maybe even a little bit of citrus. Otherwise, it's a roasty dream throughout- this is thick, and burly, not too sweet- just the way a good Russian Imperial Stout should be. There's some licorice, and tobacco, a little bit of chocolate, and a definite coffee-esque feel to it, between the roast and the chocolate flavors. God, this is good.

This is rich, and pretty thick bodied, so unbelievably chewy and full, with no syrupy feeling, and a clean finish. Masterful execution.

This is a bruiser of a beer- the way a good stout should be. One of the best.

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

A top-notch stout that is utterly balanced, high abv and tons of flavor with every edge smoothed off. The only downside is the smell, which is like fish sauce, soy/anchovy esque. Don't let that deter you - I tasted this side by side with about ten other Cigar City beers at a "tap takeover" event, many of the other beers were sweet, delicious, heavily flavored, and Zhukov was in a class by itself. A gateway to grownup beers, too bad it's only seasonally available and 16 bucks a bottle... but again it was the clear winner stacked up against ten other very tasty beers. Had it on draft, cask aged, thick body and completely black with a short dark brown head.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky jet black pour, super oily pour as it hits my snifter. Dark brown khaki colored head that sticks around for a minute, good lacing. Smell consists of heavy licorice, tabacco, dark chocolate and roasted malt. A certain grassiness quality about everything, even a copper like scent. Taste is super rich and decadent, heavy chocolate, rich roasty malts and licorice. Dark fruits like figs, plums etc. Mouthfeel is super thick, oily and palate coating. One of the more thicker beers I've ever tried. Low carbonation. Very impressive for a non barrel aged RIS. Would be interested in trying the BA variants.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black in color with no light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown on the top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is comprised of chocolate, molasses, and alcohol. I taste roasted barley, molasses, chocolate, and fig. The mouth is viscous, lightly sticky, and velvety.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Black as all hell like a stout should be. dark mocha head that mostly recedes.
smell: gotta be the richest non BA stout i've sniffed, and richer than many of those. Not exactly BA nose but some of that rich vanilla and chocolate, dark toffee and espresso.
taste: just as rich as the nose and full of all those flavors. Damn fine stout.

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Photo of Slack
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Bottle

Ruby brown in color with about a half inch of head that settles down but still remains. Some lacing as it drink down.

Aromas of dark fruit mixed with licorice. A bit of chocolate and coffee in there as well.

Taste is a mixture of molasses and dark fruit - raisins, figs, plums. Nice chocolate and coffee notes are also present.

Mouthful is heavy and very smooth. Carbonation is medium. Finish is even and semi dry.

No surprise here that a year on a RIS turned it into a quad. That being said, this is a big stout. The profile is a bit narrow when it is cold but as it warms, there is a whole heck of a lot going on especially with a nice boozy note that comes through in the nose and taste. I would recommend trying a fresh bottle and a aged bottle.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black, 1/2 a finger of head, and some lacing on top of the brew

S - Chocolate, sweet, cocoa, coffee. Tons going on here

T - Semi-sweet dark chocolate dominates, molasses , brown sugar, etc.

F - Full body and well carbonated

O - An intense Russian Imperial Stout. CC nails it. Well done

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Photo of senglish7
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is as jet black in color as I've seen. Pours a nice head. Aroma is raisin and soy sauce. Taste is sweet and thick with bitterness at the end that stays with you. Good beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The very dark brown body and opaque was impressive to look at, but the medium brown head was even more so, small and short lived as it was. The aroma was most reminiscent of toffee, with a strong caramel and molasses presence, not as much coffee or chocolate as I expected. The taste was more approachable than most IRS style beers, with lots of sweet chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, and smooth vanilla, and not too much astringency or acidity. The beer was easy to drink for a double digit ABV bruiser. The body was thick and soft in feel, and the alcohol warmth was well in check. This was a lovely stout, but not much to remember it by after it was gone.

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Photo of jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

pours an opaque dark oil slick with no head - only some thin lacing of bubbles. nose; chocolate, fudge, tobacco, & light char. taste; heavy dark roasted malt, fudge, chocolate, espresso, dark cherry, light char, mellow citrus hops (herbal lemon zest), light tobacco, & toffee. cherry & fudge on the aftertaste. medium carbonation & a thick, creamy mouthfeel. um, amazing. when i see a cigar city bomber, i grab it because there's a very good chance that (even if i've never heard of it) it'll be as good as this. a top tier russian imperial stout!

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Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and dark. First sip was at refridgerated temp, not great. Let it warm up for 30-40 minutes and it smooths out to something very good. Molasses heavy, complex, and will stay on your palate all night.

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Photo of mynie
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage on tap at The Answer brewery.

Very peat-heavy. Roasty, savory, quite nice.

Pours opaque black with thick body and medium fizz.

Smells almost smoked, with heavy nodes of charred barely and only a little bit of fruit complexities to sweeten be things up. Tastes very much like it smells; charred, meaty, with a lightly sweet and alcoholic finish.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have had Zhukov on a few occasions. Always with some age on them. This rating is for a fresh one but will point out how age affects it. Pours an otherworldly black color. It eats the light when you hold it up to it with almost absolutely no head. Exactly what a stout should look and pour like. Smell is roasty, char, with a barely perceptible sweetness at the very front of your nose almost like caramel. Booze also comes through and is not at all hidden. Taste reveals some serious dark fruit but is generally dry. The sweetness on the nose does not really translate in the taste. It leaves a slightly bitter astringent aftertaste that is pleasant and reminiscent of many stouts. When this beer develops some age, this attribute entirely disappears and you are left with no bitterness and an almost creamy aftertaste. This is a rather thick beer that coats your lips and feels rather smooth going down. Overall I would say this is a really good beer when young. Give it some age and it becomes something truly special. All the in your face that is present when young mellows out and melds in to a perfect harmony of a Russian Imperial Stout. Worth Seeking out and having self control to let it sit for a little bit. Makes a world of difference!

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Photo of Mashbrew
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes of cherries that give it sweetness and chocolate that complement the malt, the molasses gives it a syrupy texture. Thick sticky legs, nice dark head, very "chewy" and heavy. Halfway through a snifter and it hits me, I'm drunk!

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