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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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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 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 AndrewNations
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As anticipated this beer is outstanding. It pours black as sin and yields an awesome head similar to the creama on a good espresso.

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The head doesn't last long but as I swirl it around and let it breathe it makes an appearance again only to fade away quickly.

The smell is great. Lots og nice balance between chocolate and sweetness. I only get faint hints of coffee but nice all around.

This taste outstanding, like a good RIS should be. The most note worry aspect for me is how smooth the finish is. Its almost like its been in the cellar for several years already as the isnt too hot at all. I cant wait till get a hold of some of the other varietals of this and also see how good these age.

Nice work CCB.

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Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a wine glass. Thick black motor oil. Very glad this was split among 8 of us or so. This stained the glass for sure. Smells like straight up booze with some dark chocolate and licorice in there. Tastes incredible especially as it warms up. There are some subtle cocoa notes as well as a hint of coffee towards the end. It is sure a sipper. It feels so thick and chewy in the mouth it is a meal in itself. This is a delicious beer but it is really hard to get down unless you take real small sips but nonetheless very memorable.

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

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. This beer looks pretty impressive, appearing almost viscuous like. The nose on this beer is impressive, with considerable coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Both on the nose and palate, this is really a pretty nice beer. On the palate, the beer is moderately sweet, with chocolate, coffee, stewed prunes and dark fruit. There is also a hint of hoppy bitterness in the finish, which enhances drinkability in this beer. The sweetness and light hoppy bitterness is well balanced in this beer. Mouthfeel is soft and fairly plush, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not obtrusive or intrusive. This is really a pretty nice beer.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes on 4.20.11

25.4oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass.

A - Dark-deep brown in color, almost black with a slight head that is dark brown and only forms on the eges.

S - Slight coffee and lots of toffee.

T - Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and toffee.

D - Little carbonation, but thick and mouth coating.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottled August 31, 2012. Served at cellar temperature. HUGE thanks to Mark for this treat!

Pours incredibly thick and black with without a doubt the darkest head I’ve ever seen on a stout. Leaves some lacing and recedes to a wispy cap and ring.

Aroma is really rich deep dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso and gourmet coffee, dark fruits, rum-soaked raisins, figs, dates, anise, molasses, hint of smoke. Good to very good strength.

Flavor is espresso, serious coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, figs, burnt roasted malts, smoke, anise, molasses, caramel, toffee, fairly sweet, alcohol is there but fits in perfectly for a beer of this size. Unbelievably rich and complex.

Mouthfeel is full-on full-bodied, thick, chewy, sticky, eat it with a fork. Perfect.

Freakin’ fantastic. This is right up my alley. The thicker the better when it comes to Imperial Stouts...I find Ten FIDY to be a little to thin for my tastes...this one delivers. So rich. So complex. Tons of espresso and chocolate as well as boatloads of overripe dark fruits. My only bottle...I will cherish and savor this one and hope to land more in the future.

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

Served on-tap at Isaac Newtown`s.

Appearance is a rich black color with a thin head. Its` nose has brown sugar, coffee, molasses and roast. The taste is chocolate, black licorice, more coffee and all around sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvet like, quite nice. All in all, a very good RIS from the folks down south at Cigar City.

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

A - Pours a viscous black with a nice chocolaty head like a nice good stout should be

S - Nose is sticky chocolate and caramel malts with some soy sauce notes coming out.

T - Starts off with sweet soy sauce. The sweetness is kicked up with notes of vanilla... the sweetness is knocked back down by some rich milk and bakers chocolate flavors. Toasted notes finish it off. It is overall more sweet then toasty. This is how I picture the base beer of Bourbon County Stout tasting like.

M- smooth and viscous with some carbonation burn in the back

D - This was a fantastic stout. Sweeter then most but not cloying. I have only had barrel aged versions, which have all been amazing...I can see why because the base beer is damn good. Solid stuff!

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

Thanks to Centennial for this bottle!

Poured into a snifter.

A- poured thick and viscous, almost motor oil consistency, deep black lacquer color with a two-finger cocoa-colored head that left significant lacing.

S- cherries and chocolate

T- chocolate, faint hoppiness and cherries in the front. Maltiness, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the middle. Cherries, dried fruit, dark chocolate and a hint of mandarin orange at the tail-end

m- thick with a fair amount of carbonation. Went down incredibly smooth.

O- This is a solid stout. I did get a little overzealous and try it before allowing it to warm and would not recommend drinking this too cold; it is much better at fifty degrees, or so. I would love to get some more of this sometime in the near future!

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Photo of jaasen64
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32oz swing-top growler thanks to biniek13. Filled 11/12 (approaching a month old). Poured into Hunahpu glass. This is my first time having MZ from a growler, however I've had it from the bottle a couple times (1st time reviewing).

