Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 03: Pugachev’s Cobra
From Hangar 24 – 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 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, 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.
Hangar 24 Brewery – Hangar 24 Barrel Roll No. 03: Pugachev’s Cobra – On tap at Naja’s Place, poured into a goblet. 16.5 % abv.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of tan froth that remains throughout the session. Doesn’t look as thick as say Black Tuesday or Goose Island BCS.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, rum/whiskey light graham cracker. Lot’s of vanilla.
Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roast. Noticeable barrel character and graham cracker.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, not syrupy with modest carbonation.
Overall: I’ve been following Hangar 24 closely since they opened. They’ve built up their brand making beers that would appeal to a wide audience, and didn’t enter into the premium geek sector up until recently. With all that said, this beer gave H24 the street cred they needed to capture the attention of the connoisseurs. This beer is perfect and I hope it’s popularity warrants at the very least a yearly return. I have no problem with comparing this to the greatness of BCS or Black Tuesday.