Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

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

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
95
world-class
112 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
735
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
22.27%
 
 
Wants:
302
Gots:
340
For Trade:
56
Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's CobraBarrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rtaps on 12-11-2011

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 735
Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet maple stout. The maple is there in both the nose and the taste, very much masking the barrel aging. But the barrel makes itself known on the fairly smooth, thick finish. Unfortunately the maple becomes somewhat artificial on the finish, tarnishing an otherwise very good stout.

 291 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
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 AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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.
.
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 cpetrone84
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013. Pour is almost black with a fairly tight and creamy tan head. Nose is big and rich, hint of barrel up front with lots of chocolate cake, vanilla, maple syrup, notes of roasted and almost burnt malt very light. Good malt depth but a little sugary in the nose. Taste has more roasted malts up front, slightly acrid mid palate. Tons of maple syrup, vanilla, and chocolate cake. Sweet maltiness and a bit of bourbon and wood in the finish, not overly sugary but definitely a sweet beer. Full bodied, creamy feel, chewy and dry.

 529 characters

Photo of maximum12
4.7/5  rDev +9%

Bear-hug thanks to hefman, who knocked this long-time want onto my porch this fall. 750ML bottle split with my wife, bottle 956/8856. I think. The bottle is a whole nine feet away.

The pour is cheap plastic black with minimal carbonation, as befitting a stout this close to midnight. Smells like that girl in college that you never could get: sweetness, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, wow. I wonder how big the neck on the bottle is?

Pugachev’s Cobra: Barrel Roll #3 is downright decadent. Where to start? Usually the taste, but the mouthfeel on this is a DD, huge & full & satisfying. The taste is hot alcoholic bourbon, big baster of sweetened malts, molasses (one of the few beers I could have actually tasted it even if I hadn’t read the label). All top-notch & insistent. The mid-palate brings a softer focus of licorice, fudge, almost a bit of roast. The end is all barrel & richness. And for the love of all that’s holy, I could have drunk the entire bomber. Then another. Then at least part of another before I “fell asleep” on the couch. Upstairs? I wouldn’t venture it after 50+ ounces of this beast.

Wow. One of the best new beers I’ve had in some time, this ranks right up there with the all-time classics. A beer that hits all the notes of the elite. Fantastic.

 1,292 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Served in a snifter 2/22/2015.

A- Dark brown bodied, nearly pitch black. Half finger mocha head without much retention time. No lacing.

S- Decadent chocolate, bourbon, oak, licorice, vanilla. Smells delicious. This is one of the best smelling bourbon stouts I've had in a long time.

F- A bit limited in terms of the depth of the flavour; but plenty of bourbon flavours without the heat. The chocolate is there, but it is in the background as is the oak and vanilla. It has quite a bit of actual smoky, sweet bourbon flavour. It's alright, but I was expecting more based on how it smells. Still, a very tasty stout that isn't overwhelmingly sweet.

M- Medium bodied, a bit on the thinner side but not Black Tuesday thin. Good carbonation. Finish is a slightly drying and soothing bourbon flavour with a touch of oak. No heat at all, which is impressive on a 18.9% ABV beer.

O- Pretty good; smells a lot like Black Gold 2014 does, but falls a bit short as far as the depth of the flavours go. It's overall a bit muted, but what it does provide is quite tasty.

 1,076 characters

Photo of Rutager
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Joseph for this and all the other amazing beers!!! I think I was a little beer'd out at this point and this probably deserves a better rating, especially since I didn't even notice the crazy abv...

 204 characters

Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2014 bottle from trade. Pours pitch black without much head. Aroma is strong alcohol, roast, marshmallow, vanilla, bourbon, more alcohol. Didn't realize this was 18.9% until I opened it. Whoops. Flavors are all there witih the bourbon and vanilla and chocolate and roast you'd expect from the style, but the booze just makes it too much. What's the point of making it this boozy? Detracts from what seems to otherwise be a quality brew.

 436 characters

Photo of cosmicevan
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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 2beerdogs
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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...

 651 characters

Photo of FosterJM
3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

 1,114 characters

Photo of notchucknorris
4.67/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

 626 characters

Photo of Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from jedwards a while back. Cheers for the trade man. A pleasure.

From a 750 into a snifter
Bottled December 2011
Bottle 443 of 3495

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a foamy ring only. Black body with higher levels of carbonation. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass. A little too carbonated and the lacing was just too average.

SMELL: Big nose with lots of barrel and booze. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate and oak all over the place. Some roasted malts and dark chocoalte from the base beer try to show through, but they're having trouble competing with the barrel aging. This is definitely a BA fan's favorite.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon, oak and booze up front, with dark chocolate and roasted malts in there as well. Very flavorful for sure. A monster aftertaste of bourbon barrel, oak and vanilla again, milk and dark chocolate, roasted, burnt malts and some nice sweet molasses. Caramel notes in there, as well as lots of alcohol. This is extremely big, flavorful and complex, though just a touch too boozy for top marks.

PALATE: Lighter, thinner body and medium levles of carbonation. Prickly on the palate, a little watery as well, goes down slightly harsh and burns after the swallow, finishing quite sticky. Heat lingers on the palate. Too light, prickly and harsh really, though that might be expected from such a big, barrel aged beer.

