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

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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 216
Gots: 162 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

leschkie, Apr 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

mthomas84, Mar 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

hoppymcgee, Mar 21, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

drummermattie02, Mar 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Abrahammer, Mar 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Ultraman9000, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1128th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750 Ml C/C

2011 Release
Bottle #2593/3495

Served at cellar temp

App- A super dark brown with a one finger head. A dark brown head with zero lace and zero cling.

Smell- Much more of the plum on the nose. Had more chocolate with some creme notes. A bit of the coffee comes in next with some whispy booze. It's full on the nose with a ton of aromatics. Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate, Oak. Many things but something was just off to me.

Taste- Not as smooth or as good as BT but it's a very well done large ABV stout. The dark fruits really come in 1st and the segway into more of the chocolate and coffee flavors. Moves into the bourbon and wood flavors. It's good. Not as smooth as I was hoping for.

Mouth- A more of a medium bodied big stout vs smooth. The carbonation level was a bit prickly vs creamy. The residual notes are of vanilla, chocolate and plums.

Drink- It's a nice beer. I applaud the effort. I don't think most people are trying to do these monsters and I think Pugachevs was more than a valiant effort. I would like another bottle and I think age will help.

FosterJM, Mar 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

leodarko, Mar 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Souleman, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this gem at the Bruery Provision store.
A. Solid incolor, very deep drk brown, almost no head

Nose. Pleasing, not strong, Some sugars, maybe maple meets caramel.
Taste. Fantastic. I got a lot of the usual...carameil, chocolate, maple, hint of roast, but the interesting thing I found in the background was a hint of dried, dark fruit. Nose did not hint to ths much great flavor.

Mouth. I expected a bit more of a full feeling, but did not detact from this great drink.

well, I finally got to try this one, but now I want to get a few bottles. I hear this is where the adventure begins, for they did not bottle a ton of it. But I have hope...

2beerdogs, Feb 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Rich.

Black body that looks surprisingly thin for the ABV, especially after the Hunahpu's that preceded it. Minimal carbonation with a small tan head.

Big toasted coconut nose backed by a lot of raw alcohol. Notes of almond liqueur, alcohol, chocolate, alcohol, and alcohol. This has some great aromas buried beneath the nostril burning heat.

Tastes unabashedly boozy but it does have some nice flavors. Toasted coconut and chocolate are dominant, along with a bit of almond. It essentially tastes like Almond Joy dissolved in everclear. The body is a tad thin for the monstrous ABV. Finishes with booze, chocolate, oak, and booze. Not necessarily a bad beer, just be prepared for the onslaught of heat.

largadeer, Feb 16, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had poured on tap at the Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA. Poured in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes. Part of a flight.

A- Thin mocha head. Came with no real retention. Lacing was big and fluffy.

S- Chocolate, very strongly. Also some vanilla and something darker, like asphalt.

T- Super chocolatey, with bourbon and vanilla notes. Possibly some caramel as well.

M- Thick and very smooth. Like chocolate syrup.

O- My girlfriend could drink this one, and she hates beer. So that's something interesting.

Murrhey, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

Vermonthiker, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

eerbayman, Feb 05, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


A - deep dark black with a hint of radish brown, one finger thick head and very sticky lacing

S - vanilla, bourbon, bourbon barrels, wood, chocolate, very nice alcohol, molasses, soil, toasted and roasted malts, very sweet, licorice and what seems to be a very nice very sweet yeast

T - bourbon barrels, chocolate, vanilla, earth, licorice, tons of malts (sweet, bitter and toasted!), very nice dried dark fruits, nice booze and awesome yeast

M - full bodied, low acidity, well balanced (minus the booze, but the booze is very nice), nice complexity and very long very sexy finish

D/O - very nice, very huge, great flavor, changes so nicely as it warms. It is good at 38 and 68. If you don't like booze or huge, stay away! Ha. For the bold of heart. I want to find one to age, one of my favorite high abv stouts!

Final thought - $20 is a huge price tag, but they are local and small. Plus the abv is huge and beautiful! Love this one and now this brewery

whatthehull, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

sponger, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

SanDiegoBeerLove, Jan 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


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
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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1/5  rDev -77%

Glaze, Jan 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.