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)

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BigMcLargeHuge on 11-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 201
Photo of mulder1010
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML poured into a tulip
Thanks to Sendsilk for this

A-- Poured motor oil black. Massively thick looking beer. One finger dark chocolate leather looking head that showed tints of crimson red and deep purple purple. Very imposing looking head. Spotty lacing through drinking. Very nice.

S-- Dark roasted chocolate, coffee, plumb and soft notes of cedar. Cedar went through waves. Sometimes being big and others being quite soft. Just touches of lemon floral from the wood.

T-- Dark chocolate, heavy roasted coffee, coco powder, and notes of the cedar. Generally white and black pepper with hints of lemon and peppers. Slight amount of spices.

M-- Thick, rich, coating and very dry. Cedar dominates the finish as this is just a dry finishing beer. Heavy feel and low carbonation. Desert beer.

O-- Decadent. Good hints of cedar made this interesting. Notes of pepper, peppers and spices really made this interesting. highly doubtful could drink a 750 on my own. Very good treatment where the wood notes have seemed to have dropped off a lot. Not something I would drink all the time but something I would want on occasion.

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Photo of tewaris
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 sent by Dan. Thanks! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Looks like all its relatives --- extremely dark and thick. I am intrigued. Off to aroma and taste: this is dark, thick, roasty... everything, and then there's wood, lots and lots of it!

I read somewhere that this is like drinking furniture. Although I mean the same in a good way, I don't know how to say it differently. Drinks like tasty furniture? Quite thick on its own but a tad thinner than regular Zhukov's that's perhaps my favorite of the CC stouts I have had till date.

Different than any other stout that I have had, this one's like something Dogfish Head would make. Very good but I can see it getting tiring for a 750 ml.

4, 4.5, 4, 4, 4.5

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Photo of errantnight
4.72/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks Denim Dave, for sharing this last night at Blue Palms.

Pitch black with a creamy tan head with superb retention.

Huge cedar notes well balanced by a sweet, delicate espresso note and tons of leather and tobacco. Awesome.

On the palate the tobacco notes reign with a bit of allspice and a hint of heat that really emphasizes a cigar-like quality on the front half of th palate. Velvety and rich with a lingering sweet note but sufficiently dry.

Unlike anything I've had before, and an awe-inspiring way to be introduced to Cigar City. This is truly a great beer.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.31/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle as an extra, huge thanks to Justin. Pours black with a ridiculously thick, dark creamy mocha head. One of the darkest heads I've seen on any beer. Roasty and bitter on the nose, and a sharp note of something almost almost pine like. Bitterness is really high, roasted coffee beans especially, with a piney, almost tangy finish. Not sure the cedar aging really helped this, as that strange finish clashes a bit with the heavily roasted flavors. Not the greatest I've had from CCB.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black body, a 1/2 finger of dark brown head that disappeared quickly.

S - Dark fruits, a lot of wood/cedar.

T - A big blast of cedar wood at first that fades into more familiar stout flavors. Dark fruits, raisins, plums, dark chocolate, molasses.

M - Very thick, a bit sticky. Not too much carbonation.

Good stuff. A nice take on the original.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember who shared this, but thanks! From notes.

Pours black =, not much head formation, a few bubbles. Non existent lacing.

Really unique aroma. The cedar impact is huge, its like this kind of rustic bark flavored candle that reminds you of fall. There's also a fruity note as well on top of all the stout characteristics. The taste, very woody as well with a kind of perfume-like fragrance from the wood. Fruity again with the heft of the stout base coming through, though most of the distinct flavors are overshadowed. There is no assertive coffee or chocolate, they are simply background flavors after this wood treatment. Solid mouthfeel, not too oily, adequate carbonation. I was really intrigued by this one and kept coming back to it. I didn't love it, but it was definitely unique. I would like to try this as well as other cigar city cedar-aged beers in the future.

