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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel AgedMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double barrel aged version of Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout for 2010. A blend of bourbon and brandy barrel aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout.

Limited Release: 216 bottles

Added by Gtreid on 07-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 88
Photo of cpetrone84
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste thanks to Jeremy.

A-jet black liquid with little to no dark tan colored head with a purple hint.

S-the nose has a fair bit of wood up front with notes of sweet brandi and lots of roasted malts with hints of malt sweetness. rather woody and boozy in the nose.

T-again, there is a fair bit of wood with light brandi sweetness. lots of roasted malts hints of roasted coffee and slight bitterness with a very light malt plum sweetness. strong heat in the back.

M-medium body with low carbonation and a thin finish. the barrel has taken its toll.

D-the barrel again dominates and the roasted malts are most prevalant from the beer aspect. to thin, basic, and boozy.

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Photo of maximum12
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks upon thanks to steelcitybrew for swapping me this bottle in a Cigar City trade. Never thought I'd get to handle this bottle: here it is. I've been saving it for a special occasion that keeps drifting towards the horizon. Enough waiting. It's going down.

Big 750ML bottle split into two glasses. Quietest of hisses when the cap pops, after using a buzz saw to cut through the three inches of yellow wax. Pour is the blackest black; bubbles are MIA, no head, no evident carbonation. The smell is all over my clothes, no lack here. Bourbon, brandy, roast fling themselves at me like groupies. Mmmm. Groupies.

Double Barrel Aged Marshal Zhukov's is a beer at war with itself on the eastern front. I hate to say, but the brandy & bourbon are fighting & making me a little uncomfortable. The brandy has the upper hand & really infuses the beer. The bourbon is present only in the back of the throat, the ghost of barrels past. The charred roast so aggressive in the base beer, is quieted by the barrels & slinks into the backseat. And without that, Zhukov's is just another pretty good stout. The freight-train of the mouthfeel doesn't help, either. Half a bomber is a chore, & about ninety minutes, to get down. It didn't improve as it warmed, either.

Decent beer, but light years from the epic I was hoping for. I love - LOVE - the base beer, & this treatment brought it down like a granite balloon. Too heavy, little carbonation, & the barrels covered up its best traits. Give me the regular every day of the week.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Kevin for sharing this one and for co-hosting an unforgettable night of beer and food.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours like motor oil. The aroma is a brandy sweetness which chocolate notes and a lot of booziness.

The flavor is very smokey with burnt toast, hazelnut, and oxidation underneath. A bit messy but not bad.

The body is medium with very low carbonation. Overall this beer didn't really mesh with my palate. It was unique but not overly impressive.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like motor oil, with thick legs, no head, and no carbonation. Rich barrel aromas reveal flavors of molasses, vanilla, mild apple and coconut. Fairly sweet with a very oaky finish. Zero carbonation, and yet still somehow not a syrupy as the standard Marshal Zhukov's.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Generous bottle from John. Poured a fairly viscous black with a dark, dark mocha head. Nose was subtle roast and char, sweet brandy, heavy barrel. Hot and quite thin in the mouth, just a ton of barrel, good sweet brandy and spicy oak, moderate roast, oak char. Bitter on the back palate. The barrel was omnipresent here, the backbone of the beer couldn't stand up to it, not enough malt depth or complexity. Decent, not great by any stretch and nowhere near as good as the Brandy Hunahpus enjoyed alongside it.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip.

No head. A sinister black oily body with nice legs when swirled. A few reddish brown bubbles that die down to almost nothing, but nothing that resembles foam or a head at all. No lacing, nothing to be retained.

Smells of oak and chocolate straight off the bat. Dark roast, some espresso. Also, some dark fruits. Hints of brandy and then bourbon. Some caramel and vanilla. A definite hint of alcohol. Quite vinous and port like.

Taste follows smell. Up front oak and dark fruits (sweet blueberries/blackberries mostly). Then charred malts hit hard. Also, espresso, dark chocolate, and hints of caramel and vanilla. Then brandy, a touch of apple, and bourbon. The roast is really pronounced and leaves a really smokey aftertaste akin to tar almost like after smoking a cigarette. The brandy barrel definitely makes more of an appearance than bourbon, but both are fairly subdued. Reminds me a bit of Darkness in the sense that the roasted malt presence is just a little over the top, but it's not as bad as Darkness in that department. As the beer warms I get more brandy and vinous notes. The aftertaste also starts to take on a blueberry/brownie flavor along with the lingering tobacco aftertaste alluded to above.

Mouthfeel is really thick. Almost no carbonation. Just thick and chewy really, and a bit of heat. Could have used a tad bit more carbonation, but it was good overall.

