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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - 4 Roses Bourbon Barrel AgedMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - 4 Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - 4 Roses Bourbon Barrel AgedMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - 4 Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gtreid on 03-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by MrFootstones:
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4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like motor oil as it glugs out of the 32oz CCB growler. It has the darkest chocolate brown head and blackest body I have ever witnessed. It even leaves a dark brown leggy coating on the red wine glass when swirled. A seriously impressive beer to behold.

Charred oak, vanilla, baker's chocolate, burnt caramel, and slight booze. Very roast heavy.

Very heavy on the roast. Smoky charred oak on the finish. Oaky vanilla, chocolaty rich Guatemalan coffee. Definite bourbon flavor. Very chocolaty. Sweet, but balanced by the smoky roast character.

This beer has one bodacious body! So rich, oily, viscous, and heavy. Despite having leaked during shipping, I would guess little to no carbonation was lost, as the carbonation works only to enhance this voluptuous beast.

This was a great beer. It was pretty heavy on the roasted grain and oaky char, but the body and other rich flavors really made it work.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of mondegreen
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler purchased (by me) at the Hunaphu's release in Tampa. Brought bak to Athens where it was split four ways amongst friends.

Pours the darkest black. Actually manages a very thing head out of the growler. So thick it leaves a tan film on the glass as it swirls.

Gorgeous bourbon nose. This bad boy soaked up alot of goodness in the barrel, and all the wood and spirit is on display here.

Taste is huge. Great big oaky bourbon with notes of soy and a solid sweetness.

Mouth is as heavy as it gets. Lightly carbonated, this beer coats like syrup.

This beer is in an elite class of stouts. To have such a huge beer come out of the barrel with such character is a ln accomplishment. Excellent beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Grant via Shep, thanks to both!

Pours black with a half-finger dark brown head - Zhukov and all of it's incarnations remains one of the darker beers I've seen. The head recedes into a thin ring around the glass leaving decent lacing and heavy legs.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of vanilla and butterscotch. Also present are hints of dark chocolate and molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malt and molasses flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by boozy dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of vanilla and hints of butterscotch. The bourbon, roasted malt, and molasses flavors carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a fan of this beer and I think the barrel aging accentuated the beers better qualities and improved the final product. A very nice beer that's worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Desaparecido
5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler into a tulip glass. HUGE thanks go to Stakem for splitting this Cigar City rarity with me!

Pours black as an oil slick in the glass, with a thin head of burnt and angry looking reddish colored foam. This retains mostly with some thin and creamy edging, which leaves back some light sudsy froth and brown oily goo that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of chocolate, vanilla, sticky feeling molasses, roasted coffee, and burnt wood. There is maybe a bit too much stiff alcohol warmth that starts to emerge as this warms. I’m digging the flavors a lot here in the nose but the heat starts to interfere a bit too much with this at some points.

The is rich and decadent on the palate, with notes of sugary chocolate fudge, vanilla sweetness, tangy molasses, and smoky burnt coffee character across the back. Charred oak hangs on the edges of the profile and lingers with some strength in the finish with a deep tannic dryness. Man, this just drenches the mouth with sticky sweetness and I really like how the bourbon makes a quick appearance upon each sip but then quickly integrates back into the other flavors. The mouthfeel has a huge full bodiedness to it, with an initial creaminess to the carbonation that then gives way to a slick chewiness that holds all of that hefty sweetness. The bourbon itself adds some warmth to this but it’s that big ABV that does most of the work here, adding additional notes of sweetness and spice to the complexity of the profiles, while also giving this some heady strength in the mouth.

Despite the issues with hotness in the nose, this is one of the better barrel-aged beers that I’ve had so far this year. Just a ton of rich and complex barrel and Stout flavors to this, with a beefy alcohol warmth that held it all together. This was a real treat. Thanks again for sharing this one Adam.

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Photo of trappistlover
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Shared at Dak's Final Four Tasting. Labeled as Four Roses Zhukov. Pours dark brown with khaki head. Coats the glass beautifully. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Medium bodied. A very nice beer. Growler fill.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Tryst in Delray Beach

A: Scary ass pour...pitch black, thick as oil - sheets of beer coat the glass, big brown cap.

S: Bourbon (but very well balanced, not hot or boozy), oak/wet wood, lots of vanilla, amazingly complex. Light underlying sweetness (not Hunaphu sweet though) + fudge and cocoa

T: More bourbon than the nose, but still kept balanced, big fudge and chocolate, cocoa, bitterness. Very well rounded and the flavors all play off each other well.

MF: Monster body on this - one of the thicker stouts I've had, carbonation was spot on considering the growler pour a few days after

Notes: Glad to have tried this one! Wish I sampled the brandy version as well.

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.69/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an Efes tulip. Clear, oily lacing slides down the glass. Quickly fading almost mahogany colored head. Virtually black body. Aroma is dominated by coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, and whisky. Incredible. Taste also dominated by coffee and chocolate first. Interesting how you can smell the alcohol but not really taste it. Really smoothed out across the tongue while thick and viscous feeling. A really unique treatment to an already amazing stout. Pleasure to experience it.

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Photo of wchris21
5/5  rDev +10.9%

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

Pitch black with a reddish coffee colored head.

Aroma hits with deeply dark roasted malts. Charred, ashy oak, mollasses, cocoa, milk chocolate, vanillin and bourbon maple syrup.