A- Pours a very dark jet black like motor oil with a thick creamy half-finger dark mocha brown head (one of the darkest heads I've seen) that has decent retention but recedes to a perfectly flat top. Despite being almost a month old in the growler, this beer surprisingly still has retained a decent amount of carbonation of consistently rising bubbles. Some alcohol legs.

S- Dark chocolate, some creamy milk chocolate, dark fruits, some figs, raisins, and a hint of roasted malts. Fairly aromatic and nicely complex for a RIS.

T- Dark chocolate, figs, some raisins especially on the finish, a hint of bitterness from the chocolate. Nice complexity, awesome balance, and a great representation of the style.

M- Great thick body that isn't too syrupy, very smooth, extremely easy to drink (definitely hits you sooner then you know it).

O- Marshal Zhukov is a great representation of a RIS and one of many great beers from CCB. Definitely one of my favorites and I highly recommend it if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from a 750 into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer is pitch black with a slight dark brown head.

Aroma: I'm picking up some coffee, dark chocolate and a roasted almond smell.

Taste: It starts off with some sweet chocolate before giving way to coffee. Its a big beer whose flavors balance the alcohol. It reminds me of ten-fidy which is a good thing.

Feel. Its thick creamy and smooth.

It is a well balanced delicious beer.

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Photo of Getalegup
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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 Phelps
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed during an epic tasting with tlay10 and poured into a snifter.

Pours a creamy, inky black, very viscous. The head arrives incredibly late, a miniscule layer of fizz that's thick and composed of tiny bubbles the color of cinnamon. It fizzles out quickly without a trace, leaving no lace, but there are some impressive dark orange legs hugging the glass as I swirl.

In the nose: cinnamon, molasses, acrid black malts. Some hefty espresso emerges as it warms. Not much sweetness, but there are some dark plums, smoke, perhaps some vanilla.

The flavor is replete with coffee, sweet plum sauce and brandy. It gets sweeter as it warms. Nice and complex, with different flavors emerging at each stage of the swallow. Tobacco, dark chocolate and pretzels in at the finish. Is there some cedar in here? Regardless, it's nicely woody and well-hopped. Perfectly balanced finish -- not too sweet, not overly dry.

Light, tickly carbonation in the mouth. It's incredibly creamy and smooth; just a pleasure to swish about. The amazing thing is there's hardly any noticeable alcohol. Whoever put an 11 percent ABV on the bottle must be out of his damn mind.

For an off the shelf beer, Zhukov's is absolutely incredible. The flavors and mouthfeel are amazingly well-integrated, and it feels like drinking velvet. It exceeded our expectations.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has that perfect black and tan look.

Smells of caramel, cherry and dark chocolate. Slightly herbal.

Tastes of deep, dark chocolate, syrup, vanilla, a little roasted nuts and ripened dark fruits (cherry, plum, raisin). Has a lingering, prickly alcohol heat.

Thick and sinewy, bold and flavorful, and doesn't color outside the lines. Not much else you could ask for in an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of meatyard
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a inky black without any head whatsoever and therefore no lace.

The smell is licorice, molasses and a light amount of burnt malt.

The taste is much the same as the smell with more molasses, a slight bitterness and some gentle warming.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, easy going down but there is no carbonation at all. Tends to thin a bit as it warms.

Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed it though a bit more carbonation would have made an improvement to me.

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Photo of jegross2
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa Bay, Florida.
Score: 93

2011 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 09/12/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black, ink-like color with almost three fingers of thick brown creamy head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Really good lacing and retention. Excellent looking stout. 4.5/5

Smell: Bittersweet cocoa, milk chocolate, Surly Darkness-esque sweet figs, some burnt roastiness and a cherry-like aroma that reminds me a lot of Black Albert. Hint of berry, a little soy sauce and a touch of toffee too. 4/5

Taste: Bittersweet roasted chocolate and milk chocolate flavor with some cherry on the midpalate and in the finish. Sweet fig, brown sugar, a little soy (less than in the nose), and a nice touch of bitter "burnt" roastiness in the finish to balance the sweet dark fruit flavor and cap off the beer's flavor. The more the beer layers, the more the cherry flavor seems to be "coated" in the chocolate flavors, essentially becoming a chocolate covered cherry flavor with a light "fizziness" to it. The finish is mildly bitter from the lingering roast flavor. Some cherry flavor lingers in the aftertaste too. This beer sort of tastes like a Black Albert Jr. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, low carbonation. Bittersweet and roasty. Has a slight "fizziness" from the cherry flavor on the tongue that gives the flavor a little life. Mildly syrup-like mouthfeel. 4/5

Overall: A delicious stout that is worth seeking out and well-priced for what it delivers.

Recommendation: Fans of Black Albert should seek this out, while fans of this beer should seek out Black Albert.

Pairings: Dark chocolate.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Etan
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml generously shared by Marco. Thanks!

A: Pours black and inky with a creamy dark tan head.

S: Heavy blackened barley, dark chocolate, burnt coffee beans.

