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Pugachev Black Maple | Hangar 24 Brewing

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Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A single barrel of Pugachev's Cobra that spent 6 months resting in a 25 year Heaven Hill barrel, then 8 months in a bourbon barrel that we soaked in maple syrup for 3 months prior to filling with the beer. Yeah, we did that, and it's a one-of-a-kind treat reserved only for our club members.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 12 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Raziel313
4.15/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
4.39/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My 1000th Beer Advocate rating.

Vintage September 2015.

Pours opaque pitch black. A beige head forms only during the pour and quickly disappears completely leaving no lace whatsoever. Big boozy nose with fudge, vanilla, burnt wood and roasted malt. Decadent dark chocolate, smoky oak, maple syrup, faint dark fruit and a hint of vanilla. I was't expecting the roasty, almost smoked, element. Less maple than I hoped for. Definitely a lot going on and certainly a solid brew. Worthy of the hype? You decide.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured pitch black with very little head ~ just a few scattered bubbles.

S - Rich chocolate fudge, bourbon, charred oak, smoky maple syrup. A great nose.

T - Chocolate fudge and smoky maple syrup notes up front give way to sweet bourbon, vanilla and charred oak from the barrels. A touch of dark fruit in the finish. Remarkable!

M - Full body. Creamy and smooth. Very low carbonation that surprisingly doesn't detract from the beer.

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Photo of halo3one
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yoitsarch
4.8/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is among the very best of the Imperial Stouts one can drink. Thanks to those who I believe are a "joint membership" on the West side of L.A. for opening their only bottle (and it's a small one!) Bottle 94 of 400.

This is probably, for my vote, a perfect stout. Black and beautiful. A nose of fresh pure rich vanilla, chocolate, coffee, maple and brown sugar, cherries, oak and it just keeps on going in wonderful layer after layer.

The mouth feel is rich, bold, thick, full bodied and just plain delicious. It's big bold and full yet you don't want to sip it - you really want to drink it! A weird phenomena for a giant stout like this one.

Flavors follow nose in every respect and it's just wonderful; drinkable and such that it's amazing by itself, with dessert or even with big rich meat.

I generally find Hangar 24 a good, solid and decent brewery. However, this offering will rock your world and kicks my opinion of H24 up a big notch. One of my few "5" scores.

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Photo of drewone
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BG24
4.98/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of bjmartin14
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is hands down H24's best beer. It pours a syrupy black color with no head whatsoever, and coats the glass with sticky lacing. The nose featured aromas of brandy, bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup, cherries, molasses, and oak. The mouth was mind boggling; the flavor profile is almost identical to the nose, but also leaves a nice cookie dough taste on the back end. The mouthfeel was as thick as SR-71 from Toppling Goliath, and had one of the longest lasting finishes of any beer. I can literally taste the beer still, and I took my last sip five minutes ago. I'm honored to have tried this beer, for its easily up there in my top three, along with SR-71, and BA Abraxas. I had this at a share that included See The Stars, Mornin' Delight, and Derivation b2, and this was the clear winner. It's a true journey in a glass. A++ 100/100

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Pugachev Black Maple from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.59 out of 5 with 12 ratings