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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States
hangar24brewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rtaps on 12-11-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
123
Ratings:
794
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 123 | Ratings: 794
Photo of Reema
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 Lochnessmonster
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +10%
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 +10.6%
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 -10.2%
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 -2.3%
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 -4.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +6.5%
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 -0.5%
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 -5.3%
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 -0.5%
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 +3%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dated December 2015. 13.5% ABV. Consumed 2/5/16

Very dark brown color and an aggressive pour yielded a very small off white tan head. No lacing along the glass edges. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, malts, and coffee. Smooth bourbon, dark fruits, bittersweet chocolate, oak, and vanilla make up the flavors. Medium to full feel with the alcohol burn present on the back of the throat. Overall, a finely crafted bourbon barreled stout that should be sipped and savored! Enjoy.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottling, aged for 2+ years and opened today because snowed in, so why not? Poured into Guinness Stout Glass at about 50 degrees (first pour).

L: Very dark, with one finger tan head that expectedly gets knocked down quickly by the ABV. Only leaves a thin ring.

S: Coffee, unsweetened chocolate, vanilla, maple, dark fruits. A bit of alcohol, but not overmuch. Really nice.

T: OH YEAH. Taste follows nose, and all subtle but interplay nicely. Coffee and the other flavors up front, some alcohol heat, but not too much, and the barrel wood lingers. Aging it totally worth the wait.

F: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol heat controlled very well. Very good balance.

O: I am a happy man. Wish I'd thought to buy more than one and wish I'd bought ensuing years rather than treat this as a one-off in 2013.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoooo. This one drinks hot and boozy. Clocking in at 13.5% is no joke, but the maple really does a nice job of keeping that alcohol at bay. I loved the beer and thought the complexity of flavors was great.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle (I haven't tried previous years vintages). 13.5% abv. Pours ink black with a mocha 1/2 inch head. Nose is chocolate, vanilla, maple, bourbon, currants, dark fruit. Very rich. Taste is similar with the bourbon and maple being the dominant flavors. More subtly are roasted malts, oak, and coffee. Sweetness is there, but not overpowering or cloying. Feel is slick and oily. Coats the tongue nicely. Alcohol is hidden well. Overall, a very well done maple BBA stout that offers good complexity.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 version (13.5% abv) into a Teku at cellar temp.

Look: neither the thinnest nor the darkest BA RIS around; essentially no head.

Smell: coffee, mild bourbon, mild chocolate, maple syrup.

Taste: raw bourbon up front, followed by massive roast, and honestly not much else. Not getting very much depth or complexity. A little bit of interesting plum/concord grape asserts as it warms, but it's just dominated by the bourbon/roast flavors.

Feel: fairly thin, with some alcohol heat.

Overall: I've been looking (lazily) for PC for years, and I'm definitely glad I didn't try harder. This is a middle-of-the-road BA RIS. I'm hoping a year or two in the cellar will give the flavor a chance to balance out a bit.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. 13.9% on tap (bottles say 13.5%). Brewed with maple syrup.

This honestly tastes near identical to BCS. The maple provides a little extra and makes it a bit sweeter. Chocolate, roasted malts, big bourbon and oak, vanilla.

Full bodied. Nice and thick. The right amount of carbonation. Ends with nice warming bourbon notes.

Very impressed with this stout. Exceeded my expectations by far. Huge beer. 10 oz glass was a good amount.

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Photo of Connortripp
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

2015 Edition.

Look - Completely opaque. Great medium tan head.

Smell - Strong caramel, smoke, and maple syrup aroma. Very satisfying.

Taste - Not overly boozy for 13.5%. Again caramel, smoke, and maple syrup are present along with hints of vanilla and oak.

Feel - Not as thick as I would've liked but definitely not thin like other stouts.

Overall - Absolutely in love with this beer. Everything I was looking for. Interested in how this would age.

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Photo of gcasher
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Edition at 18.9 abv.
Dark black, with thin brown head quickly dissipating. Alcohol not overpowering after a year in the cellar, but very warm. Maple syrup is up front, but not very sweet. The barrel wood is dominant and dries out the mouth. Rich dark roasted stout malts. A slow sipper and a pleasure to share with a friend.

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Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large shared bottle.
This stout reflects high quality and relatively strong bourbon barrel aging. This helps make it rather boozy but it befits the aroma and flavor. The dark body has nice red-brown highlights when held to the light. Fine and long lasting aftertaste of dark roasted grains, vanilla and bourbon barrels.
Smooth but a bit too hot.

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