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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,713
Reviews:
564
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of pixieskid
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer exhibits things that I love in an imperial stout but at the same time was surprised that I didn't enjoy it more...

Pours black as night with a solid 2 finger head; has a bit of that redish color like Huna does but not quite as good looking.
Nose; milk chocolate, a bit of roastiness.
Taste; way different than the last bottle I had, which was the under-carbonated batch from 2010. It's like a boozy milkshake, extremely one dimensional and somewhat cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel is super thick, chewy, and rich.

Overall; I don't know if it was just too much at the time, or if my palate has changed, but as Harrymel stated, it was somewhat of a chore to drink and I only had a third of the bottle. It's not that I didn't enjoy it, it was just too much and surprised me as I've drank nearly an entire bottle of Huna to myself and loved every sip...

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. No head what so ever. One bubble actually. Vry thick. Smells malty and sweet. Tastes fairly nondescript. Just a ton of malty sweetness. Some light fruitiness on the tongue. Lots of earthiness own the tongue a bit of roast. Very basic but solid. Thick mouthfeel but not very well carbonated.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage (I think, old label). Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 3" dark cola head. Big trails and giraffe print of lacing remains on the glass, half finger of head remains as well.

S- sweet maple syrup, chocolate, roast, anise and some dark fruits.

T- sweet chocolate, maple syrup, anise, sweet dark fruits, roast and some ash.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Big thick feel, creamy and smooth.

O- better than I expected from what I have heard about MZ. ,anyone the age mellowed the sweetness some, even though it is still very sweet for the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Kingdom Liquors. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from Saturday – 07/07/12
750ml bottle split two ways into my FW Invitational snifters
(*label is different then the one portrayed above)

Thanks Allen!

A: Pours plenty thick and jet black in color with just the slightest edge of dark mahogany brown. Minimal head that is reddish-brown, nearing maroon, in color. Probably the darkest head I have ever seen on a stout. Very espresso like. Struggling retention and some oily alcohol streak.

S: Smells of very deep roast grain with a nice mix of tobacco leaf, soy sauce, and blackstrap molasses. There are also some hints of licorice root and dark chocolates. Interesting nose. Not bad but the soy aroma is a bit profuse. Not much alcohol evident in the nose either for such a big RIS.

T: Tastes of intense roasted grains with a bit of fudge brownie and a pervasive treacle note to the point that I feel it may have been an actual ingredient used here. Gives off a sweet and tart fermented soy flavor that takes a little getting used to. There are some lesser notes of campfire mallows, black licorice, and a bit of espresso-infused truffle that perks as the beer warms up a bit. Upper level of bitterness with a dose of earthy hop flavors. The alcohol is warming but quite well hidden here. Quite rich and unique. Probably not for everyone.

M: Body is full with a super smooth and creamy texture that lends to a much lighter feel. Really one of the highlights in the overall drinking experience. Carb seems on the lower side. Some nice lingering after coat on the palate.

D: To be opened with friends. A big, rich, and complex RIS with some real unique flavors. Although this one would be difficult to finish all 750ml alone. My tasting partner was not a fan given the soy sauce like accents. The brew develops a bit more of the espresso notes towards room temp which I found nice. All things considered, really well crafted with the 11% alcohol hidden.

Very glad for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of number1bum
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few of these at Knightly Spirits in Orlando.

Pours a vicious, thick black color, completely opaque with a slowly rising two plus fingers of dark tan head. Head settles very slowly and retains very well, keeping a thick, creamy head throughout and leaving some beautiful lacing on the sides, falling slowly back to the beer after each sip or swirl. Beautiful.

Smell is exceptionally fruity, with lots of citrus and blackberries. Ton of fruit going on here. There is also a good amount of fudgy chocolate, some molasses, a bit of coffee and some roasted malt. Not a ton of roasted malt for a RIS. A bit of alcohol creeps in as it warms.

Taste is also very fruity with a lot of black currant flavor in particular, as well as some citrus. The malt flavors are bolder than the aromas, though, with more fudgy chocolate and roasted malt than the nose had. Lots of molasses to, and also a bit of smoke and coffee. Some bitterness and roasty flavor lingers into the finish. This is rich and super flavorful, and really tasty.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich, full bodied and very chewy. This is a meal, or definitely a great dessert. It's slick, creamy and very smooth on the palate.

