Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout | Cigar City Brewing

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial StoutMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.37/5
2,766 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:
#304
Reviews:
580
Ratings:
2,766
pDev:
9.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,176
Gots:
930
Trade:
96
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,766 |  Reviews: 580
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- so viscous and pitch black. A dark brown head fading to a tiny lacing.

S - roasty burnt grains. Dark bitter chocolate. Cocoa powder.

T - charcoal burnt wood. Chocolate syrup. faint black licorice ending. Sweet alcohol. hints of earthy bread and some hop floral. So sweet. Lactose?

M - possibly the thickest stout ever. So viscous d'ass heavy bodied.

O - pretty wel balanced for 11.5 abv and such a heavy body

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

Photo of BMart
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of stakem
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Maggie for gifting me with this. Shared over the weekend and poured into a couple snifters. At first glance, this brew looks still. As I was pouring into the glasses, there was no head formation...shit! It looks absolutely black, the black coloration of this brew rivals the darkest brew's I have seen. A swirl of the glass releases a few bubbles which huddle together at the surface with a very dark brown color. More swirls finally form just shy of a fingers worth of head. Faint spotty lace sticks to the glass. Legs of sticky solution seemingly stain the glass and slowly creep down to the water line.

The smell of this brew is surprisingly tangy, unlike any other big RIS I have smelled. Alcohol is present even at colder than ideal temperatures. There is a fruity and citrus hop inclusion which contrasts the dark roasty malt characteristics which smell of chocolate and coffee. As the brew warms, it picks up a light smoked character which deepens the nose with notes of charcoal throughout. The citrus twang this brew has I cannot get over, it is very unique.

The taste mimics the nose. The first thing I taste is this citrus-like tangy alcohol component. Totally unique but interesting and appealing all at the same time. As more sips are taken, fruity and citrus hops are noted along with very dark roasted malts which bring forth a flavor of bitter chocolate, coffee, charcoal, molasses-like dark sugars and faint hints of must. The aftertaste includes some cocoa powder character.

This is a very full bodied, thick brew that is only exaggerated in it's smooth viscous feel due to it's low level of carbonation. It is very complex and enjoyable. A kiss of alcohol warms you up in this brew and seemingly evaporates from the tongue. This is a very well made brew. The carbonation could be turned up a few notches but all in all this is a solid brew. It's no wonder I enjoy the one-offs of this beer so much, this is an awesome foundation to start with and start tweaking flavors.

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Photo of BEER88
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of chippo33
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of imbibehour
4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel in DC for the bottle share. Personal review #1500, woah it's been that many already? Off we go, much thanks to InfinityonTrial for bringing it.

It is a bit dark downstairs to truly see but the most impressive thing is a super dark mocha chocolate head that is created. Settles slowly with a whispy top, some speckled like lacing gets stuck in some of the legs, on a classic opaque walnut black body.

Nose hits with what seems like very solid roast coffee, with a mild chocolate sense. Good solid roast body, light bitterness and not burning my nostrils. Pretty solid, not earth shattering, but feels and sense quite decent.

On first sip I feel in love instantly. Wonderful dark rich bitter chocolate, with a creamy ganache like sense in the palate. Roasting warming coffee on the aftertaste. A real fascinating play on the bitter as well, there's this wonderful lime juice on the tongue of hop astringency while finishing. All miraculously melds together even after multiple sips, a warming roast quality of piping coffee, but no boozy character either.

Great beer, truly memorable.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of 22Blue
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of malfunxion
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter. Thanks Willie. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a tan pinkie finger’s worth of foamy head. Slims out nicely to a concave rim around the glass. The aroma starts off with some nice dark roasty coffee bean, subtle sweet milk chocolate, dried chocolate, some sweet black and red cherries. Light dark chocolate slides in too. Dried dark fruits also come in as it warms. The flavor is rich and warming, smooth malty sweetness, pure and roasty. Blissful and roasty with a semi-sticky yet roasty aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality for a cold night. Stickiness is there with the roast imparting a kindful delicious smooth feel running over my tongue. Overall, damn nice RIS with some youth to it. Did I just have it at the right time? If I had another bottle, would love to have another to age.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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 IrishColonial
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer is jet black with a ruby edging, with no head. Nose of bourbon, coffee, earthy notes, molasses, and booze. Flavors are smooth coffee and chocolate, with a solid booze undertone, char notes, and rich molasses. Wow! Velvety smooth body, with a rich, bittersweet, smooth aftertaste. The finish is slick, with a solid linger. Huge, but drinkable.

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Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Duff27
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, no head. Motor oil viscosity. Nice alcohol legs.

Some roastiness. The smell doesn't do a whole lot for me.

Like the taste a hell of a lot more than the nose. Coffee, roast. Has this zip to it, yeses.

Mouthfeel is palatial. So thick. Adequate carbonation.

Wow, this one is all about the viscous appearance and thick(!!!) mouthfeel. Sets it apart. Thanks egrace84.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 2,766 ratings
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