Zhukov's Final Push - Cigar City Brewing

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Zhukov's Final Push
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 302
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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Photo of Thorpe429
4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, huge thanks to ygtbsm94 for sharing this growler. Served in a snifter. Pours black with a really nice mocha head. Good retention and spotty lacing with a thin collar throughout. The nose has a really nice bit of coffee. Really intense and great coffee aroma with excellent notes of chocolate with a light bit of roast in the background. Flavor is intense coffee followed by dark chocolate and a touch of sweetness. Body is full with no alcohol and plenty of coffee. Smooth, smooth finish. Absolutely fantastic. Much better than any of the BA Hunahpu’s.

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5/5  rDev +7.8%

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.95/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this may very well be the closest thing to an ris/coffee milkshake as i have ever come across. a huge thanks for getting me this one, as i honest to god thought i would never get a chance to try it. served out of the fridge into a pint glass but allowed to warm over several hours. this one was consumed on 09/25/2010,

pours out with the consistency and viscosity of motor oil. just as thick and dark as humanly imaginable it just sludges into the glass. no head at first but slowly a small, maybe a quarter inch high layer of chocolate tan head forms on top and coats the sides of the glass leaving touches along the side as i sip.

then it was over. i took one whiff of this one and i got scared. ungodly rich and sweet, thick coffee and mocha notes come straight through the air and wake me up at the same time they knock me back down. holy schnikes, wth. i have never had a beer this thick. i have always held dark lord as the gold standard as far as thick beers, but this knocked the snot out of it. literally it was chewy. thick earthy notes permeate through the coffee and chocolate, almost letting you thick your sipping on dirt, but in a very good way. thick fudge, smooth coffee, hints of molasses, just indescribable. warming from the alcohol is more then apparent, but the flavor is too good to stop. long finish here, warm, with hints of coffee and a touch of sweet chocolate and sugar.

overall this was hands down one of the best beers i have ever had in my life. no joking aside i was completely floored.

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4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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...

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4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shard by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is black with a thin beige collar that leaves some oily, filmy lacing on the snifter. The aroma offers a huge coffee presence. Extremely rich, dark, roasty. The Marshal Zhukov's, which is a lovely imperial stout in its own right, serves as a terrific base for the Kopi Luwak coffee. Alcohol is masked extremely well. A superb example of a coffee stout.

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4.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Stains the glass. Nice mocha head, but after a while it's gone.

Smell - Incredible coffee aroma. No acidity. Earthy coffee. Rich chocolate. A hint of that Zhukov licorice in the back.

Taste - The coffee flavor is immense. Never domineering, but it's the main attraction of this beer. Rich and blends perfectly with the chocolate. Molasses flavor in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and viscous. Low carbonation.

Overall - I've missed this beer multiple times over the years. I'm glad I finally got to try it. Worth all the elbow-throwing at Hunahpu Day.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of tpd975
5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Joey and Wayne for the beer, thecheeseman for the $150 coffee, Redlight Redlight for putting it on nitro, and to all the ratebeer folks who descended on Central Florida for the RBWG. It was fun.

A: Pours coal black with a cascading deep dark evil head. The head lasts and lasts. Very puffy and pillow like, the consistency of great espresso.

S: Wow coffee to the max. Very bold, rich, and earthy with notes of vanilla.

T: Awesome. Full of fresh espresso. An insane amount of roast. Light vanilla sweetness, a hint nutty, just pure awesomeness.

M: So big full and rich. It's the nitro that really puts it overthetop though. Despite being huge it is so soft, smooth, creamy, velvet.

D: Awesome. Would love to be able to sit down with a pint of this one early some morning.

Awesome beer. Loved it, Alesmith's "the shit" just became my number one want.

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5/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Sean9689
4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into CCB snifter.

A - Pours black, no head, motor oil. Black and viscous, just like "night in a glass". Small bits of bubbles but really just a lot of black.

S - Oh boy...awesome coffee notes...so good. It's like walking into your favorite coffee shop in the morning and taking a big whiff. Phenomenal. Chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars, some bitter notes.

T - Coffee beans, expresso, chocolate. Not quite as good as the nose, but hey, it's still pretty f'n excellent. It's like drinking a snifter-sized expresso with alcohol notes. Very, very good. A nice coffee bean-esk bitter finish.

M - Full, rich, smooth, and creamy on the finish that also dries out after a bit.

D - Just. Wow. The nose on this beer is just mind-blowing. This beer is what CCB does well...a dark, rich, stout. Worthy of the hype? Very much so. Right up there with Brandy Hunahpu's.

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4.25/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jsanford
4.5/5  rDev -3%
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!

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4.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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!

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5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review 700 (cherry-picking from my backlog)

A - Final Push is perfectly sinister in appearance; beyond the shimmering obsidian gleam, it is nothing but sultry legs and black lace. It calls for attention. No one could see you drinking something that looks like this without wondering "What in the fuck is that?"

S - This is the Holy grail of coffee beer, no doubt in my mind (on the nose alone, before I even have a sip). The deliciousness of the aroma supplied by the coffee infusion cannot be adequately quantified because it is simply far more delectable than any actual brewed, roasted or ground coffee aroma I have ever encountered. There is also a big fudge-y chocolate presence and some charred-caramelized sugar, rounding out with soft notes of vanilla.

T - This IS the Holy Grail of coffee beer, no doubt in my mind. It has the flavor of the most fantastic double espresso on ice, with dash of soy milk and a shot of Kahlúa Especial, except a magnitude or two greater. The roasty notes of the base beer are still there, but they are are indelibly fused with the java at this point. There are also big fudge-vanilla-chocolate-graham cracker impressions that give this beer a very comforting appeal. Booze is well-hidden. It is worth noting that while regular Zhukov is somewhat on the brutal side of the spectrum (in a good way), this variant is about as smooth and easy on the palate as they come.

M - Huge body, like an oil slick in your gullet. Amazing.

D - It is impossible to put the greatness of this beer into words. But I'll try to draw some reference: 1. Best coffee- anything I've ever had. 2. Best CCB Beer (tie). 3. Best Stout (tie). 4. Best use of weasel excrement.

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Zhukov's Final Push from Cigar City Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.