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Batata Obscura - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KFBR392 on 10-12-2013)
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Appearance: pours with a smooth thickness. Tan head which was mainly present on the edges of the glass. Above average amounts of active carbonation for the style. Some dark brown color around the edges but sit black in the glass.

Smell: a large front of herbal earthy spices. Accents of cinnamon and light airy coconut. There's a light to medium bodied malt backbone. The sweet potatoes aren't too potent but add another layer of depth to the aroma.

Taste: the front is a bright and refreshing coconut. The sweetness of the coconut yields to a earthy sweet potatoes, exotic spices, and smokey malt. There is a lot going on here but everything is pretty well balanced and doesn't fight each other too much.

Mouthfeel: earthy, smooth, and really drinkable.

Overall: this beer is a handful and pipeworks continues to do a great job with different and unique styles. I had the non imperial version of this and it has grown and become a much more balanced brew.

KFBR392, Oct 12, 2013
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The beer comes in a pitch black color.

The aroma has wonderful sweet potato, chocolate, but also lots Christmas spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.

The flavor also has chocolate, but is aggressively sweet potato. Not exactly that Thanksgiving sweet potato flavor, but more of an essence of that flavor. Then lots of spices as well cinnamon and nutmeg.

Something about this beer did not meld well. The potato was prominent, but the beer did not quite work.

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Appearance: A very stout-like pour, with a pitch black liquid capped by a beige head; nice retention and lacing

Smell: Chocolate, sweet potatoes, coconut and a variety of holiday spices

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with the sweet potatoes and coconut adding sweetness, in the middle, along with cinnamon and allspice; a little bit of cinnamon hotness lifts the palate, after the swallow; though the finish brings back the same flavors as the start

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is certainly one of the more creative twists on the style I have seen for quite a while; really enjoyable

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Received as an extra in a trade. Batch 219/220 (10/8/13). Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark dark pour with a quarter inch mocha head that fades to leave a thin wispy halo and light wisps. Not much retention or lacing.

S - Aromas of chocolate, sweet potato, cinnamon. Not much coconut. Definitely smells holiday-esc.

T - Taste is nice chocolatey with some VERY VERY strong sweet potato notes smack dab after it. At first I thought "Okay, its got mild sweet potato notes" and no sooner had I thought that did the beer dump a burlap sack of sweet potatoes into my mouth. The coconut is somewhere between the chocolate and vegetables, offering some light sweetness before being beaten back into submission. The cinnamon is nice and in the background throughout with a strong sweet potato lingering taste on the finish. This...this is fun. At 9.5% it is masked wonderfully.

M - Mouthfeel is very, very lightly carbonated. Not quite flat but pretty damn close. Results in it coming off as thin instead of thick and creamy. That said the alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - So yah, this was a fun beer and possibly one of the more one sided beers I've had in a LONG time. The appearance was mediocre, the nose was lackluster all things considered, and the mouthfeel was pretty bad for the style (only saving grace was how mellow it was on the pallet). The taste though, wowzer did it deliver sweet potato. Easily the greatest representation of sweet potato in a beer out of the dozen+ I've had over the years. Well played Pipeworks, well played.

rudzud, Jan 15, 2014
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Batata Obscura from Pipeworks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.