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Pugachev Royale | Hangar 24 Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.62/5
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248 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States
hangar24brewery.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:
#105
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
248
pDev:
5.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
70
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by DNICE555:
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Siggy125
4.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of carrionricardo
5/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of charlzm
4.59/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.56/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed in tasting snifter, early-March 2017, at a bottle share.

I was really looking forward to finally trying this one.

Solid BBA RIS. There are definitely some that are better, but I would consider this world class.

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Photo of Morey
4.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A good beer, but a bit overrated in my personal opinion. It's a touch thin, but has some pretty good flavors for sure. It almost seems a bit overdone. I get hints of both bourbon and brandy, but I almost feel that it's over aged. I can't help but think that this would have been better with only one barrel treatment, but it's still worth seeking out and trying.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, black wax, dated 12/2014. Served in a snifter. Pours a thick black, dark and ominous body, half finger tan head that dies down very quickly, no lacing, minimal collar. Tons of thick, meaty legs. No surprise for such a beastly beer. Smells of brandy, a lot of nuttiness, chocolate, cocoa, a bit of oak, raw vanilla, clean whiskey flavour with zero heat. Whoa. This is one of these beers that you know is going to be excellent from the smell. The whiskey in particularly is quite clean, very impressive, nice chocolate fudge as well. Flavour is similarly excellent and decadent; brandy, whiskey, oak, chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, mild raw vanilla, even a mild bit of espresso. Nice complexity, very well executed without any off-flavours or distracting flavours. All the components come together to create a very regal drinking experience. The barrels work together here very well as well. Mouthfeel is the best part of the beer here; full bodied, substantial, thick without being cloying at all. It's incredibly easy to drink, and dangerously so. Zero heat to be found. Overall, this was an impressive imperial stout that delivers on what it promises. Not very many stouts do, but this is one of them.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DahWag
4.63/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.64/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sourdog
4.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shawner
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent chocolate and barrel flavor shines through in this one. The blend of the barrel types coupled with the base stout leads to a very rich and complex stout. I would love to get my hands on another one of these and age it for another year or two.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rightcoast7
4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KT123
4.43/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.46/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to tulip. Quite opaque. Minimal head. Smells of bourbon and brandy. Taste is chocolate, bourbon and subtle apple brandy. Taste is similar. Very rich. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SaulFox
4.88/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of TwistofKane
4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewery
Beer rating: 4.62 out of 5 with 248 ratings
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