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Zhukov's Final Push - Cigar City Brewing

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.67
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 256
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Kopi Luwak coffee aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 03-15-2010)
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kjrod20

New York

3.25/5  rDev -30.4%

06-18-2014 17:36:45 | More by kjrod20
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.63/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6oz. Pour from a 32oz. Cigar City growler into a TJ's snifter. Thanks to CarbonIS for this one. Had at a tasting 9/4/11.

A ring of light mocha head sticks around at the edges. Beer is opaque black. Outrageously thick legs.

Big coffee notes and some creamy hop notes linger in the background. Simple but quite nice.

Opens coffee and sweet honey. Creamy hop bitterness towards the middle with roasted malt graininess. More coffee at the middle, end. Finishes coffee and roasted malt. Aftertaste is more coffee. Decent. But I've had better coffee stouts.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth, oily, and viscous in the mouth and goes down subtle. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste.

Upfront, I have to say that I’m not a huge fan of the Zhukov base beer. Here, the addition of coffee, even Kopi Luwak coffee doesn’t do much to change my opinion. A decent coffee based imperial stout but not too exciting otherwise.

Serving type: growler

09-05-2011 22:39:03 | More by SpeedwayJim
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paytoplay

California

3.73/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

crude oil coffee with the guts of earthworm. super super dark brown, earth coffee earth and more earth. then on the palate, thick, maybe thickest beer ever. taking coffee beer to not only the next level but another dimension. liked the other 2 kopi beers much more, this was just such an odd ball, again earth and coffee. crazy.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2010 14:26:13 | More by paytoplay
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HoldenDurden

Illinois

4/5  rDev -14.3%

01-08-2013 13:57:15 | More by HoldenDurden
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4amepiphany

Illinois

4/5  rDev -14.3%

07-10-2013 09:15:50 | More by 4amepiphany
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afksports

New York

4/5  rDev -14.3%

01-08-2013 21:27:16 | More by afksports
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -14.3%

09-15-2012 21:47:38 | More by t0rin0
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drowland

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Mmmmm... enjoyed at RBWG 2010 on nitro at Redlight Redlight. The flavor and aroma on this is HUGE coffee... intense coffee on this with some chocolate. The quality of this coffee dances amazingly well with the quality of this beer. Awesome stuff, folks!

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-12-2013 05:16:31 | More by drowland
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -9%

03-09-2014 11:47:15 | More by Cynic-ale
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hopkrid

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -9%

03-09-2014 14:22:27 | More by hopkrid
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -9%

11-18-2013 02:09:03 | More by weeare138
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -9%

10-02-2013 02:37:16 | More by HopsMatt
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ari32

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -9%

03-11-2014 13:39:58 | More by ari32
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yummybeer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -9%

11-07-2013 23:32:39 | More by yummybeer
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nickd717

California

4.3/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color, and thick, with a well-formed tan head that is typical of Cigar City beers. They really do tend to nail the appearance.

The aroma has big notes of delicious weasel crap coffee. Yes I can tell the difference. Besides that, a big base stout with dark chocolate and coffee shines through.

The flavor is not quite as amazing as the aroma, but is still excellent. Just a little heavy on the char, but the coffee flavor is great and well-integrated. Big, rich, dark malts form the base, lending roasty and toasty and chocolatey notes. Some anise in there as well.

Very full and thick on the mouthfeel. Carbonation is rather low, as it should be, but not nonexistent.

Awesome beer overall, and if there was a score for the name of the beer, this would get perfect marks considering I laughed out loud when I got the double entendre. Keep up the good work, Joey, Wayne, and co, and send some beer out to the wasteland of northern CA!

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 16:41:17 | More by nickd717
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HopHead84

California

4.38/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4/22/2010

Thanks to wetherel for sharing this rarity. This is Kopi Luwak coffee aged Marshall Zhukov's.

The beer pours jet black out of the small growler with evident viscosity. A swirl of the glass brings the liquid to life and leaves a dark brown stain on the sides of my snifter that never completely fades.

The aroma is of high quality earthy coffee. Compared to Kopi Luwak Speedway, there is a much stronger earth presence here, but it's certainly fantastic in its own right. There's a faint trace of chocolate, and the signature Cigar City burnt malt character is apparent yet somewhat restrained. Burnt earth.

The flavor displays an even stronger earth presence than the aroma. The coffee is of distinguished Kopi Luwak quality, evincing a moderate astringency and an ashen char that seems to augment the earthy coffee character while avoiding the acerbity I've found in other Cigar City stouts. Very nice stuff. The mouthfeel is thick, full, and viscous.

