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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 | 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:
546
Ratings:
2,617
Avg:
4.28
pDev:
21.26%
 
 
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Photo of jaketaz
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | 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 +6.3%
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 -3.3%
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 +10%
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 +3%
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 +7%
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 +2.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +11%
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%
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 +1.9%
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 +7%
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 +16.8%
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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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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