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

Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's CobraBarrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

326 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 326
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%


Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rtaps on 12-11-2011)
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

C+

Gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 05:52:21 | More by kojevergas
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 06:41:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:39:31 | More by largadeer
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AgentMunky

California

3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 09:02:03 | More by AgentMunky
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oline73

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 04:25:46 | More by oline73
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 15:41:38 | More by barleywinefiend
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium tan to brown head, some lace.

S: Great smell, reminscent of Black Tuesday for sure. Lots of sweet milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, some mocha.

T: Roasted malt heavy with secondary flavours of dark chocolate and mocha. Not as hot as it could be though there still is some ethanol heat, especially on the back end.

M: Full-bodied, some crisp carbonation, not the smoothest beer, again, there is a boozy quality to this.

O: Really like World Wide Stout meets Mephistopheles. This beer needs a couple years to lose the big booze character and allow the malt to shine because I think it has that potential. A solid beer now, could be great down the line, a beer to try again in 2015.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 03:15:13 | More by Halcyondays
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HopHead84

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/26/2012

On tap at URGE

A: A brown so dark it borders on black. The head is small, light brown, and fugacious.

S: Maple, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Big dark chocolate notes with evident oak. Bourbon is strong and aromatic. The aroma has a decided fusel alcohol presence. There's a little green apple in there.

T: Fudge, truffle, and molasses with a strong brown sugar element and a dash of vanilla. Oak is bold, blending with equally bold dark chocolate notes. Bourbon is pronounced, accompanied by oak and a big alcohol presence. Caramel is light. The flavors are excellent, but the alcohol heat is stinging and numbing at this point in the beer's life, taking away from overall enjoyment.

M: Full body with upper low to lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is viscous, silky, chewy, sticky, and smooth, with a substantial amount of heat and numbing from the alcohol.

Overall: Decadence itself. A good barrel aged Imperial Stout, but the alcohol presence is too dominant. I taste every bit of the 16.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 03:44:38 | More by HopHead84
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from jedwards a while back. Cheers for the trade man. A pleasure.

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled December 2011
Bottle 443 of 3495

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a foamy ring only. Black body with higher levels of carbonation. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. A little too carbonated and the lacing was just too average.

SMELL: Big nose with lots of barrel and booze. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate and oak all over the place. Some roasted malts and dark chocoalte from the base beer try to show through, but they're having trouble competing with the barrel aging. This is definitely a BA fan's favorite.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon, oak and booze up front, with dark chocolate and roasted malts in there as well. Very flavorful for sure. A monster aftertaste of bourbon barrel, oak and vanilla again, milk and dark chocolate, roasted, burnt malts and some nice sweet molasses. Caramel notes in there, as well as lots of alcohol. This is extremely big, flavorful and complex, though just a touch too boozy for top marks.

PALATE: Lighter, thinner body and medium levles of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, a little watery as well, goes down slightly harsh and burns after the swallow, finishing quite sticky. Heat lingers on the palate. Too light, prickly and harsh really, though that might be expected from such a big, barrel aged beer.

OVERALL: This was huge. Big and boozy for sure, but also very complex and interesting. I will admit I was disappointed with the feel on this one, which was definitely too light, thin and harsh to really be enjoyable. It is actually the feel that is holding me back from rounding up and cellaring a few of these for 8-10 years, as that is how long it will probably take for the heat to mellow. If the feel were more impressive and the heat more restrained, this would be a world class beer. No question. As it is now, it's a one and done, as even if I cellared some for a half decade, the feel would still hold it back. Regardless, I would gladly try another batch of this, or another big beer from these guys. Fun stuff. Cheers again jedwards!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 13:43:49 | More by Jeffo
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pitch black and opaque with a two finger dark beige head that has good retention, slowly fading onto a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy bourbon barrel aroma but it's nicely integrated into notes of the base beer.  Strong bourbon and burnt oak presence along with some vanilla and toasted coconut.  Still plenty of roast underneath the strong barrel character with hints of dark chocolate, toast, burnt sugar and coffee bean along with booze and sweeter malt notes.  

On the fuller end of medium body and slightly viscous with a blast of spicy, boozy heat.  Tons of bourbon flavor pounding you over the head along with dry toasted oak and subtle vanilla bean.  Lots of bourbon heat, almost too much so, dominating and overpowering the other flavors.  Tastes too young for my liking.  After the palate adjusts, there's a nice sweet malt presence along with some subtle roast with hints of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee bean.  Some decent flavors underneath the barrel but it's overwhelmingly boozy and a bit one dimensional.  

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 17:55:49 | More by corby112
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1128th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml C/C

2011 Release
Bottle #2593/3495

Served at cellar temp

App- A super dark brown with a one finger head. A dark brown head with zero lace and zero cling.

