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:
2,718
Reviews:
566
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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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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4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,718 ratings.
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