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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   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%
2014-18.9%


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ADfan (648) - 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (834) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle thanks to KćrlighedsKlimaet @Dangerous Bottleshares #11. Pours black, but with a dark brown hue. Tiny, brown head. Aroma has huge milk chocolate, coffee, gunpowder, gasoline, sweet licorice, roasty malts, bourbon, very savory and salty. Taste is boozy bourbon sweet up front. Again salty, and then a pretty roasty, bitter finish. Lots of bourbon and booze. Full, oily body, very low carbonation. Nicely balanced sweetness!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6376) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (2014 vintage). Looks good; a slightly translucent dark cola with beige lacing. Smells good too; dark malt, loads of chocolate, vanilla, oak, and a bit of bourbon. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly boozy medium-full to full-bodied mouthfeel. An awesome big sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2069) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2015
2014 bottle. Dark black pour. Big malty goodness with massive bourbon. Smooth with a nice warm finish. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (2755) - Connecticut, USA - APR 26, 2015
18.9% version. Pitch black with brownish head. Aroma is maple, bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet and rich up front with a finish of hot booze and surprisingly not overwhelmingly sweet. I dig it.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrymel (1549) - Spokane, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2015
2014. bottle 7259/11220 Pours jet black with little to no indication of head. I can smell this mother fucker from the table. Smells of alcohol, fruit, deep roasted malts, sweet fudge, nougat, bourbon. Decadent nose. Flavor is equally rich. I don’t know I will be able to finish this whole beer, not because of the ABV, but because of how rich the flavors are. Cocoa, fudge, some molasses, bourbon, vanilla, marzipan, oak, alcohol, more fudge. Thick on chewy with low carb and a very syrupy finish. Well, this is a good beer, no doubt, but probably not something I would go nuts over many times.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
[2/12/15] Draught at The Sycamore in San Francisco. 2014 edition. Black with a brown head. Big aroma of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Sweet flavor of chocolate and bourbon, a bit boozy. Full thick-bodied. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1105) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Pours black with a tan head. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, graham cracker, oak, caramel and alcohol aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, graham cracker, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, maple, licorice and alcohol flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, bourbon and vanilla finish. 2014

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1597) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Black with minimal head. Aroma is bourbon, chocolate, booze, dark fruits, vanilla. Full bodied, sweet and lightly boozy on the finish. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, soy sauce.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2350) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Black in color with no head. Sticky sweet booziness...coconut vanilla and caramel. Same sweet boozy aroma. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
myfriendbubba (40) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Dark rich plum and raisin notes. Flavor is hugs and last forever of rich roasted malts and stout character. Great big thick head. Thick rich mouthfeel awesomeness


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