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Photo of beergod1
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and almost black with a small brown head, found this to be better than Zhukov in every sense, and Zhukov was great. A roma is bitter cocoa and espresso, the cedar seemed to mellow the ashy burnt nose quite a bit, flavor is just the same, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and a healthy dose of cedar. What a difference the Cedar makes. Not quite as noticeable in the IPA. It actually stained the glass as I sipped. Thick full body, Just delicious.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Cigar City Brewing branded snifter

Pours black as pitch capped by a smooth dark brown one and half finger head. Obviously the cedar-aged version retains the amazing appearance of Marshall Zhukov, one of the most gorgeous imperial stouts one can find. Tons of deep dark chocolate and dark fruit all accented by the aroma of cedar. Opens with dark chocolate notes, prunes, black cherry notes, and raisins. Molasses notes midpalate joined by pleasant cedar. Finishes with roasted dark chocolate malt, espresso notes, and continued cedar accents. Huge full body, lower level of carbonation. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel-darn near perfect. Just an absolutely wonderful brew. The base beer is one of the best Russian imperial stouts available and the aging on cedar just gives it another dimension.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CCB

A-Pours black, black, black with a 1/2" mocha colored head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lace. Looks great.

S-A nice roasty malt greets first then the cedar comes in providing a nice aromatic presence. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit also come in. I thought at 11.5% I'd sniff a whiff of booze, but there is none here. It is a very pleasant nose, though I wish it was a bit more prominent.

T-Rich roasted malt, hints of cedar and smoke, a bit of booze (there it is!), hints of chocolate, dark fruit and coffee. A tinge of sweetness too. Very good.

M-Rich, lush, full bodied, coating. The carb level on this is spot on in my book (unlike the one bottle of Zhukov I had that was flat, flat, flat).

O-This is an excellent stout. The cedar provides an interesting twist to this one. I'll be sure and pick up some of this before I head out of town.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Cigar City Brewery, in Tampa, FL.

A- Motor oil. Tar. Ink. Take your pick. This stuff is pours as thick and black as any beer I have seen. After a vigorous pour, the minimal tan head quickly recedes to the edges of the glass. It almost stains the sides as I sip and leaves no lacing.
S- Heavy roasted malts with dark fruits and cedar in the background. A little bit of chocolate. Not as powerful as I would expect from a beer of this size.
T- Talk about complex. Heavy roasted malt in the beginning, quickly surpassed by dark fruits (plums, figs, currants), cedar, and chocolate. No alcohol detected, which is nice for an 11% stout. The cedar is a bit muted at first but really comes out as the beer warms. My only compliant would be that its amost a bit TOO roasty.
M - Thick, viscous and chewy. A full-bodied stout with an almost creamy mouthfeel. Very nice.
D- Without saying, this was hands down a sipper, yet for a stout of this size it was incredibly "drinkable." Granted, finishing an entire 750ml by myself was difficult, but the thanksgiving dinner I had just eaten didn't help. I'm glad I've got four more bottles.

Overall - My second Cigar City brew, and easily the better of the two. The cedar really adds another layer of complexity to the beer that overpowered the Cedar Aged Maduro Brown. A world class stout, highly recommended to split with some friends.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to CCB for letting us lush our way through multiple glasses of this wonderful brew. It pours deep dark chocolate with dark brown edges and wispy mocha head. Looks impressive and hinting at the yummy goodness to come. The aroma isn't pungent but more moderate in strength conveying adequate notes of rich roasty malts mixing with an inviting level of rich smelling dark chocolate and a mild background of toastiness. The taste starts with a rich creamy full mouth feel ushering in velvety dark chocolate, some roasted malts to burnt malts and yummy sweet, and yes creamy, caramel candy. I love that ribbon of caramel that persists throughout the flavor experience. Wow, awesome flavor. But wait, there's more. As the finish approaches a very complimentary toasted multi grain bread stirs up and blends into a mild roasted cedar wood confluence of notes. This is just a fabulous brew and tells me a dark chocolate, caramel candy and roasted wood mix of notes can come together in near perfect flavor harmony. The only tiny knock I can give this brew would be that it could use a slightly fuller aroma. But that is getting picky.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enormous amount of thanks to lerxst for this one!

Pours ridiculously black, glooping out of the bottle. The head is small but absolutely one of the darkest I've seen, rich dark coffee brown. Sticks to the glass. Quite thick.

