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

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate PushMarshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push

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Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of 57md
4.66/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger of fluffy tan head. The nose is reminiscent of freshly brewed black coffee. The flavor profile also has plenty of coffee. The mouthfeel is sticky and there is a flavorful semi-sweet touch of chocolate on the finish.

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Photo of mig100
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msscott1973
4.34/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
4.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz
No date

Black to deep brown on the edges with no head and nice lacing.

Nose is strong black coffee, subtle sugars, roasted malt, and minor cocoa.

Taste is similar to the nose but vanilla is up front and throughout with strong roasted coffee, malt, cocoa, and subtle sweetness from start to finish.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and smooth with the slightest bit of aggressiveness. Carbonation is average to low. Finish is semi sweet.

If you like coffee, this is your beer. MZ is nice. The addition of vanilla and coffee really amps this up to the next level. The coffee is strong but it is balanced out by the vanilla and subtle sweetness. Would love to see this in a BA version. Highly recommended.

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jacob17
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a very dark black, deep and forbidding, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like creamy fudgy chocolate, molasses, earthy roasted malt, and (unfortunately), green pepper-riddled coffee.

Luckily, the green pepper thing doesn't translate to the taste, and allI get is delicious roasty and dark coffee. The coffee is bitter and burly, and doesn't add a whole lot of sweetness. There's a little bit of vanilla sweet cream, and lots of fudgy chocolate- the thickness of the Zhukov mouthfeel gives off the impression of fudge. I imagine this would absolutely incredible if it saw the inside of a barrel- but even without that, it's absurdly decadent. The base Zhukov still comes through nicely too- it's a bitter earthy monster of a beer, with licorice, smoke, and roast playing a huge part here.

This is absurdly thick and rich- Zhukov has to be one of the thickest stouts in the game, without getting syrupy or weird. The carbonation level is just right.

The aroma was definitely off-putting. As the beer warmed, the aroma got less intensely green. However, the taste and mouthfeel were absolutely spot on. This is a great beer, all in all.

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Photo of cbutova
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did not expect to find bottles of this the first weekend I am spending in NYC. A good way to start the temporary stay, I have always wanted to try this.

A- Midnight black, texas tea body from the bomber into my beer mug. The head forms atop the brew to about an inch high with a thick frothy consistency and an extremely dark brown hue, truly like a rich mocha. The cap dies into a small ring and lacing is formed with several thin sheets.

S- A classic Imperial Stout roastiness with intense strength as the grains really open up the show with roast barley, chocolate malt, burnt, caramel and toasted nut notes. With time coffee opens up more and overall the cocoa portion of the brew becomes rather strong. Just a hint of vanilla here.

T- Follows up the nose and allows the grains to be the star with the adjuncts adding on some decadent, balanced extra goodness. The vanilla is much stronger here than in the aroma and it plays well off the general flavor profile of intensely chocolately brownie. With warming, the coffee comes out to the party with a dark roast, fresh coffee flavor profile; none of that stale coffee ground feel. Just to re-iterate from above, the base beer is one of the richest stouts in the land with a base of intense roast grain, charred barley, chocolate, slight soy, licorice, ash, bitter 85% cocoa, caramel, extremely toasted nuts, slight raisin and a hint of alcohol.

MF- This body is a beast. About as thick as a beer can be with a creamy, chewy as a cookie texture. Incredibly soft and luscious caressing of the palate with an ending that is ever so slightly warm. Intense roasty bitterness.

The last time I had Marshal Zhukov's was quite some time ago. This newest vintage is much, much less sweet and because of that infinitely more enjoyable. The last one was like cloying caramel sap and this one has an extremely clean and impressive ferment for an 11% stout allowing the decadent roast grains, coffee and vanilla to shine. Thankfully, CCB held back a bit here with the coffee and vanilla and let the beautiful base accentuate what adjuncts are there. A fudgey chocolate chip brownie with all things dark and some vanilla. Dessert in a bottle.

