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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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%


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (1166) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a dark brown with no real head and no lace. Nose is of chocolate and raw alcohol, hot. Taste is sweet and loaded with chocolate, caramel and bourbon. Body is full, mouthfeel is sticky. Alcohol warms you a lot, really hot. Still drinkable, but why package that in 25oz bottles?! I was a bit afraid of this one and it turned out better than I thought it would. It isnít really exceptionnal, though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (2642) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). 2011 vintage. From pandableh, thanks Dan! Pitch black with a small beige head and little to no lacing. Aroma is dominate by chocolate, but thereís also an important bourbon/boozy presence along with vanilla, sweetness, wood , roasted malt and light fruityness. Taste is moderately sweet with a medium/heavy alcohol warming (not as much as Black Tuesday), a lot of chocolate and some vanilla, wood and roasted malt notes. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. A tad too hot despite being 2+ years old. Interesting chocolate feature. Quite tasty, but too much alcohol.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (4793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle #67 of 8856 shared with Deanso thanks to trade with Alen. Pours near black with a minimal tan head. Aroma of strong bourbon/vanilla, chocolate, maple syrup, overripe dark fruits, oak and booze. Flavour is heavy sweet and over moderate bitter. Fairly chewy and oily in the mouthfeel. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deanso (5075) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2014
66cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Big thanks! Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Lovely complex brew. Very very nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Sampled @ AZ Strong Beer Fest. So happy to have Hangar 24 in the state! Midnight pour with a thick mocha head that coated the inside of the glass. Loads of bakerís chocolate, brownie batter, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, and raisin. Extremely creamy and satisfying. The incredible ABV on this was masterfully hidden and it wasnít exceptionally sweet. Such a great beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1039) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
Thanks to Nicks6217 and donít drink beer for the bottle. Massive Mofo. Black with hints of ruby brown. Good carbonation for the size of the beer. Light brown head that falls to a ringed collar. Big ABV lacing. Nose is a lot of maple, coffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla and earthy hops. Brilliant nose. Taste reflects the nose. Lots of maple and coffee upfront. Backed well by earth, oak, and the barrel. Big feel, low carbonation and packs a serious punch halfway through the bottle. Really an amazing beer. Worth seeking out

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oneinchaway (4) - Tarzana, USA - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
Pours a deep pitch black with low brown carbonation. Smell is of strong maple and vanilla. Flavor starts with a rush of maple & vanilla as it then flows into the chocolate and ends with a coffee finish. Overall this beer, to me, is a near perfect imperial stout and ranks among my top 2 of all time.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (2783) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle No 407 2012 vintage Thnx to dennoman ! Pours black, good brown foam fades fast Roasted malts, bourbon , dark fruits in the smell Taste is very full , thick body , roasted malts, vanilla, oak, tannines, Perfect carbonation . Not that different than others, tastewise , but just very intense , and supperior quality . I love this ! Epic thanx, dennis !

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #55. Bottle shared at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a dark brown color with a thin frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, wood, tobacco. The taste is roasted malts, whiskey, wood, herbal hops, chocolate. Medium bodied.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jobusrum (22) - California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2012 bottle. Big time bourbon, chocolate, roasty, chocolate, and coffee. I actually think this one is soo much better after sitting for a year or two....Should be top 10


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