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

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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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Added by ktrillionaire on 08-07-2011

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 83
Photo of drowland
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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 ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-The beer was a murky black color with mocha bubbles.

Smell - Boozy molds create the impression.

Taste - my first thought is boozy reasons. There is also a lot of coffee. Sweet maltsand dark chocolate make up the backbone. The coffee and chocolate linger.

Mouthfeel- The viscosity would make this stout hard to push around.

Overall - Another great Zhukov variant, though I prefer sherry.

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Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on Cask at CCB after Zhukov release.

Didn't finish the glass but by no means did that mean this was a bad beer. It was simply too heavy to finish at 10AM.

A: Absolutely no light getting though this. Head was beautiful and lasted the ENTIRE time I drank it. Lacing on the glass was perfection.

S: Full on coffee in your face.

T: Well this was a coffee bomb. Like smack you in the face. It was extremely delicious and had notes of chocolaty coco, and vanilla.

I wish I had the chance to sit down and drink this at night when I can fully enjoy it.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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 brentk56
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Arrives pitch black, like motor oil, with a modest tan head that leaves multiple strands of lacing

Smell: Coffee abounds in the aroma, with chocolate tones underneath

Taste: As in the aroma, the coffee is huge on the palate, though the chocolate, vanilla and a touch of roast develop in the middle; rather sweet on the palate, though the sweetness is held in check by a hint of tartness, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with low carbonation

Overall: While some may find the coffee overwhelming, I thought that while the coffee was dominant it was effectively complemented by the other flavors; a really first class example of how to brew a big coffee stout

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Photo of Lapalou
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just incredible mouthfeel and deep flavors, some coffee but just a deeper Zhukov, one of the best non BA beers I've had, no peppers or other tricks here, just awesome. I had multiple pours of this, skipping other great offerings.

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Marshal Zhukov's Imperial Stout - Zhukov's Penultimate Push from Cigar City Brewing
4.53 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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