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The last of my vacation beers that I’ll be reviewing, this was the most notable new (to me at least) brew I picked up while away.  My sole regret regarding this beer is that I didn’t get a better picture.

Beer Name: Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout

Brewery: Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, FL)

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 11.2%

Description: Named for decorated WW2-era Soviet general Georgy Zhukov, this Russian Imperial Stout was brewery to feature espresso, chocolate, and dry English hops.  Read all about it here.  The bottle cost me around $20 if I recall correctly.

Appearance: Thick black body topped by a narrow layer of thick dark brown foam.

Smell: Richly sweet backed by a moderate amount of alcohol.

Taste: Rich dark malt and an abundance of sweetness upfront that combined brown sugar, molasses, toffee, and bittersweet chocolate.  There was a roasty, espresso finish that came with a moderate amount of heat.  Hints of dark roast coffee, sweetness, and alcohol lingered a bit at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full body that had a delightful creamy smoothness to it.  Minimal carbonation.

Hype: I’d heard plenty of great things about this beer over the years so I decided to treat myself with this bottle.

Overall: I really enjoyed this and would say that it lived up to my heightened expectations.  Excellent blend of sweetness, roast, and heat.  Highly recommended for stout enthusiasts, I feel like I got what I paid for with this one.