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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2817) - 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.

4.1
   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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6584) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13913) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
Handbottle. Thanks Craig. Pours black with a few bubbles on top. Sweet and vinous nose. Quite complex. Roast, oak, soy and bourbon. Oily and slick. A sipper . . Nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4809) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2011
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Growler: The aroma consists of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and espresso. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with almost no head and lots of legs on yje sides of the glass. The flavor starts with lots of chocolate and caramel. The finish has moderate bourvon, coffee, and vanilla. Full bodied with minimal carbonation and a somewhat oily mouthfeelm

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10184) - SÝborg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
Bottled (Four Roses barrel). Pitch black coloured. Dense dark brown head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, light roast, cocoa, chocolate, some liqourice and coffee. Flavour of vanilla, roast, liqourice, bourbon, chocolate, coffee. Medium to full bodied. Has a roasted and spiced bitterness in the end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Growler shared by Dak Ė Four Roses version. Pours oily black with a thin tan head. The nose is sweet bourbon, cocoa, coffee and roast. The taste is molasses, coffee, ash, chocolate and vanilla bourbon. Medium semi creamy body. Very good. 4.1

4
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1481) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Tap @ Rattle ní Hum. Poured black. The aroma was excellent a mix of vanilla, brown sugar, wood, and sweet roasted. All blended but distinct. Bourbon and vanilla flavor with a sweet roasted malt base. Medium bodied and silky on the tongue. Warming.


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