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RATINGS: 138   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%


AdamJackson's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (2343) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Acquired in a trade. 750ML C&C enjoyed at 59 Degrees F in a snifter.

A - Pours a near midnight black. In the glass, pitch black, not viscous on the pour. 1 finger coffee colored head that fades almost instantly. Very interesting characteristics compared to other big stouts.

S - I can smell the bourbon as soon as the cork pops. In the glass, dark chocolate, heavy cocoa, freshly ground espresso beans dipped in chocolate. Lots of vanilla and heavy charred smokiness. Bourbon stays around for a while.

T - Wow. Up front, huge roasted dark malts. Smoked and chocolate malts. Some raisins and figs come through in the middle with a semi-sweet vanilla taste. The finish spicy licorice, coffee and cane sugar. Booziness sticks around.

M - The mouth feel is insane. The beer coats ever aspect of my mouth like a sip of bourbon. It tingles the front and middle of my tongue. Sticks around and remains chocolatey with booze. Heavy body, light carbonation.

O - This is an incredible beer. Itís not as great as BCBS or Damon or Speedway stout but, on its own, it stands strong and tastes fantastic.



4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (240) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUL 9, 2014
2013 Black with tan head that dissipates. Bittersweet and milk chocolate, pronounced hazelnut, earthy espresso that carries into a long dry finish. Very faint heat for a beer this size.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2014
750mL bottle, 2011 vintage. Poured inky black with just a ring of dark brown head. The aroma was intense.. well-roasted bakerís chocolate, licorice, and vanilla bean led, with sweeter chocolates, coffee, and yummy bourbon beneath.. peppery bourbon warmth on the back of the nose.. really nice! The flavor opened with anise and sharp-ish bourbon, with softer oak and a whole heap of roasted coffee and maple syrup behind.. bourbon and black roast emanated outward.. spicy and warm, with lots of dry coffee, cocoa, and licorice roast on the long, belly-warming finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation.. dry and a hair grainy.. this was a massive brew, and I loved it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4291) - 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 (3799) - 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 (1578) - 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 (4539) - 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 (724) - 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 (1188) - 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 (4572) - 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.


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