Zhukov's Final Push
Cigar City Brewing

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Stout - Russian Imperial
4.64 | pDev: 8.19%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Kopi Luwak coffee aged Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, I prefer the regular Marshal Zhukov over this variant. Not saying it's bad, far from it, I just think the standard stout stands on its own. But the coffee flavor is very rich, and maybe I just wasn't feeling coffee when I had this.

Aug 22, 2016
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mythaeus from Pennsylvania

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

First of all, HUGE thank you to @JohnParadee for making it happen and sharing his crowler. If you didn't know the story of how this re-make came about, check out his review/story below.

Secondly, this was THE best straight up black, i.e no maple/milk or other adjuncts, coffee beer I've ever had. If you've ever been to your best local gourmet coffee shop, Ultimo Coffee down in South Philly in my case, and had their best hand pour drip coffee and said "wow, I didn't know coffee could taste this good", this was that times 10! Wish I could describe the coffee smell and flavors and why it's so different and amazing. I'd total drop $300 on a pound of this coffee to try it by itself. MZ is a good stout to begin with, but the coffee drowned it nearly completely out. It was hard to tell if there was beer in it....that's how much coffee that was present.

Keep in mind that I had a full pour of this out of a large Spieglau snifter (full size Huna glass) and enjoyed it over a span of 15 minutes+. Nose, taste, feel, look...all amazing. A perfect beer if you truly know and love coffee.

Apr 06, 2016
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JMFP from Delaware

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

Given what I went through to get this beer, I have to rate it a 5. So here's the honest to God true story...

After purchasing my ticket to Hunahpu Day 2016, I e-mailed CCB's marketing director, Geiger Powell, to make sure that CCB would be serving Final Push again this year (the last time it had ever been made and served previously was Hunahpu Day 2015...it was never bottled or distributed otherwise). I explained to Geiger that I really needed to try Final Push, as it was the last brew I needed to complete the BA Top 250 (which I had been working toward for 2.5 years). Imagine the horror when Geiger told me that CCB would NEVER brew this beer again, because they could not find a humane source of civet coffee beans! SH*T!!! So I asked Geiger if CCB would either give me the recipe, so I could make it, or would they make it if I could find a humane source of civet coffee beans. Well, Geiger said, we're not gonna give you the recipe, but if you can find a guaranteed humane source of civet coffee beans, then we'll make one keg of Final Push for Hunahpu Day 2016.

I then spent the next 3 weeks scouring the globe for a humane source of civet coffee beans, and ultimately found a communal preserve in SE Asia which provided a sanctuary for the civet cat, with guaranteed humane collection of the expectorated coffee beans! $300 and 2 weeks later, I had 16 ounces of humanely-gathered civet coffee beans shipped from SE Asia to CCB, and the rest is history!

So that is how & why Zhukov's Final Push came to be served at Hunahpu Day 2016!!!

Mar 27, 2016
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this beer at Cigar City's Hunahpu's Day 2016 in Tampa, FL. This was one of the standout beers at at the event as it was packet with flavors, very tasty and something I would love to see again in the future.

Mar 21, 2016
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The_Snow_Bird from Florida

4.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark in color with no light passing through. Had no head on it. Can smell dark fruit and chocolate. Tastes amazing, very sweet with a hint of coffee.

Mar 20, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.52/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Mar 09, 2014
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drowland from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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!

Feb 12, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Dec 15, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Jun 19, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

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.

Jun 10, 2012
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biggsbowler from Florida

4.92/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler shared by Tony at Coffee District. Holy Crap!!! This beer is so AMAZING!!! The kopi luwak coffee beans add such an aroma and taste to this beer. Even after I empty the glass, I smelled it for another 5mins. When it comes to looks and texture, I think the Doobie Brothers were talking about this beer and not the Mississippi River in "Black Water." This is a great example of how to make a great beer, even greater. There are few beers, I would take over this one.

Oct 07, 2011
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Kshock from California

4.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. GABF 2010

A- Jet black, poured sludgy like motor oil. by far the thickest beer ive tasted. dark tan head resides quickly to a ring.

