Pugachev Royale | Hangar 24 Brewery

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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
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
29
Avg:
4.66
pDev:
5.79%
 
 
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273
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66
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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4.13/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 Vintage, enjoyed with several months on it in 2016.

Wow this is one burning hot, boozy, bourbon bomb. Almost painful. I'm a lightweight when it comes to liquor so my score may reflect that.

Didn't get much of the advertised vanilla on the nose, so ding'd it a bit on aroma, but otherwise smells nice (again, smells rather like a snifter of brandy rather than a stout). Pitch black. Body was lovely -- fairly svelte for an imperial stout, but a little bit syrupy in a pleasant way. Taste was chocolatey... but most taste was covered up by the booze.

Maybe this is one to age for a few years to let it cool off a bit. Rather like Rare 2015 in that respect. Would definitely like to revisit an aged bottle, or perhaps a vintage other than 2015.

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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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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewery
4.66 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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