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:
#107
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
274
pDev:
5.87%
Bros Score:
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3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Sabtos
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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Photo of carmike813
3.88/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.98/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Desp59
4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -10.4%
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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4.13/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Morey
4.2/5  rDev -8.7%
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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4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Pugachev Royale from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.6 out of 5 with 274 ratings