Though supposedly quite expensive, the superior quality of Kopi Luwak coffee is blatant, improving every beer it touches.

Serving type: growler

04-23-2010 22:37:56 | More by HopHead84
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Brad, this beer is sort of amazing. Beer is thick and black with a tan head of small bubbles, some retention, no real lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is roast, smooth, chocolate, coffee greatness.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet with a nice finish of smooth roastiness, strong coffee without harsh coffee bitterness. A nice sipping beer, easy drinking. I'd have this again.

Serving type: growler

06-19-2012 14:52:29 | More by drabmuh
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro at Redlight Redlight for the RBWG. I didn't even realize this was something different and worth trying until quite late in the afternoon, so my notes were a little sparse.

A - Looks like regular Zhukov, but with significantly better head retention due to the nitro. The usual pitch black body with no hint of color, along with a dark mocha foam and some spotty lace. There's also that golden film that is left behind and leaves me worried about what is going to happen to my innards. Not really sure what else I'd want from a huge RIS.

S - Coffee! I doubt I could identify that this was specifically civet coffee but it smelled like high-quality stuff nonetheless, as opposed to some other brews that are evocative of diners and cigarettes. There's the trademark dark roasted and earthy qualities of Zhukov as well. I thought it could use a touch more sweetness for balance, but it was otherwise quite excellent.

T - Tastes much like it smells. Bitter intense and slightly nutty espresso, dark roastiness, a touch of earthy smoke and char, and bitter dark chocolate. It's very potent, but suffers from the same problem as the other Zhukov variants I've had - too much bitterness and not enough sweetness to balance things out.

M - Typical nitro feel - smooth, creamy, lower carbonation, and perhaps a tiny bit thin for such a high ABV brew. Still, no heat and quite easy to drink.

D - It's excellent, but a bit of palate raper like many coffee/espresso beers. The coffee has amped up a lot of the astringent qualities of Zhukov and put things out of balance a little more than I like. I'll freely admit to not being a huge dark chocolate fan, so I'm probably being a touch harsher in this regard than most other reviewers.

Still, this makes me wonder what could have been if the Hunahpu's batch had turned out - I think the chocolate and vanilla additions would have brought things into a sublime balance. On the other hand, I'm feeling a little burnt out on coffee beers these days...

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-21-2010 02:48:05 | More by MasterSki
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the extremely rare tick, Shane.

A: The beer pours thick and black with a somewhat small mocha head.

S: Enormous amounts of coffee on this one. Tons of roasted malt and chocolate with more and more coffee. A nice vanilla note as well as a touch of caramel and toffee.

T: Vanilla and roasted malt make a brief appearance before being usurped by the incredibly powerful coffee flavors. Some creamy dark chocolate along with a touch of caramel sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied with a smooth feel on the tongue.

O: Just awesome. Easily the best Cigar City beer I've had.

Serving type: growler

09-01-2011 05:44:30 | More by womencantsail
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black-brown body. Thin dark brown collar with a whispy skim. Traces of foam left behind on the glass.

S: Dellicate but assertive coffee notes. Light milk chocolate and hints of vanilla and caramel.

T: Roasted coffee, chocolate, creamy brownies, and caramel. Well disquised booze.

M: Smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Fuller bodied, but certainly manageable.

O: I haven't had the regular Zhukov to compare this to, but this is clearly a quality imperial stout. Hard to say whether kopi luwak really did much here -- I didn't get much in the way of that earthy coffee note that I have gotten in other kopi luwak beers. Regardless, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: growler

09-09-2011 21:14:35 | More by callmemickey
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-14-2012 04:00:07 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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jsanford

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at BA Hunahpu's release. Poured into a CCB Snifter.

Poured dark black with a thin mocha ring, Looks like motor oil, the legs on this is ridiculous. HUGE coffee aromas here, obviously of the finest kind. Bit of dark chocolate, malt, and vanilla as well, but this is all coffee right here. Taste is...coffee. Yeah, lots of that delicious Kopi, so fresh and dark tasting, with a more malt, vanilla, and chocolate. Fairly smooth, but the coffee does has a slightly harsh edge to it. Very creamy, with a big, full body and low carbonation. Overall, an excellent treat, I was so stoked to see this on the menu and it certainly delivered!

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 21:16:02 | More by jsanford
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-09-2012 22:44:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-13-2013 01:55:54 | More by AleWatcher
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spycow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2011 01:34:37 | More by spycow
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Zhukov's Final Push from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.