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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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 238
Gots: 184 | FT: 26
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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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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sam (NoSignsOfPain) for busting this one out last night at the Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Bottle # 3266/3495.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. The alcohol smell on this one is potent and validates the 16.5% ABV. Taste is the same as the smell with the bourbon being quite strong and warming the back of the throat. This beer has a nice carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS that I am very glad I was able to try. Yes, the bourbon is in your face and could stand to have some aging but I still loved this one right out of the gate.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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3.14/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

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Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.