Hard to finish a whole bottle of this which is weird for me. Usually, I can easily finish a 750ml of barrel aged imperial stout. TO ALL OF YOU INTERESTED IN THIS BEER WHO HAD A PROBLEM WITH LOST ABBEY'S "FLAT" BEERS: do not bother seeking this out. Personally, I liked all of the flat abbey beers that I got (although none of them were completely flat). The appearance and mouthfeel of this beer resembles those a lot, and personally, I found this beer less enjoyable than any flat abbey beers (but that was more because of the fragrance and flavor).

If you do not find that sort of mouthfeel to be a problem, enjoy Surly Darkness, and want to try a barrel aged version of Darkness with slightly less charred malt. Then you will definitely be interested in this beer.

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Photo of capra12
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at cosmicevan's with Jim, Evan and Jon.

Appearance: deep and dark jet black. No head.

Smell: ton of sweet preserved dark fruit and tons of sweet boozieness.

Taste: opens with a ton of dark and roasted malts. Tons of dark preserved prune, figs, black cherries soaked in alcohol. Tons of char and I actually got a piece of char. Hot aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Thanks to cyrusthepup for his one. Cheers man! Shared with a bigger group. Pours a pitch black color with zero head. Swirling coats the glass with a soy colored film. The bourbon and brandy aroma is really nice but takes over and dominates the smell. Medium mouthfeel. Very roasty and leather. Some coffee and vanilla. Bitter aftertaste from the roast. 1 tweak away from being a truly outstanding beer. Overall, a nice beer but way too much in the way of raost and the barrels. Toned down I think this would be really nice.

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Photo of nickd717
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade thanks to pantanap on RB.

Pours thick and black with minimal head and some serious legs.

The aroma is big and intense bourbon and brandy along with intense imperial stout notes - chocolate, roast, anise, and even a little soy.

The flavor is big and rich, bold and unapologetic, with bourbon, brandy, oak, dark rich chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, and licorice.

Body is full as all hell, and the beer is even a little syrupy. Low carbonation - would like to see a little more.

A big and tasty beer though overall, with loads of awesomeness making up for the slight flaws.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared this bottle with a few people at a tasting last week.

Poured black with a tan head. Ruby hues in the light around the edges, but the head faded rather quickly. Very interesting aroma, lots of smokiness and leather, smaller quantities of coffee and cocoa. In fact, cocoa was probably the least noticeable characteristic. A little too smoky for me. Anyway, the vanilla and oak are rather pronounced and prominent. It nearly takes over the beer and seems a touch out of place. Don't get me wrong, I love Bourbon County Stout and it's in-your-face bourbon, but this didn't work as well for some reason. There's a decent ashiness and dry leather in the finish with some dark fruits coming through as well. Finish is lengthy, coffee/burnt toast-filled, and maybe a touch of astringency as well. The alcohol, for such a big beer, is well hidden. Yet, there's something here that just doesn't completely agree with me. Oh well, it was a good experience nonetheless! Regular Marshal Zhukov is much tastier IMO.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. Thanks to Kevin for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours thick and pitch black as motor oil. Some dark transparent bubbles popped up, but otherwise a serious thickness to this one.

(S)- Super rich. Some molasses and boozy heat. Some deep chocolate aspects coming through as well.

(T)- So rich and sweet. Tons of caramel, molasses, and layers of dark chocolate with an underlying warmth.

(M)- Slick and rich/decadent. Very sweet, but decent ABV integration. Lower carbonation level, but not bothersome.

(D)- This is a different monster, but a good one. It would be a chore to tackle a bottle with only 1 or 2 people however. It is a tad over-the-top, but sometimes that fits my mood and this was kind of a welcomed transition for the evening from sours. I would be curious what age did to this.

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing this surprise beer.
Review from written notes.

Poured into a small snifter, it's a dense oily viscous liquid, no foam, save for a hairline thin ring around the edge. Definitely oily... glistening obsidian, still on the surface.

Aroma is somewhat mellow, woody with traces of charred roast.

Flavors are similarly rich and roasty, notes of vanilla, fudgy dark chocolate, toasted marshmallow charred in a campfire. Oily and viscous texture, with a telltale sting of distilled spirits, and mild boozy presence of alcohol in the taste as well. Surprisingly though it's smooth and pretty easy drinking, though I wouldn't want more than a small serving. Best shared with friends that dig huge stouts.

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Photo of largadeer
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks, Michael.

Double Barrel Zhukov's pours an oily flat black. There's almost no carbonation, no head and no lacing, though the legs are impressive.

