Mr. Zhukov is here! Actually it has been released for quite some time now but I’m just now getting around to reviewing it. The bottle I opened was fresh even though Cigar City recommends that you age it for a few months before drinking. Luckily I got two and found another one a few days ago so I can drink this again at the end of the year.
One thing I’m also looking forward to trying later this year with the Marshal Zhukov is pairing it with Cigar City’s Good Gourd Pumpkin Ale. Yep, I said it. One of my friends spent a day recently in the tasting room at the Cigary City Brewery and a bartender served him this concoction. You take both beers and slowly layer them on top of each other like you would with a Black & Tan or similar. All I know is that my friend told me it was a must drink and how can you really go wrong with a Pumpkin Russian Imperial Stout anyway?
This Russian Imperial Stout is dedicated to Georgy 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 backstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with Mushroom Solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.
Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout Review
Appearance: Pours a muted yellow/golden color with about a fingers length head that goes away fairly quickly.
Smell: Right away you get chocolate followed up by molasses, caramel, and vanilla.
Taste: Not boozy at all! You get the chocolate notes up front followed by all the flavors I just smelled, only thing I don’t get much of is the cherry flavor.
Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied but also very smooth.
Overall: This is a perfect Russian Imperial Stout and one that I will drink every year it is brewed.