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Cigar City Marshal Zhukovís Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 730   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Gregory Zhukov. Arguably one of World War IIís finest generals and a man bold enough to appreciate the rich, complex flavors of a beer brewed to fortify a body through the Russian winter. Like military geniuses, Russian Imperial Stouts reach their peak with a little age on them, so we release Marshal Zhukovís Russian Imperial Stout in sweltering August so that it will be at peak flavor come January or February. <P> Opaque black in color, the aroma has notes of espresso, chocolate, dark sweet toffee with hints of black strap molasses. The flavor starts with an unsweetened chocolate character and supporting notes of herbal dryness from English hop varietals. It then moves into dark toffee sweetness and closes with a slap of roasty espresso. Zhukovís Imperial Stout pairs well with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia. Enjoy, comrade.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2015
So complex and absolutely incredible. Notes on sugar, chocolate and some cinnamon. Very similar to dark lord. Had a bottle pour at beer temple. Pours black and thick like motor oil.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (885) - Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with big tan head. Nose is chocolate and maybe molasses. Taste is milk chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit. Dry finish. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sjohnh (485) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2015
Worth going to the effort of getting one (for me, family holiday to Florida, solo drove into the night to beer store identified by ratebeer, this beer by request only...) Black, opaque, no head to speak of. Body is actually not too thick - just on the full side of medium, which makes it more drinkable than it should be for an 11% beer. Lighter than I expected, but complex - the nose has coffee, chocolate, herbs, sweet and toasted malt. Bit of Cabernet Sauvignon too. Flavour also has port and some nuttiness. An easier drink than I expected, with lots of depth and superb flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Clarkdvm (293) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Draft at brewery. Pitch black pour. Bit more bitter than expected (possibly just the alcohol flavor? ). Otherwise, a tasty chocolate stout but seems overrated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1299) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2015
Pours a thick, opaque, very dark brown. Surprisingly small head, but the one it has is creamy and colored brown with a reddish hue. Very dark roast and dark chocolate on the nose. Viscous on the palate. Gourmet chocolate ice cream, dark red fruit, and some cherry sweetness/tartness at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1438) - Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Dark black like oil. Cherries. Coats the glass but isnt sweet. Coffee attributes. Thick molasses. Thick body. Some espresso. Thanks ibrew2or3. Shared w Carter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (699) - New York, USA - AUG 8, 2015
2012 bottle poured into a snifter..inky black with a fluffy light brown head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,dark fruits,licorice..big beer with big flavors..chocolate,coffee,licorice,lemon,dark fruits..not overly boozy..good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1503) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle, shared at a tasting. Pours dark brown with a dark beige head. Intense molasses aroma, some liquorice and loads of roasted malts. Thick body, flavours are roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2095) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Either 2012 or 2013 bottle provided by jrob21. Deep dark roasty cocoa with lots of thick molasses, some dark fruits, thick, velvety. Really good and aged quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (8103) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Bottle - Bittersweet chocolate and nice cocoa. Jet brown with a brown head. Sweet dark chocolate, syrupy and a a nice sweet finish. Balanced nice sweetness and a rich body.

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