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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
AdmiralVernon (1198) - SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
Loads of heavy and deep flavours like coffee, bourbon, toffee, bitter chocolate. Nice barrel aging! Overall a very nice BA stout.

4.4
gopherfan99 (2000) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Bottle; pours black with a thin brown head; aroma is sweet and rich with chocolate, licorice, and vanilla with hints of bourbon, wood, and dark fruits; taste is equally rich with chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, and vanilla with some wood, bourbon, and dark fruit notes; finish is dry with bitter chocolate and a some light alcohol warming; nicely done

4.3
ajnepple (6995) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2017
On tap at Taste of Tops in Tempe. Black appearance with a light tan/brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate, oak, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, roasted coffee, light maple syrup and a hint of dark fruits, Similar flavor, complex, rich and just delicious. Full body with a smooth, creamy feel. World class stuff here, folks.

4.1
Percy0103 (777) - MEXICO - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle, 750ml. A dark beer with minimal brown head. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. Taste is bery bitter with some dark chocolate undertones. Roboust bodied with some carbonation, smooth and with a rich bourbon character. Lingering aftertaste of dark bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

4.2
Sdaniel90 (1096) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle, 750ml, 2016 edition. Opaque dark brown, frothy brown head. Strong roasted and bourbon aromas, undertones of lactose, dark fruits, aged wood. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Thick and oily. Medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter. Rich roasted flavors into a heavy finish.

4.4
klm1 (1786) - Bled/SF, - JAN 16, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2017 RELEASE 2015 with 13.5% abv. Pours black oily, opaque, with tiny brown head, which tranforms itself to a ring around the glass. Aroma: roasted grain, dark malts, which takes on toasted toffee, espresso coffee, dark chocolate, coffee beans, supported with maple syrup, dark fruit esters, some vanillin and bourbon. Flavor is very similar with intense malt flavors, roasted grain flavors, pretty well balanced with bourbon note, supported with esters which takes on dark fruits, some vanillin...alchohol is noticeable as sherry-like, body is full, texture creamy/velvetly, carbonation is low. RATE FOR 2015 RELEASE: 8-5-9-5-17= 4.4 RELEASE 2016: pours black, opaque with foamy brown head which transforms itself to a ring around a glass. Aroma- flavors: intense roasted grain, dark malts with rich chocolate note, coffee, molasses, vanillin, intense bourbon. Finish is dry. Body is full, texture velvetly, almost creamy, carbonation is low. RATE FOR 2016 RELEASE: 8-5-9-5-17=4.4

4.2
Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2017
2 Jan 2016, tap. Black. Nose is tobacco, sweet, molasses, alcohol. Med/full body and moderately fizzy. Sweet, tobacco, woody, very boozy, brown sugar. Great!

3.8
drfabulous (8489) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle shared at Jason’s. Big boozy dark medium body with some maple in there. Nice.

3.4
Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle @cgarvieuk - The Xmas Tasting 2016. Pours black, very small tan head when poured it went in 5 seconds. Nose is chocolate, slight wood, slight malts. Taste is caramel, chocolate, toffee, slight coconut, slight vanilla.

3.5
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2016
750, corked and baled. Thanks, G&K! Another nice score for sure. Pours an opaque matte black with a dense and creamy thick burnt tan head that sticks around for a while. Huge bourbony nose, almost off-puttingly boozy even when it’s still freezing cold from the fridge. Intensely sweet, both from the maple syrup as well as from chocolatey malt notes. Sticky thick body, minimal carb. Hot, boozy, chocolatey, sweet, sticky, thick, heavy mid-palate. Out of balance to the point that it’s silly, but I still managed to knock it back, with help on half the bottle, over the course of an episode of The Wire and some other knocking around the house. Worth the price but far better for a bottle share than for consumption as a twosome. Silly of me not to hold onto it for a little longer to share it.


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