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RATINGS: 166   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.

2011-16.5%
2012-15.8%
2013-13.8%
2014-18.9%


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4994) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Thanks to whoever provided this! Glad to finally try this. Deep brown with a large tan head. Very expressive fudge brownie sweetness on the nose. Hersheyís syrup. Some roast coffee. Slight acidic coffee tang with accents of raisins and dark fruits. Hot chocolate syrup. Slightly boozy. Full body, rich and oily. Great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3888) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Draft at Imbibe Wine (16.5%ABV). Nose is chocolate, rye whiskey, oaky vanilla, and a hint of coffee. Black with a small tan head. Flavor is chocolate, light sweetness, and of course the woody vanilla notes.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PotjeBier (1771) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2014
75 cl bottle (#3014/5360), 2012 edition (15.8%!), bought at Whole Foods Pasadena. Shared with Borresteijn. Black color. No head to speak of. Aromaís: bourbon, chocolate, oak/vanilla. Sweet malts, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol vanilla and a touch of red fruit retronasal. Flavor is sweet, alcoholic, chocolate, bourbon. Alcohol is warming. Full bodied. Long finish. Fuck yeah...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Borresteijn (4928) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 15, 2014
75cl Bottle, generously shared by PotjeBier, thanks Potje! 15.8% version, 2012. Black, no head. Aroma of lots of bourbon, sweet booze, toasted coconut, roasted malts, chocolate, some ash. Flavour is sweet, bourbon, lots of oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, some chocolate, liquorice, coffee, quite hot and boozy, roasted malts, firm roast bitterness in the finish. Lush, tasty beer. A bit hot, but really nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (752) - Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle pours black with this brief tan head despite an aggressive pour. Huge bourbon, chocolate and coffee on the nose. Taste matches aroma with dark malts, bourbon, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Palate a bit on the thin side, really the only drawback. Soft carbonation, heavy alcohol burn. Finish bourbon. This is very boozy and I love it. Really enjoyed this one.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Indecipherable (14) - - JUN 4, 2014
Was able to bring a beer for Bytemesis to try that he had not yet had, and enjoyed - glad I could pay 1 back. Excellent aroma, full of bourbon, stout and sweetness. The flavour also has a slight kick to it in terms of spicyness, the only slight on the beer, that it has maybe a bit too light body. Exceptional beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2014
2012 602/5360. Thanks bob. Smooth bourbon. Has a touch of coconut on the back end. Nice chewy mouthfeel.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pailhead (5076) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of big milk chocolate, maple syrup, molasses, light dark fruits, vanilla, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that quickly fades to a very fine ring. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate, maple syrup, light molasses, and a touch of dark fruits. The finish has stronger maple syrup, vanilla, light coconut, bourbon, and a touch of roast. Itís full bodied mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, barrel aged Imperial Stouts that get that maple syrup character are right up my alley.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (871) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
22oz bottle pours a thick black color without any head. Strong bourbon flavors that mellow with some time to breathe. Molasses and burnt malt.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2013, Bottle 5656/8856, at 13.8%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, with maple syrup, thx to Secret Santa!, complex Stout, roasted/alcoholic and slightly spicy/woody, heavy, yet balanced, hazy, small head, good Winter brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!


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