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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
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PUGACHEVíS COBRA: The brainchild of Victor Pugachev -- not for the faint of heart. Pilot suddenly raises the aircraft nose to near vertical before dropping back to attack mode.

Get ready for an assault on your senses with PUGACHEVíS COBRA, an intense Russian Imperial Stout. This rich, black beauty with a thick caramel head is bursting with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruits, while flavors of chocolate-covered plum, sweet malt, bourbon, and roasted coffee explode on your pallet. Three different dark roasted malts and rich maple syrup are combined in a truly unique brewing process to create complexity and depth. Once fermented, itís then aged for eight months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. This powerful concoction is designed to be enjoyed now with friends or cellared to perfection and savored in the years to come.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1468) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2014
750ml bottle from Waterboy, with a December 2013 date, and shared by ck1 & Jan - thanks Ric. Bakers chocolate, roast, some vanilla. Nicely deep, bitter and sweet. Fairly smooth and not real alcoholly. 15.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (1348) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
recieved a bottle in a trade, thanks a lot matt! shared it with 2 friends. 2013 75cl version. poured a pitch black colour with a small beige head. lotís of sweet bakers chocolate forward. roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, deep bourbon sweetness (not overwelming), roasted espresso beans, marshmellows. chocolate covered plums, small hints of coconut... raisins, toffee, thick chocolate fudge, vanilla, more bourbon and oak comes forward as it warms up. boy this was one incredible tasty beers! it has a real complex an thick and creamy mouthfeel. really amazing brew that is worth tracking down! and it can easy compare with all the big names around! amazing. would try it again any time!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2315) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2014
750ml (2013) bottle shared by Dan P. Poured a dark brown/almost black color with a small foamy mocha colored head. Aroma is really boozy with notes of bourbon, oak, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. Taste mimics the nose with some earthiness, and some burnt sugar/caramel in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (734) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola. Dark fruit, chocolate, plum, roasty, cocoa, bourbon, licorice, huge vanilla notes. Incredible. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1691) - - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black with no discernible head. Aroma is chocolate and barrel. Taste follows and adds marshmallow, dark fruit and licorice. Rich sticky mouthfeel. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PartyFowle (93) - - SEP 2, 2014
Fairly thin and unimposing in appearance. Ebony, sure, but watery. The bubbles are fizzy as a soda, popping away in no time at all. Sharp, woody whiskey aroma -- mid-shelf stuff. Sweet vanilla, brown sugar, butterscotch, marshmallow. Tangy, bittersweet dark chocolate. The whiskey flavor is again large and packed with wood -- this is like sucking on a oak chip. The sharp stuff is slightly smoothed out mid-palate by tones of vanilla and buttery toffee. Alcohol flavor is likewise impressive. This is almost more whiskey than beer. Lingering tanginess on the sides of the tongue. A body like simple syrup, heavy with sugar. Smooth and soft, a fleece blanket of beer, with a similar layer of heat. Carbonation is a bit high for the style, pinching, excited. Alcohol isnít very well-hidden, but it is 16.4 percent ABV. Aged in barrels with a slight char, Iíd wager. Bourbon is potent; this could stand a few months in the cellar at least. Rough. Best shared with friends.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Been waitin a long time to try this one. The Hammerhead (BA Barleywine) is an all time favorite, and I generally like stouts better, so... Not quite there. While this was an excellent beer, it was way more over the top sweet and alcoholic, compared to the work of art that was Hammerhead. The maple was very very subtle. Big, rich dark, layers upon layers of chocolate, bourobn, licorice. A little restraint and this would have been a world beater. Still great at an over the top 333 proof."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1708) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
750 ml bottle shared with the Quebec City crew. Pours an orange tinted black with a short lived beige head. Aroma is chocolate, burnt caramel, liquor, bourbon, wood. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, hazelnut, wood, bourbon. Finish is liquor, bourbon, booze. Medium to thick body, soft mouthfeel, weak carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericdevin (943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle from Mike Gwynn. Pours a deep dark brown, little to tan head. Aroma rich, smoked maple, chocolate syrup. Body lithe and arch, lingering woody bite. Boozy bite, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4175) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Rich aroma with chocolate and Vanilla. Wood and Bourbon show as well with some alcohol. Dark black pour. Rich flavor, dense Vanilla and wood with Bourbon and chocolate and a touch of tannin. Warming alcohol.

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