guntlipz (19) - Portland, USA - OCT 29, 2010
GABF. The is the blueprint for coffee beers. roasty complex. viscous and lots of weasel shit coffee potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Draught. Black tan head. Aroma is all huge coffee, burnt up and beautiful with awesome awesome, burnt wood, oranges, bitter chocolates, tobacco, roasted feel. Flavor is the same with some added sweet syrup feel. BUt now still just all so burnt up great coffee! I’ll really was amazed lassem (660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2010
Had the pleasure to enjoy this together with Mikkel. Shared a "six-pack" handbottled beautys that normally only are available at the brewery. The pour is black black black with a fine dark brown head that stays there all through the glass. Heavy curtains when rolled in the glass. The aroma is packed with bitter freshly made coffee notes. Lots of cacao, wooten notes, a little fart somewhere. The taste is so smooth with a nice sweet and very balanced taste that fades out in a somehow raw bitterness with the sweet notes as backing group with edgy salty notes, that traditionally goes along with an russian imperial stout. Reminds me a little of a cake dough. Its roasted to the max, but never gets over the top. The palate is creamy and very dilicious. Not to thick, but spot on. The finish is dominated of the coffee. Best imperial stout I have had this year. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Cigar city final push poured into a snifter.... Aroma jumps out before craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
I can even admire the pour... Pours a deep black as night pour, very
slick oily and impenetrable. A careful pour didn’t yield much head but
a light swirled revealed a definitive darker tan head... Assertive and
robust, strong amazingly fresh coffee nose, roasty with some subtle
yet fair vanilla notes on the backend. Almost like fresh pressed
beans, the aroma is splendid... Flavors fall just a tad short of the
nose but still quite delicious. Silky smooth with in your face fresh
coffee action from beginning to end supplemented by velvety
bittersweet chocolate. Very light carbonation which def doesn’t
detract yet enhances it to expose the natural flavors. Some light
coffee rind finish that puts a nice ending to a great tasting
sample from the pitcher @ GABF on 9/17/10. pitch black oily pour with a small tan head (imagine it would be a bit stronger in a snifter glass). intense deep roasted coffee nose with some big malts. the Kopi Lowak coffee is so dark and intense - love it! huge coffee infused body with layers of chocolate. dark coffee ground finish with more chocolate notes and big roasted malts. this is the perfect coffee beer.
Sean9689 (286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Poured into CCB snifter. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
A - Pours black, no head, motor oil. Black and viscous, just like "night in a glass". Small bits of bubbles but really just a lot of black.
S - Oh boy...awesome coffee notes...so good. It’s like walking into your favorite coffee shop in the morning and taking a big whiff. Phenomenal. Chocolate, caramel, burnt sugars, some bitter notes.
T - Coffee beans, expresso, chocolate. Not quite as good as the nose, but hey, it’s still pretty f’n excellent. It’s like drinking a snifter-sized expresso with alcohol notes. Very, very good. A nice coffee bean-esk bitter finish.
M - Full, rich, smooth, and creamy on the finish that also dries out after a bit.
D - Just. Wow. The nose on this beer is just mind-blowing. This beer is what CCB does well...a dark, rich, stout. Worthy of the hype? Very much so. Right up there with Brandy Hunahpu’s.
Epic. Pours an inky opaque black hue, thick and ominous lacing with a syrupy brown film. Small dark brown head dies to a small ring of lace. Big thick and brooding. Perhaps a reddish edge. Aromas are big sweetness of cocoa, roasty coffee, big bitter roast with sweet caramel, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, roasty barley and coffee, quite potent roasty poo coffee, which strikes a note as BGB Weasel similar. A lot going on, rich and ridiculous. Initial is thick and full bodied, lays strong on the palate, roasty coffee and creamy vanilla, big roasty coffee and dark chocolate, a bit tamer than the nose would have suggested. Covers the palate with sweet maple syrup, vanilla, caramel, roasted malts and big coffee roast and bitterness. The roasty coffee is rich and bitter, pretty big, the sweetness aids it along, preventing it from becoming acrid. Sweet and roasty, the sweetness lingers thickly on the palate at the back, roasty coffee comes through in powerful jabs, light piney hops. Quite rich and bitter. Thick and palate sticking, lingering roast and bitterness, sticky sweet syrupy caramel, cocoa, syrup.. Really, the aroma hits a home run, the taste is great, but the aroma is the far away strength. Best version I’ve had of Zhukov yet. Roasty and rich, big bitterness with good dark chocolate influence. The flavors are deep, the complexity is there, and the strengths of base Zhukov (My favorite stout by CCB to date) are all present. The Kopi Luwak adds a deep roasty and bitter coffee feel, rich and strong and earthy. An honor to try. Aroma wins it, but the beer itself is no slouch. Cheers! HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 Sampled many times at GABF 2010. Black oily pout with tan head. Huge aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Weasel poop does make a difference. Lots of aggressive chocolate and coffee flavor. Maybe a hint of fruit, and some booze as well. Seems like this is the type of beer you’d either love or hate, because of the aggressiveness. For me, it was one of the highlights of the fest. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9/18/2010. This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from the tap. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, some vanilla and then some more coffee. A full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, touch of vanilla and raisins. Hops are herbal and earthy. Good balance. Nice carbonation. Some bitterness at the finish as well as a bunch of residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. nickd717 (4901) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
Rating #2200! Ticked this beer on draft. Pours black in color, and thick, with a well-formed tan head that is typical of Cigar City beers. They really do tend to nail the appearance. The aroma has big notes of delicious weasel crap coffee. Yes I can tell the difference. Besides that, a big base stout with dark chocolate and coffee shines through. The flavor is not quite as amazing as the aroma, but is still excellent. Just a little heavy on the char, but the coffee flavor is great and well-integrated. Big, rich, dark malts form the base, lending roasty and toasty and chocolatey notes. Some anise in there as well. Very full and thick on the mouthfeel. Carbonation is rather low, as it should be, but not nonexistent. Awesome beer overall, and if there was a score for the name of the beer, this would get perfect marks considering I laughed out loud when I got the double entendre. Keep up the good work, Joey, Wayne, and co, and send some beer out to the wasteland of northern CA!