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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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%
2014-18.9%


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (3077) - 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.



4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beertholomeus (1007) - 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 (1512) - 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 (2270) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sturmthis (700) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Sample. Black with almost no head. Dark fruit and bourbon aroma. Strong dark fruit and bourbon taste. You can taste the alcohol for sure. Still a very nice beer to sip on.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernesto987 (4204) - Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2015
draft, wow wow wow. The nose alone smells like malt juice and whiskey. And vodka. This is very difficult to drink, i didnt even really enjoy the first sip. Way overpowering, this is no fun anymore. Sorry, but this is how i feel about these beers nowadays.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jimsouthwick (2) - Victorville, USA - FEB 4, 2015 does not count
I had this beer on tap at the Whiskey Barrel in Hesperia, CA. Great beer. I also bought a few bottles at Gerrardís Grocery store in Redlands.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demmbonz (618) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2015
Shared bomber to snifters. Intoxicating boozy maple aroma. Flavor of bourbon sweetness and light maple on the finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2614) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Bottle, much thanks to Dan for bringing to Daveís. Pours out black with a small tan head. Aroma is of chocolate, coffee, mild roast, oak, whiskey and some hot alcohol. Taste is complex, light coffee, mild syrupy sweetness, wood, roast, bourbon, and a lingering sweet/roasty/boozy note. Solid and complex, would like to have it again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrmartin (734) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2015
From 1702 Tucson Tap 2014 edition. Black pour with no head. Nose is leathery, barrel, vanilla bourbon Boozy of course 18% ? Barrel smoothness. Dry slightly more roasty boozy finish 4 for the experience. So boozy you wonít want much so share with a group.


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