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

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 641
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 23.54%
Wants: 299
Gots: 260 | 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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 641
Photo of ChrisMQ
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of TATURBO
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
4.46/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of santomark
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

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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 The_Beer_Shark
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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 Furlinator
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of Flip4beers
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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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 yankeepride
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Usually with beer this tough to get, I'm happy to have it once and move on. But this one, with its baker's chocolate / syrup combo, was just so incredible. You can really smell the bourbon, but I thought it didn't overpower the rest of the flavors, even it with being a recent batch. Light on the tongue, and a very dangerous level of smooth for such a high ABV.

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Photo of timc100
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 Vintage.

Incredible beer. I really enjoyed the 2013, but this at 18.9 is on a different level. Aroma of huge rich chocolate, booze, vanilla, barrel, and distinctive tobacco and hefty bourbon. There is slight maple as well, overall just strong, rich, and boozy.

Strong flavors on the palate as well and very boozy. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and tons of barrel. Could benefit from some time to relax, but I really enjoy a strong boozy beer.

On the level with Black Tuesday and other extreme stouts.

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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 SHerninko
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the corked leftovers of Mr. Rode -- thanks man!

Appearance, smell, mouthfeel are all classic barrel aged stout. Nothing out of the ordinary. Small tan head appears and vanishes over time. Some nice bourbon lacing stays on the glass.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but not enough to distract--it's just the flavor is so powerfull and the beer itself is watery more than creamy.

Taste for me is a very high end, special barrel aged stout. Similar to the raisin and plum of a Dark Lord but with some of the smoky malt feel of an Older Viscosity. If you mixed the two, in theory, that is what I am tasting.
There was not a strong or hot presence from the alcohol, but a few sips and you know the ABV is there and starts altering your state of mind fairly quickly.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to TheDuke for this bottle (and cwhittle/beachstrength49 for a bottle of 2012 that i will be getting to in the near future!).

2013, bottle # 2059 of 8856
enjoyed from a hangar 24 snifter

a - brew poured a deep shiny black with an attractive dark tan head that dissolved leaving a thin skin of bubbles and some streaky lacing on the glass. great barrel shine.

s - nose is rich decadent chocolate with a maple glazing and some warmth and vanilla from the wood. bourbon is there adding to the decadence. smells great.

t - taste matches the nose...simply awesome. rich and decadent chocolate with a maple booze wash over the top.

m - lush and rich. full bodied, but not chewy. the 13.8% is there, but well hidden.

o - overall, this is a winner. one of the better barrel aged stouts i've had in a while. really rich and decadent and simply delicious. at first i was a bit concerned about taking this one to the dome, but it is just TOO tasty that now i'm glad i don't have to share :)

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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 DovaliHops
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #7575. Pours a thick, pitch black color with a medium tan head that goes down very quickly. Very nice looking beer. Scent is heavy with bourbon, vanilla, and maple syrup. Very sweet aroma with a lot of booze and some coffee. Very complex as it warms. Taste is pretty complex as well. Not sure why some people say this beer is one-dimensional... Taste has sweet bourbon with dark chocolate brownie flavors. Subtle vanilla and toffee with a good amount of booze. Lots of dark malt flavor with more chocolate and a bit of coffee. Drinkability is fairly high for such a huge beer. Mouthfeel is syrupy, but has a good amount of carbonation to back it up. Overall, this beer could use a bit of time to mellow out the booze, but it is also very tasty now. A very well-crafted BA RIS.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle #7309/8856. Pours black-brown with a thin caramel head that leaves real nice lacing throughout. Bursting aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruits, while flavors of chocolate-covered plum, sweet malt, bourbon, and roasted coffee explode on my palate. Maple syrup is evident throughout. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Great beer and I will lay my lucky few extra bottles to rest for some nice aging.

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Photo of dave10mm
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a vintage 2012 bottle poured into a barrel roll snifter

Apprearence- deeeep dark thick with very little head

Smell- the smell of bourbon, vanilla, toffe, woody, cacao blended together was fantastic.( i might have enjoyed the smell more if i had not came off a BCBCS, so much coffee)

Taste- this has mellowed down alot since i last has 12' good bourbon presence and sweetness, lots of barrel characteristics, maple, chocholate, and subtle vanilla notes, the balance was well done in this bottle!! mild heat but expected for almost 16% abv.. just enough heat IMO!

Mouthfeel- this is were i loved this beer, low carb but sliky smooth feel, sticky on the lips and glass leaving a sweetness behind. this is how i love BA beers.. thick, sticky, silkysmooth!

Overall- pugachevs is always a crowd pleaser! its a bigggg beer that you MUST share. enjoy the feel and the aromas and expect some heat if your sensitive to high abv. this wakes you up before it puts you down!

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is based on the 2013 Vintage. Cork was removed by hand, and was poured into a snifter. There was about 0.5cm of head after a fairly quick pour (and no glass tipping). Temperature at opening was approximately 50 degrees, and the suggesting serving temp is 54. It warmed up to about 60 degrees during the tasting.

Poured as black as 10W-30. Strong smells included bourbon, toasted malts, vanilla, and chocolate. Reminded me of Bourbon County.

The initial taste followed the smell. Bourbon, black licorice, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and coffee were strong. It was difficult to detect the maple syrup, but it was there. As it warmed up, the licorice became more apparent.

Very smooth - wonderful mouthfeel. Very creamy. At 13.8%, it's definitely a sipper. Overall, this is one of my favorite bourbon barrel aged imperial stouts. I highly recommend this one!

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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 Samuel906
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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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Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.