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Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra | Hangar 24 Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by rtaps on 12-11-2011

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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 745
Photo of Tommo
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this however it fell short. The overall tone is big, bcbs like and very flavorful. Maybe the maple is lost on me, ive had people say that before. But i felt the bourbon notes were harsh, with a less than full body, and just a hint of maple coming in the back. Decent, but not the best

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Resampled in 2016, all still good,

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Photo of brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated December 2015. Oily black pour with no head. Smells of sweet molasses, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee and a hint of whiskey and dry oak tannins on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and silky with minimal but prickly carbonation. This is a big, sweet and intense beer but balanced and very well made. Surprisingly easy drinking for such a big beer but definitely share the bottle!

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Photo of mactrail
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla. This must be the 2015 version, brewed with maple syrup and 13.5%. The aroma is sensational, a nose-filling whiskey blast. So dark and hot with boozy caramel. As powerful a beer as I can remember tasting.

Totally boozy and intense, but so deliciously flavored. I don't know if I've had a better RIS! In any case it's my favorite Bourbon-barrel aged brew in a long time. I didn't know Hangar 24 had this kind of stuff in them.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent trading partner from California told me this was a rare and special stout. I agree.
Smells of vanilla, wood tobacco and sweet fruit prunes maybe?
A very dark brown, with a trace of red, bit of golden head does not last long.
No clue from the taste that this is more than 13-14% abv, malty goodness, bit sweet but not too much
Smooth, not as thick as I'd expected when I opened it.
A really good stout Thanks

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated December 2015. 13.5% ABV. Consumed 2/5/16

Very dark brown color and an aggressive pour yielded a very small off white tan head. No lacing along the glass edges. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malts, and coffee. Smooth bourbon, dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, oak, and vanilla make up the flavors. Medium to full feel with the alcohol burn present on the back of the throat. Overall, a finely crafted bourbon barreled stout that should be sipped and savored! Enjoy.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottling, aged for 2+ years and opened today because snowed in, so why not? Poured into Guinness Stout Glass at about 50 degrees (first pour).

L: Very dark, with one finger tan head that expectedly gets knocked down quickly by the ABV. Only leaves a thin ring.

S: Coffee, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, maple, dark fruits. A bit of alcohol, but not overmuch. Really nice.

T: OH YEAH. Taste follows nose, and all subtle but interplay nicely. Coffee and the other flavors up front, some alcohol heat, but not too much, and the barrel wood lingers. Aging it totally worth the wait.

F: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol heat controlled very well. Very good balance.

O: I am a happy man. Wish I'd thought to buy more than one and wish I'd bought ensuing years rather than treat this as a one-off in 2013.

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

Whoooo. This one drinks hot and boozy. Clocking in at 13.5% is no joke, but the maple really does a nice job of keeping that alcohol at bay. I loved the beer and thought the complexity of flavors was great.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle (I haven't tried previous years vintages). 13.5% abv. Pours ink black with a mocha 1/2 inch head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, maple, bourbon, currants, dark fruit. Very rich. Taste is similar with the bourbon and maple being the dominant flavors. More subtly are roasted malts, oak, and coffee. Sweetness is there, but not overpowering or cloying. Feel is slick and oily. Coats the tongue nicely. Alcohol is hidden well. Overall, a very well done maple BBA stout that offers good complexity.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version (13.5% abv) into a Teku at cellar temp.

Look: neither the thinnest nor the darkest BA RIS around; essentially no head.

Smell: coffee, mild bourbon, mild chocolate, maple syrup.

Taste: raw bourbon up front, followed by massive roast, and honestly not much else. Not getting very much depth or complexity. A little bit of interesting plum/concord grape asserts as it warms, but it's just dominated by the bourbon/roast flavors.

Feel: fairly thin, with some alcohol heat.

Overall: I've been looking (lazily) for PC for years, and I'm definitely glad I didn't try harder. This is a middle-of-the-road BA RIS. I'm hoping a year or two in the cellar will give the flavor a chance to balance out a bit.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of toffee on the palate at first with a bit of walnut and caramel. Light barrel flavors of coconut and vanilla as it finishes with maple and molasses.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. 13.9% on tap (bottles say 13.5%). Brewed with maple syrup.

This honestly tastes near identical to BCS. The maple provides a little extra and makes it a bit sweeter. Chocolate, roasted malts, big bourbon and oak, vanilla.

Full bodied. Nice and thick. The right amount of carbonation. Ends with nice warming bourbon notes.

Very impressed with this stout. Exceeded my expectations by far. Huge beer. 10 oz glass was a good amount.

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Photo of Connortripp
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

2015 Edition.

Look - Completely opaque. Great medium tan head.

Smell - Strong caramel, smoke, and maple syrup aroma. Very satisfying.

Taste - Not overly boozy for 13.5%. Again caramel, smoke, and maple syrup are present along with hints of vanilla and oak.

Feel - Not as thick as I would've liked but definitely not thin like other stouts.

