Pugachev Royale | Hangar 24 Brewing

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4.59/5
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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:
#76
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
288
pDev:
6.1%
 
 
Wants:
296
Gots:
73
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 288 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Houser
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach_Attack
4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

07/2016 - This is super hot and doesn't hide it, but the nose is chock full of barrel, chocolate, roast, and some anise; the palate kicks ass and is similar to the nose; but the heat lingers and keeps this from being next level for me.

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Photo of mig100
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

November 2017 vintage. 18.4% abv. Too hot.

Aroma has inviting chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut and barrel notes but the heat overtakes them. Taste follows suit, but again the level of heat cuts off the flavors quickly. Mouthfeel is thin, hot and numbing on the tongue - really the weakest aspect of the beer, when it sits on your palate for too long (more than 3-4 seconds) your tongue literally burns and goes numb.

My guess is the initial high ratings came from when this beer was a more realistic (under 15%) 14.8% abv.

Overall, a great barrel aged strong ale but it does not live up to the ratings and average review score.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Way too hot.

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Photo of HOPTOMIC_BOMB
4.87/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tafyob41
3.36/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BSecaida
4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Prospero
4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of motoxrdr21
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raspy22
4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of Roze
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cshafer7
3.75/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Photo of ellswrth
4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kingjohnh
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer4B
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ToddBeans
4.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrtomatohead49
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 288 ratings