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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: 95
Hads: 640
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 23.54%
Wants: 298
Gots: 259 | FT: 37
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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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
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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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
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.


Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks a lot to Brandon for sharing this 750ml, enjoyed chilled in a glass and allowed to rise in temperature gradually.

The color is black with opaque clarity and thin tan head. The smell is very roasty almost burnt acrid with slight chewy sweet brownie batter-like aroma. The feel is rich intense and highly roasted with a dry quality with a lot of alcohol and woody tannin in the feel.

The flavor is good at first but improves as it warms with roasty and rich woody flavor with light sweetness and mild cocoa with dark fruit and earthy quality with some woody flavor continuing mid palate into a mild alcohol flavor as it finishes warm and dry. Overall I consider this a great stout -it tastes way better near cellar temp after some of the alcohol settles -a great Imperial stout even though it is 16% Thanks a lot Brandon!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by GT. Thanks man.

The beer is near black with a thin beige head. The aroma offers roast, barrels, booze, chocolate. The flavor imparts chocolate and heavy bourbon, exceeding the aroma. Quite nice. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Tasty beer. Heat in the finish. Solid.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the 2014 bottle which I found to be superior to 2013. Pours dark, but not super viscous. Not necessarily surprising for the abv and dryness; without a lot of residual sugar remaining to thicken it up, it's in the mid-range of massive stouts. Nose and flavor are gigantic - maple, turbinado sugar, toffee, fudge, oak, vanilla, french roast coffee, hints of holiday spice (clove, cinnamon). A bit of heat, but mostly just rich bourbon soup in which all the other flavors ebb and flow. Finish feels a bit thin, slick but the flavors linger on forever.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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%.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.84/5  rDev -10.5%
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.  

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Photo of barczar
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge bourbon and chocolate aroma, tar, licorice, and moderate smoke character.

Flavor is very rich, bourbony, sweet, with dark fruit and lots of alcohol.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured into a snifter. Held onto this for my 2,500 unique Untappd checkin and this blew me away. It was like drinking bourbon soaked fudge brownies. At 18.9% it took awhile to put down but I enjoyed this more than any other huge comparable beer like Chocolate Rain. I will definitely be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thanks to kawilliams81 for sharing this bottle!

poured into tulip glass.

bottle 3272/3495.

Appearance: pitch black bodied beer with thin brown cap.

Smell: vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, and oak.

Taste: Bourbon forward and very fudgey. Lots of vanilla and some cocoa. Get a touch leather and smoke in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Carbonation level is in a good spot for this big beer. Very smooth for the high abv. SIlky feel to it.

Overall: Hangar 24 impressed me with this barrel roll offering. They did a nice job with this beer.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
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.
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet maple stout. The maple is there in both the nose and the taste, very much masking the barrel aging. But the barrel makes itself known on the fairly smooth, thick finish. Unfortunately the maple becomes somewhat artificial on the finish, tarnishing an otherwise very good stout.

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