The aroma has a big barrel character that lends a pleasant sweetness, hinting at vanilla, caramel and toasted coconut. There's a mild scent of earthy oak, while the blackened malt and dark chocolate of Marshal Zhukov's resides beneath it all, mellowed by months in brandy and bourbon barrels.

Very layered on the palate, displaying prominent flavors of molasses, burnt malt, bitter baking chocolate and brandy-like sweetness. There are subtleties of black licorice, pepper, spicy oak and a sweet apple liqueur flavor that reminds me of Calvados. The body is full and rich with no perceptible carbonation. The bitter and burnt assault of regular Zhukov's is still present, but tamed with age and balanced by the sweetness of the barrels. This is quite good, one of the best Cigar City beers I've tried, but still not top-tier for the style.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml yellow waxed bottle. 4oz. sample poured into a Founders snifter. Reviewed from notes. Shared by fbm115 and mikey711 at a tasting on 10/16/10.

A: Pours very little head with a single ring of big bubbles that hugs the edge of the glass. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Boozy upfront and slightly sweet in the backdrop. Apple and other fruit esthers. Hop creaminess. Booze fades gradually as this one warms.

T: Smoky. Roasted malt, sweet sory sauce, chocolate, cocoa. Hop creaminess in the back that's subtlely bitter. Sweet and slightly fruity towards the end. Finish is spicy and boozy with an aftertaste of dark chocolate.

M: Medium to full bodied, very little carbonation. Oily, viscous and silky smooth going down. Heavy. Slightly hot. Finish is accented with an aftertaste that is sticky and clings to the palate.

D: Surprisingly good since I'm not a big fan of the base beer. But this one's a totally different animal. Very well balanced and the -bal aging adds a nice dimension here. Great feel and smooth and silky as they come. Worth a try if you get the chance!

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Photo of mothman
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours no head at all. Color is a deep black. A swirl and it leaves legs down the glass.

Aroma: A big brandy sweetness up front. It has some oak and bourbon, but I love the brandy. Some roasted malts, chocolate, and dried fruits as well. I also get some vanilla and sweetness. A nice nose to it.

Taste: Much more roast and smoked malts. A decent alcohol burn here. Brandy and bourbon blend together more here. It has a ton of peat and smoke in the finish. Some cherries, plums, and dried fruits in the middle. Oak and vanilla with a light caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Warming and roasted. A lower amount of carbonation. A full bodied beer. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, the nose was really nice, but the taste was a bit roasted and smoked which I didn't like. The nose was great though. A sipper for sure.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by kbutler1 at a tasting. Thanks Kevin. Poured from a bottle into my tasting glass.

A: Pitch black motor oil. Thick as hersheys syrup. No head or lace. Although the sample was small I assume you could not acheive head or lace no matter how hard you tried.

S: Sweet boozy chocolate and black coffee. The nose is very "warm" on this one. Reminds me of good old DL.

T: The flavor was much less boozy than the nose had led me to believe. Much more roast coffee and chocolate. Mildy bitter. Just a touch of molasses and camp fire.

M: Uh.. like it would be anything other than thick and chewy. Coats the glass and my mouth. No carbonation.

D: Overall a big bold version of a very good Double Stout. 4-5oz was plenty for me. I would have trouble attacking an 8-12oz pour of this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Thanks to Jzmhector for sending me this one!

2010 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and brandy. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great aroma and solid flavor.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Been saving this bottle for a special occasion, so I figured Id bust it out a tasting where meeting new local BA's. We had to pull out a kitchen knife to cut away the thick yellow wax to even get the cap off first. After getting enough removed I pulled the cap of and was a little let down that there really wasn't as much hissing from the carbonation as I would have guesses. On the pour this baby is deep deep black with almost a still presentation and no carbonation. There is absolutely no light passing through it and no yeast chunks etc. As I give a generous swirl the legs are very thick on this beer almost coats the the glass and stains it orange-red.


Hello, Brandy! The first thing I notice is the huge winy grape brandy nose followed by the vanilla and oaky undertones from the bourbon. Lots of earthiness from the barrels and tannins. Not really detecting the heat alcohol here. No hop presence what so ever.


This is smooth....very smooth. There is not even a trace of the alcohol. Grapes galore and bourbon take front and center stage. I like the brandy much better in this beer than the Angles Share series which were almost too much. In the middle I'm pulling out smoke, tobacco, and lots of chocolate and vanilla. I do wish this was a bit more carbonated though because I would bet the flavors would be delivered much better.


