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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Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.90%

Availability: Fall

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Added by rtaps on 12-11-2011

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Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 848
Photo of g00ey
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap alongside a World Wide Stout. This was a little better. A little smoother. Alcohol (18.9%) was fairly well hidden. Not terribly complex but a solid barrel aged imperial stout.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

S: a 3 hours old kbbs smells better than better than this.
T: just like the nose, nice maple and bourbon barrel
F: smooth and pretty thick.
O: a great beer for sure.

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Photo of rypkr
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Maybe my expectations were too high but this wasn't anything great. High abv status quo bb stout. Very little maple came through and watery thin. It's on part with dragons milk (which isn't bad). But at $20/bottle I'll pass again.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/5/17
2015 bottle in a Bruery Tulip

L - Pours a dark dark chocolate brown with a thin espresso head
S - I get rich dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar. Very similar to Black Tuesday
T - The taste is cocoa powder, chocolate, bourbon, a little sweet vanilla, with a bitter ethanol finish
F - medium body and a pretty smooth and creamy texture
O - There is just not a lot of depth. The initial taste is good, but is quickly taken over by the alcohol burn. And this bottle has a year on it.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A pathetic pop of the cork.Pour a very thick black body with a modest dark tan head. Smells sweet like maple syrup. Taste: definetly sweet, bitter dark chocolate with hints of vanilla & barrel flavors. Mild alcohol burn. This was the 2016 edition rated at 13.8 ABV. Mild alcohol. Urn. An excellent stout!

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Photo of Bum4ever
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into snifter.

L: super black, no head.
S: delicious scent of maple and bourbon.
T: Taste the bourbon throughout with a touch of sweetness
F: Thick and hearty stout, perfect.
O: A little on the harsher side with the bourbon, might have been good to age it a little bit, overall a really good BA stout.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle. Big old stout. Thick and rich. Fantastic maple nose. The nose has depth and richness. Some dark fruit. Dark chocolate. Maple. Nice bourbon throughout with a nice viscosity to the body.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into snifter 2013. bottle consumed on 12/10/16

A: Jet black with almost no head at all no matter how aggressive the pour.

S: Toffee, honey, leather, maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate.

T: Very sweet lots of soft toffee and vanilla. There are hints of alcohol and maple some licorice but its light. A little chocolate but its mostly toffee sweetness and vanilla.

M: Very soft carbonation almost none existent. Body is medium with a little slickness from the alcohol makes it feel heavier.

O: This is a great beer that I am excited to see has held up to aging I am excited to try it fresh. The maple is very defined in the aftertaste and through the middle.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

black as night. Bitter dark chocolate, vanilla and Bourbon booziness. Bit of oak. Some earthy, maple sweetness but never drinks too sweet. Medium feel. Super balanced. Delicious.

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Photo of Reema
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass (2014 vintage)

Pours a deep ebony black with a crack of light at the outermost edge. Some carbonation is present but settles to film, chocolate colored bubbles from an aggressive pour. Smell is of chocolate, vanilla, pleasant syrup sweetness, bourbon, and a slight oak. Some dark fruit permeate here and there but this beer is very dessert like. The taste is superior to the smell. Initial drink shows some bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate and slight dark fruit. After that it is all maple sweetness mixed with milk chocolate that finishes with some bourbon aftertaste, not too intense but the taste is there. Feel is thick, viscous, with some carbonation to not make the beer flat. Perfect for the flavor profile. Overall, this is a great BA RIS. People tend to sleep on this, if you see it I would highly recommend buying it. Ages well.

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Photo of Curt3
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! A beautiful beer. Deep chocolate color. Wonderful smell. Incredibly smooth considering that it is 18.9%! I think this is the best beer that I have had. Certainly in the top three.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

While not as complex as the Pugachev Royale (with cheese!), this is still a fantastic beer on its own. A BIG 16 1/2 abv makes this one to be sipped and enjoyed over the course of an hour. I know I did.

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Photo of curbmusic
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So I was in San Francisco with a buddy who is a serious trader to say the least, he sees this beer on the shelf & starts drooling & beer chubbing to the max. At $21 for a bomber, I thought he was crazy. Well, I've been thinking about this beer since January 2016. Mouthful of velvet. There was a solid maple syrup flavor to it, but that is not a bad thing in this case. The high ABV is present, but you would never guess that this beer is 16.5% by tasting it, super smooth. This beer was truly a unique experience. I've tried several of the "whale" beers & rarely do I feel like the hype is justified, I'm not sure what some of the criticism is about in theses ratings.. I would jump at a chance to savor it again.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with brown-colored head retention around the outside of the glass. On tap at world of beers.

