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Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout

Name – Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout
Country – United States
Type – Russian Imperial Stout

Appearance – Poured an inky black with a bit bubbly brown head.

Smell – Sweet chocolate, some roasted malts and a bit of coffee.  A little bit boozy as well.

Taste – The sweet chocolate taste is up front followed by a slight coffee tasted that turns roasted.  A slight alcohol bite at the end that also has the chocolate taste come back for the finish.

This is my first review of a Cigar City brew.  Based out of Tampa, Florida but not distributed down here in the south of the state I picked this up while in Orlando over the weekend.  CCB has been quickly gaining a reputation in the craft brewing world for their brews and their barrel aged variants of them.  Zhukov’s is a brilliantly well rounded RIS.  All the flavors come together nicely and one does not over power the other.  I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s the best Russian Imperial Stout I’ve had to this point.  There I said it.  And with that statement I am going to give it the ever elusive grade.

Overall Grade – A+

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  • Reply nate

    Hmmm…I’d really be interested in trying this, seeing as I have a fierce Belgian Imperial Stout about to be bottled. How much did it cost?

    November 12, 2009 at 8:30 am
    • Reply Mike

      Honestly Nate I don’t remember. I was so excited to see things that I can’t get down my way I was just grabbing bottles and putting them into a box. But if you can get your hands on one I say DO IT!

      November 12, 2009 at 9:03 am
  • Reply Ed Roberts

    It was probably around $15. Cigar City was supposed to be here next month but there was an issue getting bottles down here. Hopefully we see them early next year!

    November 12, 2009 at 9:38 am
  • Reply nate

    That’s not a bad price for a higher gravity, 750ml bottle.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Scott

    Sounds like a great beer. The head is almost as dark as the beer!

    November 12, 2009 at 10:11 am
  • Reply Simply Beer

    Damn Dude, A+. I gotta try some. Lets trade!

    November 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm
  • Reply Mike

    Cigar City is turning out to be in high demand. Multiple people want me to trade this with them. I definitely will once they start getting regularly distributed down my way.

    November 13, 2009 at 8:10 am
  • Reply Michael Reinhardt

    I’m really wanting to try this. When I interviewed the Bruery on the site Patrick told me they were going to do a collaboration brew. Keep your eyes peeled for another one of these.

    November 13, 2009 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Mike

    Yeah I just read on CCB’s blog that their brewmaster headed out to Cali to work on that.

    November 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm
  • Reply Michael Reinhardt

    I’m excited for the brew they are doing together. I really want to get the collaboration and that Stout you drank.

    November 16, 2009 at 11:28 pm
  • Reply Mike

    Someone brought a bottle of the Humidor Series of this one to a beer meeting last night. It was excellent. Adds a cigar like taste to it.

    November 17, 2009 at 9:16 am
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