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

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

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

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Photo of Zaximus
3.05/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Possibly a bad bottle. The cork did come out exceptionally easily. All burnt coffe and alcohol. I did let this warm a bit hoping it would open up but to no avail. Was unable to discern any of the subtleties that are supposed to be apparent. Hope to experience a more recent vintage.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Tackling this beast by myself to celebrate success at work. It will be difficult, but I'll persevere. Bottle #2587/5360. 2012 vintage. 15.8% ABV according to the label. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium stem-goblet (the label's recommended vessel) in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given its current rating.

Served straight from the fridge but allowed to warm very substantially (to room temperature) over the course of extended consumption. Initially side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated, but as I poured it became obvious that no head was going to develop, so I finished pouring quite vigorously.

I like the label, but it betrays a poor understanding of English: "...explode on your pallet." 'Pallet' is not to be confused with 'palate', you imbeciles.

Paired with salted hard pretzels.

Cork came loose easily. Not much pop as I removed it.

A: Pours a half finger tan colour head of disappointing thickness, nice cream, and decent retention considering the high ABV (~40 seconds). No lacing whatsoever. Body colour is a nontransparent opaque solid black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style. The head isn't as rich or dark as I expected.

Sm: Raisin, chocolate, chocolate malt, caramel, licorice, alcohol/booze/heat, sweet malts, malt syrup, vanilla, oak, bourbon, molasses, light tobacco, and buried plum. More blandly executed than that hefty list of flavours makes it sound; it has plenty of diverse flavours, but I still wouldn't call it complex per se. A bit messy. Lacks subtlety. Appealing, but not masterful. A strong aroma.

T: Licorice, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and hints of vanilla. Heavy caramel. Heavy tobacco too - as heavy on tobacco as any imperial stout I've ever had. (I actually coughed from it on the first sip). Lurking alcohol booziness lies beneath the surface, but I wouldn't say it has heat. It's the flavour of alcohol sans the effect. Buried dark plum. Unwelcome bitterness. Very messy; especially where its sweetness/bitterness balance is concerned. Dark malts provide the foundation but get beaten and bombarded by the imbalanced flavours. Each note is bold and impacting without integrating well into the beer as a whole. I don't get any coffee; maybe some cold-pressed coffee without any roast or real java notes. It's messily, sloppily built for the style. Lacks the refined masterful character of great examples of the style. Aimless. Complex merely because of the haphazardly added ingredients. No subtlety whatsoever. It's enjoyable for what it is, but there is little craft here.

Mf: Syrupy and viscous. Thick. Smooth and wet. Too thick; entirely too much viscosity. Bleh. Bludgeons the palate. Overcarbonated to boot. Heavy on sugar. Awful palate presence. Overwhelming.

Dr: Hrm. It doesn't demand sipping, but the alcohol is certainly punishing. I expected a far better beer, but this is a mess. I will have trouble finishing this by myself - both because of the limited quality and because of the ABV (which is obvious and unconcealed while drinking it). A decent effort from Hangar 24, but I do not understand its current rating. Difficult to drink. A decent imperial stout, but I wouldn't get it again. A severe disappointment from Hangar 24.

C+

Gets better as it warms.

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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

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Rich.

Black body that looks surprisingly thin for the ABV, especially after the Hunahpu's that preceded it. Minimal carbonation with a small tan head.

Big toasted coconut nose backed by a lot of raw alcohol. Notes of almond liqueur, alcohol, chocolate, alcohol, and alcohol. This has some great aromas buried beneath the nostril burning heat.

Tastes unabashedly boozy but it does have some nice flavors. Toasted coconut and chocolate are dominant, along with a bit of almond. It essentially tastes like Almond Joy dissolved in everclear. The body is a tad thin for the monstrous ABV. Finishes with booze, chocolate, oak, and booze. Not necessarily a bad beer, just be prepared for the onslaught of heat.

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Photo of oline73
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours thick like motor oil. Black as night with hardly any head.

Smell: Super sweet with a mild soy sauce/dessert wine note. Lots of roasted malt sweetness.

Taste: This beer is extremely sweet and quite hot. I'm getting a ton of roasted malt along with some dark fruit and caramel. Reminds me of candy.

Mouthfeel: The body is syrupy and coats the mouth. Tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this one could have been more refined. It has already been aged around year, but some more time might have helped. I don't think I need more in the future.

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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.
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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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep dark black with good carbonation leaving a moderate brown cap. The brown cap resedes leaving some light bubbles and a ring around the edge of the glass

S: Vanilla, bourbon, wood, chocolate, very nice alcohol, molasses and some Earthiness

T: Initial bourbon barrel presence with a early presentation of chocolate and incognito vanilla. Some Earthiness is noted as is more cheap chocolate on the back. Dark fruits and almonds appear in the distance as does some coconut and more booze. However, the more I drank the more I disliked and became unimpressed. Lets stop there. The finish is sweet, dry and stinging booze

M: Medium-full to full bodied, cocoa and booze coat the palate blended with bourbon

O: I am glad I did not give a arm and leg for this. Not sure what the talk is about? In a night of big bad stouts this was a common player.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.79/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/26/2012

On tap at URGE

A: A brown so dark it borders on black. The head is small, light brown, and fugacious.

S: Maple, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla. Big dark chocolate notes with evident oak. Bourbon is strong and aromatic. The aroma has a decided fusel alcohol presence. There's a little green apple in there.