OVERALL: This was huge. Big and boozy for sure, but also very complex and interesting. I will admit I was disappointed with the feel on this one, which was definitely too light, thin and harsh to really be enjoyable. It is actually the feel that is holding me back from rounding up and cellaring a few of these for 8-10 years, as that is how long it will probably take for the heat to mellow. If the feel were more impressive and the heat more restrained, this would be a world class beer. No question. As it is now, it's a one and done, as even if I cellared some for a half decade, the feel would still hold it back. Regardless, I would gladly try another batch of this, or another big beer from these guys. Fun stuff. Cheers again jedwards!

 2,226 characters

Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lots of toffee on the palate at first with a bit of walnut and caramel. Light barrel flavors of coconut and vanilla as it finishes with maple and molasses.

 155 characters

Photo of Florida9
3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

# 1549

A: Dark brown in color; almost black, but not quite there. Forms a (surprisingly) fizzy cola-like head that quickly fizzes away. No lacing.

S: Smell is very sweet and alcoholic. Heavy notes of molasses and brown sugar. Some bourbon. Maple syrup and chocolate, both to a lesser extent.

T: Rather sweet tasting. Molasses, raisin, dark fruits, and chocolate. Lighter notes of oak and vanilla. Exceedingly hot and alcoholic on the finish with an onslaught of fusel spice.

M: On the lighter side of heavy with lower carbonation and a minimal bitterness. However, this one is hot, hot, hot and burns harshly in the mouth.

O: Sweet and hot. If that's you're thing, this is your beer. However, I found this one to be just too hot, too rough, and lacking balance. Does have a very appealing aroma, though.

 812 characters

Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Alex!

A - Pours black, cream-colored head, bubbles, thin collar.

S - Fudge, chocolate, booze, oak, toasted nuts. The alcohol is really well-hidden for 16.5%, which is very impressive. Very rich and decadent, chocolate cake with a bourbon side.

T - Similar to the nose, but perhaps even better. The chocolate dessert aspect mixed with the oak and bourbon work well for this beer. For being so young, I'm really impressed with the booze notes...I think this has even more room to smooth out over the next year or two. Finish is chocolate brownies and booze.

M - Full body, nice carbonation, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

O - Although you know the booze is there, in smaller doses, this beer is very well-done. It's not like anyone is going to be able to put back a whole bottle, but split between friends, this one is a winner. I hope to have again once the booze smooths out even more. Good stuff.

 911 characters

Photo of srandycarter
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
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 homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 DarthKostrizer
3.26/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

 429 characters

Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 into a chalice.

Pours with some fizzy head, cocoa in color. Pitch-black body. 4.5

Bourbon pops on the nose. Oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses. Smells sweet and spicy and delicious. 4.5

Oaken, spicy bourbon, caramel, maple (!), brown sugar, dark chocolate and some sweet oats and oatmeal cookie. Perhaps a bit too much bourbon flavor for my taste but it is lovely. 4.25

Not the thickest or most viscous brew, but it's rich and robust when it needs to be. Alcohol doesn't take over but provides some bite that combines with the spiciness from the bourbon for a piquant feel. The finish is semi-dry and a touch earthy. 4.25

Plenty of flavor here and it drinks nicely. A well-done brew.

 700 characters

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle. Good stout. Mouthfeel was a little thin for me. Didn't taste like a 18.9% beer. Flavor could have been more pronounced as well. Good, but I'd take a regular BCBS over this any day.

 193 characters

Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled December 2013, bottle #207/8856, 13.8% ABV, poured into a snifter

A-pours pitch black in color with a dark brown creamy head that reduces to a small ring around the glass, some lacing left behind

S- lots of bourbon barrel juice aroma up front, notes of dark artisan chocolate mixes with toasted marshmallow and graham cracker. Some dark fig and coffee on the close

T- lots of bourbon juice flavor up front with charred oak barrel, dark chocolate and fig kick in mid-palate with a subtle sweetness of molasses. More bourbon juice on the finish with more dark fruit on the linger

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a big warm boozy finish that lingers long after the swallow

O- this is a very bourbon forward imperial stout that is still drinking very hot after a year of aging. I’m a fan of bourbon forward beers, but the heat on this drinks like 18+%

 907 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.31/5  rDev 0%
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 SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a super viscous pitch black that leaves just a thin, dark mocha ring along the side of the glass. Thick, oily legs that really cling to the glass with very spotty lace that doesn't stick around. Average.

Nose is molasses, sweet dark fruit, chocolate, mocha, syrup and booze. Solid. Really aromatic.

Opens rich molasses, chocolate, sweet soy sauce, cocoa powder and a whole lot of booze. Sweet and syrupy in the middle with some plum, tobacco and leather added. A touch of oak makes it out of the hot abyss towards the end. Boozy on the finish that leaves a film of molasses, oak and tobacco on the palate. Very good. Incredibly intense.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick, chewy and rich in the mouth and goes down hot and viscous. Finishes dense and hot with a lingering, boozy aftertaste. A huge, huge beer.

I don't know if a beer can be "too" big but this definitely comes close. Super thick, chewy and boozy but with enough flavor to carry the day. As is, this could use just a little bit more time but its already very very good.

 1,148 characters

Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.