Pugachev’s Cobra - with Maple aged in Bourbon Barrels
Hangar 24 Brewing

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Russian Imperial Stout
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4.24 | pDev: 4.01%
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 18.28 (Including shipping)/500 mL bottle ($ 1.082/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
“2018” above “YEAR” and “DEC” above “MONTH” on front of label, “BOTTLE 6297/6500” on side. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, dense, short retention, diminishing to a 2.5mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Bourbon, brown sugar, a bit of coffee, and some maple syrup. As the glass sits, the maple comes from behind and pushes out the bourbon.
Flavor – 4 – Bourbon forward with a slight alcohol (13 % ABV) burn. A bit sweet but the maple is lost behind the bourbon. No dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl. Subsequent belches are maple flavored.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – A decent brew with, IMHO, too much bourbon and not enough maple.

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Photo of colts9016
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was expensive over 25 dollars for this bottle. This is my second beer from Hanger 24. I served this beer in a tulip glass at 50 degrees. A rough pour on the beer produced a one finger medium tan head. The head is airy and frothy with poor retention. The head's retention is not surprising why it fell quickly. The alcohol is 15 percent. Lacing was not left on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 36 a dark brown nearly black beer. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

The initial aroma in the beer is Bourbon, wood, vanilla, and soy sauce. Next, I smell char, smokiness, Maillard, maple, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, earthiness, dark roasted malts oranges, dark raisins, figs, anise, and bready.

The initial flavors in the beer are loads of dark roasted malts, espresso, and oak char notes. Next, I taste subtle maple syrup, burnt sugar, anise, dark raisins, toffee, dark Beliguim chocolate, char, smokiness, earthy, bready, vanilla, and bourbon.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and thick.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

I like the beer, but the beer let me down. I read the label the beer sounded delightful. I was expecting this in your face aggressive full body beer. I got a beer that was full body and a typical Russian Imperial Stout. The beer needs more body to give it a chewier texture. Most of the Russian Imperial Stout I have quaffed have been chewier. For me, this beer is a stout plus not an Imperial Stout. The flavors in the beer are there but lack harmony. I get this flavor and that flavor nothing is seamless. God, I was hoping for more and was let down.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Thin layer of head on a nearly opaque clear brown body.

Aroma – Strong dark malt, molasses, maple, dark brown sugar, and a solid hit of booze.

Taste – Very strong dark malts, very bitter chocolate, fading to maple and dark brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – A little thinner than anticipated but it coats the tongue and lingers.

Overall – Big, heavy, solid beer and it hides the ABV well.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Eureka Woodland Hills. 9oz Snifter.

Pours pitch black, a little cold so only a tiny sliver of an ivory head. Nice even lace that fizzles away quickly.

A really good nose on this. Tons of fudge, Smooth dark roast coffee, sweet maple bourbon, and a malty balance. Hardly any boozy presence.

Sweet maple and roasty coffee hit first, followed up by that familiar fudginess from the nose. As it settles, a slight smoky bourbon takes hold, followed by a nice boozy warmth. Incredibly smooth for 15%.

The feel is really good. Low carb, pretty heavy mouthfeel.. creamy and sticky. Very smooth.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

absolutely insane beer! i love maple and this has a ton of it, so that endears it to me straight away, but there is so much going on here, and this is so darn strong, its intimidating but i have a bunch of friends around me and the beer is opened, so its on! the 15% abv is obvious right away, this seems like at least all of that, fusel and strong, exacerbated by the obvious sugar of the maple and the bourbon barrels too. silky black though, velvety looking and viscous, not super heady but not still either. the maple is natural and strong here in nose and in taste, the roast of the grain is chocolatey and dark but not incredibly bitter, or at least well balanced by the sweet here, this just doesnt seem as dark as would make sense for it in terms of grain intensity on the low end. caramels and toffee and richness though, sweet and beyond just the maple and whiskey, from the grain too, lots of heft to it along with the sugar and everything about it is just enormous. the bourbon is anything but subtle too, vanilla and oak and charcoal all over the map. dark chocolate and booze, earthy dark grain, sweet rich concentrated maple syrup through the boozy finish, not overly complex but seemingly absurdly well refined for its size. crazy beer, lots of maple and delicious, but a sharer for sure, and probably near invincible in the cellar. pricey from what they tell me (i didnt buy this one, thankfully), but id say worth it up to probably about 30 bucks, maybe more. looks like lots of variants on this too, id love to try a few...

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: pours thinner and light brown
S: chocolate and sweet bourbon
T: like the nose, but with a touch of maple. Nice chocolate, bourbon and maple sweetness
F: thinner for a Ba stout but oh so smooth and easy drinking.

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Pugachev’s Cobra - with Maple aged in Bourbon Barrels from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 9 ratings