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Cigar City Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel

Cigar City Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel
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Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This Imperial Stout is dedicated to George Zhukov, arguably one of the finest generals of World war II. Opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of black strap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blipp (8011) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Draft at RnH. Pours near black with a brown head. Roasty aroma with dark chocolates and a bourbony sweetness. The flavor is way roasty and almost smoky, with a solid bourbon sweetness and lighter espresso notes. Very good, my favorite of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1860) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Tap @ RnH event - molasses, dark sugar, prune, though carbonation is sprightly. Dark bitter chocolate with some bitterness. Huge woody presence and smokey bourbon. not quite as good as the BA Hunahpu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Thanks to whomever brought this growler to the Woodshop 5.0 tasting. dark brown/black, boozy flavor, some notes of soy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Tap at the Rattle ní Hum Cigar City event. Deep black pour. The aroma is primarily pipe smoke and cedar chest. The smoke and wood spice get in the way of anything else that may be in the nose. The flavor reveals more: chocolate malt, coffee, and pine hops. Never got a hint of bourbon. Moderately creamy body. The wood spice lingers. Very woody and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5466) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Draft at Rattle N Hum Cigar City event. For a bourbon barrel aged beer this one could of used a hell of a lot more aging. I was getting no bourbon in either the aroma nor the flavor. Overall a great Impy Stout but as a bourbon barrel aged beer this one was a lousy example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
Cigar City Takes NYC event at Rattle íNí Hum. on Tap.This thick mouthfeel, with bourbon aromas. Still very good, but you must like bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2010
On tap at Rattle N Hum for their Cigar City event. This and the BA Hunahpuís were first on my list to try and both were great. Pours black, viscous, thick dense dark tan head. Faint wood, bourbon on the nose, rich deep chocolate and roast. Smooth chocolate mousse. Long crisp bitterness, lingering roast on the finish. Another delicious one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheMantle (37) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2010
Had on tap at Rattle N Hum. Aroma is of heavy bourbon , along with bitter chocolate, sweet malts and caramel. Taste is heavy in bourbon and suprisingly sweet. Lots of roasty malts and some chocolate, and possibly a hint of some candied green apple. Finishes sweet and bourbony with a hint of warming alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (3089) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2010 The aroma is unexpectedly light bourbon (which is good, the bourbon doesnít overpower the beer), chocolate, roasted malts. The appearance is black, brown head. The flavor is chocolate, booze, roast coffee. The finish is roasty, and a light warming boozy flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy, medium/thick to thick mouth feel (not as thick as I would have thought). Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Weird quart growler bottle courtesy of bret27. Had just after the regular Zhukov, and definitely an improvement in my eyes. Still a huge and not very drinkable beer, but the barrel aging has taken just enough of the edge off to make it pleasant all around, and add interesting wood an bourbon notes to the flavor and aroma. Super black appearance, as with the regular version, same none-more-black (well, weird ashy brown) head, though smaller, undoubtedly due to the growler treatment versus bottle-conditioning. Just a great aroma, with bourbon complimenting intense dark chocolate and roast. Not as ashy as the regular version. Most of the intensely bitter and roasty flavors carry over from the regular version, but are tempered a little by a sweeter bourbon quality. Still has a touch of astringency and alcohol, but it isnít too detracting. Thick with lower carbonation. The bourbon is a nice element, while letting the base beer still do most of the talking. For me, it was just enough to really open things up, though drinkability was still low.

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