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

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96
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409 Ratings
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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 217
Gots: 158 | FT: 20
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Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  16.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rtaps on 12-11-2011)
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Photo of Srsly
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap at The Verdugo

A - totally black, with just a hint of choco brown head.

S - huuuuge bourbon that I can smell from two seats down. Yeah, there's some oak, vanilla, and sweetness underneath but damn that booze is strong. and awesome.

T - again, big bourbon up front, backed up by barrel flavors and some more subtle vanilla. It's big, it's powerful, it's awesome, but it didn't slay me. Based on the ABV I assumed it would be super hot, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn't get at all too much harsh alcohol taste/burn. It was all bourbon, barrels, vanilla, and sweetness with just enough heat to remind me that it's 16.5%.

M - This was one really interesting aspect of this beer. It was actually a whole lot thinner and lighter than I expected. In a good way. It made it a pleasure to return to the glass for another sip, and entirely too easy to drink. I actually had this next to a Lost Abbey Deliverance, and the Deliverance (though also excellent) felt like a milkshake next to this.

O - This is a really outstanding beer. The first few things I had from Hangar 24 were pretty underwhelming, but between this and the last couple times I've had their DIPA it seems like things might be moving in the right direction, which is great to see. Wish I could get my hands on a bottle of this, but not necessarily to age - it's drinking really well right now and I just want more.

Srsly, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of sponger
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

sponger, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

1/26/2012

On tap at URGE

A: A brown so dark it borders on black. The head is small, light brown, and fugacious.

S: Maple, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Big dark chocolate notes with evident oak. Bourbon is strong and aromatic. The aroma has a decided fusel alcohol presence. There's a little green apple in there.

T: Fudge, truffle, and molasses with a strong brown sugar element and a dash of vanilla. Oak is bold, blending with equally bold dark chocolate notes. Bourbon is pronounced, accompanied by oak and a big alcohol presence. Caramel is light. The flavors are excellent, but the alcohol heat is stinging and numbing at this point in the beer's life, taking away from overall enjoyment.

M: Full body with upper low to lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is viscous, silky, chewy, sticky, and smooth, with a substantial amount of heat and numbing from the alcohol.

Overall: Decadence itself. A good barrel aged Imperial Stout, but the alcohol presence is too dominant. I taste every bit of the 16.5%.

HopHead84, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to Rtaps for sharing one of his bottles
Pitch black with 1cm bubbly khaki head. Avg retention and Fairly spotty lacing. Fairly oily and viscous. Not as much as I thought it'd be though.  

Big nose. Rich dark fruit. Rum/bourbon soaked chocolate covered dark fruit. A bit boozy. Bourbon! A bit of orange peel. A touch of caramel and toffee. 

Huge range of flavor. Still young and boozy but great! Great chocolatey sweet brownie finish led by strong bourbony and vanilla notes, along with a little orange peel and toffee and bold rich coffee. 

Mouth is full bodied and rich. Medium Carbonation.

Overall its nice, bold and very complex. I like it now and know I'll love it Alot later! This is a monster that is going to be amazing with some age.  

MrVonzipper, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Glaze
1/5  rDev -76.9%

Glaze, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mrbubbler
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%

A: black and viscous with a nice mocha head. Once the head subsided the beer displayed some nice legs after a little swirling in the glass.

S: Very rich bourbon, oak, bakers chocolate, roasted malts. The smell is quite intoxicating.. I could sit and smell this beer for a good 10 minutes and be quite happy.

T: Beer unfolds into some chocolate, tobacco, dark fruits. A very well balanced roast character. The bourbon and oak blending quite well into the beer. The beer is hot though not overwhelming, though for 16.5% and being recently released its to be expected.

M: mouth feel is thick and a little syrupy, but is broken up rather nicely with the carbonation.

O: This beer is just another amazing beer by hangar 24. This beer has great potential for aging even though it is already tasting amazing. I feel very lucky that i was able to purchase some bottles at the brewery!

mrbubbler, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ezperkins2
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ezperkins2, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Buick222
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Buick222, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ineva
5/5  rDev +15.5%

ineva, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of MrHirschybar
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

MrHirschybar, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of JohnPhillippi
5/5  rDev +15.5%

JohnPhillippi, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

beagle75, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

gregmoscetti, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of tlbarsh
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

tlbarsh, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

augustgarage, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of HoldensHomebrew
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

HoldensHomebrew, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jlb502, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of snpub540
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

snpub540, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of lcmir23
5/5  rDev +15.5%

lcmir23, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of emaciated
4/5  rDev -7.6%

emaciated, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Callmecoon, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.6%

drewone, Dec 16, 2011
Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.