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
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ktrillionaire on 08-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
158
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
6.68%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
34
For Trade:
6
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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 158
Reviews by ktrillionaire:
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marklaker
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of deebo
4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

O-a nice variant but not as robust for me as the BB version. A little light on the vanilla. Very close to standard MZ with a bit more toasty, coffee flavor.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avas
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on draft 3/27/17.

A: Dark, thick, black, oily. Two fingers of cinnamon-/mocha-colored head. Ominous.

S: Bitter cocoa nibs, lotsa roasted malts, and a healthy dose of earthy Noble hops. Hint of pepper skin, some leather, more molasses. Big nose, pops out of the glass.

T: Very different from the taste.. Huge milk chocolate, medium- to dark-roast coffee, and a great vanilla finish. Chocolate fudge punches you in the face on the frontend, along with some roasted malt / coffee. Mid-palate is where it gets more complex, with the appearance of molasses and some licorice quickly followed by a gentle kiss of vanilla (that fades rather quickly as it warms). Very fudgy and dessert-y, but the roastiness of the malt and bitterness of the hops balance the sweetness quite well.

M: Thick. Rich. Fudgy. Coats the mouth and sticks to everything it touches. Quite sweet, but with a healthy dose of bitterness to offer some balance. Did I mention this was rich?

O: Very good coffee/cocoa/vanilla RIS that fails to fall into any of the typical traps that these adjuncts stouts tend to.. There's a lot going on here, but it's all somewhat balanced, with no single component overwhelming the others. The distance between the nose and the taste is odd, but I'm not totally offended by it. The mouthfeel is ridiculous, on par with some of the thickest imperial stouts I've had. Overall, if they could dial in that nose a bit more, this would be ridiculous. But as it stands, it's a great beer worth seeking out for sure.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnyb
4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kinda pricey but I got one anyway and am glad I did. I think I still like the "just" MZukov a tad better but this has some nice flavor add ins.

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Photo of whatname
4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark ebony brew, with a dark brown head with fantastic strength and retention.

Coffee and roast on the nose, restrained and inviting.

Coffee and chocolate on the palate. A touch of alcohol heat up front, but smooth roast from there.

Hazelnut kiss on the finish well after you're expecting anything new from this beer. Fleeting notes of vanilla and roast.

Nice thick and sticky feel.

Fantastic beer!

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Photo of fthegiants
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle dated 3/2/2017. Fresh!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robgage
4.94/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours a mean black motor oil into the glass with a thick rusty head - reminds me of Mornin' Delight with such a pretty pour
S: Fresh roasted coffee, vanilla bean, and a slight trace of hazelnut
T: A fierce shot of French Roast coffee and espresso up front that is lightened a bit by simple notes of dark chocolate bars, vanilla, and cane sugar
F: Surprisingly thick for a non-BA stout - well carbed as well
O: This stout took me by surprise. I've heard great things about the base beer, but this variant (or variant of a variant as some folks like to say) was a full on force to be reckoned with - this beer is a coffee lover's dream! What I love the most about the beer was how well integrated the bold coffee and mocha flavors were with the supporting cast of vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and 'creamer'. Just a very well done coffee stout with a delightfully thick body and flavor complexity.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drowland
3.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

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Photo of cyrushire
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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