Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
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95.4%
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4.37 w/ 2,753 ratings
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
Ranking:
#305
Reviews:
573
Ratings:
2,753
Liked:
2,627
Avg:
4.37/5
pDev:
9.15%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,177
Gots:
930
Trade:
96
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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of JintheHam
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Imperialjake
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CHickman
4.76/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 07/02/2016: Pours as black as tar with a 2 finger brown/mocha colored foamy head that was packed with microscopic bubbles which crackled as this head dissipated very slowly and eased into a creamy layer on top and left real nice spotty foamy lacing that stuck around and formed rings. Pretty much what I expected and spot on for a RIS.

Smells of roasted malt, burnt brownies, dark chocolate, hot fudge, charred wood, burnt chocolate chip cookies, soy sauce, brown sugar, Hershey's chocolate syrup, dark fruit like cherry and plum, molasses, coffee grinds, vanilla, toffee, cocoa powder, smoked malts and campfire toasted marshmallows. It is sweet but the amount of roast, char and burnt notes almost dominate yet still tie in all the chocolate and cocoa. It's so damn complex it's near perfection as I get layer upon layer of chocolate, malt, roast and coffee that have a dash of piney hops to blend it all together like a perfect cup of burnt coffee with fresh beans. I could keep my nose in the glass all night.

Man, the flavor is just delicious. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, hot fudge, molasses, brown sugar, charred wood, burnt chocolate chip cookies, soy sauce, Hershey's chocolate syrup, dark fruit like cherry and plum, coffee grinds, vanilla, toffee, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate, brownie batter, char, ash or smoky notes, black licorice, anise, maple syrup, Toll House chocolate chips, generic cola, piney hops, herbs and a slight bitterness that could be dark coffee or hoppy notes. The list of flavors in the previous sentence is almost ridiculous, but that's what's going on here and it's all good. This brew is complex, reasonably well balanced and so dynamic that I can't image having a better time drinking a RIS save for Parabola. I love how this beer brings in campfire toasted marshmallows plus an intense coffee and vanilla sweetness without aging in a barrel - that is a masterfully crafted RIS.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick with a nice texture, mild carbonation, a good level of bitterness and a roasty, sweet finish that is equal parts charred malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, vanilla beans, espresso and piney hops. The finish has Tootsie Roll sweetness, vanilla and coffee attack, then a piney hop or black bold coffee bitterness, and then a sweet trailing flavor that's half chocolate syrup and half soy sauce. A world class beer all the way, glad it's now available in NY.

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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Curt3
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ballgroundman
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I loved the look, feel and taste. Not overpowering, but intense.

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

On tap at Brewskival.

Pours jet black with thick chocolate colored foam.

Smell is thick with roasted coffee and chocolate, with hints of licorice.

Taste follows the nose and throws in a bit of salty soy sauce. Long finish and very complex.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, godd carbonation.

Overall, a very good imperial stout, with just the right amount of thickness in the body.

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4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 release. Pours a viscous black with a modest, milk-chocolate colored head. Initial impression is dark chocolate, bitter coffee, molasses, caramel, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is very thick and sticky. Carbonation is present but minimal. Quite hot - probably would mellow out with a year's cellaring, but I have a notable lack of self-restraint when it comes to trying a new RIS (my motto is "drink it fresh"). Finish is bitter chocolate. Definitely a sipper, but delicious!

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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wheels2532
4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Caramel aroma with a slight sweet touch. Taste is a caramel molasses that is a little bitter taste that may improve with age.

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4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very vigorous chocolate brown head that looks pretty good. The beer itself is a nice looking opaque dark chocolate black with a nice melted chocolate thinness to it, which isn't too bad a look.

The smell is good. It has a very interesting herbal smell among the sweet milk chocolate and smokey malt notes. There is also a slightly sweet roastiness in the malts.

The taste is very good but goes down a little bit as it warms. The espresso roasted notes and the sweet dark chocolate work well together. The herbal hop notes aren't as present in the taste as they are in the smell but it is strong enough to mix well with the darker notes.

The feel is pretty good. It's a heavy bodied beer but feels smooth and slightly creamy with a bit of thinness (probably from the aging). The carbonation is fairly light but gives it a nice bite in the beginning. The beer has a fairly dry and bitter finish.

Overall, this was a really good beer and worth getting. It's definitely a good beer with rich notes and a wonderful feel as well.

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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

**
08/21/17

22oz. bottle to snifter.

LOOK: thick, motor oil like dark dark black pour. A small dark brown head forms and recedes quickly as the thickness of the beer eats it up quickly. Does reform on josling, but fades again just as fast.

AROMA: Roasted barley is king here, notes of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and leather.

TASTE: roasty goodness. the bitter malt flavors are well balanced here and this is very tasty. Simple and straightforward.

FEEL: thick, thick, thick. Maybe the thickest stout I've ever had. How can you carbonate a solid? Yet there is some bubbly. Like a carbon fiber composite.

One of the best straight up Russian Imperial Stouts. Bells Expedition and OB Ten Fidy are probably 2,3 now for me.

Very nice.

**

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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eifster82
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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