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:
75
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
13.9%
 
 
Wants:
137
Gots:
37
For Trade:
1
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Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Eric, the artist formerly known as TurdFurgison.

A - Black beer with a tightly bubbled brown head that looked really nice. Minor spots left on the outside.

S - Smells like a nicely sweet and roasted stout, if you were drinking it locked in a cedar chest. Wow, tons and tons of cedar along with the roasted malts, a little cocoa, molasses, tobacco. Shocking at first, but it kind of grew on me.

T - The taste grew on me even more. Once you got used to the cedar it was a very smooth, unique beer with lots of big stout taste, a little on the sweet side, but with some complimentary and sweetness cutting cedar presence. I really liked this a lot and had multiple pours.

M - Smooth, creamy, full bodied.

O - I doubt this will be for everyone, but I really enjoyed this beer and drank a surprising amount of it. Would love to have it again.

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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, Humidor Series label with a white sticker indicating Marshal Zhukov Imperial Stout 2009. Can't thank Justin enough for this one.

Pour is spectacular - absolutely pitch black, sucking-the-light-out-of-the-room black, with a huge thick mocha head that lingers as a thick cap and leaves great lacing. Exactly what I think a stout should look like.

This thing smells just about as good as it looks. Huge dark, roasted malts with chocolate and espresso, even some sweet dark fruits as well. There is also the over-arching cedar character and even some citrus hops thrown in.

The initial taste is really surprising, with a big spicy cedar kick, more than I was expecting given the aroma. The underlying beer is present after that initial blast with dark chocolate malts, espresso and sweet fruits. Then the finish swings back toward the cedar with an earthy character - spicy with some tobacco even.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a soft but very present carbonation.

Overall, the look and smell are close to world class. It's just that the cedar becomes way too distracting - an overwhelming earthy spiciness. Still, Cigar City is clearly doing some ground-breaking things in Tampa and this is no exception.

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Photo of illidurit
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy daknole. Pours a very inky black with a dark brown creamy head. Very oily and sudsy, looks great. Smells exactly like a cigar box. Having trouble getting any notes other than cedar. Tastes like a cigar box too, but at least there's some beer influence in there as well. Dark chocolate, not a lot of roast, rather smokey, no alcohol presence. Chewy and smooth. I'd love to try the base beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The good Marshal is not mentioned anywhere on this bottle, but once I started drinking the beer, there was no mistake. Cheers to bsuedekum for this bottle, and for going the extra mile in this trade. Cheers!

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled Sept 2011
Cedar spiralls from Barrel Mill

APPEARANCE: Yes. I could stop here. This is what stouts should look like. Take note Goose Island. A thick, sludgy, vicious motor oil black pour yields a cascading 1+ finger, thick, tight, dark mocha head with great retention. Sludgy black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp cap. A swirly wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Thick, vicious, and meanicing. Fantastic.

SMELL: Cedar wood for sure, with vanilla, roasted and charred malts, molasses and cocoa powder on the nose. Burnt espresso works its way through as well. Pretty nice, though the cedar does run the show a little.

TASTE: Follows the nose to a tee. Cedar wood, vanilla notes, then lots of roasted, burnt and charred malts at the swallow. Roasted and burt malts accompany burnt, bitter espresso, pure, bitter dark chocolate and more sweet cedar flavors in the bold and lingering finish. Sweet molasses from the base beer as well. Very flavorful and dominating, with plenty of cedar taking the lead here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes mouth-coating. No bite. Cedar aging has lightened up the body some, as it's not as thick and full as it usually is. Still a tick above average though.

OVERALL: This was really, really good. The base Marshal Zhukov is an outsanding imperial stout, and the cedar againg has added a new dimension to the beer. That said, while I can easily finish a bottle of the base beer myself, the cedar aging added a sweetness that makes a willing buddy an almost necessity, as this does get a little chalenging as the bottle empties. Still, a great beer from a great brewery. Thanks guys, and cheers again bsuedekum!

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.5/5  rDev -39%

Photo of socon67
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Final beer of hosted tasting on 5/19/2012

A - Pours black and as thick as motor oil. Coates the glass with a film and the brown foam laces the glass.

S - Smells of strong chocolate and brown sugar. The cedar gave this a bit of smoke that wasn't in Zukhov's.

T - Rich chocolate flavor and incredibly sweet. As the stout warmed the addition of spanish cedar added a smoky flavor that lingered so slightly.

M - A very rich stout, and could be a bit more mellowed on the finish.

O - I liked Zukhov's, I really liked Hunaphu, and this was right there as well. Of all the Humidor Series, this might be my favorite. Excellent brew from CCB.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cvm4 (Cliff) for this bottle!

This pours magnificent. Black as night, with the most robust, chocolaty head ever conceived. Aroma was monster coffee, dark roasted malts, chocolate, and a spicy woody note. Fairly same translation to the taste: huge coffe and chocolate with a high roasted/charred note and a spicy wood note. Thick as can be, coats the mouth and glass.

While some impy stout can seem daunting, the sheer excellence here negates that possibility.