This is an exceptional beer. No other way to say it. Tons of flavor, very robust, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden given the strength. Incredibly fruity as well. I'm glad I picked this up; it is outstanding. Seek it out.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a generous BA for this awesome extra! Pours as one of the darkest beers I've seen in a long time. Motor oil black with a DARK mocha-colored head. Scent is packed heavy with chocolate, coffee, and more chocolate. Chocolate cake with a hint of dark fruits, and rich, roasted coffee. Lots of roasted malt. Taste is just as it smells, and man is this beer rich! I thought Speedway Stout was a rich imperial stout that was available regularly, but apparently Florida has some other stuff going on. : ) Mouthfeel is FULL BODIED and rich with a bit of chalkiness. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is top notch! Rich and complex. Not much more you could ask for in an RIS. FANTASTIC beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of AltBock
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CCB on August 31, 2013. They served it to me in a CCB Snifter.

This beer poured an absolute black color. CCB has plenty of light in their tasting room, but it wasn't hard to tell that this beer was a pitch black color. It was as black as a German Soldier's heart during WWII. That's pretty damn black! On top of this ink black brew was a 1/4 of an inch dark mocha colored head of foam. This nice looking head of foam had nice retention that left behind a small, but fat sized string of rings along the edge of the glass. Beautiful appearance!

This is the type of aroma that you want to find in an Imperial Stout. The aroma was hugely roasted with a nice subtle sweetness to back it up. Right up front was the dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark roasted espresso beans. Once it got the roasted aromas out of the way, in comes the dark fruits. The dark fruit punch consisted mostly of black cherry with a touch of plum and raisins. This beer isn't over yet. This beer then finishes up with a nice caramel/molasses aroma.

The taste was just as complex as the sweet ass aroma. Like the aroma, it was the dry roasted elements that kicked off the taste. That's where I found the dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and a nice amount of roasted espresso beans. The roasted element of the taste was so big that it overshadowed the dark fruits and the subtle sweetness. My tastebuds could only pick out some raisins, black cherry, a touch of plum, and a miniature taste of caramel/molasses. It wasn't hard to tell who controlled the taste of this beer.

This was a dry full bodied thick Imperial Stout with a good level of carbonation and a lingering roasted aftertaste. This aftertaste wasn't going anywhere and I'm fine with that. If couldn't tell from my taste description, the aftertaste contained dry roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, a few dark fruits and a subtle taste of caramel.

I've had this beer a few times, but never bothered to review it. I know, I'm a bad person. There's no doubt about it. This is a really good beer. I didn't know Marshal Zhukov personally, but I'm sure he would be proud to have this beer attached to his name. It's good in the bottles and really good on tap.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with two fingers of thick dark tan head. I love these endlessly dark Imperial Stouts.

Scent of roasted coffee, roasted malts, sugar, dark fruit, cedar, and a hint of spicy hops. Strong, but surprisingly, not very boozy.

Taste of burnt coffee, roasted malts, caramel, dry sugar, and some dark fruit. Finishes bitter, but not quite as bitter and Hoppin' Frog's D.O.R.I.S.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, dense and oily with a low, smooth carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jjanega08
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New label but no other freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a super thick pitch black color with a beautiful three finger head on it that seemed flat at first but just rose out of this thing. Amazing looking beer. The head is sooo black and thick. Very very impressive beer. I don't think this could look any better.

S= This smells like an Imperial stout should. Thick roast and tons of dark chocolate. Toffee and sweetness comes up from behind. Damn you Cigar City why must this be so good smelling. The odor is something I would just enjoy on a deep dark Minnesota winter night.

T= Every bit as good and powerful as I hoped. Tons of roast. Coffee and chocolate up front. Then the toffee sweetness comes up from behind and assaults. There is a bit of fruityness to it and maybe a bit of a hop character that I didn't expect. Dark fruit character comes through a bit in the finish which is just a cherry on top.

M= Amazingly thick and delicious. The biggest chewiest beer I've ever had.

O= I've had Hunahpu and it was mind blowing. I tell people that it is the best RIS I've ever had. This is just as amazing. A step down in complexity but still the best base beer a RIS could be and a hell of a beer. Super drinkable for such a big thick thing and amazingly smooth.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout from Cigar City Brewing
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