Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push
Cigar City Brewing

Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate PushMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push
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Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #18
ABV:
11%
Score:
97
Ranked #317
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 6.5%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
360
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Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate PushMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push
Notes: This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World War II. Specifically, it is dedicated to the push by Zhukov's 1st Belorussian Front of the Red Army through the German-occupied territory of East Prussia in early 1945., setting the stage for the Red Army's final maneuver into Berlin to end the war. Freshly roasted coffee beans and vanilla were added to this juggernaut of an imperial stout, the only style of beer bold and strong enough to share its name with The Marshall himself.

Stout with Vanilla and Coffee Beans Added
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stevoj from Idaho

4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at share from Kyle. Black, oily, silky pour. Sweet aroma of chocolate and cinnamon. Taste is more sweetness, breakfast flavors. Silky, smooth, mild warmth.

Nov 07, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2017 bottle poured into a snifter. When cold I didn't pick up a lot of coffee or vanilla in the nose but did as it warmed. The coffee was much more present to me than vanilla in taste. Moderately thick with medium carbonation. A bit too much bitter roast for my tastes. I did not care for this as much as I had expected.

Sep 26, 2019
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SLeffler27 from New York

4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This Russian Imperial Stout is black through and through. A thin, dense, mocha froth lasts a long while, leaving spotty lace. The creamy, dense pour clings to the glass in a thick film.

Mocha fudge is strong upon the initial impression. Equally strong is cappuccino, followed by a mild vanilla and bitter chocolate. Warm brownies are brought to mind all the while. Deep roasted chocolate eventually reveals the clean and forward alcohol. Warmth brings out nuttiness and Kahlua.

The flavors are dense, mirroring the nose. Bitter chocolate is balanced by sweet alcohol, while dark coffee alternates with bittersweet chocolate. Roasted malt is spectacular. Warmth brings out a hint of licorice and vanilla. The finish is long and reminiscent of brownie crust.

The dense body and smooth texture coats one's palate. This beer is better described as "as to be eaten rather than drunk". Soft carbonation and surprisingly controlled alcohol are cozy and warm.

This beer is a decadent luxury. It is definitely better with friends, but I imagine it would be exceptional in a vanilla ice cream float or with a cigar. It is a dessert beer that would go equally well with pondering. I look forward to trying it in proper glassware. This bottle was comforting with friends and family during a difficult time. That comfort will be forever linked to future experiences with this beer.

Sep 30, 2018
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a burnt motor oil black body, thin coffee color head that floats to the perimeter
S: coffee, vanilla, char, cocoa, roasted malt
M: medium thick
T: char, malt, coffee, vanilla
O: really solid brew

May 19, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin khaki head that disappeared quickly and left zero lacing. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruits. Tastes of coffee, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, molasses and a hint of tobacco. Full bodied, minimal carbonation and a creamy mouth feel.

Apr 30, 2018
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Speilgau Stout glass.

Look is incredibly dark with a espresso foam colored head.

Aroma is rich black molasses and coffee with a hint of vanilla.

Taste is bitter from malt and coffee with a hint of vanilla delicious.

Excellent beer.

Apr 05, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Florida escapee. Seriously. That suitcase was big. And empty. One way. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Black. The nose is very nice, though a step down from the barrel aged version. Chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Coffee? Nein.

Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push doesn’t differ much from the beautiful base beer. Char, roast, coffee, bit of chocolate, with fifteen vanilla beans to differentiate a touch from Sergeant Zhukov’s. Full. Lush. Decadent. Should come in single serving rain barrels.

This hardly varies at all from the base beer, which makes the steep shelf price a bit hard to swallow, but nothing else. Stick a bottle in my coffin, please. Amazing beer.

Mar 28, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, motor oil-esque, one finger mocha head, short retention and no lacing. Perhaps a little undercarbonated here. Smell is a thick chocolate and coffee combination; light smoke and toasted grain, a bit of dark fruit. The coffee seems to sharpen the base beer's tendencies to promote a leathery and tobacco-like flavour; the flavours meld together reasonably well otherwise. Milk chocolate, a touch of dark fruit, leathery tobacco and a trace of smoked grain, touch of vanilla. Mouthfeel is full bodied, substantial, slightly undercarbonated, smooth and a nice sipper. No heat. Finish is leathery with tobacco and a touch of coffee bitterness. The base stout dominates the adjuncts, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

Feb 04, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a nice thick mocha head that fades to leave a creamy blanket and light lacing.

S - Aromas of enormous vanilla, great dark fruits, creamy chocolate malts, really aromatic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, excellent vanilla, loads of dark fruits and roast. The finish is very bitter roast.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, creamy alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this was a solid stout, a bit too heavy on the bitterness though.

