Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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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
Ratings:
2,753
Reviews:
573
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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1,177
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Ratings: 2,753 |  Reviews: 573
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of slade
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of dug53
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big and luscious. Soy Souce BOMB. Big fudge and roasty malts up front, but harsh and overly soy souced on the finish. Not appealing to keep sipping after each sip. My bottle was 3 months old. I'll give credit where it's due. My favorite Imperial Stouts are ones that have 2-3 years age on them (The Abyss & Stone IRS) and I don't like them at all when fresh. I'll be honest here, Marshal has everything I look for in a RIS when it comes to aging. I'll bet if this one had 2-3 years on it, I'd be singing a totally different tune & giving a much better score. Until that happens, the above score is where I stand.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a beefy two finger mocha colored head and some light lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Just a crapload of roasted malt, dark chocolate espresso beans and charred wood. Smells amazing. Faint cranberry, raisin and ash in here as well.

T: Tons of dark chocolate, espresso, dark chocolate covered cherry, molasses and charred wood. Faint hints of dark fruit peeking out from under the velvety dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is Barry White smooth. Just so good.

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Photo of harryhops
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 mtomlins
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2013; Poured 9/2015

Pours motor oil black with a thin mocha head dissipating quickly to a tight collar. Spots of lacing garnish the glass with each sip. The nose is...massive; huge roasted malt, raisins, dark chocolate, espresso, molasses. The taste is as full and aggressive as a Siberian winter (I think...) featuring massive rich grain, dark chocolate, molasses, soy sauce, espresso with a little warm alcohol and some drying bittering hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and almost oily with enough albeit low carbonation. A great RIS.

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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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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of delgotit99
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of maplebaconassassin
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 batch is my favorite yet

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Photo of robertjskelton
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ttylicki
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayes86
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corburk
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kidzord
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,753 ratings.
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