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

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Hangar 24 Brewery
California, United States

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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Photo of LADaveBN
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -7.9%
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 -0.9%
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 +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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Photo of Connortripp
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +2.5%
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 -1.6%
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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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 into a chalice.

Pours with some fizzy head, cocoa in color. Pitch-black body. 4.5

Bourbon pops on the nose. Oak, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses. Smells sweet and spicy and delicious. 4.5

Oaken, spicy bourbon, caramel, maple (!), brown sugar, dark chocolate and some sweet oats and oatmeal cookie. Perhaps a bit too much bourbon flavor for my taste but it is lovely. 4.25

Not the thickest or most viscous brew, but it's rich and robust when it needs to be. Alcohol doesn't take over but provides some bite that combines with the spiciness from the bourbon for a piquant feel. The finish is semi-dry and a touch earthy. 4.25

Plenty of flavor here and it drinks nicely. A well-done brew.

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Photo of Beerpope273
3.81/5  rDev -12%
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 Safa1
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet Jesus mother mart of God, 2015 checking in. If you see it buy it. If you see it above retail don't pay more than 30 bucks. Other than that it's a pure fucking go. Whoosh.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage poured into a snifter. Held onto this for my 2,500 unique Untappd checkin and this blew me away. It was like drinking bourbon soaked fudge brownies. At 18.9% it took awhile to put down but I enjoyed this more than any other huge comparable beer like Chocolate Rain. I will definitely be on the lookout for more.

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Photo of Tele
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type: Bottle (2014)
Consumed: 11.13.15

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a small, tan head. Looks slick and inky in the glass.

S: 4.5 Slight alcohol smell at first, but quickly develops into more interesting aromas. Lots of bourbon and vanilla up front which then integrates into roasted malt, brownies, chocolate, molasses, and light maple syrup.

T: 4.75 Taste is really surprising. Based on the nose, I was expecting a super sweet beer that only tasted of pure alcohol; I couldn’t have been more wrong. Starts off a bit sweet but is really balanced on the strong malt profile. There’s plenty of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasty bitterness to balance out sweet vanilla, caramel, coconut, and molasses flavors. The finish lingers with port and dark berries.

M: 4.5 The feel is very rich and thick with a nice, low-level but constant carbonation. The beer doesn’t feel like 19%, but it still feels big, hindering drinkability.

O: 4.75 Definitely one of my new favorite BA stouts; up there with Parabola and BCBS. Lots of great flavors and well balanced. The maple is also a nice touch without being over done.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black darkness, dark brown head, good lacing
S: Sweet chocolate bourbon with some little bits of roast malt
T: Like the nose, sweet, slightly boozy and smooth
M: Pretty solid, creamy and thick, not cloying or sticky.
O: I drank one and kept one in the cellar, can't wait to see this in the future.

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Photo of Zaximus
3.05/5  rDev -29.6%
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 Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle. Good stout. Mouthfeel was a little thin for me. Didn't taste like a 18.9% beer. Flavor could have been more pronounced as well. Good, but I'd take a regular BCBS over this any day.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a super viscous pitch black that leaves just a thin, dark mocha ring along the side of the glass. Thick, oily legs that really cling to the glass with very spotty lace that doesn't stick around. Average.

Nose is molasses, sweet dark fruit, chocolate, mocha, syrup and booze. Solid. Really aromatic.

Opens rich molasses, chocolate, sweet soy sauce, cocoa powder and a whole lot of booze. Sweet and syrupy in the middle with some plum, tobacco and leather added. A touch of oak makes it out of the hot abyss towards the end. Boozy on the finish that leaves a film of molasses, oak and tobacco on the palate. Very good. Incredibly intense.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick, chewy and rich in the mouth and goes down hot and viscous. Finishes dense and hot with a lingering, boozy aftertaste. A huge, huge beer.

I don't know if a beer can be "too" big but this definitely comes close. Super thick, chewy and boozy but with enough flavor to carry the day. As is, this could use just a little bit more time but its already very very good.