Serving Type: bottle

Jan 20, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to drew
Super dark thick black head, pitch black beer, long legs

Nose is loaded with vanilla, some cocoa and mild anise spice, dark fruits r, big toffee, biscuit, roasted malt, caramel toffee, a bit of fudgey

Taste big cocoa, lush creamy cocoa, little roast, big caramel, earthy slight spicy hops, little nougat, earthy spicy hop note, mild dark fruits, super earthy spicy bitter to finish, big vanilla roast and cocoa

Mouth thick chewy roast, decent fluffy carb, little warming booze

Jan 20, 2018
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Momma_Knapp from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My husband has been sitting on this after getting it in a trade last year. He waited too long to crack it open for us because it is SO good! The coffee and vanilla are both present but do not punch you in the face. I have started to nag him to trade for more ASAP!

Dec 29, 2017
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich motor oil appearance w/ no head. Charred coffee flavor with subtle hint of vanilla. Rich thick feel and a heavy dose of lace on the glass. I enjoyed this.

Dec 29, 2017
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been sitting on this after getting in a trade last year for way too long. It is really good. The coffee and vanilla are both present but not overwhelming. Wouldn’t mind having the a few times per year that’s for sure!

Dec 29, 2017
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amano_h from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The first impression this brew bestows upon the nose is the same aroma I get when I grind my whole beans in the morning. Decadent cacao nibs follow, with some sweet caramel notes quickly in pursuit. The vanilla joins the party fashionably late, adding "finishing touches" to an already-exuberant and overly-rich/thick stout aroma party taking place in the glass.
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Dark chocolate, rich coffee, figs, roasty malts, slight lactose, and soothing vanilla formulate the palatal tapestry of this brew. The coffee is well-subdued, with nuances resembling Blue Bottle's NOLA iced coffee rather than the usual burnt as hell french roast espresso beans. Vanilla provides a nice backdrop to the mesh of incredible flavors involved in this beer: there's just a small hint of spiciness like those inevitably expressed in beers brewed with fresh vanilla beans, but the spice neither overwhelms nor offends the senses; in fact it does just enough to counterblance that little hint of sweetness that accompanies the coffee on the palate. I can't say enough good things about the balance in this beer. Finishes in a gray area of dry and slightly sweet; kind of marshmallow-y, if that makes any sense.

Creamy, thick, chewy mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Gentle simmering carbonation.

This is the very definition of a winter sipping beer; as this is a Florida beer there's no ABV listed anywhere on the surface of the bottle, but there's no sign of heat anywhere during the drinking experience.

Random drunken thought: why is the genre known as "Russian Imperial Stout" when Americans without a shade of doubt produce the best examples of it? Asking for a friend.

Dec 16, 2017
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kevanb from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, undated but assumed to be from 2017, poured into a Cigar City cursive "Hunahpu's" snifter glass.

The beer pours an incredibly thick and viscous jet black color, super heavy like motor oil with a firm mocha head, nice finger and a half of height that has fantastic retention and yields nice spots of lace and a few larger swatches. The aroma is excellent, rich roasted grain and smooth coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, vanilla and brown sugar, almost like a sweet cream with some stone fruits that linger. The flavors are wonderful, super roasty coffee and dark grains, nice and robust with bittersweet dark chocolate, almost like fudge in how thick the beer is that brings out the sweeter vanilla and brown sugars, again, almost creamy with a lightly acidic stone fruit quality that helps to bring this beer into balance. The mouthfeel is perfection, thick full body, so chewy yet smooth and gentle and coats the tongue incredibly well with a lightly warm and dry finish.

Verdict: A stunning beer from Cigar City. Marshall Zhukov is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I've ever encountered and the coffee and vanilla are so well integrated in this variant that it really does make for a special beer. Neither is bursting from the bottle and neither takes over the beer, the coffee just accentuates the roasty nature of the style while the vanilla helps to counterbalance the roast character and offer up more depth to the chocolate and rich flavors.

Dec 16, 2017
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Bottled on 09/01/17. Pours a viscous black color with an inch of frothy dark brown head. Roasty aroma with lots of espresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, char and molasses. The taste is lots of coffee, roasted malts and vanilla. Dark chocolate, molasses, dark cherries and some light nuttiness. Bitter coffee beans finish. Heavy body with a velvety mouthfeel. Probably a bit too pricey compared to the original version but it’s worth a try at least once.

Dec 15, 2017
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arlingtonjoe from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Friend brought this over and it was bottled in March. Poured motor oil black with a coffee-colored head. Still had nice coffee notes on the nose. Taste was coffee, vanilla, roasted malt. Very slick mouth feel, really thick body that just layered the glass. An excellent beer from Cigar City

Dec 14, 2017
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Simply incredible.... The coffee, the chocolate, the vanilla, the booze.... Make this Black Friday a little more black with it's motor oil appearance and viscosity and wonderful flavors... I'm enjoying this immensely and will definitely purchase more of this when I run across it... Its amazing....

