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

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2,713
Reviews:
564
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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Photo of brother_kenneth
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dirtinabottle
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of RickS95
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You can't improve upon the look. There are no words to define the darkness of this beer. It completely lacks any sort of lightening agent. A literal black whole of color. Very thick pour. Even the head is dark...an extreme dark brown, the darkest head I've seen. Only a finger thick, decent retention, all that with a hefty ABV.

The scents are subtle, so while no one smell dominates, everything there works in harmony. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, caramel, even the sweetness from the molasses.

It's a world class malt bomb. The darkness of roasted expresso and the assortment of malts explodes on the tongue. It tastes like a liquid candy bar, with some alcohol. Just enough hop presence (80 IBUs, really?) for balance.

Dessert in a bottle. Hard to believe this thing packs such high alcohol and IBU because it's so gentle on the palate. It oozes sweetness and creaminess. So easy to drink, no need to worry about sipping this because it's so smooth. Full bodied, you almost chew it. Faint bitterness just to make sure the palate is ready for the next brink.

Overall, Cigar City has created a beer with no faults. It's literally a perfect beer; so good there's nothing to even nitpick about.

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Photo of mythaeus
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Roze
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to neorunner for surprising me with this bottle. He says its from 2009.

Appearance
Damn, this stuff looks thick. I almost have to scoop it out of the bottle. The pour is super black and ropey. A nice, toasted head rises up, and rests at a thin layering. Not that much lacing.

Aroma
A little tiny hint of oxidation in the form of a suggestion of paper; but this is very subtle and actually a welcomed addition to the aroma's profile. Leather and sweet, dark tobacco dominate. Molasses and dark fruits are below. Alcohol gives this beer a punch.

Taste
Very leathery with earthy suggestions of maduro cigar tobacco. A burnt dark chocolate flavor forms mid-palate. A really nice french vanilla cream element takes things through to the end.

Mouthfeel
Indeed, this beer is full bodied, but its not as thick as the looks suggested. Carbonation is ample, perhaps a bit high at first. The beer has a dry, burnt cocoa powderiness to the finish. This is a very sticky beer as well. Alcohol is sturdy, but very nicely incorporated for an ABV that nears the 12% mark.

Overall
This is pretty decent. Solid brewing, but it just isn't intense all across the board as I had hoped. It does make a good base beer for Cigar City style experiments though.

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Photo of zac16125
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter
2011 version, but no specific dates or other distinguishing numbers

A: Pours a viscous, viscous, opaque jet black, with 2 plus fingers width of bubbly yet dense, dark,  chocolate ice cream colored head.  This is the darkest head I've seen on a beer, ever.   Great retention, and takes minutes to dissipate down to a drinkable level.  Leaves a decent amount of lacing.  Amazing looking beer.

S: Very aromatic from the moment I opened the bottle.  Big dark fruit characters with tons of fig and some raisin.  There are even notes of unripe sour plums.  Chocolate aroma is present as well, along with some roasted malt and toffee notes.  The alcohol presence is noticeable but not negatively so.  There is a wood oaky aroma as well.  Lots going on with the nose, but dark fruits are the most prominent.  Very nice.

T: Initial sip gives roasted malts and dark fruit sweetness.  Other flavors noted are fig,  an oak flavor thats bourbon like, milk chocolate,  a nutty character, bitter bakers chocolate on the back end, and even a hint of coconut at one point. Early on its almost too sweet, but as it warms the sweetness is balanced by other flavors including hops and roasted malt, and an earthy grassy flavor.  The flavor profile is complex, with large variations from sip to sip.  Very good.

M/D: Silky smooth, very nice.  A very chewy mouthfeel and does a great job of coating the palate.  About as full bodied as you can get.  Carbonation is very minimal, in a good way, which makes the head and retention that much more impressive.  Pretty good drinkability considering how massive this beer is.  

O: Overall, a great beer.  Really top notch.  Actually it's very similar to Hunahpu , except the Hunahpu flavor profile is slightly ( and I mean only slightly) better, and I actually like it more than rum barrel aged Hunahpu.  A great offering that I highly recommend trying if you can get it.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krl2112
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
2.63/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Stum-pub
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of brianmandell
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated July 2014. Pours a thick oily black. with a quickly reducing dark brown head.

Aromas of roasty dark malts, deep molasses, raisin, chocolate and a touch of sherry.

Huge robust flavor - deep roasty malt, sweet molasses and brown sugar, dark fruit (raisin and cherry). Finishes with some bitter hops and an almost smoky ash.

The mouthfeel is thick with luxurious prickly carbonation. Phenomenal.

I had this once before towards the end of a tasting where it was overwhelming after a bunch of other beers. This is best enjoyed on its own but shared given that it is epic. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a barrel aged beer. This is one of the best imperial stouts I've had though I'd prefer if it was less sweet.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ML bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Motor oil black with 2 fingers of dark brown head that some what dissipates but stays with the beer the whole way leaving stick multi layered lacing on the glass.

Smell- Wow getting bourbon here even though this isnt aged in boubon barrels at all. Also getting coffee, lots of forms of chocolate, and some espresso.

Taste- Up front the 1st thing that hits is a little booze. The booze is followed by chocolates and coffee and bitter hops. The finish is a long cloying roastyness.

Mouthfeel- Heavy body that coats the mouth with a perfect amount of carbonation balance. Also, a nice alcohol warming towards the end.

Overall- Very interesting Russian Imperial stout. Lots of charecteristics of a BA stout with a very nice long toasty/roasty finish.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of earljones199
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter during the mandate tasting with Zapps and R Moe Nay.

Small head which comes alive a little bit with a very rough pour. Roasted malt, caramel, coffee and chocolate in the nose. Alcohol hits a bit more with the taste as well as the characteristics of the nose. Pretty smooth, a tad thin to be picky, and a little heat. Drinks very well and is another solid stout from Cigar City.

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Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of dkw0063
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of kevanb
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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Photo of Brewski
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ahbithwabm
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,713 ratings.
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