Smell- Much more of the plum on the nose. Had more chocolate with some creme notes. A bit of the coffee comes in next with some whispy booze. It's full on the nose with a ton of aromatics. Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate, Oak. Many things but something was just off to me.

Taste- Not as smooth or as good as BT but it's a very well done large ABV stout. The dark fruits really come in 1st and the segway into more of the chocolate and coffee flavors. Moves into the bourbon and wood flavors. It's good. Not as smooth as I was hoping for.

Mouth- A more of a medium bodied big stout vs smooth. The carbonation level was a bit prickly vs creamy. The residual notes are of vanilla, chocolate and plums.

Drink- It's a nice beer. I applaud the effort. I don't think most people are trying to do these monsters and I think Pugachevs was more than a valiant effort. I would like another bottle and I think age will help.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 18:34:08 | More by FosterJM
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Florida9

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

# 1549

A: Dark brown in color; almost black, but not quite there. Forms a (surprisingly) fizzy cola-like head that quickly fizzes away. No lacing.

S: Smell is very sweet and alcoholic. Heavy notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some bourbon. Maple syrup and chocolate, both to a lesser extent.

T: Rather sweet tasting. Molasses, raisin, dark fruits, and chocolate. Lighter notes of oak and vanilla. Exceedingly hot and alcoholic on the finish with an onslaught of fusel spice.

M: On the lighter side of heavy with lower carbonation and a minimal bitterness. However, this one is hot, hot, hot and burns harshly in the mouth.

O: Sweet and hot. If that's you're thing, this is your beer. However, I found this one to be just too hot, too rough, and lacking balance. Does have a very appealing aroma, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 13:48:46 | More by Florida9
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rtaps

California

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a small khaki head, medium retention and spotty lacing around the glass.

s-black licorice, dark fruity malts, maple, chocolate, hint of vanilla.

taste was nice. it still hot from the bourbon due to it being so fresh and at 16.5%, chocolate, mild maple, dark fruit malts, pretty well balanced

m-smooth/creamy mildly viscous

overall i thought it was a very nice beer and am looking forward to aging it for awhile and see how the flavors blend.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 06:00:17 | More by rtaps
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beagle75

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of beige bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bourbon and dark roast are each well-represented and complimentary to the other. Richness is suggested by the layered notes of dark vinous fruit, pipe tobacco, and spirituous wood.

T: Begins very off-dry, with roasted malt, vanilla extract, and an abundance of dark fruit. Acidity is moderate, but more felt than tasted, making only a minor distracting flavor contribution. Chocolate and earth are featured in the drying middle. This beer finishes with well-integrated husky malt that shows both roasted and deep toasted qualities, as well as leathery umami and appropriate bitterness. Volatile coffee and bourbon linger on the palate.

M: Thick viscosity, heavy yet acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This bourbon barrel-aged stout of immense size does a great many things right; it smells great, has a rich and interesting flavor profile, and does not lean too heavily to booziness. Acidity is disruptive, handicapping the product when it is compared to the best of the style and preparation. Although this beer is compelling on many levels, it's unusually high abv for the style makes it less approachable, even if it does not come off as a booze bomb.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 15:14:55 | More by beagle75
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless snifter.

Big thanks to SubpoenaDeuces for this bottle!

Bottle #1549/3495. So the name apparently refers to an aerial maneuver wherein the pilot brings the plane's nose suddenly vertical and drops it back down, all the while maintaining constant altitude. The more you know.

This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, deep dark chocolate, bourbon, and light char. A faint whiff of booze makes itself known... The taste brings in more of the same, along with some molasses and the knowledge that that light boozy smell foreshadowed some major alcoholic heat. It doesn't detract all that much from things, but it does occasionally get in the way a bit. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a dry finish. Overall, a very tasty barrel-aged stout, one that seems to be held back only by its latent heat. Given a bit more time (hell, I held off for several months!), this will probably be pretty damn fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 01:51:03 | More by TMoney2591
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Stoutish

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on this bad boy, immediately stuck my nose to the bottle, Poured THICK black into a Stout glass. Impressive pour with a standard RIS head. Lacing dropped very quick. Smells of Malt, Cocoa, Maple, Anise. First sip at 50 degrees, I knew this was a RIS that wouldn't compare. Best flavor after warming to about 55 little spice, touches of Caramel, toffee, Chocolate. Overall warmed me up quite a bit. I absolutely love the limited release. Pugachevs is a contender, and a must for us stout lovers!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 19:09:22 | More by Stoutish
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

A - Pours black, cream-colored head, bubbles, thin collar.

S - Fudge, chocolate, booze, oak, toasted nuts. The alcohol is really well-hidden for 16.5%, which is very impressive. Very rich and decadent, chocolate cake with a bourbon side.

