Five years ago my wife and I brought the family down to Tampa for the first time. My oldest daughter wanted a beach wedding so we rented a building full of condos in Bradenton Beach. My brother-in-law and I took it upon ourselves to take my new son-in-law and my wife to Cigar City Brewing. It was the first time we had Jai Alai, Maduro, Invasion IPA, and Florida Cracker. The brewery tour was stellar and very informative. Now that I’m living here in Tampa, Cigar City seems to be the brewery that gets left out of my plans.
My wife and I recently popped into Cigar City on our way back from the chiropractor when we saw they had several stouts on tap. Unbelievably, this beer is one I’ve never had. How is that possible? And yes, it was “cold” the day I had this, hence the Swallow the Sun beanie. 😛
Here’s what Cigar City has to say about Marshal Zhukov’s. “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 blackstrap molasses. The English hop varietals provide a subtle herbal dryness, and the beer finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso. Pair Marshal Zhukov’s with mushroom solyanka, dark chocolate, cherries and ground wars in Russia.”
Marshal Zhukov’s pours opaque black with a thin dark caramel head that dissipates to a nice dark ring around the inside of the tulip glass. Swirling the beer in the glass reinvigorates the head momentarily. This beer looks amazing. You can see the film on the inside of the glass as you swirl it, which just exudes high gravity.
Aroma is roasty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. It smells bitter. It’s a classic Russian Imperial Stout on the nose. It reminds me a bit of Old Rasputin by North Coast Brewing. Interesting.
Mashal Zhukov’s is a full-bodied beer, thick and viscous on the tongue. Let’s start by explaining the finish. There’s a huge coffee finish on this beer. Espresso beans and dark chocolate. It’s a bitter beast. There’s no sweetness on this monster. As I said earlier, it’s a classic Russian Imperial Stout and one of the better ones I’ve had. Again, I don’t know how I haven’t had this before. The coffee after taste lingers long after the beer is gone. If you’ve been following along, you know I’m a huge fan of sweet stouts. This is NOT one of them. 🙂 But it’s a damn fine stout from one of the more big named breweries in Florida. Cheers!
- ABV: 11.8%
- IBU: 70
- Untappd Rating: 4.20
- # of Ratings: 37,421