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

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 272
Gots: 252 | FT: 39
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: rtaps on 12-11-2011

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Ratings: 581 | Reviews: 90
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Photo of maximum12
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

Bear-hug thanks to hefman, who knocked this long-time want onto my porch this fall. 750ML bottle split with my wife, bottle 956/8856. I think. The bottle is a whole nine feet away.

The pour is cheap plastic black with minimal carbonation, as befitting a stout this close to midnight. Smells like that girl in college that you never could get: sweetness, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wow. I wonder how big the neck on the bottle is?

Pugachev’s Cobra: Barrel Roll #3 is downright decadent. Where to start? Usually the taste, but the mouthfeel on this is a DD, huge & full & satisfying. The taste is hot alcoholic bourbon, big baster of sweetened malts, molasses (one of the few beers I could have actually tasted it even if I hadn’t read the label). All top-notch & insistent. The mid-palate brings a softer focus of licorice, fudge, almost a bit of roast. The end is all barrel & richness. And for the love of all that’s holy, I could have drunk the entire bomber. Then another. Then at least part of another before I “fell asleep” on the couch. Upstairs? I wouldn’t venture it after 50+ ounces of this beast.

Wow. One of the best new beers I’ve had in some time, this ranks right up there with the all-time classics. A beer that hits all the notes of the elite. Fantastic.

Photo of yankeepride
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Usually with beer this tough to get, I'm happy to have it once and move on. But this one, with its baker's chocolate / syrup combo, was just so incredible. You can really smell the bourbon, but I thought it didn't overpower the rest of the flavors, even it with being a recent batch. Light on the tongue, and a very dangerous level of smooth for such a high ABV.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Year 2013, December, Bottle 7255/8856.

Nice classic looking big imperial stout. Black walnut and very dark body color, a head of dark mocha espresso chocolate brown forms maybe a finger tall, but settles to a very dark same colored collar. Nice sheen top without being filmy and some nice legs compliment.

What an impressive nose on this. Big dark fruits on this sucker, dates raisins and figs, with a wonderful cigar smoke. Hints of charred oak, and cigar box cedar wood all over. Heat but not boozy. Chocolate angle somewhere between milk and dark. Just large and impressive, nearly perfection.

Palate is just surprisingly fruity and large in that respect. Good notes of charred wood, charcoal and smoke. Large fruit component that gets to plum/raisin and some juicy cherry quality. Warm kirsch almost sour cherries with big roast and schnapps controlled warmth that isn't gag inducing.. Carbonation is prickly but not distracting, but for a big barrel aged brew it comes off quite light but not watery. Some leafy chewy dried tobacco aftertaste to match also, but there's no real maple sweetness on this which honestly doesn't disappoint me.

Overall just a very impressive creation, and I love the bouquet on this beer immensely.

Photo of RobertConway
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark, rich, and strong. This is a beer to savor.

Photo of TATURBO
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Was lacking the thick caramel head. Carbonation on this bottle was pretty low. Taste is good and seriously boozy. The 2014 release states 18.9% abv. Might be worth aging a bit but Good now if you like em fresh. Gave it a 4.25 on the overall even though the carbonation was below what I expected.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bman113vr for sharing this bottle at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is awesome. I get a ton of bourbon and raisins, as well as some chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is just as good, with a ton of barrel-aged character such as oak, whiskey, maple and vanilla. There is also a load of roasted malt and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. An excellent barrel-aged Russian imperial stout. Very glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/7/15 draft @ Ale Arsenal. Pugachev's Cobra proves to continue to be one of the best barrel-aged stouts. Plenty of bourbon, vanilla, caramel notes in the nose. Palate is evident of the higher ABV this year, alcohol forward with nice roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and bourbon. I could drink this all day, were it not for the 18.9% ABV.

Photo of jeonseh
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by nasty31 in a snifter

A - Dark chocolate brown with light maroon edges on the side

S - Bourbon, chocolate, light vanilla, light dark prune. Really bourbon forward in the nose

T - Vanilla, chocolate, lots of coffee, light sweet cream, and light bourbon in it. Finish is bitter coffee. Nice balance but definitely a bourbon forward beer!

M - Thick, chocolate body with creamy body. However the finish seems to be a bit astringent brought on by the booze and coffee flavors

O - This is a good beer overall.; however, there is so much bourbon in it that it slightly overpowers the rest of the beer

Photo of samtrillo
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nose of rich dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some booze.

On the taste, you can for sure taste the alcohol, 19% is unmistakable, but it's overwhelmingly smooth. Rich dark chocolate, mocha, vanilla and bourbon meld to create a liquor feel and taste. Highest ABV ived had for a beer and it was delicious. Luckily I only had 5oz.

Photo of timc100
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage.

