Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push - Cigar City Brewing

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push
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Reviews: 7
Hads: 68
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: n/a
Wants: 32
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ktrillionaire on 08-07-2011

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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 68
Reviews by djmichaelk:
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4.67/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CCB, in a snifter. Part of an impromptu tasting, which included this, Hopped-Up Johnnie, and Abyss '10 (as a point of reference).

A - Black as midnight, thick and viscous like the sludge at the bottom of your oil pan. Just how I like it. Not much in the way of head on the first pour, but the second had a substantial inch-plus of mocha-colored froth, and it stuck to the sides of the glass like its life depended on it (and it did).

S - Plenty of roasty espresso in the nose. My neighbor (at the bar) thought it was too much, but I love big smack-me-in-the-face coffee in my beer sometimes. This worked well with the chocolate and vanilla. Brownie batter, chocolate cookies, you name it. Great smells all over the place.

T - Wow, this is fantastic -- almost as good as its predecessor (Final Push). The espresso isn't quite as strong as the aroma predicted, but it's definitely holding its own, and the vanilla and chocolate really come forward, balancing things out. It starts out sugary and then finishes more dry. Beershake is the best descriptor I've heard for it. Very smooth with nothing really jumping out too much. Outstanding.

M - Thick and milkshake-y, with just enough carbonation to keep it from being too slick and/or oily. CCB really nails these types of beers for me.

O - I loved this beer, so much that I'm thinking of going back today just to see if any is left. It was definitely the best of the three I had that day. There are only a few beers in this genre that I've enjoyed more to date, and not surprisingly they're related -- Final Push and Rare DOS. (1,593 characters)

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4/5  rDev n/a

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4.49/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.9/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.3/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Hunahpu Day. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - As always from Zhukov, black and inky. Stains the glass. Mocha head.

Smell - Coffee. Sweet and rich. Molasses and booze.

Taste - Coffee dominates and cuts out some of the flavors that I don't love about Zhukov. It's still sweet, but doesn't seem as cloying. Hefty chocolate and molasses, but the roast of the coffee cuts it.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Delicious. No line for this at Hunahpu Day. Went back for it multiple times. (522 characters)

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4.94/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.8/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/12/11. Growler shared pre-GTMW. Pitch black pour with a touch of brown head that fades a ring and laces sparsley. Robust coffee aroma with a bit of sweet and a touch of sour. Rich, sweet flavor with huge lingering coffee and a touch of tart... not bad! (254 characters)

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5/5  rDev n/a

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4.67/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.84/5  rDev n/a

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4.71/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev n/a

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5/5  rDev n/a

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4.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.79/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev n/a

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4.75/5  rDev n/a

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4.79/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev n/a

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4.83/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.64/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Penultimate Push is a variant of a variant; nice job CCB. This is a take on Final Push, and includes Mazzaro's espresso (in place of Kopi Luwak) and aging on chocolate and vanilla. The pour is oily black, has thick legs on the glass' wall, and is capped with a sinister burnt umber-hued head; it has the quintessential RIS look. The nose is rich in coffee and chocolate, decadently so, and is very very desert-like. It is almost as confectionery as, say, ST Choklat, Mokah or Jahva. The flavor backs, or redoubles, these sweet candy-like impressions, suggesting something akin to a hot fudge sundae atop a double-chocolate brownie with a handful of tootsie rolls on the side, served with cafe mocha and a shot of Tia Maria. It is honestly a bit too gaudy in flavor for me. As a child, I would've loved this, don't get me wrong, but then - as a child, I'd have no business drinking 11% Stout. I digress... The feel is big, rich and silky; quite enhancing. Overall this is a very good beer, but not quite as fantastic as other special CCB treats. (1,044 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev n/a

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push from Cigar City Brewing
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