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Photo of tpd975
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one is being done from notes. CCB had many locals over for a keg stickering party and this was our pay.

A: Pours a nice deep dark black hue with a small mocha head. The retention is low but some spotty lace is noted. Once the head dies down it is matte black in color and very evil looking in the glass.

S: I still dream of the aroma of this one. Tons of fresh roasted malt with layers of chocolate, both bitter and sweet. Hints of coffee poke thru, and then bam.... the cedar. How come no one else had tought of that?

T: If this beer is lacking anywhere, the taste makes up for it ten fold. Roasted malt comes first. It was perfectly toasted and good. After that you are hit in the face with chocolate. The rich smooth chocolate quality of this beer is what cake and fudge makers dream of. The beers is so smooth and rich like nothing I have had before. Milk chocolate makes an appearence as does caramel and marshmellow. The cedar dances in the background but does not overpower. To call this beer expertly crafted is an understatement.

M: Full in body, very rich, as smooth as a babys ass. When it comes to mouthfeel this was the smoothest most enjoyable beer I have ever tasted.

D: So drinkable, it is my absolute favorite beer to date.

I just hope this one can be re-created on the commerical scale, as I had a test batch. If it can it is an instant top ten in the world brew, if not...I guess a re-review will be in order.

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Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ncaudle
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Sean9689
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Bottle shared by rudylaw at a pre-DLD tasting.

A - Pours black, very little head. A few bubbles here and there but otherwise, just the straight black motor oil look.

S - Spanish cedar, reminds me of a Cuban cigar box, mixed with some chocolate and dark fruit. The cedar is really in-your-face on the nose...I mean, REALLY.

T - Not as much cedar as I was expecting. Quite nice. It's got the milk/dark chocolate and a smooth woody/cedar touch to it. Very ncie.

M - Full bodied, rich, creamy finish.

D - Very nice stout. I haven't had the regular version yet so I can't really comment on a comparison. I'll update this once I've had the chance. Overall, me like.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.35/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Beerness!

Black and thick body with a moderately sized dark brown head. As usual, Cigar City makes another beautiful stout. Shiny, black, thick, heavy, viscous, oily--all words I'd use to describe this stout. Unfortunately, it's appearance was probably my favorite aspect of the beer.

Big notes of wood and smoke, as expected, and the base beer is largely lost because of it. There's also fairly large amounts of vegetable/tomato ketchup aroma, which isn't particularly pleasant. There's some strange sweetness and a bit of soy as well.

The flavor is just as bad, if not worse, than the aroma. Big notes of gourd vegetables, tomatoes, ketchup, wood, soy, and sweetness. A favorite beer of mine has been transformed into something not particularly drinkable.

Thick bodied with low-moderate carbonation. This beer does not fail the mouthfeel test.

I have largely hated the Humidor Series from Cigar City. This one is no exception.

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Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage 750ml bottle with a white sticker on the top neck stating "Marshal Zhukovs Imperial Stout 2009" on it.

Appearance: Black as night with a super dark brown 2 finger crown that shows good retention and some lace.

Smell: Great subtle interplay of dark fruits and roast malt wrapped in a beefy blanket of cedar!

Taste: Same elements as the nose but with less refined integration. The cedar is so abundant it throws the flavor off in my opinion. I get cedar that tastes just like it smells at first, a small leather quality, then some booze, dark fruits, a bit of roast, a nice touch of hop bitterness, and then a fairly tannic finish. It's probably closer to a 4.25 so I'm rounding down a bit.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with ample carbonation that helps wash the lingering flavors of booze and cedar off of the tongue.

Overall: Make sure to let this one warm up to proper serving temperature to really enjoy the flavors. A great wood aged imperial stout for sure. The flavors are great and both the look and the smell are very impressive!

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Photo of flexabull
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted blind courtesy of Retail1LO, thanks again!

Pours a deep dark black color with the darkest brown head I think I've ever seen. As the beer settled, the head turned to more tan color, nice lacing.

Aromas are very chocolate like, dark cocoa, bready, grainy, with some vegetal notes.

Taste is of heavily roasted malts. Definitely has a smoky char flavor, some bitter bakers chocolate, dark fruits, and some brown sugar sweetness. Finish is warm, lightly boozy, with light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, and well rounded, carbonation is good too.

Overall, this is a nice stout. Very heavy roast flavors, but it's still very tasty.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of dheldman
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Many thanks to a very generous jw347, who I most definitely owe ... this was an extra! I ensured proper reviewing dynamics by gently using an eyedropper to fill a tumbler with exactly 2.3 oz of this liquid. I also used a blow dryer combined with dry ice to replicate heating and freezing temperatures. Good to go!

Pours jet black, with a gigantic, beautifully bubbling dark brown head. This is a gorgeous beer. Off the top of my head, I can't think of one more attractive. Nice bubbling foamy crust throughout.

Smells earthy, with just hints of cedar (not nearly as pronounced as other cedar aged beers I've had from them), with big roasted malt and a much stronger than expected dark fruit/plum background. Hmm...why would this have so much more dark fruit than the "normal" version? Some bitter chocolate and espresso in the nose.