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Photo of barczar
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge bourbon and chocolate aroma, tar, licorice, and moderate smoke character.

Flavor is very rich, bourbony, sweet, with dark fruit and lots of alcohol.

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Photo of macher0
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at a share.

This is the perfect beer to share. Pitch black, a little thin for the style with a poorly developed head. The nose is amazing, notes of dark coco, bourbon soaked oak, and vanilla. I do get a little bit of the maple, which comes through on the taste. The taste is very powerful, with dark chocolate, bourbon, bourbon soaked oak, vanilla, and a hoppy/coffee bite at the end. Low carbonation, perfect for this beer, a little thin, and huge body.

Well this is a beast, thread lightly. The abv is hidden to a certain extent but it defiantly a sipper.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

thanks a lot to Brandon for sharing this 750ml, enjoyed chilled in a glass and allowed to rise in temperature gradually.

The color is black with opaque clarity and thin tan head. The smell is very roasty almost burnt acrid with slight chewy sweet brownie batter-like aroma. The feel is rich intense and highly roasted with a dry quality with a lot of alcohol and woody tannin in the feel.

The flavor is good at first but improves as it warms with roasty and rich woody flavor with light sweetness and mild cocoa with dark fruit and earthy quality with some woody flavor continuing mid palate into a mild alcohol flavor as it finishes warm and dry. Overall I consider this a great stout -it tastes way better near cellar temp after some of the alcohol settles -a great Imperial stout even though it is 16% Thanks a lot Brandon!

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet maple stout. The maple is there in both the nose and the taste, very much masking the barrel aging. But the barrel makes itself known on the fairly smooth, thick finish. Unfortunately the maple becomes somewhat artificial on the finish, tarnishing an otherwise very good stout.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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 everyman
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

'15 (December release) measures in at 18.9%. That's an intensely high abv for any brew. Moreover, this beer is not simply laced with barrel age, it's swimming in it. While No. 3 definitely impresses me, I'm not exactly jonsen for another hit..maybe next year. Heat. All heat. The bourbon dominates my palate and masks many of the other flavors. Advice: six months is far from enough shelf life to harmonize this beer and fanout its heat. At least cellar till the next Christmas or New Years. As for appearance, I'm a little disappointed the foam was light and the head hardly had formation. Parabola (is it wrong to compare and name drop?), the specimen of its class, boasts of a thick mouthfeel and dense, foamy head. I did not encounter that in No. 3. The mouthfeel is actually thinner than expected, even a little run-of-the-mill, stout-like (reflective of lower abv's). I was hoping for something syrupier, since the description boasts of being brewed with maple syrup. Selling point: you won't find many a near 20% beers, and it is flavorful. Be patient and this beer will one day please the senses.

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Photo of J_K
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage shared on 4/3/15. Pours black with almost no head. Wonderful smells of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, plum, chocolate and licorice. Expected more depth of flavor. The bourbon dominated the most. Solid stout, just expected a little bit more with all the hype going around.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml poured into a snifter 2014 released December 6.

Appearance: pitch black, tan head that did not live long, looks like motor oil, swashes around the glass, no light comes through the beer.

Smell: big aromas, a hit of bourbon, toasted coconut, licorice, some vanilla, very hot on the nose.

Taste: Big hit of bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, lots of alcohol that lingers, dry finish, the bourbon flavors linger. It has a nice, short, middle mix of flavors, big bourbon upfront, then the alcohol lingers, mixes with the bourbon at the end.

Mouthfeel: Motor oil, no carbonation, coats the tongue and palate, alcohol burn at the end, a big beer.

Overall: I am very impressed, it's a little hot but with some age I bet this mellows out really well. It's a big beer, flavors, aromas,mouthfeel. The bourbon and alcohol dominate, I would like to see if the toasted coconut, vanilla flavors would expand with age. A must try, bought one bottle, going back for 2-3 more. This is the 2014 release.

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