Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra
Hangar 24 Brewing

Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's CobraBarrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra
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Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #25
ABV:
18.9%
Score:
97
Ranked #442
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.99%
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
928
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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of dark tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of intense roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate with some slight barrel notes, charred wood and oak.
T: Taste is coffee and chocolate up front withe some toasted marshmallows, oak, roasted malts, slight oxidation, charred wood, and some burnt sugars. Slight caramel and vanilla as well but very subtle. On the swallow there's more bourbon barrel goodness, coffee, chocolate, oak, charred wood, and burnt sugars with some lingering roasted malt notes.
M: This beer is big and silky on the palate which is what you'd expect. Carbonation is on the low end but adequate for the style while the beer has a drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Overall this is a fantastic beer. It has some great flavors and a killer amount of complexity that make it a true joy to drink. It is showing some signs of age but it's still drinking quite well. This one is worth trying if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2016 bottle so consumed at almost 3 years old. I've been told it holds up well so I'm still posting this but know that this is not a fresh bottle, but has been cellared properly.
Pours a deep brown/black with a modest coffee colored head that never rises high but hangs around well.
Aromas of prune and raisin and molasses dominate, along with lightly stale coffee and holiday black bread.
Taste has wonderfully bright chocolate notes and a moderate bourbon burn. Chocolate covered raisins and charred wood/hard roasted malts lie under. Remarkably strong chocolate flavors for a stout not brewed with chocolate
Mouthfeel is pleasantly modest bodied with a great balance that doesn't become a syrupy mess.
Overall this is a great beer, would've loved to try it fresh. The chocolate notes here are amazing for a stout brewed without chocolate. Really nice big beer that is way too easy to drink.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Haven in Old Towne Orange, CA.

This is a big one, BA. Like, Eddie Murphy as The Nutty Professor, or that one chick, Rebel Wilson as herself. And when she guy shows up to the party, he comes repping hard on all cylinders. Huge whisky and tobacco notes like Boss Tweed before his ass got sent to the big house. Man, this is massive like a tidal wave even to non global warming believers...

I’m not gonna lie, this one didn’t slap Raul across the head into stupidity. But it’s good. It’s better than good. And Raul is feelin’ that.

Woot!

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Photo of SeanKnapp74
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Find a friend to share this with. Kicked my arse. 2016 vintage. Excellent balance of coffee, chocolate, bourbon and maple sweetness when allowed to warm a little. Once it hit room temp, became mostly boozy.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2019-02-14
500ml corked/caged bottle served in a pair of Cantillon glasses. 2017 bottle. Not sure where I got it from.

Pours black with a small head. Not much carbonation. Smell is intense. Maple syrup, vanilla, strong roast coffee aroma, chocolate. Also boozy.

Taste is lots of the same -- more caramel, strong booze.

Mouthfeel is thick and nice. Overall, good beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is pitch black with a razor thin offwhite head.

Aroma is roasted malts, light maple sweetness, and a touch of that hot vanilla bourbon.

Mouthfeel is incredibly thick.

Not as much roast in the flavor but a warm bourbon thickness.

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Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light proof black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate and vanilla. Clear scents of whiskey and oak. Slight scent of cinnamon. Big scents of coconut and caramel. Mostly it smells like German Chocolate cake.

Starts out sweet and tasting strongly of chocolate and coconut. Strong taste of chocolate cake. Slightly savory tasting. Pretty much though this is chocolate cake in a glass.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall it is chocolate cake in a glass.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black as night and no penetration to light. No head at all. The aroma is of sweet bourbon and even sweeter maple syrup. I'm tasting plenty of sweet bourbon and sweet and delectable maple syrup. The mouth is extremely thick and chewy.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage.

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells very maple forward, sweet, sticky and rich, with big bourbon aromas, caramel, oak, coffee, roast and brown sugar.

This is a big burly monster of a beer and I love it. It's very chocolatey, with burnt sugar/molasses/brown sugar notes, as well a big silky maple character layered through the whole thing. It's slightly boozy, but it's a pleasant burn. There's a big bourbon character here, but the maple and big roasty and chocolatey base stand up to it nicely anyway.

This is medium bodied, rich, fairly thick, and creamy, with a surprisingly high level of drinkability for such a burly beer.

This is a classic for a reason. This one would come highly recommended.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: .25l draft
Glass: Clear .25l snifter
From: Tiger! Tiger! in North Park (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $9.00
Purchased: March 16, 2018
Consumed: March 16, 2018
Reviewed as: Russian Imperial Stout
Misc.: 2016 version (I think); ABV was 13.8 pct.

Was excited to finally try this. Had a bottle of one at one time, but ended up trading it for something else. Saw this on the back patio Tiger! Tiger! and knew I’d be getting it with my second beer. I believe it was the 2016 version, judging by the ABV. One guy didn’t know which version it was, another thought it was this one. I’ll go with it.

Poured a black color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Was dark in there, but could not detect any bubbles coming up. Excellent semi-layered lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled boozy bourbon, oaky leather, maple syrup, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, light licorice, molasses and espresso. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was just as good as the nose. Got boozy bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar, oaky leather, dark caramel, smoked toffee, anise, cold brew espresso and sticky molasses. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)

This was excellent overall. Would like to have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.25)

4.28 | 95 | A

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Photo of Vidblain
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle. Smells quite pleasantly sweet, with a little alcohol heat and a ton of barrel presence. I'm surprised that there is still a bit of burn to the beer after all of this time - thankfully, it doesn't manifest so much in the taste and mouth feel as in a nice burn in your throat and chest. I like it - very pleasant.

The maple has faded ever so slightly, but it's still an exceptionally sweet, maple forward beer. It's aging well. No signs of oxidation.

It surprises me that this one isn't more highly sought after. Perhaps it's the price tag? It's a tremendous beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 ventage that has had 3+ years of aging. Very dark appearance with slight tan head. Significant maple aroma with some bourbon. Taste is a nice blend of maple and bourbon that has very little alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stark black with burnt brown edges and a bubbly, dark tan head that dies to the faintest ring.

Aroma is a fantastic. Nutty almond & cashew paste, oak, nougat, caramel, brownie batter, bourbon spiked coffee, and heavily umami-esque roasted malt. There are also hints of black licorice and smokey raisin as it warms.

On the tongue this has a nice roasty tang, a slightly hot middle, and a dry, almost chalky chewy finish. Flavor is bringing loads of dark roast coffee, baker's cocoa, toffee, dry woody bourbon, and dates. Body is medium-thin, with a bubbly fizz.

I've not had a BA stout be dry in a long time, if ever. It's not that standout velvety, slick but sticky viscous body that most typical, renowned BA stouts bring. So, this is definitely a unique take on the style, but I definitely don't hate it. Glad to have such a positive experience for my first Hangar 24 brew.

December 2015 vintage

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Photo of g00ey
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +6.6%
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 -11.9%
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 -5%
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 -5.5%
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 +2.3%
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 +0.2%
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 -3.4%
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 0%
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 +14.2%
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 +14.2%
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 +0.2%
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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Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra from Hangar 24 Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 928 ratings