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Imperial Hyper Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Imperial Hyper DogImperial Hyper Dog

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 36
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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Reviews by atomic:
Photo of atomic
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

atomic, Oct 15, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch# 225-226

Appearance: Somewhat of a foamer and, as is often the case with such beers, the initial head is impressive but as the carbonation dies down, subsequent pours are not; so, the fudge brown liquid winds up without much of a head though there are some splashes of lacing

Smell: Sugary coffee tones, with prominent lactose, vanilla and chocolate fudge; some piney undertones

Taste: The sweetness takes over, from the outset, along with fruity coffee tones and an underpinning of vanilla and fudge; some acrid pine tones build, after the swallow, and offset the sweetness of the malt bill

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation (after the initial froth died down)

Overall: There are a number of countervailing elements in this beer and, ultimately, they clash rather than complement one another

brentk56, Sep 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tectactoe, Jun 16, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

mctizzz, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

thaghost, Nov 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

bpfrush, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

NickyT, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JasonGoodfriend, Nov 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of cwehr13
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

cwehr13, Tuesday at 12:33 AM
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4.96/5  rDev +17.5%

Danny_k, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

schmidtmattsays, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Damian74Shensky, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of awakeavast
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

awakeavast, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of markcp
4/5  rDev -5.2%

markcp, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Vonerichs, Nov 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ItsGotaBeUrBull, Nov 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

robotiks, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Jaycase
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Jaycase, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

beersdmf17, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

emerge077, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

blue-dream, Feb 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CRJMellor, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

itracy63, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

LotsofLupulin, Dec 08, 2013
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Imperial Hyper Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.