Incredible beer. I really enjoyed the 2013, but this at 18.9 is on a different level. Aroma of huge rich chocolate, booze, vanilla, barrel, and distinctive tobacco and hefty bourbon. There is slight maple as well, overall just strong, rich, and boozy.

Strong flavors on the palate as well and very boozy. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and tons of barrel. Could benefit from some time to relax, but I really enjoy a strong boozy beer.

On the level with Black Tuesday and other extreme stouts.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rtaps for sharing one of his bottles
Pitch black with 1cm bubbly khaki head. Avg retention and Fairly spotty lacing. Fairly oily and viscous. Not as much as I thought it'd be though.  

Big nose. Rich dark fruit. Rum/bourbon soaked chocolate covered dark fruit. A bit boozy. Bourbon! A bit of orange peel. A touch of caramel and toffee. 

Huge range of flavor. Still young and boozy but great! Great chocolatey sweet brownie finish led by strong bourbony and vanilla notes, along with a little orange peel and toffee and bold rich coffee. 

Mouth is full bodied and rich. Medium Carbonation.

Overall its nice, bold and very complex. I like it now and know I'll love it Alot later! This is a monster that is going to be amazing with some age.  

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brief review from notes. On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away, served in a snifter.

Opaque seal brown body is capped by a faint light-tan raft of slowly dissipating foam. Faint yet viscous legs, decent lacing and retention.

The bourbon barrel contributes tremendously to the aroma - tobacco, vanillin, coconut shells, pepper assail the nose along with a wave of alcohol and coffee-like roasted malt. Unapologetic in its strength, it is reigned in just enough to prevent it from being fusel or solventy.

The flavor profile delivers all that the nose promised though in a compact yet well balanced form. Burnt sugar, licorice, chocolate, and maybe a touch of treacle are in there too...though it isn't super-complex. Finishes a touch hot, spicy, and not quite dry.

Creamy, rich medium-full bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation but again, just a touch hot.

Worth tracking down a bottle I suspect - while not especially original, this is a well executed example of a strong barrel aged RIS. Good stuff.

Photo of Srsly
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Verdugo

A - totally black, with just a hint of choco brown head.

S - huuuuge bourbon that I can smell from two seats down. Yeah, there's some oak, vanilla, and sweetness underneath but damn that booze is strong. and awesome.

T - again, big bourbon up front, backed up by barrel flavors and some more subtle vanilla. It's big, it's powerful, it's awesome, but it didn't slay me. Based on the ABV I assumed it would be super hot, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn't get at all too much harsh alcohol taste/burn. It was all bourbon, barrels, vanilla, and sweetness with just enough heat to remind me that it's 16.5%.

M - This was one really interesting aspect of this beer. It was actually a whole lot thinner and lighter than I expected. In a good way. It made it a pleasure to return to the glass for another sip, and entirely too easy to drink. I actually had this next to a Lost Abbey Deliverance, and the Deliverance (though also excellent) felt like a milkshake next to this.

O - This is a really outstanding beer. The first few things I had from Hangar 24 were pretty underwhelming, but between this and the last couple times I've had their DIPA it seems like things might be moving in the right direction, which is great to see. Wish I could get my hands on a bottle of this, but not necessarily to age - it's drinking really well right now and I just want more.

Photo of Erikberglund
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A delicious and warm and toasty feeling brew. I want to take a glass of it and drink it on my leather chair in front of a roaring fire around my leather bound books. Very smooth for having such a high ABV. Aging would make this even more spectacular.

Photo of IKR
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage, 15.8% ABV

Appearance: Black with a small beige head that subsides to a beige ring. noticed some lacing and legs.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar, coffee/roasted malt aromas, and mild vanilla notes.

Taste: A balanced palate of Bourbon, roast malts, brown sugar, tannic oak notes, and mild vanilla. The beer finishes with the bourbon notes,some roast malts, oak notes and a hint of vanilla. There's an alcohol presence in the finish but to my tastes it's not obtrusive for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation, especially considering the ABV and bal-aging. For an IS it is fairly thin-bodied. The body is not that big of an issue for me, but I can see why some were bothered by the body of the beer.

Overall: A very good bal-aged RIS. The bal-aging elements are very apparent, but it also has a roast malt/coffee presence lacking in some big bal-aged stouts. Good fresh, but this will likely become epic with some aging.

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2013, bottle #207/8856, 13.8% ABV, poured into a snifter

A-pours pitch black in color with a dark brown creamy head that reduces to a small ring around the glass, some lacing left behind

S- lots of bourbon barrel juice aroma up front, notes of dark artisan chocolate mixes with toasted marshmallow and graham cracker. Some dark fig and coffee on the close

T- lots of bourbon juice flavor up front with charred oak barrel, dark chocolate and fig kick in mid-palate with a subtle sweetness of molasses. More bourbon juice on the finish with more dark fruit on the linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a big warm boozy finish that lingers long after the swallow

O- this is a very bourbon forward imperial stout that is still drinking very hot after a year of aging. I’m a fan of bourbon forward beers, but the heat on this drinks like 18+%

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Joseph for this and all the other amazing beers!!! I think I was a little beer'd out at this point and this probably deserves a better rating, especially since I didn't even notice the crazy abv...

