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Pugachev Royale - Hangar 24 Brewery

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Pugachev Royale
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.66
pDev: 6.65%
Wants: 108
Gots: 27 | 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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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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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.
O: This is a fantastic beer, I only wish I had another to age for a bit, but it's incredibly complex and satisfying fresh (freshly bottled of course, massive aging was done in barrels).

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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.

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One of my favorite beers this year; it has great taste and mouthfeel. I wish more than one bottle a person had been available.

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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.