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Pugachev Royale - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 130
Gots: 32 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  14.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EB1 on 12-08-2013

Pugachev Royale is a more developed version of Pugachev’s Cobra. We added cacao nibs and vanilla beans to a select few barrels of Cobra during its eight months in Bourbon Barrels, then transferred it to brandy barrels for an additional 10 months of aging. Royale displays sweet, ripe fruit notes doused with incredible chocolate aromatics. This is a truly decadent beer to be saved for a special occasion, and will evolve in the cellar for years to come
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Ratings: 70 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by vacax:
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4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Photo of Siggy125
4.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was so happy to experience this beer again this year. Only one bottle last year and cried when it was gone. I only wish the bottles were bigger.

Poured into a tulip. Very dark, dark brown, not quite black. A little thick but not syrupy. Light tan head that lasted a while. Coats the glass nicely like a rich port.

The aroma is nothing short of breathtaking. Big rich fudge brownies, vanilla, roasted malts & light boozy notes. I just wanna keep my nose in this with a big smile on my face.

On the palate, much like the aroma, baked fudge brownies dipped in booze. Vanilla, marshmallows, toffee, caramel. The bourbon & brandy aging blend together very well to produce a single liquor flavor of its own that further enhance the over all experience. Boozy, but smooth and not producing much undesirable ABV heat. The flavors continue to burst as it warms. Silky mouthfeel with zero astringency.

This beer easily falls on my personal top 5 beers of all time. I can't believe it hasn't lit up the trade forums with whale status. Maybe in time. If you're into big rich heavenly stouts and have the opportunity to taste or acquire a bottle, get on it. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of carrionricardo
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

INSANE!!!! The only word I can use to sum up this brew. So much vanilla marshmallow flavor! Like bourbon soaked marshmallow brownies. Too good. I actually liked it better than the mocha. A must have. This was my first time at puga fest but I was able to try from both tap and bottle(my bottle). Crazy good. Smell is of vanilla,dark chocolate, fudge,and marshmallow. Taste almost exactly like it smells only little bit more milk chocolate. Mouthfeel was spot on just a perfect barrel aged stout!!! WOW

Photo of fthegiants
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of IKR
4.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

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.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of largadeer
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Kaiser81
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArdyExfor
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VAbdoyan
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BillyStills
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Flip4beers
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of WortCraft
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MaseFace
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mportnoy
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazingly complex. Gets noticeably better as it warms up.

Photo of Hallertau
4.9/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.62/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of charlzm
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle, consumed March 28th, 2015.

Beer is as dark as a politician's soul. No head to speak of, though a few fine brown bubbles form around the edges and stick around a while.

Aroma is boozy: beer has been aged by the brewery in brandy and bourbon barrels, and this is evident in the nose. Also, sweet dark chocolate and vanilla.

Flavor is not as complex as hoped, though it is big: semi-sweet chocolate with a hint of cherry. A little saltiness (think a dash of soy sauce) then low to moderate bitterness on the swallow. Lingering barrel character (woody and tannic bitterness) on the mid-tongue.

Mouthfeel is still and thick and velvety. Significant alcohol heat, but under control and not harsh at all.

Overall, this is worth drinking if you find it, but I think I actually prefer the standard Pugachev's Cobra to this variant.

Photo of whalewatchin
5/5  rDev +7.3%

Amazing

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SocalKicks
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.