Aroma is pure double-chocolate brownies. Booze, coffee, oak, and some light citrus notes. As it warms, notes of dark fruits become more prevalent.

Taste is so chocolate-y ! Alcohol taste and heat present. Some roasted coffee notes, tons of bourbon, and vanilla extract. Some light toasted coconut notes. Good viscosity.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. So much chocolate!!! TDrink this beer by itself, as to not dilute/mask any flavors. It gets a 96/100.

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Photo of Mod_Nyzreth
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

[consumed 7-24-2016 - 2014 edition, 18.9% ABV] This RI stout looks excellent. It pours into a glass a rich, sticky thick black. Right off the bat you get hit with a bouquet of barrel and smoke. As you continue to take in the nose, you get a lot of fruitiness similar to prunes. The mouth feel is very chewy and deep. The taste is loaded with coffee, prunes and whiskey, surprisingly however, not at all astringent as one might expect. The aftertaste does linger quite a bit, unfortunately, in my opinion, it's not a very pleasant one; layered with strange sour notes that make you want to rid of them rather than enjoy. Overall it would be a decent sipping beer if accompanied with something to counteract the aftertaste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of vanilla and bourbon with some woody notes, residual sugar notes and chocolate notes is quite powerful. Taste is a complex mix of bourbon, wood, vanilla, sugar and chocolate notes with light fruity notes is not for the faint of heart. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with some alcohol being clearly identifiable. Solid beer but maybe a tad unbalanced and a little bit too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Deerin
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2015, bottle says 13.5. Bottle is about 1yr+ old

Dark motor oil color, chocolate milk head.
Deep licorice, plum, chocolate-bourbon.
I taste a lot of plum and chocolate, syrup with bourbon and resulting tobacco, vanilla, alcohol, but there is little alcohol harshness, very smooth.
Great feel, as good as you can expect.

A bit heavy on the plum flavor but a very smooth and tasty bourbon stout. I don't have a lot of experience in this arena but I thought it was above average, but I would prefer more robust flavors. Very smooth

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Photo of Stevem68
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is lightly sweet and boozy with roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts with some slight sweetness and bourbon. A little lighter feel than expected and overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

aroma: i'm getting a nutty aroma, an almond, but not toasted; It has a green quality to the almond. aroma. Definitely oak, some maple sweetness, bourbon, earthy. Really intense. I like it.

flavor: totally different on the flavor. BIG vanilla and chocolate hit your right away. It's vanilla, it's marzapan cookies, chocolate, then bourbon and some booze on the way down.

mouthfeel: Big chewy mouthfeel, no heat felt at all.

overall: Just awesome. Very sweet. Definitely more so than Parabola. Just not as complex and inviting after awhile.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours pretty viscous and feels a out the same. Silky smooth body and the flavors follow suit. Alcohol is well masked. The maple is very, very subtle, but seems to contribute a very nice amount of sweetness to balance out the roasted malts and charred flavors. Caramel, molasses, a little bit of chocolate, a touch of tobacco and licorice, and just about a perfect amount of whisky contribution. Such an incredible balance of flavors. Reminds me of a better Siren Noire from Heavy Seas. A world class barrel aged stout.

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Photo of Tommo
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this however it fell short. The overall tone is big, bcbs like and very flavorful. Maybe the maple is lost on me, ive had people say that before. But i felt the bourbon notes were harsh, with a less than full body, and just a hint of maple coming in the back. Decent, but not the best

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Boise’s Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Resampled in 2016, all still good,

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Photo of brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated December 2015. Oily black pour with no head. Smells of sweet molasses, coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee and a hint of whiskey and dry oak tannins on the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and silky with minimal but prickly carbonation. This is a big, sweet and intense beer but balanced and very well made. Surprisingly easy drinking for such a big beer but definitely share the bottle!

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Photo of mactrail
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Public House in La Jolla. This must be the 2015 version, brewed with maple syrup and 13.5%. The aroma is sensational, a nose-filling whiskey blast. So dark and hot with boozy caramel. As powerful a beer as I can remember tasting.

Totally boozy and intense, but so deliciously flavored. I don't know if I've had a better RIS! In any case it's my favorite Bourbon-barrel aged brew in a long time. I didn't know Hangar 24 had this kind of stuff in them.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent trading partner from California told me this was a rare and special stout. I agree.
Smells of vanilla, wood tobacco and sweet fruit prunes maybe?
A very dark brown, with a trace of red, bit of golden head does not last long.
No clue from the taste that this is more than 13-14% abv, malty goodness, bit sweet but not too much
Smooth, not as thick as I'd expected when I opened it.
A really good stout Thanks

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