Photo of VeganUndead
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014. 18.9% abv, dangerously drinkable for that big of a beer, if that's even possible

Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a snifter 2014 released December 6.

Appearance: pitch black, tan head that did not live long, looks like motor oil, swashes around the glass, no light comes through the beer.

Smell: big aromas, a hit of bourbon, toasted coconut, licorice, some vanilla, very hot on the nose.

Taste: Big hit of bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, lots of alcohol that lingers, dry finish, the bourbon flavors linger. It has a nice, short, middle mix of flavors, big bourbon upfront, then the alcohol lingers, mixes with the bourbon at the end.

Mouthfeel: Motor oil, no carbonation, coats the tongue and palate, alcohol burn at the end, a big beer.

Overall: I am very impressed, it's a little hot but with some age I bet this mellows out really well. It's a big beer, flavors, aromas,mouthfeel. The bourbon and alcohol dominate, I would like to see if the toasted coconut, vanilla flavors would expand with age. A must try, bought one bottle, going back for 2-3 more. This is the 2014 release.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Todd for this bottle!
Bottle #3819/5360 from the 2012 Vintage.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head that immediately reduced to a thin ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A huge bourbon aroma up front with lots of charred oak and vanilla from the barrel treatment. Chocolate fudge and a hint of sweet molasses also come through in the nose.

T - A huge cocoa flavour hits the tongue first and immediately gives way to charred oak, bourbon and vanilla flavours from the barrel. Mid-palate adds roast, licorice and chocolate fudge with some sweet molasses in the finish. The ABV is warming throughout but very well hidden considering the ABV.

M - Full bodied. Thick and chewy. Light carbonation.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one with a good beer buddy Saturday night. Thanks
Darrel!! Pours thick and oily, still a long lasting dark brown head
rises up and sticks around for a while. Nose is bigger RIS elements,
dark malt+bittersweet chocolate meshing nicely with rich
bourbon/vanilla notes... Flavor has all the same rich RIS notes and
still a battering ram of bourbon is pleasant... No doubt there is a
pretty heavy EtOH presence, but it is not out of whack and this bottle
handles the heavy ABV without ever getting cloyingly sweet. Pretty
damn good... I am loving this one.

4.5/4.5/4.25/4.25/4.5

Photo of HoldensHomebrew
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't review many beers. It is rare that I have a beer that blows me away. I am an imperial Stout fanatic, having had well over 200 different ones it is not often that one truly blows me away with its complexity and intense flavors. This beer did.

When I first poured this beer I didn't know it was 16.5% otherwise I would have opened it with others. Dark chocolate, bourbon, warming pleasant alcohol are all noticeable on the noise and tongue. This beer has been put into my top 5 all time imperial stouts. Even though it is still young, all the flavors one desires are there.

The mouthfeel is very thick and elegant. Like smooth silk as it dances along the tongue. It warms the mouth and the throat and would make a great winter beer for a cold night with your loved one.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Nearly opaque. Some cola highlights around the edges when he'd to light. Nice tan head.
smell: Bourbon and vanilla, dark fruits. Rich and decadent nose.
taste: Much like the nose, though not quite as great.
overall: A very fine brew. Almost up to mind blowing but maybe not as deceptively smooth as say BCBS or KBS.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Rich.

Black body that looks surprisingly thin for the ABV, especially after the Hunahpu's that preceded it. Minimal carbonation with a small tan head.

Big toasted coconut nose backed by a lot of raw alcohol. Notes of almond liqueur, alcohol, chocolate, alcohol, and alcohol. This has some great aromas buried beneath the nostril burning heat.

Tastes unabashedly boozy but it does have some nice flavors. Toasted coconut and chocolate are dominant, along with a bit of almond. It essentially tastes like Almond Joy dissolved in everclear. The body is a tad thin for the monstrous ABV. Finishes with booze, chocolate, oak, and booze. Not necessarily a bad beer, just be prepared for the onslaught of heat.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from jpaco47 (awesome extra, thanks man!!). Bottled 12/12. Served in an Ommegang tulip.

Pours jet black with barely even a film of tan "head" which is gone quickly and leaves no lace.

Smells of boubon, vanilla and oak.

It's a bourbon bomb, for sure. Huge oaky bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, brandied dates and plenty of booze. Despite the noticable presence, it's smoothness belies the 15.8% abv tag. Good stuff.

Full, thick feel with just a hint of carbonation. Coats the tongue for a long sweet bourbony finish.

An excellent bourbon barrel aged stout. Compares quite favorably to BCBS so of you enjoy that, you really should try Pugachev's Cobra if you can.

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Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.