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Cigar City Marshal Zhukovís 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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Draft. Pours a black body with an off white head. Creamy rich vanilla notes with a light bourbon tone. Roast y chocolate with a nice modest etoh warming. Roast y dry coffee tones, some silky chocolate hints, with a drying finish. Very light barrel, fantastic recipe tho iíd rather the cedar, thats the shit!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1858) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2010
On tap at RnH. Black with dark brown head. Roasted chocolate and earth and ash. Rich roasted coffee and chocolate earth subtle dark fruit and more wood. Rich, soft palate. Rich and dry finish finish. More suited to my taste than chewing on cedar. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Bourbon chocolate roasted malt nose. Strong solid malts. a big solid stout with big roast malts light chocolate and a touch of bourbon but by no means does the bourbon dominate, a nice touch. No sweetess at all. Very good.†

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
on tap pours black with a medium dark tan head. Minerally aroma with notes of wood, bourbon and burnt malt. Creamy body, very roasty with lots of dark malt character that the bourbon does not cover up just sit beside. Nice sweet bourbon finish with lots of alcohol. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Draft at the brewery. In the glass sits a massive, dense, oily looking, pitch black menace. For a crown, it wears a tall, excellently retained head of spongy, dark brown foam. Itís hard to imagine a better looking imperial stout than this. The nose booms with sweet dark chocolate malt and loads of dark fruit, including fig and raisin. Dark caramel is rich and decadent, and it supports the vanilla that is imparted by the smooth, oaky barrel influence. Of course, thereís ample earthen roast to balance things out, along with a surprising hint of smooth, creamy lactose. Flavors follow suit, again insanely rich and deep, loaded with dark chocolate roast, coffee, and dark figgy fruit. Woody bourbon notes seem a perfect match, and add a warm, smoothing sensation that doesnít overpower. Big and dense on the palate, thereís a bit more carbonation than I expected or wanted, which cuts down viscosity a bit and ushers in a slightly drying finish. Itís a fantastic base beer thatís made even better by the subtle bourbon influence.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2010
Draft at the brewery. This one pours a thick and oily looking pitch black color and topped by a thick and spongy, dark khaki head of foam that shows great retention. This is what an imperial stout should look like. The aroma is rich and decadent showing mounds of dark chocolate malt, dark fruits that include fig and raisins, and ample amount of roast to balance things out. Dark caramel malts lend a nice base, and creamy oak laden vanilla smooths things out and adds nice depth. The flavor follows and is just as rich as the nose foreshadows with the dark chocolate, figs, raisins, and dark roast all playing an important role. Oaky bourbon and vanilla add some smoothness and help balance all the flavors together. The barrel influence is just right and doesnít overpower, but you get just enough of a warming sensation on the way down. Full bodied and viscous on the mouthfeel with ample carbonation that follows with a lengthy choco-bourbon finish. The base beer is awesome, and adding the bourbon just makes it even better.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rcasta (839) - EL SALVADOR - DEC 31, 2010
amase means amazing in spanish and it is a good word to describe this low carbonation, high bourbon oak infused bad mother...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2011
on tap. Pitch black with little carbonation. Hints of bourbon and vanilla. Very nice beer, This stout did well in the barrels.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13407) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Shared by Dak @ his Final Four Tasting. Squid ink pour with a dark caramel head. The glass literally looked like it was filled with cola after the brew was gone...stained it like crazy. Aroma showed tons of bakerís chocolate, rich roasted coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and char. Flavor is filled with sweet bourbon, dark fruit, molasses, burnt caramel, toasted marshmallow, and vanilla. Chewy...and Iím sure my tongue is near black after drinking this. Yum!


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