Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra - Hangar 24 Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev -9%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.
A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of beige bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Bourbon and dark roast are each well-represented and complimentary to the other. Richness is suggested by the layered notes of dark vinous fruit, pipe tobacco, and spirituous wood.
T: Begins very off-dry, with roasted malt, vanilla extract, and an abundance of dark fruit. Acidity is moderate, but more felt than tasted, making only a minor distracting flavor contribution. Chocolate and earth are featured in the drying middle. This beer finishes with well-integrated husky malt that shows both roasted and deep toasted qualities, as well as leathery umami and appropriate bitterness. Volatile coffee and bourbon linger on the palate.
M: Thick viscosity, heavy yet acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: This bourbon barrel-aged stout of immense size does a great many things right; it smells great, has a rich and interesting flavor profile, and does not lean too heavily to booziness. Acidity is disruptive, handicapping the product when it is compared to the best of the style and preparation. Although this beer is compelling on many levels, it's unusually high abv for the style makes it less approachable, even if it does not come off as a booze bomb.
12-24-2011 15:14:55 | More by beagle75
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Brief review from notes. On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away, served in a snifter.
Opaque seal brown body is capped by a faint light-tan raft of slowly dissipating foam. Faint yet viscous legs, decent lacing and retention.
The bourbon barrel contributes tremendously to the aroma - tobacco, vanillin, coconut shells, pepper assail the nose along with a wave of alcohol and coffee-like roasted malt. Unapologetic in its strength, it is reigned in just enough to prevent it from being fusel or solventy.
The flavor profile delivers all that the nose promised though in a compact yet well balanced form. Burnt sugar, licorice, chocolate, and maybe a touch of treacle are in there too...though it isn't super-complex. Finishes a touch hot, spicy, and not quite dry.
Creamy, rich medium-full bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation but again, just a touch hot.
Worth tracking down a bottle I suspect - while not especially original, this is a well executed example of a strong barrel aged RIS. Good stuff.
12-21-2011 17:55:41 | More by augustgarage
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
I don't review many beers. It is rare that I have a beer that blows me away. I am an imperial Stout fanatic, having had well over 200 different ones it is not often that one truly blows me away with its complexity and intense flavors. This beer did.
When I first poured this beer I didn't know it was 16.5% otherwise I would have opened it with others. Dark chocolate, bourbon, warming pleasant alcohol are all noticeable on the noise and tongue. This beer has been put into my top 5 all time imperial stouts. Even though it is still young, all the flavors one desires are there.
The mouthfeel is very thick and elegant. Like smooth silk as it dances along the tongue. It warms the mouth and the throat and would make a great winter beer for a cold night with your loved one.
12-19-2011 17:29:03 | More by HoldensHomebrew
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
On tap at the 6740 in Whittier. 4 oz pour.
Poured a dark black hue with the thinnest white head. No lacing. Had some legs on the way down the glass though.
Smell is dominated by booze. Boozy, oaky and vanilla make up the majority of the nose. Also some roasty toasted notes in there as well.
Taste is a smooth roasted goodness. Oak notes round out a long smooth vanilla finish. Booze is there but its not overly hot.
Mouthfeel is sticky and viscous and just coats the whole mouth. Booze is smooth and this beer is drinking great fresh. I wish I would have gotten some to put down.
12-17-2011 01:11:13 | More by snpub540
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
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
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Tasted at the Hangar 24 Release, 12/10/11
A: This beer has a deep mahogany blackness with a great coating that clings to the edge of the glass with a khaki sheeting. Mild 1/2" head with mocha bubbles.
S: There's a nice toffee and oak to the nose, a deep caramel bourbon smell that isn't too hot or boozy, it reminds me of a milder Black Tuesday with more chocolate dryness.
T: There's a huge chocolate front to it, with a nice bakers cocoa dryness to the finish with a warm oakiness to the finish. Very fulfilling and maintains a sustained chocolate/vanilla finish.
M: This has a dry oaky finish that balances the sweetness of the chocolate amiably.
D: This has a big heat to it but is balanced nicely, I went back for 3 pours so, I can't really complain about its repeat value. The abv will likely integrate nicely over time but even fresh it is incredibly drinkable. This is not as firey as BT or fresh darklord and I can imagine this only getting better if laid down for time.
12-11-2011 19:06:45 | More by SubpoenaDeuces
3.25/5 rDev -25.1%
Thanks to NoSignsOfPain
Look: Pours black with a 1/8 inch head and ok retention
Smell. Lots of bourbon forward with some notes of chocolate
Taste. The beer starts off incredibly bourbony with lots of alcohol then has traces of oak and vanilla. The beer finishes with a very nice chocolate note
Mouthfeel. Full body and low carbonation
Overall. This beer needs some time to develop as of right now it is a bit of a boozy mess
12-11-2011 06:41:52 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
pours black with a small khaki head, medium retention and spotty lacing around the glass.
s-black licorice, dark fruity malts, maple, chocolate, hint of vanilla.
taste was nice. it still hot from the bourbon due to it being so fresh and at 16.5%, chocolate, mild maple, dark fruit malts, pretty well balanced
m-smooth/creamy mildly viscous
overall i thought it was a very nice beer and am looking forward to aging it for awhile and see how the flavors blend.
12-11-2011 06:00:17 | More by rtaps
Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.