Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
95.4%
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4.37 w/ 2,754 ratings
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
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:
#305
Reviews:
574
Ratings:
2,754
Liked:
2,628
Avg:
4.37/5
pDev:
9.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,177
Gots:
930
Trade:
96
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Ratings: 2,754 |  Reviews: 574
Photo of kapkenobi
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. The liquid portion comes out black like motor oil only it's not separated. As the liquid rises in the glass it consumes all light that it touches in the glass with absolutely zero highlights. There is a dark brown foaming head with large air pockets bubbling up to the top. It sort of looks like a melted hershey chocolate bar as the head at first. It sort of transcends its way separating itself from the liquid. By the end when it settles there's a frothy head with small and medium bubbles, excellent lacing. A truly amazing looking Russian Imperial Stout, if you were to drink this regularly you would be dissapointed the way other beers look.

Smell is pretty direct to the point. Nice malt bomb with lots of dark chocolate, but uniquly not too bitter, a little sweet. There are also some aromas of espresso or dark roasted coffee and hints of sweet licorice. Slight hints of some earthy, grassy hops. My main knock on the aroma is compared to everything else about this beer, it's not that strong, can't quite figure out why.

Taste makes up in power where the aromas lack. Huge amounts of dark and other various types of chocolate, both but I'd say slightly more sweet than bitter. A bit of dark coffee and some sweet licorice again. There's also some dark fruits like sweet candied figs and raisons and I swear I'm even picking up some subtle hints of toasted shaved coconut. Hop profile is much stronger here, almost like candy coated mild hops, mild sweet citrus and some pine. Probably should've said this earlier, but there seems to be some honey flavors too. Like in addition to all of the dark roasted malts there's a little bit of a pale caramel malt glazed with honey. To cap it off there's a very subtle smokey flavor, not overwhelming at all. This beer is loaded with flavor!

Mouthfeel is great, no doubt a full bodied pretty heavy beer, a nice long lingering flavor. Nice moderate carbonation level, small bubbles tickle your mouth most of the way through. Silky smooth with a nice bitter finish that isn't too try or too gritty. Nice flavorful beer that's excellent the whole way through. A crazy good sipper that's super decadent, but drinkable enough for any stout lover to enjoy on their own, but I'd recommend sharing, even though I'm being selfish right now and not!

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Photo of basili1250
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bleeps
4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Eric15
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of planbee
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of calivessel
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of barnzy78
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 release. Thanks to my friend, Matt, for cracking this open for us!
L - pitch black with a tall chocolatey brown head
S - boozy and rich with chocolate, coffee, roasted barley
T - dark chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, fairly sweet and boozy
F - full bodied and creamy
O - upper echelon RIS. Really solid stuff from a brewery I wish was distributed to IL. Glad I had the chance to try this!

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Photo of iwanatalk2sampson
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Ela
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JesseLara
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of dunlap926
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A thick jet black pour with dirt brown head. Smells roasty, coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, charred. The flavor is spot on with aroma. A delicious charred flavor with enough sweetness to balance out, and a bit of soy sauce. Thick full body with low carbonation.
An excellent stout. Glad I got ahold of one, and looking forward to someday trying huna.

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Photo of dspinler
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Doh-Kay
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of carmike813
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Johnny58
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of gcamparone
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bomber into a cigar city snifter. Thank you FLBrew for this guy!

Appearance - Pours a thick, oily, opaque black body with a nice 2 finger milk chocolate colored head that reduces very slowly to release those delicious aromas at a slow pace.

Smell - Strong, potent aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, molasses, toasted marshmallows, and coffee beans fill the air. Really inviting.

Taste - Let this one warm up for the flavors to come out. The first flavors to touch the tongue are bold coffee with cream, milk chocolate, vanilla, molasses.. these flavors develop into deep roasty notes, including cocoa, really dark chocolate, roasted malt. The aftertaste is charred and delicious.

Mouthfeel - Thick, rich, and savory. I enjoyed this over a 2 hour period and the flavors and thickness got better as it warmed.

This is what an imperial stout should taste like.. perfectly balanced, rich, complex, flavorful. Doesn't need a barrel or a boat load of crazy ingredients to make it world class.

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Photo of zachary80
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black, great lacing, very good head that fades but stays stronger than normal.

Smells fairly average for an imperial stout.

Taste is heavy roast - a little rough but still pleasing.

Very heavy mouthfeel - one of the heaviest, and fits well with the flavor.

Overall a great beer but not my favorite IS.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 95.4% out of 100 with 2,754 ratings
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