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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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2,652
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4.29
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Photo of OompaMentor
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 1 pint bottle dated 7/03/16 (almost 5 months),into a Cigar City Brewing snifter.

Beautiful dark brown fluffy head,with small to large bubbles.Silky jet black in color,with no light coming through the glass.About as slow as carbonation gets,almost none at all.This beer is about as good as it gets,as far a appearance.

The nose is toffee,dark chocolate,dark coffee,dark fruits,espresso,molasses,cherries,faint piney hop,lots of aromas coming off of this one.Some black licorice.It has a very sweet,and rich scent.A little bit of smoke,and alcohol in there too.... Smells like a very good Russian Imperial Stout!!!

The taste is very sweet,I'm getting alot of dark fruits,and cherries.Black licorice,dark coffee,rich dark chocolate.Smokey aftertaste with just enough alcohol blended in.There is a small hint of piney hop bitterness,but I'm sure 5 months of aging toned that down a bit.

The body is nice and heavy,this is a very thick Russian Imperial Stout,but not too thick.Nice warming alcohol feel.Wet finish that leaves your mouth coated.

This is a great Russian Imperial Stout,probably my favorite,definitely in my top 3.I bought 18 bottles of this when it came out,4 for drinking and 12 to bring up north when I move.I really look forward to aging a bottle of this,a few more months,and drinking it on a cold winter night.As far as the style goes,this is a top notch RIS.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours black as motor oil, thin mocha head, little lacing. Chocolate marshmallow sweet aroma. Sweet sugary chocolate coffee flavor, toffee notes, full of flavor. Medium soft silky feel. Touch of bitterness in the end. Very tasty RIS

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Photo of Boccu
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and rich. Aroma is molasses, espressoanf hony. Taste is espresso, molasses, toffee, light honey, prunes, vanilla and dark chocolate. Very well made. Excellent Russian imperial stout. Look forward to more cigar city.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a very dark and menacing black, with a small head, mocha colored, with no lacing.

Smells pretty wonderful- there's a great earthy and charred roasted malt quality to the aroma, with licorice, tobacco, slight dark fruit, bitter dark chocolate, and quite roasty coffee. There's a lot going on here.

The taste brings a new dimension to it- it's definitely a pretty hoppy stout fresh- there's some pine, and maybe even a little bit of citrus. Otherwise, it's a roasty dream throughout- this is thick, and burly, not too sweet- just the way a good Russian Imperial Stout should be. There's some licorice, and tobacco, a little bit of chocolate, and a definite coffee-esque feel to it, between the roast and the chocolate flavors. God, this is good.

This is rich, and pretty thick bodied, so unbelievably chewy and full, with no syrupy feeling, and a clean finish. Masterful execution.

This is a bruiser of a beer- the way a good stout should be. One of the best.

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Photo of jaketaz
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | 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 +6.1%
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 -3.5%
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 +9.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +6.8%
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 +2.3%
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 -0.7%
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 jopezu
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +6.8%
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 +16.6%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.1%
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 -12.6%
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%
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 +9.1%
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 +5.6%
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 +4.2%
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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