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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
AdamChandler (4810) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (3812) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2017
February 18, 2017. Bottle at home, vintage 2012.
Black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is malty and roasted with dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, caramel, raisins, warming bourbon, oak and hints of toasted coconut . Taste is sweet, roasted bitterness, slight salty and warming. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Warming bourbon finish, bitter dark chocolate with a light dry feature, sweet caramel and raisin, licorice and spicy oak notes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdmiralVernon (1075) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (1555) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (5831) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Percy0103 (761) - 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
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sdaniel90 (1071) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (1294) - Bled, SLOVENIA - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4369) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7215) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle shared at Jasonís. Big boozy dark medium body with some maple in there. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lonick (1779) - 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.


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