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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
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PUGACHEV’S 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 PUGACHEV’S 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, it’s 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%


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 Poured on tap at Whole Foods. The aroma has vanilla, oak, plums, chocolate and caramel. Taste has sweetness, caramel, licorice, vanilla and booze. Maybe some bourbon. Very complex with a long finish.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
budznsudz (473) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2014
Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma of maple syrup, vanilla, cotton candy, bourbon, and cocoa powder. Taste is smooth with milk chocolate, barrel, bourbon, and vanilla. Beautiful mouthfeel and really smooth. Solid

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2014
750ml bottle. 2011 Vintage. Poured a black color with a tan sized head. Bourbon, vanilla, wood, chocolate, caramel, some dark fruits, licorice and some coffee in the finish. Some alcohol in the finish, but no where near 16+%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymurgeist2 (873) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Massive alcohol and vanilla nose. Slight chocolate. Black with a brown head that lingers as a collar. Flavors of chocolate, whiskey, deep fruit. Floral notes in support. Moderate chalky chocolate. Nice bourbon finish. Silky texture and oily. Beautiful.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (548) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2013 bottle at 13.8% ABV. Aroma is rich with quite a bit of chocolate, lighter roast and coffee, moderate bourbon, light oaks and vanilla. Medium light maple note. Light licorice note, dark fruit and medium light alcohol spice. Pours black with a medium thick, light mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers nicely. Light lacing and medium long legs. Flavor has a light sweetness with a moderate chocolate note and medium light roast character. Medium bourbon character with light oak notes. Moderate dark fruit notes of plum, prune and and dark figs. Lingering bitter chocolate notes with moderate alcohol spice. Light licorice and vanilla character. More dark fruit as it warms. Faint hints of maple. Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with medium low carbonation. Medium low astringency with medium alcohol warmth. Overall this is a pretty hot beer and not as good as I remember previous versions being, but it is still a pretty good imperial stout. Light maple with quite a bit of bourbon character. Decent dark fruit notes. Nice chocolate notes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (812) - Nevada, USA - MAR 26, 2014
Big name breweries can’t hide the enormity of this beer. Sweet, smooth, thick, chocolaty with just enough of a bourbon edge and alcohol support. This will be famous!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wedgie9 (1792) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Tasted on 2/7/14 from a corked and caged 750mL bottle at the Friday night tasting at RBWG Asheville, I shared this one, obtained via trade, I would guess from the 2011 vintage. Pours opaque dark brown with a thin tan head that leaves a thin collar. The nose is the perfect example of a barrel aged imperial stout with plenty of milk and dark chocolate, some coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, and a hint of coconut. The flavor is the same and super balanced with the sweet maple and vanilla balancing all of the bitter coffee and dark chocolate. The body is full with light carbonation and a long maple and stout finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (2581) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle shared by Aaron - thanks! Pours inky black with a small brown creamy head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is wonderful; excellent integration of stout and barrel, bourbon, roastiness, chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Flavor follows, light plus sweet and light bitter, bursting with flavors on the tongue. A hint of spiciness on the finish. Oaky vanilla chocolate roast dominate. Body is a bit lighter than the best in class, but mouthfeel is still creamy. My bottle said 13.8% ABV, but whatever it is, it is masked exceedingly well. Excellent effort.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (889) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle, from the 2012 batch. Pours a deep brown to black with brown head. Aroma is of earth, coffee grounds and bourbon. Taste is very barrel and oak forward. More coffee and burnt caramel comes in. The booze is there and fairly balanced. Body is good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (999) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle from Cali! Served at nearly room temp. Nose is full of vanilla and booze. A light chocolate. Taste is similar but a little booze warning. Lots of oak and booze. Very boozy but still very yummy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (1530) - USA - FEB 25, 2014
Deep black in color... Inky velvety pour... Aroma of maple syrup, chocolate, hint of bourbon, coffee... Flavor is maple syrup sweetness up front, gives way to bourbon, smoke on finish... Really nice stout ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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