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
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.