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

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

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 604
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 3.04%
Wants: 283
Gots: 256 | FT: 38
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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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Photo of everyman
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

'15 (December release) measures in at 18.9%. That's an intensely high abv for any brew. Moreover, this beer is not simply laced with barrel age, it's swimming in it. While No. 3 definitely impresses me, I'm not exactly jonsen for another hit..maybe next year. Heat. All heat. The bourbon dominates my palate and masks many of the other flavors. Advice: six months is far from enough shelf life to harmonize this beer and fanout its heat. At least cellar till the next Christmas or New Years. As for appearance, I'm a little disappointed the foam was light and the head hardly had formation. Parabola (is it wrong to compare and name drop?), the specimen of its class, boasts of a thick mouthfeel and dense, foamy head. I did not encounter that in No. 3. The mouthfeel is actually thinner than expected, even a little run-of-the-mill, stout-like (reflective of lower abv's). I was hoping for something syrupier, since the description boasts of being brewed with maple syrup. Selling point: you won't find many a near 20% beers, and it is flavorful. Be patient and this beer will one day please the senses. (1,104 characters)

Photo of J_K
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage shared on 4/3/15. Pours black with almost no head. Wonderful smells of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, plum, chocolate and licorice. Expected more depth of flavor. The bourbon dominated the most. Solid stout, just expected a little bit more with all the hype going around. (279 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review of 2013 vintage, tasted from the tap at the brewery in late 2014.

A - Pitch black, no head except tiny tan ring. Big legs. Some lacing.
S - Plums, bourbon, vanilla, coconut. Coffee roast in background. Very clean.
T - Great blend of espresso and bourbon. Lots of vanilla, coconut. Mostly dry finish.
M - Medium body. Low prickly alcohol. Strong alcohol and hops burn.
O - A top notch beer that highlights both RIS and the barrel character in perfect balance.

I was fortunate enough to taste the 2012 vintage side-by-side with 2013. I found them very similar, but the 2012 was slightly thinner and sweeter. It seemed to balance more toward bourbon and less espresso than the 2013. (689 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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... (204 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is intensely hot and boozy. This also cuts at the mouthfeel a touch. In general, a huge bourbon quality, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

It leans towards the quality of the 14+% ABV imperial stouts, but lacks in execution. (229 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Served in a snifter 2/22/2015.

A- Dark brown bodied, nearly pitch black. Half finger mocha head without much retention time. No lacing.

S- Decadent chocolate, bourbon, oak, licorice, vanilla. Smells delicious. This is one of the best smelling bourbon stouts I've had in a long time.

F- A bit limited in terms of the depth of the flavour; but plenty of bourbon flavours without the heat. The chocolate is there, but it is in the background as is the oak and vanilla. It has quite a bit of actual smoky, sweet bourbon flavour. It's alright, but I was expecting more based on how it smells. Still, a very tasty stout that isn't overwhelmingly sweet.

M- Medium bodied, a bit on the thinner side but not Black Tuesday thin. Good carbonation. Finish is a slightly drying and soothing bourbon flavour with a touch of oak. No heat at all, which is impressive on a 18.9% ABV beer.

O- Pretty good; smells a lot like Black Gold 2014 does, but falls a bit short as far as the depth of the flavours go. It's overall a bit muted, but what it does provide is quite tasty. (1,076 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of Erikberglund
4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tastes about the same as BCBS but more abv and just as smooth. Might be more accessible if on west coast. Price wise pretty steep. This was the 2014 release. I've got a bottle to age and see if it improves. (206 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer. Undeniable. Less sweet than other bbl stouts, I can tell that most of the sugars got fermented, especially given the high abv. This bottle says 18.9% by the way so, might need to make a list of vintages here. All I can say is you've got to try this. Reminds me of an avery class brew. Somehow more balanced than it's less alcoholic brothers. The body doesn't kill you, but the flavor ruins your palate. In a good way. Highly recommended.

