From the folks at Hangar 24 Brewery, located in Redlands, California:
"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."
Yep, this was indeed an experience. Bill and I had a glass. One glass. This beer is incredibly rich, and is a heavy stout. The beer doesn't really taste like beer to us here at 2OGDB, so we're not giving it a bottle cap rating. That doesn't mean it isn't good. In fact, it is very good. What sets this apart from the other beers we've reviewed so far is that it seems so formal. First of all, it comes in a wine bottle topped by a champagne cork. It's part of Hangar 24's Barrel roll offerings, meaning that the beer is aged in wine or whiskey casks, which infuse the beer with the tastes of whatever the barrel had stored previously.
The aromas were terrific, with chocolates, coffees, etc. all evident. The taste was excellent, but this is something not to be consumed quickly. It is a "sipping" beer, one that would pair well with a steak, lobster, or other upscale dinner. Perhaps also as an after dinner drink, for those of you so inclined. Reminiscent of a good port wine, or other cordial, it is most definitely something to try. Let us know what you think.
The good folks at Hangar 24 can be found on Cyberspace at: http://hangar24brewery.com