Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

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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Ratings: 2,813 |  Reviews: 594
Photo of Feldpausch
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black color - this is the proverbial "motor oil" stout. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. It keeps a silky, even texture and retains itself well. However, little lacing sticks to the glass.

This is a roast lover's dream. Plenty of espresso, molasses, dark chocolate, and (of course) roasted malts appear on the nose. Like many other pitch-black imperial stouts, it's assertively hopped underneath, offering some pine and even a touch of stone fruit. Letting it open up will reveal darker fruits like plum, raisin, and fig. The first few whiffs of the aroma let me down with its relative reticence, but it continues to unfurl newer, more assertive layers as it sits in the glass. This one smells deceptively brilliant - the best kind of brilliant.

The flavor profile starts off with a roasted edge, but that quickly subsides to allow notes of dark chocolate, molasses, and espresso to shine. This definitely doesn't seem as acrid or biting as many other imperial stouts at this SRM (many other GOOD imperial stouts, I should add...) What also sets this apart from other (Americanized) Russian imperial stouts is how assertive and intense the dark fruits are on the second half. It's very raisiny, but in a good way. No, a great way! I'm also blown away by how delicate and balanced this - everything combines to create a top-flight imperial stout.

Liquid velvet. Those two simple words do a better job of describing the mouthfeel than any summary I could ever personally offer. But I'll still do that anyways: this feels beautifully thick and creamy, yet there's enough of an edge to give it a dry finish. It's still a massively thick, oily brew, and shouldn't be drunken quickly as a result. Carbonation is low, to be expected.

To be frank, I'm biased towards intensely dark stouts like these. Still, this is a brilliant product that offers something slightly different but wonderfully familiar at the same time. It offers just about everything one could want from an imperial stout. I *WILL* be on the lookout for this one again.

4.5/5: So good, I'd almost consider becoming a tankie for more

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautifully dark and rich looking. Thick and creamy head. Smells like rich dark sweet chocolate candy. Tastes like molasses and chocolate. Barely a hint of alcohol. Smoother than a cheerleaders thighs. Absolutely scrumptious. Awesome sauce in a can. Fine as I've ever had. Brought home in a 32 ounce crowler from The Craft Bar, Destin, Fla. Can is dated 8/22/2017 and still as fine as the I bought in Florida. GREAT job Cigar City.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By far the best offering I have had from Cigar City...makes me want to try all their others, just to make sure....

Wow, what an imperial stout. I have no doubt this is quite possibly the best one I have had to date and will probably ever have. It pours so velvety, so thick, and so creamy, and the damned thing is the same as far as mouthfeel is concerned. Booziness is considerable and warm with this brew, it makes me want to buy another and let it age for a year or so (but that's another matter.) The smell was roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, and a distinctive scent of espresso, without a doubt. The same transferred over to the taste with the boozy flavor of 11 ABV adding to the overall experience. Definitely world-class material in my book.

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Photo of FlaS4
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BltByKrmn
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of reebtaerG
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour 2017 bottle into snifter.
Gives to a black body with a half finger dark brown head. Leaves some lacing. Insane aroma with chocolate and espresso with the molasses and toffee. The taste stays on with the aroma. The mouthfeel is thick oily that is so smooth.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of khargro2
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HighDesertWalrus
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours Black with a half finger of dark brown head. The smell is subtle molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee. The taste is rich with molasses and dark chocolate. The mouth feel is sublime, lingering on the tongue, urging on another sip. The finish is strong espresso.

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Photo of Jrosso
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 750 into tulips.
Pours near jet black with very little to no dark caramel colored head,
Aromas are tons of roast, some coffee, tons of sweet molasses.
Flavors right in line with aromas with some more coffee in the finish,
Mouthfeel was excellent. Thick and oily. :)
Overall, a delicious and sweet imperial stout.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 batch, on draft at Loosa Brews in Tuscaloosa, AL. Really excited for this, as Hunahpu is one of my all time favorite beers.

Pours jet Black with a dark tan head of foam. Some nice sticky lace retention.

Espresso on the nose, subtle chocolate. Nice even caramel notes ring throughout. So nice.

So much bitter coffee! You get subtle hints of dark chocolate, but this thing is full of espresso with traces of molasses and tobacco as well.

A fairly medium bodied stout, but a great mouthfeel. Some even carbonation, and a very evident stout stickiness left on your lips and the glass.

So glad I finally got to try this! So much coffee and a great stout; would love side by siding this with Hunahpu and getting shared characteristics.

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Photo of gdyork
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanmextorf
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MacMalt
4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 release. Poured into Cigar City tulip glass. It pours an inky black with dark walnut hues and a huge, foamy, cafe au lait colored head and extensive lacing. It's a very attractive pour. The nose features roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and a whiff of coffee. It's very rich and roasty with more burnt coffee, tobacco, and peat than I anticipated. It's a very earthy stout - perhaps I'm drinking it too young. The baker's chocolate and toffee become more evident as the glass warms and I'm also tasting some raisin or fig. The finish is surprisingly bitter, although I shouldn't be surprised given its 80 IBU. This stout has a creamy, fairly viscous mouth feel with light to moderate carbonation, and its 11.2% ABV is not evident. Overall, it's a superb Russian Imperial Stout. I wish the dark fruit were more apparent but it's still delicious and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of captainkrad
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerbully
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L-Jet Black, 2 finger mocha head with great retention.....head and lacing are thick

S-Aroma is faint....mostly sweet chocolate, some mild roastiness......molasses.....mostly just sweet

T-Some roasty malts, lots of chocolate, some wood, mocha, toffee, fudge, cigar tobacco, chocolate covered cherries

F-Thick creamy, very little alcohol burn, smooth, carbonation is low

O-Great brew, smooth, alcohol well hidden

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 2,813 ratings
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