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Reaper Vs. Unicorn - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KFBR392 on 10-10-2013

The unicorn may have finally met its match in Death Incarnate. But hold your horned horses, because the unicorn lives to rye another day! What a sickle joke! We aren't tricking you, this barleywine is a real treat, with a rich malt skeleton and a more than paranormal amount of hops. If you're going to harvest soul-y one beer this season, don't fear the Reaper...
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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 20
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours really dark amber, almost brown-ish, with a small off-white head that lingers a bit, surprisingly.
Rich smell of peach jam/compote, with a thick gloop of caramel too. Really sticky and fruity, with preserved fig, white raisin, cherry plum, hints of melon, gooseberry, all with a splash of slightly warm brandy, far from boozy. A light spicy edge to it, too.
Lots of fruit up front, really sweet and jammy, but not sugary, with a bit emphasis on chewy orchard stone fruit (peach, apricot, yellow cherries, Chinese plum) and hints of persimmon, raisin, papaya, faint mango. There's a swift flash of bitterness early on, with a rich grassy hoppiness. Slides into piney notes, a bit rougher, keeping nice caramel malts, but adding a nice clear spicy Russian rye bread feel. Hint of nut, even, and some faint woody spices (pepper, faint cinnamon stick, cardamom).
Aftertaste is the sum of all the above, spicy, sweet-ish with overripe fruit and caramel, a bit hoppy bitter. Alcohol nowhere to be found. Medium body, medium carbonation, quite sticky, even more so as it warms.
A greatly balanced American barleywine, sweet and sticky, but also dry and spicy. A nice taste bud trip, great complexity.

Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-02-21 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy dark amber with a 2-finger tan head and great lacing.

S - Toffee, caramel, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, clove and some hop bud.

T - Blast of malt and gardenia perfume. Medium-heavy roasted grain, caramel, toffee, pepper, alcohol heat. Bitterness has a candied orange peel flavor that lingers.

M - Thick body and light carbonation. Substantial, sticky.

O - A very fine American Barleywine. I'm enjoying the difference between this and the Santa vs Unicorn; with this Reaper coming out on top.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the ridiculous brewinc for this bottle. I mean, really? Guy does me a favor by dropping an ’11 BCS on me to fill out a vertical, doesn’t want anything in return, then brings an extra. OFF MY WANTS. WHILE DOING ME A FAVOR. Some people’s children. 22 oz. bottle with Monster Manual artwork split with my wife, batch 525/526.

The pour looks like the picture of an Oud Bruin that I keep stored in my head, a murky reddish paint mix . Middling carbonation that deflates faster than a Patriot’s football. Nose is a nice/odd mix of piney hops, peppery rye, & gooey caramel sweetness. Each time I think of one, that’s what I smell. OK, now thinking of smelling a Powerball win.

Reaper vs. Unicorn is a style I like: anything mixed with rye. This is a fundamentally balanced beer, just like the nose. Caramel, spicy rye, mountain pine hops all come at the throat in roughly equal increments. In the mid-section there’s a bit of citrus & stone fruit, neither of which made their way up my nose. Alcohol shows in the end, along with a growing dose of pine that slowly morphs into palate-frying bitterness. Bigfootesque, but better tasting. Blood thick, I think I’ve cranked down most of my glass in the last six plus minutes; perhaps this is finally the session barleywine to answer my prayers.

This is my fourth Pipeworks beer & only behind Ninja vs. Unicorn (which was fantastic) on the spray graph. That does it. Only Pipeworks brews with mythical horned mammals from now on. The rye & hops & big malts really work here. Very good & trying to ease a nose into excellent territory.

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3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little sweet, but overall excellent barleywine

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, rusty amber red with a thin layer of beige foam.

Lots of rye, tobacco, dark fruit, citrus, and pine.

Candied and caramel malt forward with some citrus, spice, and pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy and very carbonated.

Overall, I wouldn't consider myself a fan of American barleywines, but this one I dug.

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Reaper Vs. Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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