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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96
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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 237
Gots: 183 | FT: 26
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: rtaps on 12-11-2011)
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3.14/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

C+

Gets better as it warms.

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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on this bad boy, immediately stuck my nose to the bottle, Poured THICK black into a Stout glass. Impressive pour with a standard RIS head. Lacing dropped very quick. Smells of Malt, Cocoa, Maple, Anise. First sip at 50 degrees, I knew this was a RIS that wouldn't compare. Best flavor after warming to about 55 little spice, touches of Caramel, toffee, Chocolate. Overall warmed me up quite a bit. I absolutely love the limited release. Pugachevs is a contender, and a must for us stout lovers!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

December 2012 #5065 of 5360

A: Pours a thick black color with a thin mocha colored head. Definitely shows some legs in the glass.

S: Smells amazing. Toasted oak, chocolate covered hazelnuts, rye, bourbon, powdered chocolate and some faint dark fruit. Hints of charred wood as well.

T: In the words of Marv Albert- Ohhh myyyy! This stuff is awesome. Rich chocolate and dark fruit flavors upfront with roasted malt, chocolate covered cherry and brownie batter. Hints of anise, bourbon and burnt cocoa on the finish. You can tell this is a strong beer as you're drinking it, but nothing near 16% shows here. Incredibly smooth.

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bottle #51

served into a hangar 24 barrel roll snifter

pours black cola color with a small head and fat lacing that quickly falls back down into the glass

boubon, vanilla, coffee bean, burned oak, and malt in the nose. robust alcohol presence

starts with a oaky malt taste that transitions into a sweet vanilla, finishes smoothly into a cofffee bean aftertaste.

mouthfeel isnt as heavy as i thought.

overall stouts aint really my thing, but this a beer that can change a man

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage, 15.8% ABV

Appearance: Black with a small beige head that subsides to a beige ring. noticed some lacing and legs.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, brown sugar, coffee/roasted malt aromas, and mild vanilla notes.

Taste: A balanced palate of Bourbon, roast malts, brown sugar, tannic oak notes, and mild vanilla. The beer finishes with the bourbon notes,some roast malts, oak notes and a hint of vanilla. There's an alcohol presence in the finish but to my tastes it's not obtrusive for the ABV.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation, especially considering the ABV and bal-aging. For an IS it is fairly thin-bodied. The body is not that big of an issue for me, but I can see why some were bothered by the body of the beer.

Overall: A very good bal-aged RIS. The bal-aging elements are very apparent, but it also has a roast malt/coffee presence lacking in some big bal-aged stouts. Good fresh, but this will likely become epic with some aging.

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4/5  rDev -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.

Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.