Tasting: January 14, 2017
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Beer #: 1,031
Vanilla Hazelnut Marshal Zhukov
Totally by coincidence, I’m popping open another beer with hazelnut. The other day was Hazel’s Nuts – 93 points and today I am on to a another nutty variation. Remember beer number 999? It was none other than the original Marshal Zhukov – 93 points. This time the World War II general is presented with vanilla and hazelnut. Cigar City hails from Florida and availability is limited to just six states (sorry, not in NJ). But check shelves in New York and Pennsylvania. At $22 per bottle, some may still be hanging out.
Reading the label and I see there is a sentence in Russian. Of course, I’m curious and thankful for technology. According to Google Translate, the quote attributed to Georgy Zhukov goes “There is stuff in Russia that are not what they appear”. I don’t think the general said stuff but he did say “things”. Close enough.
While a lot of other stouts overpower with their adjuncts, the vanilla and hazelnut in this robust stout take very complimentary positions. A crisp roasted flavor that combines some creamy chocolate, coffee and what I’d call a hint of something vegetative – like a moss. In conclusion, I’ll put this variation one tick ahead of the original, 94 points. Okay, we’re two for two with hazelnut adjuncts. I have two more in the wings. Stay tuned.