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Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 03: Pugachevís Cobra - Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
PUGACHEVíS COBRA: The brainchild of Victor Pugachev -- not for the faint of heart. Pilot suddenly raises the aircraft nose to near vertical before dropping back to attack mode.

Get ready for an assault on your senses with PUGACHEVíS COBRA, an intense Russian Imperial Stout. This rich, black beauty with a thick caramel head is bursting with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice and dark fruits, while flavors of chocolate-covered plum, sweet malt, bourbon, and roasted coffee explode on your pallet. Three different dark roasted malts and rich maple syrup are combined in a truly unique brewing process to create complexity and depth. Once fermented, itís then aged for eight months in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. This powerful concoction is designed to be enjoyed now with friends or cellared to perfection and savored in the years to come.


   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Countbeer (5722) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 31, 2016
So after friends drank my 2013 bottle and filled it with water creating a good joke, I was pissed, to say the least. I arranged a new bottle and they paid the bottle and shipment back (around Ä35 a person, which they were quite shocked about afterwards... Who laughs last...) So itís time to open the 2014 (#9453/11220) bottle which is also higher in ABV, yay... The kvlt Chouffe glass is as always present: Black beer. Brown head. The nose has some incredible rich tones of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, fudge, sweet roast, mocha, light wood roast, light raisin, liquor and an earthy sprinkle... Great balanced dominating roast, whiskey and chocolate tones. Incredible! The flavour is very subtle for almost 19%ABV! Light and soft alcohol burn with some roast, bourbon, mocha, fudge, cookies, chocolate, light vanilla, wood roast, some cacoa, some bitters, light earthy and a caramel sprinkle. Very nice! Aftertaste is roasty, light spice, bourbon, some chocolate, bitters, wood roast, some mocha... Low carbo, light creamy light spiced mouthfeel, close to full body. Very very nice beer! Wonderful aroma and great flavours. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12721) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured black color with a moderate fizzy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, coffee with a solid bourbon alcohol and wood aroma. Full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Heavy dark bourbon sweet flavor with a heavy dark sweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (7725) - Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2016
750 ml bottle (2011) shared with the group via an older trade with Hophead22 I believe. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have big roasted malts, dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, caramel, molasses, some dark fruit, anise, the alcohol comes through but I wouldnít peg this as 16.5%, bigger body, sticky, awesome brew, I canít imagine this could have been this good fresh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (9439) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2016
750ml bottle, 2011 vintage, labeled 16.5%. Thanks to alexsdad06 for sharing. Very nice dark fruit, dark chocolate, good roast in the nose. Mostly clear very dark brown red color. Ring of off-white head. Leaves loose bits of lace. Awesome big oak character, nice coffee aromas in the flavor. Very awesome rich flavor. Some alcohol heat, but the 16.5 works awesomely here, totally in check, much smoother than expected, awesome. I donít pick up on really any (or at least any bothersome) oxidization at all. Bigger body. Decent chewiness. I love vanilla, decadent dark chocolate cake-like aroma. Nice touch of brown sugar. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, nice pleasant alcohol warmth all throughout (but zero burn nor bite with smaller sips). Lighter to moderate sweet, pleasant mild dry finish. This has aged awesomely, and is probably one of the more fun 5-yr old stouts Iíve ever tried. Super long, roasty dark chocolatey and vanilla aftertaste. Very impressive, really a treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Iphonephan (5277) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2016
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice and bourbon. Flavors of dark stone fruits, oak and vanilla. Sweet, boozy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1778) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle. Deep, dark roasted malt. Itís all burnt sugars and vanilla and fudgey chocolatey goodness. The beer is black from wall to wall. Very small head. It was hard to kick up any substantial blanket of bubbles even with a vigorous pour. Only a thin layer of bubbles remains after a minute or so. Lots of vanilla in the aroma. Sweet bourbon barrel blends into the chocolate and caramel sweetness nicely. Taste is sweet and full of big stout. Some mild but definite maple complexity. Lots of dark, sweet sugars. Excellent interaction between the stout and the barrel flavors. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Very well made.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (3586) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2016
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5086) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2016
This is an extremely aggressive high alcohol beer. An excellent choice for beer number 5000, itís very roasted with some chocolate thick and strong . Iím feeling pretty good now:-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 29, 2015
Tasting at Mattís; 18.9%, bottle 1353/11220, vintage 2014
Black color, small head. Boozy aroma, thick mouthfeel, a lot of tar, some chocolate, too strong burning alcohol, some vanilla, and some liquorice in the final.
Good but I canít picture myself drinking too much of this, so why is this bottled in 750ml?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (700) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Location: Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. 2015 Edition (13.5%)
Appearance: Pours a black oil with almost no head
Aroma: Fudge brownie with nuts, licorice, all kinds of liqueurs (chocolate, cherry, coffee), vanilla, caramel, brittle, bourbon, whiskey & coke
Taste: Strong chocolate brownies up front with some salty, nutty notes. Flavors dissipate pretty quickly and are overwhelmed by the BOOZINESS of this beer. Loads of bourbon which is expected, but not as balanced as I had hoped for.
Overall: Amazing aromas of chocolate fudge brownies and licorice but ultimately pummeled under the weight of the alcohol.

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