T: Coffee, milk chocolate, some booze, thick roasted grain, plenty of bitterness.

M: Thick and creamy.

O: Very good imperial stout, especially in the mouthfeel area.

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Photo of brystmar
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

200th review! Shared two pours on draft with my brother on his 30th bday.

A: black as night with a finger of dark brown head. Strong, sticky lace beckons your return to Mother Russia.

S: semi-sweet baker's chocolate, strong roasted malts, sweet malt, hints of both lactose and booze.

T: chocolatey with mild sweetness; roasted malt backbone holds its ground, contributing to a dry boozy finish. Not as complex as I was hoping, but solid for what it is.

M: holy molasses, Batman! Most viscous beer I'd had before this beast was Dark Lord 2010, and even that cannot compare to the hearty milkshake that is Zhukov. Seriously, this could be labeled as a boozy chocolate float and nobody would think twice.

D: easy drinking on the alcohol front; mild boozy warmth as it descends. However, a beer this heavy takes a toll on your stomach as it stuffs your body with chocolatey goodness. One 12oz pour filled me up to the brim.

Great beer, epic heartiness! Yet another impressive brew from Cigar City.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of pittsburghkid66....thanks Roland

Bottle split with steepH20. Gorgeous deep dark pour with no light permeating this beast. Fluffy cinammon head and supermodel legs make this beer a wonder to look at.

Sharp espresso sweetness, alcohol, dark chocolate covered raisins, and a healthy dollop of smoke and ash on the back end.

Zhukov opens with a peppery bitterness on the front end, the origin of which I cannot discern. Hops? Rich dark chocolate in the middle transitions into a heavy roast and loads of molasses. Quite sweet, but kept mostly in check, she finishes with dark fruits and a long, tingling bitterness at the end as well that seeps into the jawline.

Mouthfeel is borderline milkshake, very full bodied and lush and smoothly carbonated.

This roasty beast is a sipper that leaves my snifter an oily coated ruinous mess.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beyond black. Head is the darkest mocha I have ever seen. Slow to leave and lots of lace left.

S - Fresh deep malt. Soy, burnt coffee and chocolate notes.

T - Soy sauce, sesame seed, booze, sweet thick malt.

M - Heavy body, good carb and balance.

D - Very tasty. Would drink even after it is a good idea.

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Photo of QuentinCall
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

"I just wasn't prepared for it to bitchslap me with every sip."

This beer lumbers out of the growler: viscous, jet-brown and seemingly denser than physically possible. A foamy head the color of wet sand and milky espresso blooms and slowly settles to a sizable and velveteen layer. It's fascinatingly dark, honestly, darker than Expedition, darker than KBS. I feel like congratulations and chain e-mails and newscasts are in order to acknowledge that Cigar City has made the Black Materia of beers.
The roast profile of this beer is fairly astonishing and forthrightly stands as the dominant aspect of the nose -- a capacious and multi-faceted coffee foundation (somehow concurrently bright, earthy, robust and sodden) roundly supported by raw chocolate notes, a substantial dose of oak and traces of syrupy stone fruits.
This is an aggressive beer. The roast is translated and follows logically to the taste. Again, coffee dominates at every turn but it is, mostly, fitted neatly to lovely moments of bittersweet ganache, bourbon, and molasses. And while I think its delicious as well as a potential touchstone for its style, its also a little overwhelming for me. Simply, super heavy + intensely upfront roastiness = the slowest of sippers.
The mouthfeel here is the key asset and what ultimately clinches this for me. It is plush, wet, not overly carbonated (which I can easily imagine dooming this one) and not as sticky as the nose could very well lead you to believe. Thankfully, it lasts for a while and not much longer.
This is a massive and blatantly militant beer that could readily be construed as magnificently executed or somewhat overwhelming and unbalanced. However, what I feel is the most important thing to keep in mind: be amongst friends, you probably shouldn't drink this one by yourself.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2010 bottle courtesy of korguy123. Thanks!
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured ink black. One of the blackest beers I have ever seen. Not too much head formed but there was a small amount of espresso coloured head.

S - Cocoa, molasses, coffee, some licorice and hints of dark fruit.

T - Cocoa, roasted malts, molasses, coffee, licorice and faint notes of dark fruit. Fairly sweet. Very complex.

M - Medium body, somewhat viscous at times but somewhat lighter at other times. The carbonation was very light; almost somewhere between flat and light carbonation. A little more carbonation would have really made a difference here.

O - An excellent RIS. Aside from the slight carbonation issue, not much to complain about here.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black, two finger creamy deep brown head with some lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and molasses.

T-Roasted coffee notes dominate, some chocolate, good deal of molasses, some bitterness.

M-Medium to heavy, very creamy but not much carbonation.

O-Not as sweet as some RISs I've had but the roasty and coffee flavors are great. Now to track down a Hunaphu.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,695 ratings.
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