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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Pours like tar. Black with no head. Aroma of bourbon,vanilla and dark chocolate. Mouth feel is thick and velvety. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Very nice beer.
Earlier Rating: 1/6/2011 Total Score: 4.4
On tap at Hunaphus release. Poured black with a small dark brown head. Big chocolate aroma with some dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and tobacco. Very pleasant mouth feel. Velvety smooth. Wonderful beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Huge thanks to Geoff (craftbeerdesign) for bringing this from Hunahpu’s 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.

4.4
   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 can’t wait to try the Brandy Zhukov as this one sets a very high bar. Wonderful beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbastard (726) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2011
unbelievable! Four Rose Bourbon barrel aged. Thanks again Dak! Love the bottle. This stuff stained my glass. Smokey coffee tobacco and lots of alcohol. And of course bourbon and burn. Great palate. The mix or blend of these flavors was well balanced, I could live on this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joergen (21497) - 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 (6591) - 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 (6895) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
22nd April 2011
Opaque black beer, small chocolate coloured head. Silky smooth soft palate. Smooth dark malt, not bitter or roasty. Smooth bourbon with a strong cherry streak and lesser strawberry! Mild vanilla oak. Subtle coffee and a trace of dark chocolate. Smooth finish with a little bitterness kicking in - marries up to the coffee. Superbly balanced and integrated. A belter of an Imperial Stout.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
Growler. Pours pitch black with no lace. Aroma is sweet roasted coffee mocha chocolate vanilla dill, nicely fruity. Flavor is fullbodied velvety, good oily mouthfeel, well balanced between the roastiness maltyness and bitter. Long finish of malts sweet roastiness with nice bitter touch.


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