Zhukov's Final Push | Cigar City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by tpd975 on 03-15-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
149
Reviews:
28
Avg:
4.58
pDev:
8.3%
 
 
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Ratings: 149 |  Reviews: 28
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of oline73
3.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -2.4%
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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4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.52/5  rDev -1.3%
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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3.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterSki
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev -4.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.74/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!!

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4.06/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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