This imperial Stout is a masterfully balanced blend of dark chocolate, tobacco, figs and leather. There is a dark brown to nearly blackish coloration for this beer with a small amount of tan head that pours on the top of a glass. Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push invites individuals in with a sweet nose and an initial sip will yield hints of coffee and caramel. Cigar City has hidden the alcohol bite well here, ensuring that this brew flows like water. There is a certain depth to Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push that will yield a number of twists and turns as the brew continues to warm to room temperature. I believe that the inclusion of coffee and vanilla to this beer adds considerable depth to an already complex offering.
This means that there are spicier elements including cinnamon and nutmeg that play at the periphery. Molasses and maple syrup can also be picked up before one completes a bomber. The mouthfeel remains creamy and decadent throughout; there is a good amount of sweetness but the hotness brought by the alcohol content and the sharper aspects of the beer. We get a number of stellar stouts for review in NeuFutur but I believe that Cigar City may have grabbed the crown from other illustrious breweries including Firestone Walker and 50 West with their Marshal Zhukov’s Penultimate Push.
Many of our readers are familiar with Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout, but Penultimate Push is something that any stout lover should search out while bottles are still plentiful. For information about the full array of events that Cigar City hosts, visit their website. A listing of all of their year-round and seasonal brew can be found at the brewery’s domain.