faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella. Pitch black colour, nice but though small light brown head. Pleasant aroma of coffee and roasted malt with chocolate and some smoke. Good filling mouthfeel indeed. Very pleasant flavour of coffe and roasted malt indeed with chocolate and liqourice along with a great pleasant roasty bitter malty chocolate coffe finish. Yum indeeeed!
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the BA Hunahpu release 9/24/11. Thanks to drowland for saving me a pour of this rarity. You are the man!
Pour is typical Zhukov, an ink black SRM that produces a Martian red head looking extremely similar to used motor oil. Bubbles and all. Lots of glass staining but not a lot of head retention and lacing. Nose is quite nice. I’m not the biggest coffee fan, but can appreciate having hazelnut, vanilla, cinnamon apples, and cocoa powder in the nose in lieu of near DMS like qualities and sharp, gritty roast. Rich and soft in the nose thankfully. For taste, I still think the palate is what shines above taste. Palate is rich and oily. Extremely thick but no cloying sugars like you would expect given the staining. Instead, the coffee does pack decent bitterness (no astringency) but there is still such a hefty dose of coffee acidity creating a tart lemon profile in the back end. Certainly yummy, but someone may see this as simply extremely thick coffee rather than imperial stout. Could use more bitterness and could work on the appearance department. If you are going for this whale, I hope you enjoy coffee explosion.
j12601 (9100) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pouring at the Blind Tiger for Mike’s 50th birthday extravaganza. Pours a deep jet black, with no head. I’ll have to agree that this one may have been better on nitro, and that’s a rarity since I usually think nitro is overused. Huge coffee on the nose, blows away any other coffee beers I can think of for the amount of “I’m pretty sure this is coffee, and not a beer with coffee in it” that I was getting. Deep roast, just loads of it, one dimensional really, nothing but roast and coffee. Like drinking an iced coffee, sort of too much. Long coffee and roast. Light alcohol on the finish. Still awesome, but maybe a bit too much.
sebletitje (8663) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Entering old ratings. Draft @ RedLight RedLight RBWG.
Une couleur d’un noir profond donc on découvre une mousse intense et épaisse foncée.
Zhukov est déjà en elle même une imp stout complexe. On retrouve dans cette version, toute la bonté du malt, note de chocolat et vanille, parfois allant aussi sur un aspect de feuille de tabac qui met en avant une forte note de torréfaction et de malt grillé. Ce qui fait de Final Push au delà du jeu de mot du nom de la bière c’est le caractère unique que donne ce café. Ce dernier propulse Final Push vers des sphères qui font que l’on ne veut pas voir la fin du verre. Une bière riche dont le profile se développe à quasi température ambiante et qui ne se boit pas, mais se déguste.
djd07 (8020) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to Diego during RBWG. Pours a very dark brown with no head. The aroma is roast,cacao, and vanilla. Thick mouthfeel, nice roast, rich coffee, light smokiness, really impressive.
Ibrew2or3 (7930) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours milk shake like consistency fudge brownie with lasting firm mocha head. The aroma is bold rich hugeness pulsing with perfectly highly roasted coffee to go along with rings of sweet dark fudgy chocolate and dark roasted malts. This is rich decadent aromatic yum. The taste is rich dark roasted coffee somehow conveyed on a near creamy mouthfeel pulling up supporting flavors of velvety rich dark chocolate, roasty malts and some burnt malts. Wow, balance – depth – decadence – D-Lish!
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by hophead84 at Woodshop6. Pitch black pour that is extremely glass coating with a small iodine head. Looks good as do most CCB stouts. Aromas are strongly of coffee. To the point of being a bit peppery. Earthy, spicy coffee notes, chocolate, fudge, alcohol. A bit sweet. Flavors are very bitter chocolate and roast. Some coffee notes as well. Big syrupy and warming mouthfeel. Coating. Tasty, but I preferred the coffee notes in Kopi Speedway quite a bit more.
blipp (7777) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours black with a thin head. Big big big coffee aroma with roasted malts and some light molasses-like sweetness. The flavor, again, has huge coffee notes up front, with molasses, chocolate, and roasted and burnt malts. Really good.
drowland (7726) - Georgia, USA - MAR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmmm... enjoyed at RBWG 2010 on nitro at Redlight Redlight. The flavor and aroma on this is HUGE coffee... intense coffee on this with some chocolate. The quality of this coffee dances amazingly well with the quality of this beer. Awesome stuff, folks!
SudsMcDuff (7661) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
32oz growler.. . . Pours a deep dark black .. . Mild foam .. . tar, deep coffee, more tar, and pepper espresso .. . The mouth was quite smooth .. . Not what i was expecting .. . . Oh, there’s some crazy shit, man. There’s a dude in the bushes. Has he got a gun? I dunno! RED TEAM GO, RED TEAM GO