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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:
#301
Reviews:
589
Ratings:
2,790
pDev:
9.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to try this the day after the Hunahpu release.
Poured into a snifter a deep black/brown with a slight tan head.
Aroma is of subtle dark malt sweetness, dark fruit, and chocolate/coffee.
The taste starts with a slight coffee bitterness and sweet dark chocolate and smoothes out very nicely.
The mouthfeel is medium/heavy
Very smooth and drinkable!

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

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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

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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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.68/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian tulip. Bottled on 07/28/2015.

Look: Pure black body with a reddish-brown bubbly head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing in the glass.

Smell: Wow! Getting leather, tobacco, espresso coffee beans, dark roasted maltiness; perhaps some dark fruits on the end.

Taste: Coats the tongue with thick syrup like flavors of deep roasted malts, raisins, char, dark, bittersweet bakers chocolate and coffee.

Feel: Full and thick body, that leaves a nice coating on the tongue and doesn't let go.

Overall: A real big winner worthy of any and all hype! Huge beer that is just a true sipper and just fills your mouth with all kinds of malty goodness. One of the best RIS I have ever had.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 2,790 ratings
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