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4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bum4ever
4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with long lasting dark tan head. Tons of lacing the whole way down.
Coffee and roasted barley, followed by vanilla and slight hint of caramel and molasses.
Coffee and vanilla are toward the front with a strong dark chocolate taste. Also some earthy flavors and a hint of caramel. Everything blends great. It's a hint bitter on the finish from all the dark chocolate and strong coffee.
Feel is super thick and creamy. Easy to drink for a stout lover.
Overall this is one of the best stouts I have ever had and I love stouts.

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Photo of CHickman
4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Bottled 03/01/17, it pours as black as oil with a 2 finger foamy brown head that was packed with bubbles of all sizes, fading very, very slowly while leaving really nice foamy spider web lacing and rings as it went down. The second half of the bomber poured just as nice with the cascading head forming as the bubbles raced up the brew, really nice to watch.

Smells like a fresh black Starbucks bold coffee, with that fresh ground bean essence mixed with char and burnt coffee grinds. The additions of dark chocolate, metallic notes, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, smoke or burnt campfire wood bring out lots of earthy accents before some minor piney hints appear and more coffee kicks in. Complex and well balanced, and even though I get zero vanilla in the nose I still think this smells outstanding. Imperial Coffee stouts are my favorite stout style and this hits all the right notes for me.

Some people may harp on the fact that the vanilla beans got covered up the the rich, roasted coffee beans, but not me - this is delicious, and while the vanilla adds some nice complexities, I can't complain since I love coffee stouts. It has everything listed in the smell description above plus some nutty notes, hot fudge, bakers chocolate, burnt malts, more chocolate or cocoa powder and dark fruit. The aftertaste is bitter with a ton of chocolate, burnt coffee grinds and then some trailing vanilla and nutty notes. A lingering chalky cocoa taste made me not want to finish the second glass, as it fades as nicely as a fresh brewed cup of Kona coffee. Glad I have another bottle to age, this brew is fantastic.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich with mild carbonation, a nice level of sweetness to counter the bitterness, some much flavor that expands as it warms while it completely covers the 11% ABV and slides down much easier than it should. All in all this is indeed a world class beer, one to seek out for sure. I don't know if aging it can improve this brew, but I'll give it a shot since I have another bottle. A really great beer overall.

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3.59/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of justinp444
4.87/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a mini nonic pint it has a black body and a khaki head of a quarter inch. Smell of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and a bit of marshmallow. Taste is much the same with a ton of coffee and chocolate some vanilla and a lot of roasted malt. Mouth feel is full and rich with a moderate carbonation. A fantastic stout, not overly sweet, wish I had a bottle.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 13.99. Bottled 3/2/17. Served in a Cigar City teku.

Pours oil black with two and a half fingers of mocha head. After the initial froth recedes the lingering persistent patches quickly revert to a thin veneer with a brisk swirl of the glass. A narrow halo leaves a few sparce specks of lace.

Vanilla laced coffee is instantly evident in the aroma. Chocolate, roast, caramel, faint earth and molasses. As it reaches room temperature, the nose comes together well.

Tastes of strong coffee, dark cocoa, roasty malts, burnt caramel, vanilla, dark fruit skins, earthy sugars, pine and some infrequent stabs of alcohol. The coffee would almost be too burnt and overpowering were it not for the sweet, calming presence of vanilla.

Full, creamy body with silky smooth carbonation. Lightly vanilla creamed caramel macchiato comes across in the finish.

Cigar City brings Marshall Zhukov to a new place in this tasty variant. Penultimate Push is a brilliant take on the imperial coffee stout. Well worth a try and I look forward to someday enjoying an El Catador barrelled version.

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Photo of calcnerd
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Phineasco
4.61/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black with 1 inch khaki head.
Smell: marsh mellows, bready malts, alcohol heat, and coffee beans.
Taste: Fudge, dark chocolate, and bready malt.
Mouthfeel: Not too boozy, full and thick.
Overall: A great imp stout, I need more cigar city in my life.

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Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

look: Gorgeous like the base beer. Dark as all hell. Creamy mocha head.
smell: Only had the base beer once but was blown away by the nose. Rich, decadent and included vanilla and coffee notes. Need to do a side by side one day. In any case, a stellar nose.
taste: just as rich as the nose and full of all those flavors. Damn fine stout.

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4.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.3/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Better than regular Zhukov. Flavor is heavy but smoother than original. Drank with a few months age on bottle. Good.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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