Bitter chocolate is dominant in the taste. Followed by espresso, charcoal, ashy bitter roasted grains. A creamy vanilla flavor smooths everything out and highlights the bourbon. Even underneath all that I'm finding dark fruits (carmelized dates and raisins). Alcohol is slightly noticeable on the tongue but could be the sting from the bourbon. This is like a 70-80% dark chocolate bar. Just enough of that sweet vanilla to give your tongue a break from the intense dark fruits and bitterness.

Heavy viscosity with a medium carbonation for a stout this big. The growler held in the CO2 pretty well.

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Photo of sendsilk
5/5  rDev +10.9%

The perfect CCB Stout! I wish they would make this one again!

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4/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this one at a DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a very deep brown color with a thin light tan head that sticks around for a bit along with a few legs. The nose is fantastic from the start. I like this quite a bit more than the bourbon version I had on tap at the Hunahpu's release in 2010. Really great integration of the bourbon with the underlying beer here. Nice notes of oak and vanilla plus some chocolate and roast, all coming together very, very well. The same can be said of the flavor, where the 4 Roses and the Zhukov's come together incredibly well. Mouthfeel is full and rich with a nice undertone of booze. Great beer. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of henway
4.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ShadesOfGray. Had this out of a growler. Pours dark silky black. Leaves a nice brownish tan head which subsides quickly. Smells of caramel, coffee, and wood. Taste is well balanced bourbon, nice vanilla, and strong coffee, stronger than I expected. Goes down with a sweet creamy finish. Overall very good.

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Photo of CGMLS3
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at at Hunahpu day 2011.
A: Black! Similar the other Zhukov's. Small, dark brown head, that fades rather quickly.

S: Big notes of whiskey and vanilla, with some coffee and chocolate . Wow was the first impression!

T: You get hit with the roasted malt, coffee then a hint of chocolate. Finishes with a hint of vanilla and bourbon.

M: Thick, heavy body. Good carbonation.

Overall impression: Had this along with the Brandy Aged Zhurkov at Hunahpu Day. This is definitely a good BA of a great imperial stout.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.07/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a tasting... Finally getting around to typing up my notes from my iphone.

Shared by klshanks. Served a snifter.

This beer is dark. Dark red with some brown hues to it. But it is oily and thick-- it stains my glass with it's dark fucking oiliness. Minimal head, and no real lacing, but this thing has got LEGS. This is like Tina Turner...

The nose is fantastic. Chocolate, little vanilla, nice big bourbon, a roasty good all-around stoutiness. The flavor is great-- sweet on the finish with little hints of dark fruits. The bourbony booze is sweet and warming. Chocolate with lots of oak sprinkled with vanilla. Very nice.

The body is pretty full and slightly gritty. Really low carbonation... A touch more would help it to be more creamy feeling.

Overall, a very nice beer. CC needs to up their production-- make it easier for us to get these!

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4.78/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/3 32 ounce growler in red wine glass. The growler leaked slightly but it doesn't seem to have affected the beer. As usual, thanks to footstones. Reviewed 3/21/2011

Ar: Heavu chocolate, alcohol, rich full caramel, very light solvent character to the alcohol, very sweet, mild bourbon, mild esters, bourbon more mild in aroma than in taste

Ap: Dark brown low head, good retention, dark black, super viscous, super dark head one of the darkest beers i've had

T: Rich and full, chocolate, heavy caramel, syrupy sweet, molasses, toasted nuts, very rich sweetness, mild esters, date, mild bourbon, a very smooth and cohesive beer, very well balanced, smooth roast, prune, alcohol, like drinking dark chocolate mousse, very smooth roast, intense, char character increases with warmth, very intense

M: Full and sweet but not cloying, super thick, viscous and creamy, low carbonation, char balances sweetness

O: Great, sweetness smoothes out the char character, unique, combines the best characters of other epic stouts such as BCBS and Abyss

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Photo of cpinto6
5/5  rDev +10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours black as crude, blacker actually, and is capped with a crimson-umber froth. Legs are everywhere.

S - The nose is outrageously decadent - huge notes of chocolate, toffee and vanilla - roll through in spades. Intermingled are impressions of world-class booziness, spicy cayenne notes, caramel, hazelnut, cafe mocha and, of course, heavily roasted grain.

T - The sweetly boozy oak barrel is so forward in the profile, it is astonishing. And yet it is far from overpowering; the whiskey is ultra-smooth and imparts flavor that is, dare I say, quite understated. Vanilla, buttery rum, oak, chocolate, caramel-toffee, burnt coffee and a host of other delicious nuances round out the flavor dynamic. The strengths of the base Zhukov are greatly enhanced by the barrel treatment.

M - Feels silky and near-perfect.

O - Just about as good as a -bal gets, in my opinion.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Generously shared by Kevin at a recent tasting.

Appearance -- Shares nearly every visual characteristic with motor oil - black, viscous, coats a glass like crazy. The beer looks nearly still.

Smell -- Sticky dark fruit, dark chocolate, oaky vanilla, caramel, rich bourbon sweetness. Aroma is massive.

Taste -- Dark chocolate, figs, roast malt, coffee, caramel, as well as gentle bourbon sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Thick, chewy, nearly still. Very much uncarbonated. Don't get me wrong, I like a creamy imperial stout, but this is far too little for a beer this full-bodied.

Drinkability -- Rich, decadent imperial stout - just the way I like it. However, the near Angel's Share-level of carbonation brings this one down for me. All in all, I'd gladly have this again. Delicious stuff.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - 4 Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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