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 #318
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 6.5%
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
360
From:
Cigar City Brewing
 
Florida, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
97
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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
Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 360 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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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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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TX-Badger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil color with khaki colored head. Coffee, lots of coffee, hints of vanilla, some chocolate, and plenty of roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied. Finishes with more coffee and roast, a little chocolate sneaks in.

Jun 19, 2017
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GreatStoutman from Texas

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

Aug 01, 2019
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Zach136 from Georgia

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

Apr 23, 2017
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 16, 2015
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lupercmda from North Carolina

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

Jul 27, 2017
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spoony from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 18, 2017
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KVNBGRY from Florida

4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 29, 2017
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bigdog3838 from Florida

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

Apr 28, 2017
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johnyb from Florida

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jun 08, 2015
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Keith_R from Georgia

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

Apr 24, 2017
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waddellc2 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apr 21, 2017
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CaptainFleeker from Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.1%

Jun 19, 2014
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2017, red session. Aroma has roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste starts bitter and roasty with baker's chocolate but continues with malt sweetness and a hint of caramel.

Jun 01, 2017
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Thedrizzle from Florida

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

Mar 16, 2015
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 16, 2019
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 08, 2017
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Deltoro from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 17, 2017
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RayUF07 from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Aug 01, 2013
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 16, 2017
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

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

Mar 08, 2017
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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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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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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
Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 360 ratings