Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra

Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra

Relevant Links:
Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra (Hangar 24 Website)
Barrel Roll No. 3 Pugachev's Cobra | Hangar 24 Brewery (BeerAdvocate.com)
Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 3: Pugachev's Cobra - Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout (RateBeer.com)

The bartender (at Eureka!) started me off with a sample. The sample had a strong, nice flavor. Upon receiving the full glass, I found it had a dark smell with some alcohol reaching my nose. Tasting the beer, I found it had an alcohol flavor (a slight burn), but with this nice dark taste.

Apparently this release is 19% ABV.* I eventually detected a slight chocolate flavor.

Halfway through, I still sensed the alcoholic burn. I also continued detecting a slight chocolate flavor, but less than before.

The beer came out with no head, and shows no signs of lacing.

As for the last sip, there was still alcohol on the nose, a definite strong taste, but the beer's strength was tolerable and the beer's flavor was tasty. 5:25PM PT

For a beer as strong as the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, it was much more drinkable. On the other hand, it's been a while since I've had a 120 Minute IPA.

*The website says 18.9%.

Website Information:
Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra

Get ready for an assault on your senses with PUGACHEV’S 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 palate.

This is no ordinary beer; three different dark roasted malts and rich maple syrup are combined in a truly unique brewing process to create complexity and depth. Once fermented, it’s 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.

Additional Information:

PUGACHEV'S 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.

Fourth Release: December 6, 2014
Bottles for Fourth Release: 11,220
Third Release: December 7, 2013
Bottles for Third Release: 8,856
Second Release: December 8, 2012
Bottles for Second Release: 5,360
First Release: December 10, 2011
First Release Bottles: 3,495

SILVER - 2013 Los Angeles International Commercial Beer Competition
BRONZE - 2013 California State Fair Beer Competition
2ND GOLD - 2012 California State Fair

Alcohol Content: 2014-18.9%, 2013-13.8%, 2012-15.8%, 2011-16.5%
IBU: 85
Glass Type: Snifter
Serving: 54º fahrenheit | Cellaring: 50º fahrenheit
Food Pairing: Perfect for sipping after any excellent meal. Enjoy with a nice maduro cigar.

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