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Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel-aged
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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2011
On draft at Hunahpu Day. Pours a thick black with a small tan head. Nose is straight up bourbon with huge sweetness, vanilla, and some wood. There is also the Zhukov roasted coffee, roasted malt, and some dark chocolate in there. The flavor is the same- huge bourbon presence with vanilla, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Medium-bodied finishing with lingering bourbon. Very enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 2/15/2010 Total Score: 4
On draft at the CCB Tasting Room Grand Reopening. Wow. How many stout do you know that can kick the barrel’s ass? This is one. Pours "I’m gonna kick your ass" black brown with a dark tan head. Nose is roast, slight bourbon, earth, dark chocolate, and some slight vanilla. Flavor is very similar. A bit of barrel, but for the most part this one annihilates the sweetness that the barrel wants to give it. Like a bitter ex-girlfriend, or its namesake general, this beer takes no prisoners as its roast, bitterness, and tiny bit of barrel leave the palate wanting more and feeling experienced.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2011
Draft... Hunahpu’s Day (2011)This beer rocks!… Tar black ale pours like 100,000 mile motor oil with a mid-sized, creamy, light brown head that never even thinks about scattering. Deep, dark chocolate and Cuban espresso are the true standouts in the aroma, although slighter notes of vanilla and cinnamon are definitely in the mix. Rich, robust and authoritative is the nose on this baby. Full-bodied and super velvety with gentle carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet and provides a shit-ton of burnt, bitter, black malt and carbonaceous/caramelized sweetness. In simpler terms, this ambrosia tastes like a campfire-roasted marshmallow when you get a little overzealous and literally set that bad boy on fire, blow out the flames, and then eat it. Delicious. Bittersweet, mocha, charcoal finish. World class stuff!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregthekeg14 (49) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2011
On Draft at Hunahpu’s Day. This was the ’Four Roses’ version. Pours black with little to no head. Aroma is chocolate malt, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and coffee. the taste is bourbon, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt wood, and vanilla. Full body with great head. This is awesome...very comparable to Double Barrel Zhukovs.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Shared by Daknole during his Final4 tasting. Bottle pours black with a beige head. Aroma shows notes of dark chocolate, heavy roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon and a hint of dark fruit. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of oak and molasses covered marshmallows. This thing was definately a beast! Thanks Dak as usual!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Sampled at Tryst in Delray Beach A: Scary ass pour...pitch black, thick as oil - sheets of beer coat the glass, big brown cap. S: Bourbon (but very well balanced, not hot or boozy), oak/wet wood, lots of vanilla, amazingly complex. Light underlying sweetness (not Hunaphu sweet though) + fudge and cocoa T: More bourbon than the nose, but still kept balanced, big fudge and chocolate, cocoa, bitterness. Very well rounded and the flavors all play off each other well. MF: Monster body on this - one of the thicker stouts I’ve had, carbonation was spot on considering the growler pour a few days after Notes: Glad to have tried this one! Wish I sampled the brandy version as well.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Daniel719 (141) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2013 on tap. Pours jet black. Nice tan head. Smell of Zhukov with a bourbon nose. Taste is great. The rum goes perfect with the beer. It breaks it down, makes it less thick, and the rum takes over. But not to strong. My favorite Zhukov variant for sure.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2011
Handbottled from tap. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Dry roasted finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (6480) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Entered as my rating no. 3900. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. The aroma is heavy roasted with notes of coffee, chocolate and light bourbon. The flavour is roasted malt, coffee, bourbon, chocolate and light tobacco. Very intense and thick.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (6678) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2011
Entering old rates. 75cl bottle courtesy of degarth. Similaire à sa version normale, mais ici aide par un ajout énorme de bourbon, qui me convient parfaitement. Reste épaisse et complexe en bouche, le tout sur un profile immense de bourbon, à la fois doux/vanille, note boisée de chêne et le tout sur le bourbon. Complexe avec ce qu’il faut de malt grillé, caramel et torréfie pour des notes subtiles de café.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfleye (2) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2012 does not count
Tasty stout. Looks and tastes like chocolate milk. Surpasses old rasputin in class. If you like imperial stouts this is the winner


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