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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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
(growler shared by OSLO, thanks a ton Al!!) Pours jet black with a very dark brown head. Aroma smells exactly like bourbon-soaked fudge. Very rich and decadent. Also some coconut, vanilla, and oddly enough some dark fruit and vinous scents. Also some Sumatran coffee. Very nice aroma. Taste is a little disappointing compared to the aroma, and itís somewhat ashy which dominates the other flavors. Taste of fudge, plenty of vanilla, coconut, heavily roasted malt, and some oak as well. Booze is present, but not really intrusive. Mouthfeel is very thick and full, and carbonation is fairly low. Overall this is a quality barrel-aged beer, as it does a superb job of integrating the barrel with the base beer. Thanks again for sharing Al!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On-tap at the Hunaphu release. Thanks to Sean for getting this, we also brought back a growler so looking forward to trying this again shortly with our tasting group... All the MZ are midnight black, this one is no different. The head is a very dark brown, great color. Has more head and carbonation then most ba beers, forms and leaves a nice right with good lacing... The aroma is strong with great vanilla whiskey notes. First beer of the day, a great way to open up my olfactory senses. I had the regular MZ with this and the deep roasted chocolate comes through some but not as strong, barrel takes the edges off. Smells great... The taste is really good but at this point its a touch too hot and sweet. I really hope the counter-pressure filled growlers hold for a bit because I would to try this once its died down. Sweet bourbon, alcohol and vanilla, a little roast coffee on the finish. Not as complex as the brandy version but enjoyable. This is worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque with no lacing. Aroma and flavor are heavy booze, bourbon, figs, prunes, tar, alcohol, and soy sauce. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a slick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Very thick motor oil looking pour. Completely opaque with a dark tan head. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Roasted malt. Flavor is intense milk chocoalte and vanilla. Bourbon throughout. Smoky finish. Decent imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Growler, courtesy Brad. Pours thick black with a small tan head. Aroma is just great, lots of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bourbon. Flavor follows up, thick oily palate with rich coffee/chocolate taste. Just fantastic. It would be nice if CCB used growlers with better seals though...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Medicine-bottle-in-the-mail-with-bag (leaked), courtesy of brad - thank you sir! Solid dark brown, scant very dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Very smooth, rich, chocolately, with vanilla beans and passion fruit. Thick and chewy. Very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 26, 2011
shared growler labeled as Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Aged Zhukovs from Hunahpuís Day. pitch black pour with a 1/4" dark tan head. lovely bourbon nose with the perfect level of bourbon. layers of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted malts cross the nose. full chewy body with layers of sweet bourbon, vanilla, dark roasted coffee, chocolate, figs, dates and raisins. syrupy smooth throughout. sweet dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla finish. this one rocks!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Huge thanks to Shep for bringing this one back from Tampa. Pours completely black, like an oil slick, leaving a brown film along the glass after each swirl. There is a tiny mocha head that recedes quickly leaving oily legs. Aroma is huge and really bourbon-forward with the barrel character showing up right of the bat with bourbon, vanilla and oak. There is also cocoa powder, heavily roasted black malts, coffee and a hint of tobacco. The taste is slightly less bourbony with the dark chocolate and malts coming through more prominently. The finish is oaky, dry with a little bit of smoke and tobacco. More roast and less sweetness than the aroma. The mouthfeel is unbelievable, completely decadent. Full bodied with a low, soft carbonation which just completely coats the mouth after each sip. After my experiences with the fairly flat bottles of Zhukov and DBA Zhukov, this one really impressed me. I canít wait to try the Brandy Zhukov as this one sets a very high bar. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Geoff (craftbeerdesign) for bringing this from Hunahpuís Day to a recent tasting. Growler, labeled as the Four Roses Zhukov. Poured black with an absolutely gorgeous dark brown head, great retention. Aroma was big, lovely hints of sweet bourbon, roasted malt and light coffee. Flavors were oh so smooth, big malt and bourbon mixed together for a huge viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation was light and rather fitting. Just fantastic. Thanks again Geoff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2011
On draft at Hunaphuís release. Very much like the regular Zukhov but with that boozy bourbon kick to it. Though the flavor/aroma is boozy it isnít entirely tough to drink. Itís a one and done type deal. You couldnít drink this everyday.

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