S- Crazy coffee character on the nose. Dark malts, chocolate, black malt; just a crazy robust roasted character with multiple layers.

T- Crazy....just a brilliant marring of flavors from the dark malts and the coffee. amazing balance and very clean finish for a beer that is as big as it its.


O- Amazing coffee beer. A very nice treat to have at GABF.

Oct 05, 2011
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jsanford from Georgia

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!

Sep 28, 2011
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callmemickey from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Sep 09, 2011
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.65/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Sep 05, 2011
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womencantsail from California

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.

Sep 01, 2011
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Damico from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - just as everyone else gave this one mad props, so will I as it deserves. Thanks for opening the growler G311. It pours very similar to the Hunahpu’s with a dark thick black oil-like appearance and the perfect caramel and dark cinnamon color super-lacey head. I could barely get the lacing off the glass when I was rinsing it. The aroma has huge delicious smooth coffee notes and light chocolate notes. The flavors of that coffee comes through amazingly - as another review stated - better than the best coffee beer AND best coffee beer I’ve ever tasted! There are some chocolate and roasty notes too, but nothing tastes as good and shines through on this impy stout like the coffee. Then the body, like Hunah, is creamy, thick but smooth, and perfectly carbonated. That creaminess with the coffee notes are soooo good.

Aug 16, 2011
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G311 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you goes out to Jeff (Jefe73) on this one...a major surprise in our most recent trade and a more than fitting beer for my first review on BA. Enjoyed with multiple pieces of Lindt Extra Dark 85% Cocoa dark chocolate. A divine pairing.

A: F yo' couch darkness...menacing...almost invitingly so. The lacing was not as massive as on other CCB brew, but the staining of my glass was.

S: Spicy peppery hops...wet, dank coffee grounds, very earthy...a slight smokiness with a touch of dirt.

T: Exceptional...smoke, ash, sweet fruit (cherry?), and a wonderful dark cocoa powder-meets hearty black coffee enveloping everything.

M: Slick, oily velvet...but still relatively light. Like ultra-thick black coffee that melts in your mouth.

O: Easily one of the best beers I've ever had and being the huge coffee lover that I am, I'd have to put this WAY up there. Too bad it is so damn rare and hard to come by. Thank you again, Jeff, for the opportunity to try this gem.

Aug 16, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

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.

Nov 02, 2010
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djmichaelk from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6oz tasting snifter at the brewery. We were lucky enough to have the last few tastes before the keg blew, and that was only because the guy next to me at the bar prompted me to ask. I had no idea it was still on, so big big thanks to the unnamed bar patron who told me! Couldn't have picked a better beer for review #100.

A - Midnight black, with a finger or so of mocha-colored head. Retention was pretty good -- I couldn't wait, so I tasted through it before it could recede. But despite that, it stuck around for a while. Some decent lacing on the glass.

S - Unsurprisingly, huge notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Like others have mentioned, it has plenty of sweetness, only not in a cloying way -- it's exactly as it should be.

T - Wow -- very few beers can compare to this one. Again, like has been mentioned before, it's very much like a beer-shake. Tons of chocolate and coffee, lots of roastiness. It's got a milk-chocolate sweetness. Molasses, burnt sugar, and toffee are in the background. This is fantastic. I could drink it all night, but I can feel the abv creeping up on me.

M - Very milkshake-like, thick without being murky. Exactly as I'd like a stout to be.

D - The abv is a bit on the high side, but if I could I'd continue drinking this all night long. If the keg hadn't popped after three glasses I would have, too.

O - I can say without any doubt that this was one of the finest beers I've ever had. I'm only sad that I probably won't have another opportunity to have it again.

Oct 19, 2010
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Sep 26, 2010
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Sean9689 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Sep 24, 2010
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nickd717 from California

4.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Sep 21, 2010
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HopHead84 from California

4.37/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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.

Apr 23, 2010
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paytoplay from California

3.75/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Apr 23, 2010
Zhukov's Final Push from Cigar City Brewing
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