Overall a very solid beer and I was glad to finally enjoy it with some new BA friends. I was super pumped with the flavors and highly disappointed with the carbonation so I guess everything kind of weighs itself out. I would love to get my hands on another bottle. Another great beer from CCB

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Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-motor oil with no head whatsoever
S-heavy on bourbon. Go figure with the double barrel and all
T-very sweet and smooth. Mostly bourbon with a little bit of vanilla.
M-full bodied with a nice bourbon aftertaste...
O-OK. Not really as impressed as I was expecting to be.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with some of the Chicago crew and a special guest, Brad Clark, brewmaster at Jackie O's. Masterski was the wax-remover on this one...thanks buddy!

A - Pours black, maybe chocolate brown, very little head. Looks like motor oil in my glass.

S - Chocolate, oak, alcohol, burnt sugars. Pretty sweet, but right on as far as what I was expecting. Perhaps a little better when compared to other versions of Zhukov I've had.

T - Chocolate, roasted malts, oak, lots of brandy and boubon. I really like the rich chocolate and alcohol variants in here. The bourbon and brandy actually make the base beer a little more "mild" and smooths it out a bit. Milk chocolate and oak finish.

M - Full, rich, viscous, semi-dry on the finish.

D - I liked this one! I think some months in the cellar will smooth this beer out even more. Another great CCB BA beer.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with speedwayjim, capra12, billyshears. Thanks to billyshears for sharing!!!

Thick black with no head and that barrel aged shine to the brew. No lacing at all...the booze just kills it. A swirl of the glass leaves a soft coating of the brew which slides down like a watery syrup. The beer was definitely nicely balanced and the 2 different barrels seem to really compliment each other...the bourbon flavor is chilled quite a bit from the brandy. Very well balanced and tastes a bit like soy sauce, but really silky and smooth and extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Treebs
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Deschutes snifter.

A: Super thick. Very viscous with an oily sheen on the pour. Even though the carbonation is pretty low it still produces a dark mocha head that recedes quickly to a thin, bubbly ring. Minimal lace.

S: Brandy sweetness followed by a more overpowering bourbon and oaky booze combination, but it really plays off the heavily roasted malts and the brownie/fudge like sweetness at the back end.

T: More oaky and chocolate flavors in the taste with a smooth booze. Some roasted malts with a touch of smoke on the finish.

M: Heavy and viscous with a smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is low, borderline flat.

O: Very solid. It seems the booze came out a little more in the nose which I enjoyed, but the taste has also really smoothed out and become well integrated. Maybe I'm just an alcoholic when it comes liking a little more boozy flavors. Either way this was a real treat that I'll probably never have again.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive for generously sharing this one. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. It poured very thick and pitch black in color. Not much for carbonation or head, just a few scattered bubbles from the pour. Nice color, but pretty still looking otherwise.

The aroma shows a little more of the sweet, fruitier, brandy barrel to me at first. I get notes of raspberry, fig, brown sugar and molasses all coming out. The chocolate of Zukov mixes pretty well with the brandy barrel fruitiness. As it warmed I started to get a little more of the woody, bourbon flavors trying to come out. It's very rich and smooth with a lot going on in it. Very appealing aroma to it overall.

In the taste I again get more of the fruity, boozy brandy flavors to it up front. The finish shows more of the woody oak, vanilla and bourbon flavors. I get some dark fruit, raisins and cherry flavors to it as well. It's very smooth and flavorful but it also brings a lot of fruity sweetness with all those flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is thick and almost chewy. Carbonation is almost non-existant, but it doesn't feel that out of place in it for what it is.

Overall it was a very good beer and a really cool one to try. It was a little overly sweet and fruity at times, but it also had so many great flavors coming out of it. It was very cool to see how both of the barrel flavors came together in it.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this, Tim.

Essentially black in color with minimal tan head forming. The bourbon seems to be a bit more prominent than the brandy, which is sort of unfortunate. Quite a bit of wood and roasted malt with a bit of dark chocolate. The flavor has a more pronounced liquor character with vanilla and wood being well represented, as well as the bourbon and brandy. Lots of roast with some sweet dark chocolate and fruits. Much better than the regular Zhukov’s.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks Michael! The beer pours nearly flat with no head and a very dark brown body.

The nose is quite complex. Light brandy notes waft from the glass, accompanied by an appropriate level of bourbon (balanced, I'd say) and wood. Rich dark chocolate and vanilla are strong, and I note brown sugar as well. I get none of Zhukov's signature scorched malt and burnt wood notes, which is positive.

The flavor is rich dark chocolate laced with brandy and bourbon. A moderate booze heat is evident. The combination of both barrels is nice, and I detect none of the harshness of the regular Zhukov's...maybe just a dash of roasted malt, but it's mostly bourbon and brandy chocolate.

The body is full, the mouthfeel thick and creamy, and the carbonation adequate for a beer of the style. A nice beer from Cigar City, much better than Rurik's, which we tried next to this.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Double Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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