Overall - Absolutely in love with this beer. Everything I was looking for. Interested in how this would age.

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Photo of gcasher
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Edition at 18.9 abv.
Dark black, with thin brown head quickly dissipating. Alcohol not overpowering after a year in the cellar, but very warm. Maple syrup is up front, but not very sweet. The barrel wood is dominant and dries out the mouth. Rich dark roasted stout malts. A slow sipper and a pleasure to share with a friend.

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
This stout reflects high quality and relatively strong bourbon barrel aging. This helps make it rather boozy but it befits the aroma and flavor. The dark body has nice red-brown highlights when held to the light. Fine and long lasting aftertaste of dark roasted grains, vanilla and bourbon barrels.
Smooth but a bit too hot.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 into a chalice.

Pours with some fizzy head, cocoa in color. Pitch-black body. 4.5

Bourbon pops on the nose. Oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses. Smells sweet and spicy and delicious. 4.5

Oaken, spicy bourbon, caramel, maple (!), brown sugar, dark chocolate and some sweet oats and oatmeal cookie. Perhaps a bit too much bourbon flavor for my taste but it is lovely. 4.25

Not the thickest or most viscous brew, but it's rich and robust when it needs to be. Alcohol doesn't take over but provides some bite that combines with the spiciness from the bourbon for a piquant feel. The finish is semi-dry and a touch earthy. 4.25

Plenty of flavor here and it drinks nicely. A well-done brew.

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Photo of Beerpope273
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a wonderful presentation and aroma and the taste is heavy on the dark fruit and sweetness. The one thing for me is that the mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but all in all this is a stellar beer.

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Photo of Safa1
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet Jesus mother mart of God, 2015 checking in. If you see it buy it. If you see it above retail don't pay more than 30 bucks. Other than that it's a pure fucking go. Whoosh.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured into a snifter. Held onto this for my 2,500 unique Untappd checkin and this blew me away. It was like drinking bourbon soaked fudge brownies. At 18.9% it took awhile to put down but I enjoyed this more than any other huge comparable beer like Chocolate Rain. I will definitely be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of Tele
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle (2014)
Consumed: 11.13.15

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a small, tan head. Looks slick and inky in the glass.

S: 4.5 Slight alcohol smell at first, but quickly develops into more interesting aromas. Lots of bourbon and vanilla up front which then integrates into roasted malt, brownies, chocolate, molasses, and light maple syrup.

T: 4.75 Taste is really surprising. Based on the nose, I was expecting a super sweet beer that only tasted of pure alcohol; I couldn’t have been more wrong. Starts off a bit sweet but is really balanced on the strong malt profile. There’s plenty of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasty bitterness to balance out sweet vanilla, caramel, coconut, and molasses flavors. The finish lingers with port and dark berries.

M: 4.5 The feel is very rich and thick with a nice, low-level but constant carbonation. The beer doesn’t feel like 19%, but it still feels big, hindering drinkability.

O: 4.75 Definitely one of my new favorite BA stouts; up there with Parabola and BCBS. Lots of great flavors and well balanced. The maple is also a nice touch without being over done.

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

L: Pitch black darkness, dark brown head, good lacing
S: Sweet chocolate bourbon with some little bits of roast malt
T: Like the nose, sweet, slightly boozy and smooth
M: Pretty solid, creamy and thick, not cloying or sticky.
O: I drank one and kept one in the cellar, can't wait to see this in the future.

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Photo of Zaximus
3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Possibly a bad bottle. The cork did come out exceptionally easily. All burnt coffe and alcohol. I did let this warm a bit hoping it would open up but to no avail. Was unable to discern any of the subtleties that are supposed to be apparent. Hope to experience a more recent vintage.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle. Good stout. Mouthfeel was a little thin for me. Didn't taste like a 18.9% beer. Flavor could have been more pronounced as well. Good, but I'd take a regular BCBS over this any day.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a super viscous pitch black that leaves just a thin, dark mocha ring along the side of the glass. Thick, oily legs that really cling to the glass with very spotty lace that doesn't stick around. Average.

Nose is molasses, sweet dark fruit, chocolate, mocha, syrup and booze. Solid. Really aromatic.

Opens rich molasses, chocolate, sweet soy sauce, cocoa powder and a whole lot of booze. Sweet and syrupy in the middle with some plum, tobacco and leather added. A touch of oak makes it out of the hot abyss towards the end. Boozy on the finish that leaves a film of molasses, oak and tobacco on the palate. Very good. Incredibly intense.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick, chewy and rich in the mouth and goes down hot and viscous. Finishes dense and hot with a lingering, boozy aftertaste. A huge, huge beer.

I don't know if a beer can be "too" big but this definitely comes close. Super thick, chewy and boozy but with enough flavor to carry the day. As is, this could use just a little bit more time but its already very very good.

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Photo of barczar
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge bourbon and chocolate aroma, tar, licorice, and moderate smoke character.

Flavor is very rich, bourbony, sweet, with dark fruit and lots of alcohol.

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Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
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