Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra
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Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's CobraBarrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #23
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4.38 | pDev: 7.99%
Hangar 24 Brewing
California, United States
Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's CobraBarrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra
Notes: Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Maple Syrup and aged in Bourbon Barrels.
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours very dark brow with a dark brown head that has low head retention.

Smell: It has a strong bourbon aroma up front. There are also roasted notes with a slight burnt whiff. It has a bit of caramel and vanilla with dark cherry and very low raisins. There is also a hint of almonds as well.

Taste: The bourbon is strong up front with roast and dark caramel. There is a bit of licorice with a light burnt note that includes almonds.

Feel: It has a full body and is a bit strong with the bourbon but the alcohol warming does not have any burn to it.

Overall, a complex beer in both flavor and aroma.

Apr 18, 2021
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tide from California

4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 2015 bottle.

The beer is dark, color is black. The foam is thin but fine, beige color. It smells like brownie, chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and bourbon bottle. It’s a very pastry stout nose, shows intense dark chocolate and brown sugars smell. The beer is full bodied, no surprise. It’s not very sweet, it’s dry for an imperial stout. The beer starts with brownie’s chocolate bakery flavor, with a strong Bourbon whiskey flavor following which stays strong through the experience. In another sip, I get a funky soybean sauce aroma which then turns to umami satisfaction. The beer shows dark chocolate, espresso shot, vanilla, burnt sugar, Bourbon and oak aromas. The aromas is exactly as the bottle’s tasting note suggested. The aftertaste is hoppy, like classic American hops like Centennial hops aroma. The after taste also shows oak wood, leather and tobacco aromas, which is elegant. The beer is powerful with the high alcohol content, and because it’s dry so the boozy feeling is stronger than normal. The taste is not that pastry alike as the nose suggested.

It’s a complex beer. But it’s not as complex as imperial stout / barleywine like recent years. I found the Bourbon character is intense in this vintage bottle, which is very nice. You get chocolate, vanilla and coffee which is a classic them in imperial stout. But because it’s dry, so the beer feels bitter in overall. I like the hoppy ending, which is not very common for imperial stout. The dryness might be related to over-aged? But it’s definitely drinkable, it’s not gone bad or anything like that. The only thing I’m disappointed about this beer is the over-powered booziness, I hope it hides the alcohol flavor more.

In overall it’s a good beer. And I like the feeling of time travel. I must can’t wait to open it back then. But drinking a strong beer have different schedule for me today. You can’t drink a strong beer every day!

Mar 06, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a cellared bottle. Pitch black pour with brown surface lacing, collar, and lacing on the glass. Aromas of warm bourbon bring out huge notes of leather, dark chocolate, maple, molasses, roasted malts, wet earth, vanillins, and rustic wood. Right up there with the best tasting RIS I have ever had, hype met! Take everything from the smell and add trace amounts of anise, caramel, and char. Incredible depth and variance with impeccable balance. Robust, warm, roasty, sweet, chewy, bitter, and decently viscous without being overly thick. Amazing

Nov 05, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Dec 01, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

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.

Oct 02, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

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 Cobra shows up to the party, he comes repping hard on all cylinders.

Huge whiskey 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.


Sep 04, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 18.28 (Including shipping)/500 mL bottle ($ 1.082/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
“2018” above “YEAR” and “DEC” above “MONTH” on front of label, “BOTTLE 6297/6500” on side. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, dense, short retention, diminishing to a 2.5mm crown and a thin partial cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4.25 – Bourbon, brown sugar, a bit of coffee, and some maple syrup. As the glass sits, the maple comes from behind and pushes out the bourbon.
Flavor – 4 – Bourbon forward with a slight alcohol (13 % ABV) burn. A bit sweet but the maple is lost behind the bourbon. No dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl. Subsequent belches are maple flavored.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, approaching syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – A decent brew with, IMHO, too much bourbon and not enough maple.

May 27, 2019
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SeanKnapp74 from Arizona

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.

May 25, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

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

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.

Feb 15, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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.