Side by side blind tasting with bcbs: cobra takes the cake. Hmmm. Yup. This is a damn good beer. (561 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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+% (907 characters)

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a growler purchased on Friday. Drank from a Pretentious Beer Glass for Douple IPAs
Look: As dark as a moonless night. No carbonation, head or lacing on the glass.
Smell: First pour very boozy I let it sit for a minute or two and strong chocolate smell.
Taste: The alcohol overwhelms at first but settles down quickly ends up with chocolate and maple. Rather pleasant.
Feel: Nice and chewy feel in my mouth.
Overall 4.5 really needs to age a bit to burn off the high ABV. Imagine this would be a top beer on beer advocate if more available. Hanger 24 is in up and coming brewery. (596 characters)

Photo of ChrisMQ
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage - might be a tad bit oxidized. Barely any alcohol heat on this, and very thin for the style- esp in the 15% range. It seems to transformed into more of a English barleywine after 3+ years. solid brew but prob should have drank it sooner (249 characters)

Photo of TATURBO
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draught at the brewery on the eve of the eve of xmas.

Appearance: This poured very black, with a thin hue of brown as a buffer zone between the blackness and the glass. Beige head that is about a nickels worth and dissipates leaving it's residue around the rim.

Smell: Bourbon, char, vanilla bean, fresh ground coffee, syrup, molasses, brown sugar, fig, hazelnut, and chocolate.

Taste: Very much what the nose is telling you. vanilla, chocolate, char, sweet darker fruits like fig or dates. Throughout the sip, bourbon is wonderfully fused throughout the beer and ends with a nice splash of coffee.

Mouthfeel: The darker roast gives it that robust nice dry finish, leaving you coming back for another sip The char really gives your mouth the experience of drinking a bourbon. And the density of the beer really makes this a great sipper. A nice full bodied beer.

Overall: This is a great interpretation of the bourbon aged stout and I will say one of the best I've had. All the flavors are flawlessly mixed, and I think more importantly they aged this perfectly. Someone there is making beer fun lately, and I'm 100% on board. I'm giving this 5/5. I really wish fellow beer nerds would be generous with their 5's too. I'm tired of these hyped beers taking the top 100. This beats out any BCBS, Founders, or any other hyped stout. (1,347 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

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. (1,292 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a short-lived head that fades quickly but leaves some spots around the glass

Smell: Dark chocolate, Bourbon, molasses, vanilla and graham crackers

Taste: Dark chocolate, molasses and graham crackers, up front, with Bourbon, oak and vanilla elements in the middle; a hint of dark fruit adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice RIS that touches the elements of the style and the Bourbon barrel (501 characters)

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer packs so much heat, I don't think it is fair to rate this beer until it has at least a year on it to settle. The vanilla, oak, and all those bourbon flavors are so massive paired with an alcohol burn that matches a shot of whiskey makes this beer incredibly hard to enjoy fresh. But if you can handle letting this beer sit in your cellar for a year+ you will find it to be absolutely amazing. (404 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013. Pour is almost black with a fairly tight and creamy tan head. Nose is big and rich, hint of barrel up front with lots of chocolate cake, vanilla, maple syrup, notes of roasted and almost burnt malt very light. Good malt depth but a little sugary in the nose. Taste has more roasted malts up front, slightly acrid mid palate. Tons of maple syrup, vanilla, and chocolate cake. Sweet maltiness and a bit of bourbon and wood in the finish, not overly sugary but definitely a sweet beer. Full bodied, creamy feel, chewy and dry. (529 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 vintage.

Pours opaque black. The 1/4 inch tan head quickly disappears completely and leaves faint spotty lace.

The smell is of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, graham crackers and pipe tobacco.

The taste is of sweet bourbon, molasses, dark chocolate and dark stone fruit.

The texture is heavy bodied and slightly oily with low carbonation.

This is a solid example of a barrel aged imperial stout. Not quite on the upper plain of heavy hitting barrel aged stouts but, certainly nipping at their heels. Lacking in the coffee presence of most imperial stouts. (570 characters)

Photo of Flip4beers
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it in a FW snifter.

Overall- The smell is awesome. Bourbon, licorice, bourbon, oakiness.(Did I say sweet bourbon goodness!)
I was expecting alot of sweetness in this drink but its suprisely balanced. Smoky flavor, bitter dark chocolate, hint of vanilla. There's no trace of maple syrup whatsoever.
My overall rating for this beer is always going to be based on all bourbon-aged stout ive experienced. Parabola is my top of my list. (439 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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 (588 characters)

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