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: 7.96%
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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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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 604
Photo of yankeepride
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (1,281 characters)

Photo of SHerninko
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
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 :) (996 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.
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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. (504 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of dave10mm
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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! (976 characters)

Photo of Beersnake1
4.56/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (867 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
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.   (1,122 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (751 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by nasty31 in a snifter

A - Dark chocolate brown with light maroon edges on the side

S - Bourbon, chocolate, light vanilla, light dark prune. Really bourbon forward in the nose

T - Vanilla, chocolate, lots of coffee, light sweet cream, and light bourbon in it. Finish is bitter coffee. Nice balance but definitely a bourbon forward beer!

M - Thick, chocolate body with creamy body. However the finish seems to be a bit astringent brought on by the booze and coffee flavors

O - This is a good beer overall.; however, there is so much bourbon in it that it slightly overpowers the rest of the beer (615 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. bottle 3272/3495, 2011 vintage. Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- Pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Small bubbles along the edge of the glass.

S- Huge fudge with some chocolate, lots of vanilla and some bourbon.

T- Wow! again tons of fudge, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon.

M- Full body and medium carbonation. Has a syrupy feel.

O- Very good beer. Huge fudge bomb with lots of vanilla, bourbon and booze comes out more as it warms. (485 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml c&c bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. 2012 vintage, bottle #4326/5360.

A: Pours a pitch black color with very thin dark mocha head forming on the pour. It recedes to minuscule ring pretty quickly then to nothing. Some stick is left down the glass.

S: Definitely boozy upfront. Pretty sweet caramel presence with some definitive barrel notes. Vanilla, oak and bourbon. Glazed prunes with a little roast.

T: Boozy bourbon notes with nice rich chocolate undertone. Big barrel with some sweet caramel and oak with a hint of roasted malts.

M: Smooth,heavy and silky. Medium low carbonation with a sticky mouthfeel.

O: A very big beer, but not over the top in heat and sweetness. Very solid all around with a great mouthfeel for a beer this big. (758 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer for those cold winter nights. Pours a thick, viscous black with a big boozy aroma that’s apparent even at an arm’s distance. I pick up stone fruit, dark chocolate, and a rich thick heavy booze note. It’s a stout stout whose strong aroma is balanced by its intense flavors. Like liquid chocolate (dark chocolate), with a rounded roasty smoothness and a warming sweetness. The alcohol is noticeable, not that it tries to hide, with a insanely strong chocolaty-coffee-roasty flavor. A beast of a beer but easily tamed one sip at a time. (558 characters)

Photo of dbc5
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into 10 ounce Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a brown head. Pour appears a bit thin relative to other bourbon barrel stouts. Musters a 1 finger head, which is impressive for a beer of this alcohol. However, there is a somewhat cola-like quality to the foam. A bit odd.

S: Smells awesome. Waves of bourbon, melted milk chocolate, and vanilla. As it warms a bit and opens up, the chocolate really starts to showcase itself and some caramel and brown sugar make an appearance.

T: Really nice beer. Not an overpowering bourbon presence, but enough to let you know this spent some time in a barrel. Sweet milk chocolate is prevalent in the flavor like it is in the nose. Molasses, vanilla, some brown sugar qualities, and to be honest, the bourbon is asserting itself a bit more as this one sits for some time. Alcohol warmth is apparent in the throat. A pretty nice level of sweetness for my personal tastes.

M: Mild carbonation. There is a sticky, silky, coating character that I really like. If I could critique any aspect of the beer, it is that I would prefer a slightly thicker mouthfeel, but this isn't thin by any means.

O: I really like this beer. I didn't have incredibly high expectations, although I certainly was looking forward to this one. My expectations were easily exceeded and I will be looking to acquire additional bottles when I have the chance. (1,422 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle from jpaco47 (awesome extra, thanks man!!). Bottled 12/12. Served in an Ommegang tulip.

Pours jet black with barely even a film of tan "head" which is gone quickly and leaves no lace.

Smells of boubon, vanilla and oak.

It's a bourbon bomb, for sure. Huge oaky bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate, brandied dates and plenty of booze. Despite the noticable presence, it's smoothness belies the 15.8% abv tag. Good stuff.

Full, thick feel with just a hint of carbonation. Coats the tongue for a long sweet bourbony finish.

An excellent bourbon barrel aged stout. Compares quite favorably to BCBS so of you enjoy that, you really should try Pugachev's Cobra if you can. (694 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 1549/3495

Thanks to TMoney2591 for cracking this at a tasting.

Pours an incredibly dense opaque black with a rim of cocoa head, very heavy visual weight. The nose implies some serious heat on this beer with notes of licorice, cocoa, light waves of maple, and even some peanut. The finish has some mellow vanilla and oak. The taste is in your favce with baker's chocoate and maple syrup. This is followed by ashy notes with heavy oak and mild vanilla. The taste is quite boozy but that is expected with a 16+% brew. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of the spectrum with a syrupy feel and low carbonation. This is an intriguing brew that I would love to revisit in a year or two. At the present moment, the booziness detracts from some of the nice flavors present. (773 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap it poured as dark as it gets with a minimal caramel colored head. Definitely leaves the alcohol legs.

Smells of sweet figs with that woody burnt caramel and tobacco mixed in. A touch of the oaky vanilla.

Taste first hits you as a buttery smokey vanilla note. It quickly changes to more of an almond leather and molassas character. A touch of the alcohol warms as it ends.

Mouthfeel is pretty dead on. It's not overly viscous but its still pretty round and creamy.

Overall I would definitely pick up a bottle had I the chance. A solid RIS, and at almost 16% its a big one. Does a decent job at hiding the abv, but remains a sipper you'll enjoy for a while. (667 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours near black, no head, very little lace. Nothing much here.

S - Soy Sauce, dark sweet fruit, booze, almost anise.

T - Fills the mouth with hot soy sauce, dark sweet fruit and cocoa.

M - Thick, pretty good carb and balance considering the abv, tasty.

D - I wish I had more people to share this with, cuz it is too damn big. (334 characters)

Photo of flydudehsv
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Barrel Aged Imperial Stout that's worth the higher price tag. Dark brown color with a toffee head. Chocolate, maple, oak, and a hint of vanilla bourbon aroma. Taste is similar to aroma but I got a little cherry and coffee flavor. Good beer for a special occasion, the abv. will catch up with you at 16.5% though! (318 characters)

Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.