Pugachev Royale - Hangar 24 Brewery
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
4.13/5 rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #117 of 450.
Appearance - Black and viscous, but not inky dark. No real head. A few bubbles and a thin collar.
Smell - Tons of chocolate. Vanilla. Bourbon and some fruity brandy. Very oaky.
Taste - Wow, it's boozy. Lots of milk chocolate. Bourbon. Strong oak. The brandy overwhelms the bourbon after a bit and brandy fruitiness lingers.
Mouthfeel - Extremely boozy. Harsh liquor. Heavy and sweet.
Overall - Very good, but a monster of a beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2014 01:54:15 | More by Alieniloquium
4.66/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Black with a small beige head that subsides to a beige ring. Only appears dark brown when held up to the light. solid lacing and legs observed.
Smell: Moderate brandy aromas and Bourbon aromas, mild brown sugar, and faint coffee/roasted malt aromas. The distinct brandy and bourbon bal-aging notes work for me. Upfront I get the brandy followed by the bourbon barrel notes.
Taste: Complex palate consisting of brandy/grape notes, mild Bourbon notes, mild brown sugar, mild roasted malt notes, and some mild vanilla and oak notes showing up. A very interesting combination. While the "regular" Pugachev can be a bit hot fresh, the extended aging did this one good resulting in a subdued alcohol presence, especially considering the 14.8% ABV.
Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Spot on for the style.
Overall: I'm a fan of brandy barrel aged stouts when done right, and this beer does that along with some Bourbon bal-aging. A tasty complex palate along with a stellar nose. The only beer I'm planning to drink on the first day of 2014 and it was a fine choice.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 22:19:48 | More by IKR
Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.