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Pugachev Royale - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Pugachev Royale
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 129
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
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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.

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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.

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A: Pours thick and black with a thin, quickly dissipating, dark brown head.
S: Aroma is massive from the bottle and only increases as it's poured. Huge leather and brandy notes with elements of vanilla/tobacco/dark fruit/oak/caramel/char.
T: Everything from the aroma and then some; massive amounts of milk chocolate, toffee/wood/dark fruit and spirits - bourbon and brandy characters mingle in a great balance. Booze is detectable but extremely smooth. Sweetness is massive.
M: Massively viscous and full bodied with just enough carbonation to carry it across the palate.
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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.