Pugachev Royale | Hangar 24 Brewing

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4.6/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
hangar24brewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by EB1 on 12-08-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#106
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
282
pDev:
5.87%
Bros Score:
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4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Prospero
4.54/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of motoxrdr21
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raspy22
4.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance was weird. Poured like a thin, fizzy, brownish/black soda. Bubbles dissipated after a minute or so. Aroma was a surprising semi-sweet chocolate-covered cherries drenched in maple syrup. Waaay better than the appearance was suggesting. Taste was similar to the aroma, just a little less. Nicely-complex. 18% alcohol, but tasted more like a 10%er. Mouthfeel was thinner than I wanted, but surprisingly not off-putting (with that fizzy pour.) Overall, I was very impressed that the important aspects, aroma and flavor, were so very good in spite of the look/feel. Would drink this again.

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4.66/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown color with a ring of brownish foam. Aroma is boozy with whiskey, rum and brandy notes. Sweet malt, some dark fruits, earthy and woody notes, bitter roasted notes on the finish. Medium to light body with soft carbonation. Complex flavors but a bit light bodied.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev -6.3%
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3.88/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

The slappy, watery black pour forms a fizzy, bubbly mocha head that quickly settles to a thin collar. A persistent subsurface fizz visibly push up from the center like a black cauldron, pushing a faint circle of tan bubbles to the edges. A swirl leaves distinct, clear legs on the glass.

The aroma is very complex and delectable, with vanilla and dark chocolate brownie batter taking center stage. At times, Tootsie Roll even comes out, but mature threads of brandy and port sting with potency.

Flavors of semi-sweet dark chocolate syrup and vanilla frosting are pulverized by a substantial and fusile sweet bourbon and brandy character. This is possibly the most expressive barrel character I have experienced in a beer ever, but it's also coming with that heat, which is only amplified by the absurd ABV (this 2017 bottle states 18.4%, not the 14% listed here).

The smooth, thin body has a bubbly fizz and finishes semi-dry with a hot, numbing swallow.

I was so excited to try this long time Want that I never really glanced at the ABV until I started drinking it. Had I done so earlier, my expectations might have been more realistic. While it's a fine, complex brew, it's also way too close to spirit territory for me to thoroughly enjoy.

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4.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.58/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.88/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage.

A: Pours black with a thin ring of sand colored head. Below average retention, no lacing.

S: Spiritous brandy, rich milk chocolate bar, vanilla bean, light toasted oak, a bit of bourbon and cola. Rich, complex, and well balanced.

T: Straight up melted milk chocolate—almost over the top how chocolatey this is—alongside boozy brandy, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, and a touch of roast. Finishes off dry.

M: Full bodied with hot alcohol burn, and light carbonation.

O: Big, rich, and boozy. Ridiculously delicious chocolate character. Brandy comes through quite well, bourbon is pretty light.

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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 282 ratings