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 brentk56
4.74/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Huhzubendah
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Does anyone make a better looking stout than Cigar City? Pitch black, opaque, viscous body with a thick, beige collar resembling wet sand. Lovely aroma of coffee, chocolate. The base beer here is terrific and really shines through. Coffee notes are stronger than the vanilla character. Well balanced. Thick body and delightful to sip. Winner.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
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 cosmicevan
4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

was SUPER pumped when this hit distro after all the buzz I had heard about this beer. classic zhukov black as my soul looks, nose screams of stale coffee w lots of roast. taste is a bit nicer w the vanilla rounding it out but heavy char w the roast gives the body a chalkiness that is not very zhukov. maybe this batch isn't as God as others or maybe the bourbon zhukov is still in my mind but this doesn't seem all that nutty. better than the nilla hazelnut, but I'm not certain this would beat the regular in a blind taste for me. great beer, don't get me wrong...I just had very high expectations going into this.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Expecting nothing less, this pours that classic MZ/Huna hue of glossy, stark black with a dense, super dark mocha head. The head actually recedes a little sooner than I'd expected, though, lazily resurfacing with a swirl, slower yet stronger than it seems it might. There are ruby red edges in the sunlight.

Smell is milk chocolate infused coffee, and loads of it, both fruity and slightly nutty, with a little sting of booze, or is that vanilla?

Taste is super roasty dark chocolate malt with rolling waves of bitter, nutty and tangy coffee, cut a touch by vanilla. This is actually quite a bit boozier and hot compared to regular MZ, or even Huna and DBH, which is confounding. It feels hot upon exhaling after a swallow, as well as on the way down the esophagus and upon hitting the gut. It's very unusual, as I assumed this was just MZ with coffee and vanilla, but it almost seems like something else. And I have had, and thoroughly enjoyed, Caffe Americano.

The feel is also thinner than MZ or Huna, with a little less carbonation, sort of astringent, but still slick and semi-dry.

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Photo of Roguer
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
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, vanilla, and chocolate on the palate. A touch of alcohol heat up front, but smooth roast from there. Nice level of char, present without dominating.

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 WesMantooth
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 bomber

It is a viscous, motor oil looking beer with a huge, long lasting cinnamon colored frothy head.

It smells like coffee and vanilla beans, chocolate fudge, leather, and charred oats and barley.

It has a ton of deep roasted grain flavor and coffee. The vanilla is a subtle compliment and balance to the bitterness. A bunch of bitter sweet chocolate and a little bit of tobacco and licorice.

This is one of the thickest, chewy stouts out there. Ten Fidy kind of heft. It is like velvet though.

An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch-black, viscous pour and body; only a slim collar of bubbles around the edge. Aromas of espresso char and dark roasted malt undercut with sweet vanilla molasses. The taste is big on burnt coffee roast, with more-bitter-than-sweet chocolate aspect, sweetened with sinews of soft vanilla and creamy coffee. Full-bodied, smooth, pronounced stout bitterness... Superior brew...

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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 q33jeff
3.97/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4


bottle to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, thick black, with dark brown head. Beautiful beer.
AROMA: mineral smells, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla.
TASTE: bitter coffee, malt, raisin. Lots of wood tannin in the finish.
FEEL: Very full body, good carbonation for how thick it is.

Just not feeling it. Very bitter; vanilla (or other sweetness) doesn't match the bitterness.

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Photo of deebo
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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 JohnnyHopps
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
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 MJSFS
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle dated 2/28/17 poured in a Cigar City snifter. Looked like used motor oil coming out of the bottle; thick, black, viscous. Semi-aggressive pour produced a a finger of milk chocolate head that slowly receded to a ring around the glass and left thick spotty lacing. Aroma is dark roasted espresso and vanilla and cherries. Flavor matches the nose with the base RIS very prevalent at the end. Dark roasted coffee, vanilla, and dark fruits combine to produce a very complex and sweet Russian Imperial. Mouthfeel is thick, viscous, and mouth coating which is what I would expect from a CCB imperial stout. Overall this is my favorite variant of an already impressive RIS. How this only scores a 93 is beyond me. Maybe the $19 price tag and the 22oz format turns people off, but this is above Ballast Point Victory at Sea and Terrapin W-n-B in my book.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
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 thatche2
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass (one month old). Appearance is thick, dark dark brown with 1/2 finger thick brown head. Smell is a ton of roasted coffee, cream, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with tons of roasted notes balanced out by the moderately sweet chocolate and cream/vanilla. The coffee flavors are excellent. Bitterness is moderate to high. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with relatively low carbonation.

Overall, this is an excellent Russian imperial flavored stout. The roasted coffee and vanilla flavors work great together with chocolate adding balance. It is a little edgy/heavy, but the balance and flavors are good enough to pull it off. Excellent.

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Photo of djmichaelk
4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Boccu
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black with deep brown head. One finger high that's fades fast. Aroma is deep dark coffee. Really nice coffee aroma that has a vanilla back bone with a light molasses finish. Taste espresso beans, dark bakers chocolate, molasses, touch of chalk and half with a smooth vanilla bean finish. Awesome imperial stout. Great flavor that only amplifies as it warms. Loves Cigar City stouts look forward to more from them.

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Photo of avas
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
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 iTunesUpdates
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
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 The_Snow_Bird
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured very dark with no light passing through. Had a caramel colored head that went away after a little while. Smelled like coffee and roasted malts. Could taste coffee and a little bit of sweetness added, probably the chocolate. Nice roasty finish.

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Photo of nuggetlover
4.4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at World of Beer in exton
Just a beautiful impenetrable black with the espresso tan head that just might be my favorite color.
So it's really really good, lots of espresso.
Great beer, I'd prefer speedway stout but this was really good.

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Photo of Amguerra305
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an oily pitch black color with dark tan head that leaves a kind of thick ring around edge of the glass. Smell is espresso coffee forward with a chocolate undertone. The taste is a dark chocolate bomb, amazing. The coffee hits you on the back end. Very thick and chewy consistency. Overall this beer is excellent. It tastes like a bolder more dark chocolate based caffe americano.

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Photo of acmurphy696
4.76/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic experience. Like any good stout Mashal Zhukov looks black and beautiful, but it smalls great too. I can definitely detect chocolate and coffee in the flavor. The chocolate is more prominent than the coffee. Excellent! It lingers bitterly on the tongue, but I find that pleasing.

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Photo of drowland
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Lapalou
5/5  rDev +11.1%
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
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