Dark roasted coffee, rum, raisins in the aroma. Warm alcohol. Slight salty aroma. Lots of roasted malts and dark fruits.

Sweet dark fruits and tons of roasted malt in the flavor. Lots of sweetness that is almost cloying, but roasted bitterness keeps it in check.

Super thick, but a decent amount of carbonation. Coats the mouth with roasty bitterness and dark chocolate flavors.

Overall a very dense beer. Not especially complex, but lots of flavor. Definitely a beer to share.

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Photo of mondegreen
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a CCB Snifter. Bottle dated Sept 2011.

Pous thick and sludgy, just like Marshal Z. always does. Puts up a sexy dark brown head that leaves a little lacing on the glass as it falls. CCB's Imperial Stouts are among the best looking in the business.

Nose is outstanding. The spicy cedar is a fantastic companion for the earthy, leathery, tobacco notes typical of this beer. The cedar is in perfect balance right now, I'm probably wouldn't age this one much longer.

Taste is voluptuous. Dark fruits and earthen roasted malts - the wood leads to a drying finish that you don't usually get from the base beer. Roasted woods linger.

Mouthfeel is the strong point of this brew. Beyond full. Heavy. Creamy. I'd give it a 6 if I could.

Overall, this is a fantastic treatment of an already stellar stout. This beer was gifted to me by a fellow beer geek who will remain nameless. I owe him one.

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Photo of Finatic
4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my miniature CCB sifter.

A: Pours a dark, black color with a viscous motor oil look. Leaves very little lacing on the glass.

S: The cedar smell is very prevalent as well as coffee and some chocolate. Very little trace of alcohol for a 11.5 % stout.

T: Love how the cedar interacts with the roasted malts and chocolate. The aftertaste is very smoky.

M: Creamy and very smooth on the palate.

O: I actually prefer this to the regular Marshal Zhukov Stout. The cedar really enhanced this beer for me. I will definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of bret27
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of illidurit

S: Cedar!, roasty, tobacco

A: Jet black w/dark brown head

T: Cedar is overwhelmingly strong. If it was more balanced this would have gotten an even higher taste score. There is also roast, spice, little alcohol, and a bitter roasty finish.

M: Fairly thick.

D: Really minimal etoh presence, and very tasty.

Overall: First C.C. "humidor" series beer I've had. If the cedar was a little more subdued I think it would be a whee bit better.

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Photo of Heatwave33
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a Tulip glass.

Color: Black with a dark brown head.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee and cedar.

Taste: Chocolate coffee, alcohol, cedar and slighly smokey.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with good carbonation and pleasantly smooth.

Overall: Was able to enjoy this on-tap at Sweetwater Grill for the Cigar City tap takeover.
Has a great complexity to this one. The cedar and alcohol come thru very nicely. Cheers!

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Photo of ales4baldo
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P-Good size bottle, solid looking building. Digging the cigar band label.

A-poured out a jet black with a midnight look. Thick and milky. Soft mocha foam that didnt last long. Bits of red glaze shine through.

S-smells a little like a cigar box. Get chocolate and a bit of cherries. Bits of vanilla and grape. Plum and cedar are scarce.

T-A bit rustic and tart. A little smoke and also dark. Cherries and cedar are present but not too much. Tiny vanilla notes and coffee esspresso.

M-Thick and heavy. Definitely full bodied. Sticky and pasty as well. A round taste with little carbonation. A bit flat but its welcomed.

O-Made really well and didnt do overdo it with the cedar. I like the thickness of the beer and how it sticks. Nice blend. Would have liked to see the flavors come out a bit more to really showcase the beer. Really good though.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, props to tpd975 for the hook up on this difficult to obtain bottle from CCB. Greg always seems willing and able to surprise you with some choice CCB selections.

A - Dark pour into a snifter glass with a small head that quickly settles down.

S - Very interesting in that the cedar smell is definitely present. Hard to place in that no other beers really feature the cedar aging and profile. Very interesting. You are expecting the normal RIS profile but the cedar definitely makes you sit up and take notice. My friends who were not aware of what was being served had strange "what is this" expressions on their face.