Nov 25, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours about as black as it can get wit ha thin dark brown ring of lacing around the edge of the glass. The smell of the beer has a dominant molasses-like sweetness to it along with some roasted coffee in the mix. The flavors are very bold, coffee, chocolate, molasses all coming together here. The feel is rich and silky. Overall it's a very good brew.

Nov 11, 2017
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle

A: Ink black with smallish one finger espresso colored head. Decent retention and leaving some light lacing.

S: Strong black coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate, and vanilla. Rich roasted malts with a subtle bitter note.

T: Chocolate fudge, roasted coffee beans, and vanilla. An inherent sweetness that comes off like molasses but balanced with the bitterness of the malts.

M: Full bodied with fairly light carbonation. Coats the tongue like a syrup without being heavy. Finish is sweet and a touch bitter.

O: Excellent stout. The coffee and vanilla blend nicely on top of an already outstanding imperial stout. Very well done.

Nov 06, 2017
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This review is from my memory of having it a month ago. Poured pitch black with minimal tan head. Aromas of coffee and lots of chocolate. Lots of chocolate and coffee up front, some vanilla, caramel, mocha in the middle. Lingering chocolate and coffee on the finish. Huge mouthfeel, very thick and syrupy, I have never experienced anything like this before. Amazing!
Overall, an amazing Imperial stout that is worth searching for.

Drank 9/30/17
22 oz bomber
4.75 rating

Oct 31, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Black and thick during the pour. Forms a thin tan head with average retention. Opaque with fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Coffee with chocolate – like a mocha, highlighted by an absolutely incredibly rich-smelling coffee. Roasted malts, vanilla, and tobacco. Mild roasted bitterness. This might be the best smelling coffee beer I’ve put my nose to – this has really nice, complex-but-balanced coffee aroma.

T: Rich coffee, cacao nibs, and roasted malts. Mild vanilla. Sweet pipe tobacco, toffee, and more amazing coffee. There’s some caramelized notes – not sure if these are derived from the malts or the coffee, but I would guess the coffee. Sweet chocolate and more coffee flavors in the hang.

M: Heavy thick and sticky body. Low but expected carbonation sensation. The alcohol is noticeable but seems integrated into the other flavors.

O: This was really, really good. The coffee is the star of the show. Whatever roast they used (is this Buddy Brew like the Caffe Americano?) and the process of getting the adjuncts in there is just about perfect. It blows the bottle of Vanilla Hazelnut Marshal Zhukov I just drank out of the water (though I’m wondering if that bottle was off). Excellent beer, and per my recollection, I liked it a bit more than the largely similar-sounding Caffe Americano.

Sep 18, 2017
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babaracas from Florida

4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black with one finger of dense dark brown foam, settles in a minute to a thin cap, and, in true Zhukovian fashion leaves behind both a bit of streaky lace and stains the glass. Smell: plenty of earthy and roasty espresso, caramel, vanilla, a little fig and currant. Taste: vanilla, currant, fig, caramel, roasty espresso, cocoa / bitter chocolate, earthy and mild clean hop bitterness.. just enough, along with a little booze note, to cut through the sweet. Full bodied, with low-moderate carbonation, velvety and thick, with a sticky dark chocolate and vanilla bean finish. The vanilla and coffee really stand up to the Marshal's hefty roast character without taking center stage.

Sep 04, 2017
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from desp59. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Marshal Z with vanilla and coffee beans added

APPEARANCE: Pours thick, sludgy black like The Marshal always does, yielding a three finger, thicker, creamy looking dark tan head with excellent retention. Pitch black body with no carbo. Head slowly fades to a full, thick cap. Splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no lacing down the glass. Looks like it should. Menacing.

SMELL: Roasted coffee beans, vanilla notes, chocolate aromas, as well as a strong roasted malt base. Notes of molasses in there as well. Roasted with plenty of coffee character.

TASTE: Roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate and definite roasted coffee beans up front. Flavorful, with more coffee and sweet vanilla cream at the swallow. A bold and persistent finish of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, sweet vanilla cream, molasses, with a strong roasted malt base. A touch burnt with lots of bitterness lingering.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat sticky. A bit of heat lingers. MZ styles.

OVERALL: This is another outstanding rendition of The Good Marshal. The base stout is always fantastic and the adjunct additions are all in the right spot. Love me some CCB and their stout beer is always top class. Check it out if you get the chance. Cheers desp59!

Aug 23, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into snifter.

Deep deep brown-black color with minimal caramel colored foam forming around edge of glass and sticking throughout the drink. The nose has mostly roasted malts with some mild chocolate and coffee. But the taste exceeded the smell by a mile: tons of coffee and very rich dark chocolate. Mild vanilla, as well as some of those roasted malts. Sweet tasting but not too sweet. Very sticky mouthfeel and kept the taste lingering.

My favorite of the Marshall Zhukov's that I've had so far.

Aug 22, 2017
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 360 ratings