Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) | Cigar City Brewing

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
201
Reviews:
74
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
13.94%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cigar City takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. The wood gives it a nice complexity and balance. The aroma is very chocolate. Big mouthfeel. Very dark brown. Coffee too. A nice one but not 100 percentile.
This is rather known as the humidor series, which uses cedar wood.

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of oline73
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We opened this up during a tasting last weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours black and very thick with a layer of cocoa colored head that fades to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Slightly peppery with a strong presence of the cedar. Sweet and roasty, quite nice.

Taste: Again, the wood has a very strong presence here. The taste is a little bitter with the sweetness taking a back seat, which is a big change from the base beer. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tingly carbonation and an extremely dry finish.

Overall: I thought the wood would balance out the sweetness from the base beer. It ended up being way too bitter. I don't think I'll search this one out again.

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Photo of largadeer
2.2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stupac2 shared this one. Thanks!

Oily pitch black pour, in the usual Cigar City fashion. The head is near black itself, and retains well. Swirling the beer reveals syrupy black legs.

Ridiculously overwhelming cigar box aroma. Spicy, fruity, a lot of sweetness. Bit of soy sauce and tobacco. Not as much acrid char as regular Zhukov, which is a plus, but the cedar is far too intense.

The palate offers more of the same: a ton of spicy cedar. It's balanced fairly well by the sweetness, but still comes off as too much. Quite tannic, chocolatey, very thick and rich. Some char and astringency in the mouthfeel. Pretty rough, hard to drink. Yet another example of why cedar and beer should never meet.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.52/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to raveskdr for sharing this bottle. Served in a Cigar City snifter. Pours a very dark brown color, bordering on black. The nose carries loads and loads of cedar. Far, far too much. It’s over the top. That’s enough ways to say that. Zhukov is a powerful beer, and it’s barely noticeable underneath the cedar here. The flavor adds in some roast and chocolate, but it’s mostly all cedar. Wow. Medium body with a spicy cedar finish. Not a huge fan. I’d much prefer regular Zhukov.

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Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a motor oil black. Leaves a lot of legs. This is thick.

Aroma: Sauna cedar. Very roasty with coffee and spice. Vanilla and chocolate. Very unique. Tons of cedar!!!

Taste: A ton of cedar. Very earthy and woody. Roasty and coffee. Chocolate and dark fruits. Molasses and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Dry, roasty, and kind of smooth. Full bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean.

Overall, this was a very interesting beer. It was kind of drinkable. I enjoyed it. So much cedar! Reminded me of a sauna.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark black in color. Huge tan head comes up and over the top and really fills the glass right to the rim. Hardly anything falls off of it for several minutes. Huge amounts of sticky tan foam all up and down the sides of the glass. Tons of chocolate and fruit notes just jumping out at you from the very first touch of it to the air. Notes of whiskey, hints of cedar and rich chocolate are all infused together seamlessly to put a wonderful touch on it. Enormous feel here, with huge carbonation just lets the flavor coat the entire tongue and really just gives it a wonderful sense of fullness to it. Rich chocolate and licorice notes just play off each other soo well. This was just wonderfully done. Hints of grapes, touches of almost apples coming through now. Very rich. Nice boozy and oak notes now coming through and giving it a very nice balance and richness

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 12/19/11 notes, shared with a few friends. Didn't realize this was MZ based on the label, had to do some digging around on BA and RB. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of dark brown head and moderate carbonation evidenet. Some light lacing left on the glass and head lasts for several minutes. Pretty much the perfect looking big RIS.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, some wood/oak, coffee, and toasted malts. Pretty good and the toasted notes/wood definitely comes through.

t - Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, wood, toasted maltys, bready malts, light dark fruits, and light vanilla. Not as sweet as the nose and a tiny step down.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy body, pretty thick. Tiny bit of alcohol but not too bad at all for 11.5% ABV. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was another great RIS from Cigar City. I'm not sure if it is an improvement on the base beer at all, but a fun variation none the less. Looks perfect and has a great mouthfeel, I think the nose was a little less vanilla/sweet than normal MZ, and the taste had more bitter/dark chocolate. If you're a fan of MZ and Hunahpu I'd strongly suggest trying this one, though I think I prefer both of those slightly more. Something I'd certainly like to have again.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the "Aging Beers on Unusual Wood" presentation by Cigar City at Bx Beer Depot.

Appearance - Jet black with no head. Little brown bubbles around the edge. So black it stains the glass.

Smell - Sweet malts and some coffee aromas. Overwhelming sweetness. I honestly don't get a lot of cedar, unless it's hidden within the sugar and booze.

Taste - Strong chocolate malts. Hop bitter at the front, which is strange for an RIS. Strong sweetness in the middle with a cedar astringency in the finish. The cedar seems to add to the sweetness, too.

Mouthfeel - Thick as hell. Not a lot of carbonation, even on tap. It coats the mouth and makes the flavors linger.

Overall - I don't get a lot of direct cedar. It adds to the flavors subtly and unfortunately enhances the sweetness of the beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of stakem
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this with me. Older style generic "Humidor" label with a sticker around the neck that ID's this as 2009 Zhukov. 750ml into a matching Cigar City snifter. The brew appears a very dark inky black color with an aggressive, very dark brown head thats big and frothy. Huge patchy lace sticks to the glass and the cap displays solid retaining powers.

The smell of this brew is straight, unmistakeable cedar and it is spicy. A lot of heavy roast and char to the grain comes across somewhat like anise, tobacco, leather and coffee. However, the cedar inclusion remains ever-present and possibly a bit over done.

The taste includes a heavy burnt char character to the grain. Anise, leather, heavy oak to cedar-like spice, coffee and well almost something along the lines of tar and bitter. Dark backstrap molasses evolves to a slight raisony alcohol character.

This is a full bodied brew thick and nearly chewy with a modest amount of carbonation. It is very unique with huge cedar spice. Unique to the extent that this is worth trying but im not sold on the character really blending together that well to make a cohesive package.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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