T - Similar to the nose, but perhaps even better. The chocolate dessert aspect mixed with the oak and bourbon work well for this beer. For being so young, I'm really impressed with the booze notes...I think this has even more room to smooth out over the next year or two. Finish is chocolate brownies and booze.

M - Full body, nice carbonation, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Although you know the booze is there, in smaller doses, this beer is very well-done. It's not like anyone is going to be able to put back a whole bottle, but split between friends, this one is a winner. I hope to have again once the booze smooths out even more. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 17:12:07 | More by Sean9689
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2011 Vintage
Bottle 2000 something of 3000 somthing (didn't write it down)
HF Wine glass

A: Pretty darn black. Wasn't as motor oil as I thought it would be. Not getting a lot of head. Basically a thin layer that ends up as just an edge. But at that ABV, what are you expecting. Light tan. Alcohol feet. It's carbonated.

S: Actually smells like booze still, even after a year. Vanilla. Caramel. Dark fruit. Maybe dark cherries coming through. Smells good, but just that touch of booze lingering.

T: Drank this as a night closer, and it shut me down. Great beer but just large. Got lots of deep dark chocolate. It's that super % dark cocao. Vanilla notes from the bourbon. Booze hints on the back of the throat with the normal warming. Toffee. Long finish. As it warms flavors really open up and so does the heat.

M: Full bodied. Big. Mouth coater.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 14:34:12 | More by inlimbo77
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Murrhey

Montana

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had poured on tap at the Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Poured in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes. Part of a flight.

A- Thin mocha head. Came with no real retention. Lacing was big and fluffy.

S- Chocolate, very strongly. Also some vanilla and something darker, like asphalt.

T- Super chocolatey, with bourbon and vanilla notes. Possibly some caramel as well.

M- Thick and very smooth. Like chocolate syrup.

O- My girlfriend could drink this one, and she hates beer. So that's something interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 07:01:21 | More by Murrhey
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:36:43 | More by jeonseh
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Samuel906

California

4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

holy shit, you need to prepare yourself for one huge beer here. Heavy dark and sweet, tons of alcohol and lots of complexity just like a good Russian Imperial Stout should. Looks black and thick as used oil with thin khaki head. The smell is one of my favorite parts, brown sugar, walnuts, coffee, maple. Taste is intense, super sweet, but surprisingly little booze. Chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. This is an intense RIS. Very very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 03:30:17 | More by Samuel906
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Bobby (t0rin0). Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam settles to a thin collar, some wispy patches, and a few spots of lace. Opaque near-black body.

S - Dark chocolate, whiskey, toasted grains, anise, roasted malts, caramel, a touch of dark fruits. There's a very BCS-esque vibe in terms of the flavor profile, but dialed up to 11. Alcohol seems to have mellowed since I had last had this two months ago.

T - Again, lots of dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, roasted grains, and a surprising biscuit note. Unfortunately the massive 16.5% shows up in the flavor far more readily than in the aroma - blind I might have guessed 14-15%, but I'm not sure that's a huge compliment.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, smooth texture, with a lightly tannic finish. There's some warming alcohol present, but it'd be a tad strange if there wasn't.

D - This was quite good, albeit still a tad boozy. The alcohol isn't unreasonable for the listed 16.5%, but a few more months would probably do this beer some good. That being said it's quite enjoyable and has come a long way over the last few months. Best shared with friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 14:50:47 | More by MasterSki
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Treebs

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml c&c bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. 2012 vintage, bottle #4326/5360.

A: Pours a pitch black color with very thin dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes to minuscule ring pretty quickly then to nothing. Some stick is left down the glass.

S: Definitely boozy upfront. Pretty sweet caramel presence with some definitive barrel notes. Vanilla, oak and bourbon. Glazed prunes with a little roast.

T: Boozy bourbon notes with nice rich chocolate undertone. Big barrel with some sweet caramel and oak with a hint of roasted malts.

M: Smooth,heavy and silky. Medium low carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel.

O: A very big beer, but not over the top in heat and sweetness. Very solid all around with a great mouthfeel for a beer this big.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 12:50:41 | More by Treebs
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augustgarage

California

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 17:55:41 | More by augustgarage
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2beerdogs

California

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this gem at the Bruery Provision store.
A. Solid incolor, very deep drk brown, almost no head

Nose. Pleasing, not strong, Some sugars, maybe maple meets caramel.
Taste. Fantastic. I got a lot of the usual...carameil, chocolate, maple, hint of roast, but the interesting thing I found in the background was a hint of dried, dark fruit. Nose did not hint to ths much great flavor.

Mouth. I expected a bit more of a full feeling, but did not detact from this great drink.

well, I finally got to try this one, but now I want to get a few bottles. I hear this is where the adventure begins, for they did not bottle a ton of it. But I have hope...

Serving type: on-tap

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