Feb 12, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was expensive over 25 dollars for this bottle. This is my second beer from Hanger 24. I served this beer in a tulip glass at 50 degrees. A rough pour on the beer produced a one finger medium tan head. The head is airy and frothy with poor retention. The head's retention is not surprising why it fell quickly. The alcohol is 15 percent. Lacing was not left on the glass as it dissipated. The color of the beer is SRM 36 a dark brown nearly black beer. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

The initial aroma in the beer is Bourbon, wood, vanilla, and soy sauce. Next, I smell char, smokiness, Maillard, maple, toffee, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, earthiness, dark roasted malts oranges, dark raisins, figs, anise, and bready.

The initial flavors in the beer are loads of dark roasted malts, espresso, and oak char notes. Next, I taste subtle maple syrup, burnt sugar, anise, dark raisins, toffee, dark Beliguim chocolate, char, smokiness, earthy, bready, vanilla, and bourbon.

The mouthfeel of the beer is dry and thick.

The body of the beer is full, medium carbonation, and a full finish.

I like the beer, but the beer let me down. I read the label the beer sounded delightful. I was expecting this in your face aggressive full body beer. I got a beer that was full body and a typical Russian Imperial Stout. The beer needs more body to give it a chewier texture. Most of the Russian Imperial Stout I have quaffed have been chewier. For me, this beer is a stout plus not an Imperial Stout. The flavors in the beer are there but lack harmony. I get this flavor and that flavor nothing is seamless. God, I was hoping for more and was let down.

Jan 30, 2019
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Zorro from California

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.

Dec 22, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Thin layer of head on a nearly opaque clear brown body.

Aroma – Strong dark malt, molasses, maple, dark brown sugar, and a solid hit of booze.

Taste – Very strong dark malts, very bitter chocolate, fading to maple and dark brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – A little thinner than anticipated but it coats the tongue and lingers.

Overall – Big, heavy, solid beer and it hides the ABV well.

May 31, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Eureka Woodland Hills. 9oz Snifter.

Pours pitch black, a little cold so only a tiny sliver of an ivory head. Nice even lace that fizzles away quickly.

A really good nose on this. Tons of fudge, Smooth dark roast coffee, sweet maple bourbon, and a malty balance. Hardly any boozy presence.

Sweet maple and roasty coffee hit first, followed up by that familiar fudginess from the nose. As it settles, a slight smoky bourbon takes hold, followed by a nice boozy warmth. Incredibly smooth for 15%.

The feel is really good. Low carb, pretty heavy mouthfeel.. creamy and sticky. Very smooth.

May 29, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

absolutely insane beer! i love maple and this has a ton of it, so that endears it to me straight away, but there is so much going on here, and this is so darn strong, its intimidating but i have a bunch of friends around me and the beer is opened, so its on! the 15% abv is obvious right away, this seems like at least all of that, fusel and strong, exacerbated by the obvious sugar of the maple and the bourbon barrels too. silky black though, velvety looking and viscous, not super heady but not still either. the maple is natural and strong here in nose and in taste, the roast of the grain is chocolatey and dark but not incredibly bitter, or at least well balanced by the sweet here, this just doesnt seem as dark as would make sense for it in terms of grain intensity on the low end. caramels and toffee and richness though, sweet and beyond just the maple and whiskey, from the grain too, lots of heft to it along with the sugar and everything about it is just enormous. the bourbon is anything but subtle too, vanilla and oak and charcoal all over the map. dark chocolate and booze, earthy dark grain, sweet rich concentrated maple syrup through the boozy finish, not overly complex but seemingly absurdly well refined for its size. crazy beer, lots of maple and delicious, but a sharer for sure, and probably near invincible in the cellar. pricey from what they tell me (i didnt buy this one, thankfully), but id say worth it up to probably about 30 bucks, maybe more. looks like lots of variants on this too, id love to try a few...

May 17, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

May 13, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Apr 24, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

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

Apr 03, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

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.

Feb 04, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

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.

Dec 13, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

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

Jun 21, 2017
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g00ey from California

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.

Mar 31, 2017
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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.

Mar 26, 2017
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

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.

Mar 09, 2017
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brewaddict from California

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.

Feb 16, 2017
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 944 ratings