Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra - Hangar 24 Brewery
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4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
12-11-2011 20:22:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
4/5 rDev -7.6%
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.
10-22-2012 01:51:03 | More by TMoney2591
3.5/5 rDev -19.2%
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
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-24-2012 14:50:47 | More by MasterSki
3.64/5 rDev -15.9%
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
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
05-22-2012 04:12:45 | More by Mora2000
3.75/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
01-13-2012 03:15:13 | More by Halcyondays
3.14/5 rDev -27.5%
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
3.8/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
10-08-2013 17:55:49 | More by corby112
3.68/5 rDev -15%
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 404 ratings.