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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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%


AdamChandler's rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamChandler (4466) - 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. It’s not as great as BCBS or Damon or Speedway stout but, on its own, it stands strong and tastes fantastic.



3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (9222) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2016
Bottle at the 2nd Annual Garvie Christmas Tasting. Pours black with a thin beige head. Aromas of wood, whisky, chocolate. Taste is boozy and thin, faint chocolate. Thin finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (20699) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 24, 2016
bottle at home .. dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft dark chocolate roast ... massive roast .. big bourbon .. dark chocolate nose .. dark roast malts .. rich chocolate .. massive malts .. big chocolate roast ... big bourbon ... dark roast ... dry woody roast

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5795) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon with some woody notes, residual sugar notes and chocolate notes is quite powerful. Taste is a complex mix of bourbon, wood, vanilla, sugar and chocolate notes with light fruity notes is not for the faint of heart. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with some alcohol being clearly identifiable. Solid beer but maybe a tad unbalanced and a little bit too sweet for my taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2016
75cl bottle @ Finissons ces pétroles tasting, merci Antoine. Brune foncée, quasi noire, col fin café au lait. Arôme est pugnace offrant de belles effluves maltées, chocolaté à souhait, avec un super rendu Bourbon; entre boisé chêne US et vanillé. Palais est épais, complexe, très américain stout dans l’approche, chocolaté, malt caramel, et une douce note de vanille. Fin caramel avec en retrait, un côté plus cristal qui apporte une touche de fruité noir et finemetn épicé.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12688) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with loads of bourbon barrel notes, woody notes,licorice notes, dark fruits, molasses, alcohol warmth, very nice. In mouth, a nice bitter sweet chocolate with coffee grind, musty character, light bourbon barrel notes, woody notes, licorice, alcohol warmth, very nice and complex. Bottle at Matt’s.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2016
From a bottle while playing poker with friends. Dark dark pour. Amazing chocolate and coffee aromas. Very sweet flavor and wood and barrel and yummy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (708) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Pours super dark brown. almost black, with a long lasting tan head. Aroma of wood, whiskey, and complex malts. Taste is rich and slightly sweet. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and oak. This a great BA imperial stout. Thumbs way up!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - MAY 21, 2016
On tap at Mellow Fellow in Reno
Pours black with a medium sized tan head, some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla and coconut. Taste is vanilla, leather, bourbon and woody
Nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2016
750ml bottle enjoyed @ home, thanks to Tom Grogan. Pours black with little to no head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, vanilla, liquorice, dark dried fruits, roasted malt, raisins, molasses and chocolate. Taste is medium bitter and medium sweet. Full bodied, oily-ish texture, soft carbonation. Finish is bourbon, vanilla and liquorice. I really like the bourbon in this one!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (867) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2016
Drank during the american beer tasting at Marks place 23-4-2016. Rich beer, very much spices/herbs as well. Great bourbon hints. Chocolate as well. Awesome.


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