T: Fudge, truffle, and molasses with a strong brown sugar element and a dash of vanilla. Oak is bold, blending with equally bold dark chocolate notes. Bourbon is pronounced, accompanied by oak and a big alcohol presence. Caramel is light. The flavors are excellent, but the alcohol heat is stinging and numbing at this point in the beer's life, taking away from overall enjoyment.

M: Full body with upper low to lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is viscous, silky, chewy, sticky, and smooth, with a substantial amount of heat and numbing from the alcohol.

Overall: Decadence itself. A good barrel aged Imperial Stout, but the alcohol presence is too dominant. I taste every bit of the 16.5%.

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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!

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Photo of Beerpope273
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a wonderful presentation and aroma and the taste is heavy on the dark fruit and sweetness. The one thing for me is that the mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery but all in all this is a stellar beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours black with a medium tan to brown head, some lace.

S: Great smell, reminscent of Black Tuesday for sure. Lots of sweet milk and dark chocolate, vanilla, some mocha.

T: Roasted malt heavy with secondary flavours of dark chocolate and mocha. Not as hot as it could be though there still is some ethanol heat, especially on the back end.

M: Full-bodied, some crisp carbonation, not the smoothest beer, again, there is a boozy quality to this.

O: Really like World Wide Stout meets Mephistopheles. This beer needs a couple years to lose the big booze character and allow the malt to shine because I think it has that potential. A solid beer now, could be great down the line, a beer to try again in 2015.

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Photo of corby112
3.84/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pitch black and opaque with a two finger dark beige head that has good retention, slowly fading onto a thick, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Spicy bourbon barrel aroma but it's nicely integrated into notes of the base beer.  Strong bourbon and burnt oak presence along with some vanilla and toasted coconut.  Still plenty of roast underneath the strong barrel character with hints of dark chocolate, toast, burnt sugar and coffee bean along with booze and sweeter malt notes.  

On the fuller end of medium body and slightly viscous with a blast of spicy, boozy heat.  Tons of bourbon flavor pounding you over the head along with dry toasted oak and subtle vanilla bean.  Lots of bourbon heat, almost too much so, dominating and overpowering the other flavors.  Tastes too young for my liking.  After the palate adjusts, there's a nice sweet malt presence along with some subtle roast with hints of dark chocolate, caramel and coffee bean.  Some decent flavors underneath the barrel but it's overwhelmingly boozy and a bit one dimensional.  

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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.

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Photo of Mod_Nyzreth
3.88/5  rDev -10%
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 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.

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Photo of rtaps
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a small khaki head, medium retention and spotty lacing around the glass.

s-black licorice, dark fruity malts, maple, chocolate, hint of vanilla.

taste was nice. it still hot from the bourbon due to it being so fresh and at 16.5%, chocolate, mild maple, dark fruit malts, pretty well balanced

m-smooth/creamy mildly viscous

overall i thought it was a very nice beer and am looking forward to aging it for awhile and see how the flavors blend.

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Photo of beagle75
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet.

A: Opaque black color with a peripheral ring of beige bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Bourbon and dark roast are each well-represented and complimentary to the other. Richness is suggested by the layered notes of dark vinous fruit, pipe tobacco, and spirituous wood.

T: Begins very off-dry, with roasted malt, vanilla extract, and an abundance of dark fruit. Acidity is moderate, but more felt than tasted, making only a minor distracting flavor contribution. Chocolate and earth are featured in the drying middle. This beer finishes with well-integrated husky malt that shows both roasted and deep toasted qualities, as well as leathery umami and appropriate bitterness. Volatile coffee and bourbon linger on the palate.

M: Thick viscosity, heavy yet acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This bourbon barrel-aged stout of immense size does a great many things right; it smells great, has a rich and interesting flavor profile, and does not lean too heavily to booziness. Acidity is disruptive, handicapping the product when it is compared to the best of the style and preparation. Although this beer is compelling on many levels, it's unusually high abv for the style makes it less approachable, even if it does not come off as a booze bomb.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless snifter.

Big thanks to SubpoenaDeuces for this bottle!

Bottle #1549/3495. So the name apparently refers to an aerial maneuver wherein the pilot brings the plane's nose suddenly vertical and drops it back down, all the while maintaining constant altitude. The more you know.

This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, deep dark chocolate, bourbon, and light char. A faint whiff of booze makes itself known... The taste brings in more of the same, along with some molasses and the knowledge that that light boozy smell foreshadowed some major alcoholic heat. It doesn't detract all that much from things, but it does occasionally get in the way a bit. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a dry finish. Overall, a very tasty barrel-aged stout, one that seems to be held back only by its latent heat. Given a bit more time (hell, I held off for several months!), this will probably be pretty damn fantastic.

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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.

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Photo of ChrisMQ
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage - might be a tad bit oxidized. Barely any alcohol heat on this, and very thin for the style- esp in the 15% range. It seems to transformed into more of a English barleywine after 3+ years. solid brew but prob should have drank it sooner

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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.

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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+%

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Photo of Stoutish
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped the cork on this bad boy, immediately stuck my nose to the bottle, Poured THICK black into a Stout glass. Impressive pour with a standard RIS head. Lacing dropped very quick. Smells of Malt, Cocoa, Maple, Anise. First sip at 50 degrees, I knew this was a RIS that wouldn't compare. Best flavor after warming to about 55 little spice, touches of Caramel, toffee, Chocolate. Overall warmed me up quite a bit. I absolutely love the limited release. Pugachevs is a contender, and a must for us stout lovers!

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
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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