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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Photo of _nickg_
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(750 ml bottle, shared between two fat tulip glasses)

L: lovely, dark brown liquid with a spongy mocha-colored foam that recedes rather rapidly into a frothy collar; very little lacing

S: at first, odd almost woolen sock / newspaper note that dominates, eventually giving way to initially medicinal alcohol and robustly roasty, nearly charred dark grain ... as it goes, dark baker's cocoa, hints of molasses and earthy hop slowly emerge, while a moderately bold overtone of that earlier char hangs over it all ... while the initial 'off' aromas do fade away, the resulting overall smell does become pleasant, but never irresistibly inviting

T: very British profile, with an excellent dimension to its malt flavors - brown bread, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, very subtle roasted nuttiness... delicate earthy, evergreen hop note creeps up, while in the last 1/3 of the glass a lovely dark vinous artery swells up... alcohol is well worn down into the background... it could perhaps use a touch more bitterness OR sweetness, as the finish is a bit flat

F: remarkably smooth, as if it was aged several years - no burn, little sizzle, softly silken texture, on the lighter end of medium bodied; mellow, pleasing warmth...

O: pretty darn good, but don't feel it quite justifies the upwards of $16 price tag in this area... maybe a second sampling is in order?

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Photo of scratch69
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FriedSlug
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thick black beer that is covered with a dark brown head. Smells sweet with chocolate, coffee, molasses and roasted dark malts. Sweet and bitter with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Some molasses in there as well. Quite a thick beer with a little bit of carbonation. A little alcohol heat is felt on the tongue. Great and tasty RIS.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and dark, with minimal cocoa-colored head. Smells fudgey and chockful of dark-roasted malts. On the tongue, the chocolate is joined by floral and botanical bitterness, with a bit of tannic red wine, that produce a rather dry finish. I quite like the aroma, but the overall flavor profile is less satisfying.

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

Photo of Acforster2
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A good aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee.

T: Tasted of a decent shot of dark fruit (raisins, in particular), light hops (in the finish), some roasted malt, light espresso notes, dark chocolate, and a hint of molasses as well. A very solid flavor that seems to be much more focused on the dark fruit than the chocolate and espresso. Good, but more understated than it should be.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a velvety finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: This beer has its minor flaws, but it's still likable. Worth a look.

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Photo of Boone757
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bum4ever
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of GreenMind
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

22oz bottle with a Bottled On Date of 07/13/17. Pours a viscous black color with an inch of dark brown head. Good amount of lacing. The aroma is rich and roasty with lots of dark chocolate, espresso, nuts, roasted malts, earth, smoke and molasses. The taste is earthy with roasted malts and espresso. Bitter dark chocolate, earth, molasses, chocolate syrup and leather. Roasted malts and espresso finish. Somewhat boozey. Heavy body. Fantastic beer I hope to get more of.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwalters
4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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
4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 2,830 ratings