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

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate PushMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by ktrillionaire on 08-07-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#259
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
310
pDev:
6.49%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
53
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of Duffman79
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Khaack
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maltznhopz
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Momma_Knapp
4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of jcb7472
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pbarg
4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of charrel
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.21/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.62/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of tazzman
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PicoPapa
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.46/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jwat
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tilley4
4.77/5  rDev +6.7%
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....

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Photo of dextermcgurk
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hiram_McDaniels
4.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of baggedlunch
4.23/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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