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Cigar City Final Push Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at Cigar City Brewing
Style: Imperial Stout
Tampa, Florida USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Imperial Stout aged on kopi luwak coffee, vanilla and cacao nibs

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2010
RBWG. Possibly the best looking beer I have ever seen. Rich and voluptuous head. Aroma is intoxicating, full roast coffee, hints of vanilla and chocolate, absolutely stunning. The flavor is rich and almost too much of a good thing, insane coffee flavor seems to dance in perfect harmony with the beer. Absolutely stunning.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
#1600 on tap at Redlight during RBWG. This is a serious ballbuster of a beer! Thick black creamy pour with a creamy dark tan head. Monster espresso grounds aroma, very fresh with notes of dark chocolate peaking through. Creamy smooth milk chocolate, espresso and tobacco taste, seriously thick. Finishes soooo smooth. Damn that was awesome.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3557) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Nitro draft @ RBWG 2010. Pours black with creamy brown head. Huge coffee aroma with dark roasted malts. Tons of coffee flavor and dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Full body with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. My favorite beer of the RBWG 2010 weekend. Awesome brew!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2013 New Rating
I just enjoyed a couple pints of Zhukov’s Final Push at the Order of the Red Banner dinner 2013. Better than I expected and I expected a lot. Just a deep, black, vanilla, charred, evil, espresso, acrid smoke, tobacco. So many great things about this beer... even better than the first time I tried this one, back in 2010. Greatest coffee beer ever!

Original Rating
Nitro… RBWG ‘10This beer rocks!… Tar black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, dark brown head. Fantastic retention. The pungent, acrid aroma must weigh in at about 800 lbs. Huge, acidic, earthy, espresso and dark chocolate aroma. Smells more like espresso than espresso. Lesser notes of maduro tobacco and blackstrap molasses. Almost fecal… in a good way, much like a funky-as-hell, barnyard-ish, Belgian lambic’s bouquet can be very appealing. Full-bodied and velvety with pillow-soft carbonation. Big, bold, acrid espresso and black malt flavor. Malt sweetness is countered by carbonous espresso and charcoal bitterness. Undertones of pouch tobacco, cocoa nibs and blackstrap molasses. Lingering mocha finish. Kudos to growler for saving me a generous pull of this world class coffee imperial stout as I was about two hours late for this event. Me? Late? Imagine that.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Nitro tap @ Redlight Redlight for RBWG. Ok, so I know I’m a homer yada yada yada…but jcwattsrugger gave this a 4.1 which in itself speaks volumes. This beer really was sublime. Poured black with a thick, dense, creamy brown head. Bodies don’t come any fuller, this beer has the mouth feel of a milk shake. Nose has huge notes of coffee and chocolate both very pronounced and balanced with the lighter notes of roasted malt and vanilla. More of a breakfast than a beer. This beer was fantastic probably my favorite of RBWG and of Cigar City for that matter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltzilla (38) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Off the nitro tap @ Red Light Red light, during RBWG. BOOM! Is this a flavor bomb or an aroma bomb? Can’t decide. This thing is, hands-down, one of the best stouts I’ve ever had. When I poured it into my (large) snifter, the head came up thick, creamy and dense; very dark brown in color, too. I took a whiff and got some of the richest, most enticing coffee notes I’ve ever smelled (on coffee or beer). The weasels did a bang-up job on this batch. The appearance was definitely trade-mark zhukov: viscous, heavy, dense and darker than a black steer’s tuckus on a moonless prairie night. The taste is phenomenal: bitter chocolate, COFFEE, some very subtle licorice, light vanilla. You immediately notice the staple dark amber coating on your glass after you take the first sip. Amazing beer! The back palate lingers with some notes of coffee and dark fruit. Thanks to Joey, cheeseman, GoT and everyone involved in making this happen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2010
RBWG@RLRL-on nitro-pours a long retaining, milkshake thick light brown head and black color. Aroma is coffee-sark malt, hint of earthy hops. Taste is coffee-dark malt, some earthy hops bite. Creamy, thick, full body. Not my taste but nice and tasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (5194) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Wow. I had this one on a nitro tap from Redlight for RBWG. Holy hell. This beer pours a thick, menacing midnight black with a dark tan head. She foamed head for a little bit then settled like a rabid beast into my glass. The aroma erupted of coffee, earth, roast, malt, and all manner of goodness. Flavor did not disappoint and the mouthfeel was what Dark Lord aspires to and still gets kicked in the ass. Thick and viscous, amazingly tasty... this is up there with the "damn near perfect beer" club.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (12752) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
(Nitro) Pours an opaque black body with a creamy khaki head that provides a spectacular cascading effect in the glass. The head was so creamy you could tell who was drinking it with their tan mustaches. Aroma of dominating coffee, roasted malt, raisins, and chocolate. Flavor is massively coffee and roasted malt with chocolate, toffee, raisins, and molasses with a creamy mouthfeel. Probably the best mouthfeel I have experienced in a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (13309) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Nitro, RBWG. Large mocha brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some raisin/cherry, bittersweet chocolate, cream. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, raisin, some dark chocolate. Smooth/creamy full body with alcohol well contained. A pretty amazing Coffee IS, though I guess this rating makes me a homer.

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