Beer Review: CIGAR CITY MARSHAL ZHUKOV’S DOUBLE BARREL AGED IMPERIAL STOUT – 2010

Beer Review: CIGAR CITY MARSHAL ZHUKOV’S DOUBLE BARREL AGED IMPERIAL STOUT – 2010

Cigar City Brewing presents the Double Barrel Aged iteration of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout from 2010—an intriguing blend of bourbon and brandy barrel-aged goodness. This 750 ml. bottle, obtained through online trade, clocks in at a robust 11% ABV.

Appearance

The pour reveals an abyssal black void with a notable absence of head and visible carbonation. The glass proudly boasts lingering legs, hinting at the weighty character within.

Aroma

Wafting from the goblet is a medley of scents: sweet booze, evocative rubbing alcohol, robust roast, wisps of smoke, hints of salty caramel, and the earthy essence of dusty oak.

Taste

The flavor profile unfolds in layers, featuring chewy caramel, a peppery roast, the smooth allure of milk chocolate, toasted oak, a mellow bourbon character perfect for sipping, and subtle notes of currant intermingling with delicate ashes.

Mouthfeel

In terms of texture, the brew is notably sticky, though not quite as thick as its untreated counterpart. Carbonation is kept at a minimum, allowing the complex flavors to take center stage.

Overall

This Double Barrel Aged Imperial Stout proves to be a genuine delight, showcasing a tasteful complexity that beckons the drinker to explore its nuances. It stands as a well-executed offering, both inviting and skillfully crafted.