Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra - Hangar 24 Brewery
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3.14/5 rDev -27.6%
Tackling this beast by myself to celebrate success at work. It will be difficult, but I'll persevere. Bottle #2587/5360. 2012 vintage. 15.8% ABV according to the label. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet (the label's recommended vessel) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its current rating.
Served straight from the fridge but allowed to warm very substantially (to room temperature) over the course of extended consumption. Initially side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated, but as I poured it became obvious that no head was going to develop, so I finished pouring quite vigorously.
I like the label, but it betrays a poor understanding of English: "...explode on your pallet." 'Pallet' is not to be confused with 'palate', you imbeciles.
Paired with salted hard pretzels.
Cork came loose easily. Not much pop as I removed it.
A: Pours a half finger tan colour head of disappointing thickness, nice cream, and decent retention considering the high ABV (~40 seconds). No lacing whatsoever. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style. The head isn't as rich or dark as I expected.
Sm: Raisin, chocolate, chocolate malt, caramel, licorice, alcohol/booze/heat, sweet malts, malt syrup, vanilla, oak, bourbon, molasses, light tobacco, and buried plum. More blandly executed than that hefty list of flavours makes it sound; it has plenty of diverse flavours, but I still wouldn't call it complex per se. A bit messy. Lacks subtlety. Appealing, but not masterful. A strong aroma.
T: Licorice, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and hints of vanilla. Heavy caramel. Heavy tobacco too - as heavy on tobacco as any imperial stout I've ever had. (I actually coughed from it on the first sip). Lurking alcohol booziness lies beneath the surface, but I wouldn't say it has heat. It's the flavour of alcohol sans the effect. Buried dark plum. Unwelcome bitterness. Very messy; especially where its sweetness/bitterness balance is concerned. Dark malts provide the foundation but get beaten and bombarded by the imbalanced flavours. Each note is bold and impacting without integrating well into the beer as a whole. I don't get any coffee; maybe some cold-pressed coffee without any roast or real java notes. It's messily, sloppily built for the style. Lacks the refined masterful character of great examples of the style. Aimless. Complex merely because of the haphazardly added ingredients. No subtlety whatsoever. It's enjoyable for what it is, but there is little craft here.
Mf: Syrupy and viscous. Thick. Smooth and wet. Too thick; entirely too much viscosity. Bleh. Bludgeons the palate. Overcarbonated to boot. Heavy on sugar. Awful palate presence. Overwhelming.
Dr: Hrm. It doesn't demand sipping, but the alcohol is certainly punishing. I expected a far better beer, but this is a mess. I will have trouble finishing this by myself - both because of the limited quality and because of the ABV (which is obvious and unconcealed while drinking it). A decent effort from Hangar 24, but I do not understand its current rating. Difficult to drink. A decent imperial stout, but I wouldn't get it again. A severe disappointment from Hangar 24.
Gets better as it warms.
01-11-2013 05:52:21 | More by kojevergas
3.25/5 rDev -25.1%
Thanks to NoSignsOfPain
Look: Pours black with a 1/8 inch head and ok retention
Smell. Lots of bourbon forward with some notes of chocolate
Taste. The beer starts off incredibly bourbony with lots of alcohol then has traces of oak and vanilla. The beer finishes with a very nice chocolate note
Mouthfeel. Full body and low carbonation
Overall. This beer needs some time to develop as of right now it is a bit of a boozy mess
12-11-2011 06:41:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.5/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
02-16-2012 00:39:31 | More by largadeer
3.63/5 rDev -16.4%
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Bottle 5314/8856/ (No. 3, for whatever that's worth.)
A: Black and viscous with very light head. Impenetrable.
S: This smells so sweet. Brown sugar. Molasses. Boozy and harsh.
T: Too damn sweet for me. Hint of coffee on the distant aftertaste. Maintaste is raw, sweet molasses. Strong thread of booze -- no surprise -- and whiskey.
M: Smooth, thick, and flat.
O: Damn tasty. So sweet. The tinge of bitterness and coffee is so tasty.
01-19-2014 09:02:03 | More by AgentMunky
3.64/5 rDev -16.1%
Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.
Appearance: The beer pours thick like motor oil. Black as night with hardly any head.
Smell: Super sweet with a mild soy sauce/dessert wine note. Lots of roasted malt sweetness.
Taste: This beer is extremely sweet and quite hot. I'm getting a ton of roasted malt along with some dark fruit and caramel. Reminds me of candy.
Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy and coats the mouth. Tingly carbonation and a dry finish.
Overall: I thought this one could have been more refined. It has already been aged around year, but some more time might have helped. I don't think I need more in the future.
01-14-2013 04:25:46 | More by oline73
3.68/5 rDev -15.2%
A: Poured a deep dark black with good carbonation leaving a moderate brown cap. The brown cap resedes leaving some light bubbles and a ring around the edge of the glass
S: Vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate, very nice alcohol, molasses and some Earthiness
T: Initial bourbon barrel presence with a early presentation of chocolate and incognito vanilla. Some Earthiness is noted as is more cheap chocolate on the back. Dark fruits and almonds appear in the distance as does some coconut and more booze. However, the more I drank the more I disliked and became unimpressed. Lets stop there. The finish is sweet, dry and stinging booze
M: Medium-full to full bodied, cocoa and booze coat the palate blended with bourbon
O: I am glad I did not give a arm and leg for this. Not sure what the talk is about? In a night of big bad stouts this was a common player.
02-10-2013 15:41:38 | More by barleywinefiend
Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.