T - Follows the nose in that the cedar provides a really interesting taste to the base Zuhkov. At times not sure if you love it, it is that interesting and unusal. Not sure you can drink a lot of this, but it is an interesting variation to the base RIS.

M - A slightly thinner version of the base beer. Everyone liked it.

D - Again, it is very unique and I am not sure that my share of the bottle is more than enough. Very interesting experience.

Thanks again to greg for the hookup on this variation. I really appreciate it.

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Photo of hdelavega
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at cigar city brewery.
Poured a deep black with a one finger brown bubbly head that only lasted around 30 seconds.
Nice roasty/chocolate nose with hints of woodyness, defiantly some dark fruit.
Lots of cedar in the taste. These humidor beers really display more wood than most wood aged beers I've had, and the cedar is super interesting to boot. This one is pretty roasty with a bit of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, sticky, slickly. Big body medium carbonation.
Overall a really nice stout the cedar may have been a tiny bit over powering but as a featured part of the brew it was presented nicely.
I will defiantly try this again and suggest it to others.

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Photo of xpdrinker
4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque pitch black, probably the blackest I've ever seen in a stout. Frothy dark brown head with a flash of blood red, chunky lacing coats the glass

S - Cocoa, dark chocolate, a little black licorice, coffee, molasses. Not much of the Spanish cedar that appears so prominently in their Humidor IPA but what is there is a nice touch to an already awesome stout.

T - Fresh black premium coffee, dark chocolate, a little molasses and vanilla.

M - Thick, delicious motor oil. Heavy body, coats the entire mouth. Sweet & sticky.

O - I traded an '11 Abyss for this and would do it again. I don't have to wait for this one to be at its best - it's amazing right now. I'm a huge Zhukov fan and the addition of Spanish cedar only improved what's already a phenomenal stout. I wish Cigar City would make this as available as Humidor IPA. I'd buy cases of it.

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Photo of Friskybeerrapist
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First breaking the seal reveals a lumber yard of cedar aroma. Pouring into a cigar city snifter unveils a murky, dark and beautiful imperial stout. When this beer hits your tongue, flavors of vanilla and dried fruit are first, followed by a distinct and overwhelming wood finish. Humidor is an imperial stout at it's finest, and I expect nothing less from one of the best breweries in the United States.

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Photo of Pullen
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to MrAndyPandy, I have the pleasure of sharing this beer.

A - Black as night. What a stout should be. Nothing impressive there.

Smell - The smell of this beer intrigues me the most overall. Reminds me of a sweater from my granny's cedar chest; The more I smell it, I strangely get grapefruit which I suspect it's from the cedar.

Taste - Somewhat dry with tones of grapefruit that are apparent as the beer warms up. Those tones overpower the beer with lends to diminishing the beer's complexity.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a dry finish.

Drinkability - One pint is enough for me. After having this beer, you'd have to be in a certain mood/mindframe before trying again. That doesn't mean the beer is bad, it's just different and I applaud CCB for the effort. If oak were used, I think this would be a winner.

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Photo of Kiefdog
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle courtesy of JRedner. Pours a dark brown to pitch black color with a small off-white head. Little retention or lacing. Aroma is rich, roasted malts, dark ripe fruit, notes of wood, cream, chocolate, some coffee and toffee. Flavor is roasted malt, wood, molasses, spice, hints of smoke and toffee. Very interesting and complex beer. Generally full body with a roasted and malty finish.

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Photo of blackcoyote13
2.36/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Tried this last Saturday from a cask release at Cigar City Brewing. Was very excited but I have to say that the cedar was so obnoxiously unbalanced and overwhelming that it ruined the Zhukov's base. Four folks in a row were cringing and turning red, while trying their best to find something positive to say about it (in futile effort really). I gave my glass away after a few swigs to a couple of folks sitting behind me, but not sure if they drank it either.

The surprising piece is that, while Cigar City looks to push the envelope with flavors and creativity (the fantastic Hunaphu, Zhukov's, Jai Alai IPA, etc), they seem to not have the courage to toss something out that tastes horrible. This brew needs to stay retired. I'll be sticking with the regular Zhukov's or looking around for a BA variant.

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