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Imperial Hyper Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Imperial Hyper DogImperial Hyper Dog

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.4%

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Hyper Dog has gone supernova, in the milkiest way! We've sent the classic Hyper Dog over the moon with more malt, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee in this imperialized spacecraft beer. Just liftoff the cap, and enjoy this universally delicious, far-out brew.

(Beer added by: atomic on 10-15-2013)
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Photo of gueuzedreg


4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark black with no transparency. Little head with lots of retention leading to a medium ring of lacing around the glass.

S- Great, but the worst part of this beer. Just really malty. Chocolate, dark fruits/fig. Pretty good on S. Waaaay better than the non-imperial.

T- Again, waaay better than the non-imperial. Crazy malty, not a great thing. Chocolate, mild dark fruit.

M- Pretty thick for a imperial. Not as thick as the most, but thicker than the unpleasing thinner RIS.

O- This is so much better than the non-imperial. Def go for this over the latter.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:25:24 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of homebrew311


3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Half Acre snifter. Appearance is a deep dark brown with a thin collar of brown head and almost no retention. The first thing I pick up on the nose is sweetness from the milk sugar with notes of caramel and burnt sugar. Notes of cocoa and vanilla come through. Not getting too much coffee on the nose. Taste is sweet and features more caramel notes followed by strong dark chocolate character. The dark chocolate then develops into a deep roast along with some coffee flavors. The finish has lingering roasted barley and cream countered with a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. Overall, there is something that isn't quite working for me in this beer and I think it is the level of sweetness imparted by the milk sugar. This seems to overshadow the influence from the coffee. I could see this beer really hitting the mark if the coffee were a bit more elevated.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:29:52 | More by homebrew311
Photo of Vonerichs


4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with mahogany around the edges. Light tan surface carbonation. But little head.

Sweet cocoa and vanilla aromas. Light roast coffee. The lactose sweetness is evident.

It tastes like tiramisu. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Finishes as a root beer float.

It's super soft and smooth. Heavy body and the 10.5% abv is extremely well masked. High drinkability for such a big beer.

It's a beefed up yet still drinkable sweet stout. It's heavy and rich but I had no problem knocking back a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 02:41:26 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of emerge077


4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, inky black with a thin layer of mocha tinged tan foam, that dissipated quickly. Just a thin ring around the edges of the glass, not much head or lace in the glass.

Nice rich coffee and chocolate aromas. Reminds me of Founders KBS/FBS.

Coffee dominates the taste, a little bit of roasty bitterness and a shade of alcohol heat. Chocolatey aftertaste, rich and slightly sweet up front but finishes nicely bitter yet smooth. Light to medium bodied, substantial and creamy. The vanilla is subtle, but it's a nice combo overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:10:40 | More by emerge077
Photo of MetricOcean


4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really excited to give this one a shot. Smooth coffee flavor, coffee isn't acidic or bitter. Sweet and silky, comes across as a bit oily and under carbonated but for a milk stout it works. The finish is a lingering chocolatey sweetness. There is a bit of roastiness to temper the sweet, but not much. ABV really hides in this! Cold press coffee, Milk Chocolate, Dates, Raisins, and a hint of pipe smoke. 83/100

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 00:53:24 | More by MetricOcean
Photo of KFBR392


4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium body. Some dark brown color is picked up but sit pitch black in the glass. Zero carbonation. Very slight head on the pour.

Smell: The front is the vanilla beans and cacao nibs. A milk chocolate presence is prevalent instead of a more traditional dark chocolate. Medium bodied roasted coffee lingers on the back end. Milky smoothness rides out this brew.

Taste: Huge front of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Its really sweet but kept in check with the heavy coffee accents. Those coffee accents ride through to the body and take on a more roasted malt feeling. The milky accents pick up on the finish and leave the palate with a creamy feeling.

Mouthfeel: Outstandingly drinkable, no alcohol burn, a top notch stout for easy drinking. Palate is challenged with so many flavor but melts together well.

Overall: Pipeworks really loves making milk stouts. This one is the best one I have had from them so far. Tons of complexity from all the accents they listed. So good.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 04:22:39 | More by KFBR392
Photo of Fcolle2


4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 225-226

Pours jet black and sold in color with a thin half finger head that has good retention. consistency looks thick like molasses.

Smell is great. Loads of fresh coffee aromas and along with a huge creamy chocolate richness from the cacao and vanilla. Malt compliments the richness of cacao coffee and vanilla nicely.

Taste is awesome. Follows the nose with huge rich creamy chocolate and coffee. Dessert in a glass, mild to moderate sweetness along with the creamy feel from the lactose sugar and vanilla balances nicely with the bitterness from the roasted malt, coffee and cacao.

Mouthfeel is great. Huge body from the lactose sugar and stick sweet feel. Small bubble Carbonation is mild help give the beer a velvety feel keeping it highly drinkable.

Overall this is an awesome milk stout. Possibly my favorite of the dog series.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 02:55:03 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of Jaycase


4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #s 225-226

a: none more black. very small tan head that recedes to an even smaller head and only around the glass at that

s: dark chocolate and coffee primarily.

t: Coffee and then some coffee followed by some coffee. No but seriously coffee dominates here. It's good coffee flavor, not charred starbux™. But as it warms the coffee dominance recedes ever so slightly to waves of chocolate which surround a dinghy of vanilla. One can catch an occasional glimpse of the dinghy from shore but eventually the chocolate ocean envelopes it to nothingness.

m: Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is spot on. Body is suitable.

o: Highly drinkable for the abv. Definite recommendation for coffee flavored stout fans. The best of the dog/jones dog milk stout series thus far imo. Well done Pipeworks.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:52:37 | More by Jaycase
Photo of awakeavast


4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pitch black. Dark tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Basically a mocha.

T: Coffee and more coffee. Bittersweet chocolate and some sweetness to finish up. Vanilla was harder to find. No taste from the alcohol. Very drinkable beer, and deceptively so.

M: Perfectly smooth and creamy. Not overly thick, but enough body to remind you it's a stout.

O: Coffee. This is pretty much coffee with hidden alcohol. I love it, and if you like coffee stouts, this is right up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 15:38:18 | More by awakeavast
Photo of atomic


4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Serving type, Pipeworks snifter

A: All beer is beautiful, this one is pitch black with almost no head.

S: Mostly coffee, with some chocolate sneaking in there.

T: At first, it was all coffee. So much coffee I thought I should reach for some creamer. As it warmed up, I tasted some dark fruit flavors; black currants, raisins, plums. Moderately sweet, but not cloying. The extra dose of coffee might be a hit with those who thought the Hyper Dog was too sweet. Don't feel like I taste as much vanilla as I did with the original, might be because the coffee overpowers the vanilla, or maybe there's just less of it. No sign of this being north of 10% either.

M: Not as thick as I expected. I was expecting this to pour like Ten-Fidy (motor oi) but this pours more like actual coffee. Makes this beer dangerously drinkable. Slight bite from the carbonation on your tongue, and a lingering warmth from the alochol on the back of the throat.

O: Great brew, might need some more vanilla to balance the coffee and really make this a show stopper. For a coffee lover, this is an absolute must try. I'd avoid it if you don't like coffee.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 06:24:31 | More by atomic
Imperial Hyper Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.