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

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

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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Ratings:
855
Reviews:
134
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Sam (NoSignsOfPain) for busting this one out last night at the Jingle Bell Jubilee.

Bottle # 3266/3495.

Pours an opaque black with a 1/2 inch khaki head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. The alcohol smell on this one is potent and validates the 16.5% ABV. Taste is the same as the smell with the bourbon being quite strong and warming the back of the throat. This beer has a nice carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good RIS that I am very glad I was able to try. Yes, the bourbon is in your face and could stand to have some aging but I still loved this one right out of the gate.

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.15/5  rDev -27.3%
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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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a short-lived head that fades quickly but leaves some spots around the glass

Smell: Dark chocolate, Bourbon, molasses, vanilla and graham crackers

Taste: Dark chocolate, molasses and graham crackers, up front, with Bourbon, oak and vanilla elements in the middle; a hint of dark fruit adds complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice RIS that touches the elements of the style and the Bourbon barrel

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3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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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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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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of chinchill
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
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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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the 2014 bottle which I found to be superior to 2013. Pours dark, but not super viscous. Not necessarily surprising for the abv and dryness; without a lot of residual sugar remaining to thicken it up, it's in the mid-range of massive stouts. Nose and flavor are gigantic - maple, turbinado sugar, toffee, fudge, oak, vanilla, french roast coffee, hints of holiday spice (clove, cinnamon). A bit of heat, but mostly just rich bourbon soup in which all the other flavors ebb and flow. Finish feels a bit thin, slick but the flavors linger on forever.

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

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