The taste, unfortunately, doesn't quite deliver on the aroma. And I blame the cedar. I appreciate what Cigar City is trying to do in terms of expanding palates, but the cedar is so distracting. Yes, cigar boxes and furniture come to mind. There's an earthy roasted maltiness with a big dark fruit component (again, where is this coming from? The "regular" version was much more charred/earthy/ashy, and the dark fruits were a hint) and accompanying chocolate and coffee. The whole thing is bitter and earthy. But the cedar ... man. I can't help but wish they'd gone with a bourbon barrel.

Overall, very interesting, glad I got the chance to try it, but not for me.

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Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by illidurit at a tasting. Huge thanks to David for this one.

Pours jet black and viscous with a very dark brown head, about as dark as heads get.

Aroma is intense with lots of cedar, roast, and smoke, redwood forest, and coconut.

Flavor is absolutely insane, like nothing I've had before. It's almost like they liquified the taste of a great Cuban cigar and blended that with a very good imperial stout. Roasty and really cedary with burnt malts, cigar smoke, chocolate, black pepper, coconut, and tropical fruits. Really complex, really crazy, and really awesome. At first I thought it was a little weird, but it definitely grew on me.

Extremely long finish. Amazingly smooth and full on the mouthfeel yet having some harsh smoky bitterness.

Drinkability is only decent, but that doesn't really detract from how awesome this beer is overall.

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Photo of Damian
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum, New York, NY
Served in a stemmed wine glass

Fairly thick and viscous in appearance. Nearly pitch black with no head but a frothy, coffee colored ring of lace.

The aroma was big, roasty and a touch sweet. Coffee and brown sugar came through strong. Slightly smoky.

The taste was excellent. Overall, bigger, sweeter and more complex than the aroma. Lots of coffee, roast and brown sugar. The cedar gives the beer a beer a slightly woody flavor that is definitely more subtle than oak. Dry, smoky and a touch hoppy on the finish.

The mouthfeel was amazing. Nearly full-bodied. Rich, creamy, frothy and super smooth with a fine, tongue-blanketing effervescence.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer hides its alcohol prowess well.

All in all, another terrific release from the folks at Cigar City.

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Photo of babaracas
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque pitch black with two fingers of creamy dark brown foam, settles in a couple of minutes to a quarter inch, leaving delicate lace down the glass. Smell: tons of dark chocolate, toasted brown bread, medium roast, notes of smoke, currants and cedar. Taste: dark chocolate, black currant, toasted pumpernickel, medium roast coffee note, towards the end of the sip dark brown sugar and the slightly peppery flavor imparted by cedar. Medium+ bodied, lowish carbonation but a nice balance of syrupy and creamy. Alcohol has been relaxed. Pretty excellent.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brewery.
Poured into a CC snifter. Opague black with a nice creamy lighter brown heading. Good lacing throughout the tasting.

Nose is mostly of spanish cedar with a solid caramel and mocha malt backing.Slight hop presence as well in the nose.

Taste is not far off from the nose. A heavy first wave of cedar,a much bigger hop bite than anticipated takes over and settles to a hotter boozey finish.

A little thin and boozier than most Imperial Stouts but not bad in anyway. Decent carbonation.

Not bad at all. I love the touch of spanish cedar it really pulls through in this beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Somewhat chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by stupac2. Thanks, Stu!

From notes.

A: This pours a heavy, motor oil black with a pretty leggy appearance in swirls. Thick, dark head that looks menacing and retains fairly well. Say what I might, the appearance cannot be faulted.

S: This is REALLY woody. Tons of tannins with some roasted coffee and soy sauce backing it up. Kind of one-dimensional.

T: As in the nose, it's overly tannic; they contribute spice and astringency. The base beer is quite sweet, so I'm hoping for some interplay, but the tannins dominate. Some chocolate, but mostly roasted coffee and mild char.

M: I love the richness (thought it makes the beer hard to drink). I can't stand the over-emphasis on cedar, though. It's a wash.

O: This was shared in a really stout-dominated tasting, so it had the unfortunate luck of being stacked up against a number of other beers in the style (some great, some not). I found this near the bottom. Perhaps on its own, I might have been more pleased; but given how woody it is, probably not.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kyle and shared BYOB style at a local joint....why don't more places in this town offer a corking fee? It's just a damn good idea.

Big boisterous black beauty out of the bottle..another large and in charge CCB stout.

Unmistakably cedar driven on the nose....gerbil cage and all. Base is masked.

The sweet complexities of regular Zhukov are cloaked in a very potent and pervasive cedar closet jamboree. Barrel influence is heavy and inclusive as the base stout plays permissive underling all leather bound and bondage like.

Rich, thick, and massively cedar infused.

For what it is I enjoyed this..cedarized stout..think Habitrail on roids.

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Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of DonFrap
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Cedar Aged (Humidor Series) from Cigar City Brewing
4.1 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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