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Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here! - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here!Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here!

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237 Ratings
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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 58
Gots: 46 | FT: 5
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Norseman on 10-29-2013

"Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not Mr. Regular Stout. You're Mr. Regular Stout. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, White Stout, or uh, Milk Stout, or El White Russian Imperial Stouterino if you're not into the whole brevity thing." We aged this White Russian inspired white stout with cacao nibs, vanilla bean and cold pressed ipsento coffee. The beverage at the end of this process is beer that could turn anyone concerned with style categories into a nihilist. It is amber in color but has aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and sweet malt. Delicious now or to cellar until Walter agrees to roll on shabbas (and that will be a while).
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Photo of Vonerichs
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cream soda colored body. Hazy. Not much head and what does exist is clumpy and looks like pond scum.

Nice smells of cream and coffee, chocolate mousse, root beer. Sweet aromas.

The taste is vanilla, fresh cut wood, white chocolate, and a strange musky cologne finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, decent carbonation.

Quite a perplexing beer to review. Nothing is conventional for the style but makes sense with what they're going for. The components are lackluster individually but a fun beer as a whole. This dude abides.

Photo of NSXAG
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As good as the movie!!

Photo of larryarms847
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rust orange-yellow with a thick and frothy finger of off-white foam.

Vanilla, cocoa, roasted coffee, and cream.

Heavy combination of vanilla and cacao, sweet lactose/cream, and some slight roasted coffee bitterness.

Medium-bodied, light-medium carbonation, soft, sweet, silky smooth.

I love white Russians and this certainly does not stand up to the name, but is definitely unique and very smooth.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch # 299 - 302 printed on the label. Another new beer to me from Pipeworks, this one proclaiming itself to be a "white stout", which will be another first for me. I have no idea what to expect, but I have great faith in Pipeworks' abilities.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Appearance is definitely not that of a traditional stout, that's for sure. Almost more of a heavy DIPA / pumpkin ale type of appearance. About one finger of soapy doughy off-white head. I suppose you could argue that it has a thick, heavy appearance, thus earning it stout status.

S - Smell is strange and unique, but pleasant. Up front is some musty yeast funk, then followed by gourdy buttery diacetyl, some grain, cream, toffee, some nuttiness, & beautiful freshly ground coffee beans on the finish. Not really picking up any of the vanilla or the cacao nibs, but it smells nice.

T - Taste is spot on equivalent to that of one of Pipeworks' darker colored chocolate milk stouts. Smooth and creamy vanilla & cacao nibs blend together in perfect harmony with the sticky milky creamy lactose sugar. Caramel. A bit of nuttiness. Authentic freshly made cold coffee on the finish. Sweet and delicious.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with lots of stickiness from the lactose sugars stuck to my lips, but the mouthfeel is mostly clean. Full bodied with appropriate low carbonation.

Overall, I was uncertain as to how this would turn out, but I have to say I was impressed. There isn't a trace of the high 10.50% abv here at all. This thing is dangerously delicious and drinkable. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here! ---4/5.

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man. This was good.
A smooth cacao and milk vanilla flavor backing off into a mild roast of coffee satisfaction. Really a light amber, deep gold color, and rather clear; with perhaps a subtle haze. The nose was not one I will comment much on. Something you just pass by. Maybe a butter, or some limpid contest of the aforementioned sort of working it out and the coffee is going along with all of it. But get on into it. Nice sipper of a beer that might just get put down too easily.
Good one and done, share it with the friends for the night. Very approachable; friendly and could also be a very food needy kind of companion.
Great beer though.

Photo of Barnoloid
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This reminds me of an iced vanilla latte - sweet with a cloying quality to it. This is the only white stout I have had and at first the appearance does take you aback. If you like milk stouts then this is a must try - if only for the curiosity level.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.94/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Does not taste like a white russian. Too much banana ester and cloying belgian sweetness.

Photo of rpmetzler
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Light for a stout, but delicious. Excellent flavor of vanilla and coffee, with a creamy texture. Sweet and satisfying.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liking what this brewery is doing, having a fun time with the naming of the beers, but not just making it a gimic (like some other unnamed breweries), and they're making great beer to go with it. Just in time for a good New Years Eve beer. This one being an homage to one of my fav movies, a white Russian like clone. F*ck it dude, let's go bowling.

Batch 233-234. Thanks to oN3xM (Reddit).

Pours a small fizzy head with little lacing and some decent legs on the side of the glass, semi clear but a little hazy darker cranberry mahogany colored beer.

Nose is interesting, starting with tons of fresh coffee, freshly roasted and ground coffee grinds, fresh roasty coffee a little earthy and nutty coffee mostly. Then a chocolate aroma, light cocoa and dark chocolate, little lactose with the milk chocolate aroma, into plenty of vanilla, very vanilla like like the vanilla beans were aged in it for a while. Background aromas bring a little caramel and nutty malts, I think a bit of oats as well, little oatmeal smell. But mostly is the fresh roasted ground coffee beans.

Taste starts creamy with chocolate actually, cocoa nibs and baker's chocolate, but not a bitter dark chocolate, a little lactose flavor to go with it and a mik chocolate as well as chocolate milk. Then vanilla, lots of vanilla almost as if vanilla extract was poured directly into it. Coffee is plenty too but not quite as dominant as the nose had, again that freshly roasted and ground coffee grinds, cold extracted I believe since I don't get that acrid flavor or tannic notes from the coffee, and no burnt flavors at all but perhaps the coffee was a little over roasted. The coffee is a little nutty and earthy, and goes with the malt characters which bring a little nuttiness, and mild some creamy oat flavors and big chewy center. Mild warming booze comes through but not that much. All the flavors combine to a somewhat White Russian character, mostly the vanilla, lactose and cocoa nibs, as the coffee gets a little too earthy and roasty and strong, but still pretty tasty. Finish is a little creamy and that sticky dry lactose sugar feel as well, mild bitter coffee grinds lingering and more vanilla and creamy lactose.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, fairly creamy between the lactose and oats, mild warming booze, little sticky lactose, lighter carb but they probably wanted that for the whole White Russian drink feel.

Overall pretty good, all the flavors combine to a nice White Russian like flavor, although the coffee was a bit too strong but tasty, the oats and lactose made a nice creamy cream feel, coffee and cocoa nibs for the kahlua, and overall beer was a nice big flavorful drink that was enjoyable, and even the beer blended in nicely.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Yeah, Jonny-Cakes should be here for a stout flavored after his favorite mixed drink, but VDubb will do. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of faded khaki foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, cocoa powder, hazelnut liquor, light heavy cream (heh, I made a funny), and a touch of caramelized sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, that odd Disoronno flavor really confusing me. Shouldn't there be some sort of coffee flavor here? Or maybe more roast? Dammit, Pipeworks, I love you guys, but you really confuse me sometimes! The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, not a bad stout, really, but the attempt at recreating White Russian flavors just don't seem to work out for me, leading instead to some strange hazelnut marzipan-like nonsense and a nearly complete disregard for stout-ness. But that's just, like, my opinion, man...

Photo of KFBR392
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a light body. The color is definitely not what I was expecting from the description, as the beer is a light brown color with a muddy red hue. Carbonation is low on the pour and active in the glass while drinking. (On the bottle of the label it does describe itself as a white stout so I guess it checks out)

Smell: The coffee and vanilla jump out right away. The coffee comes off with a pleasant sweetness and the cacao nibs certainly add to the bright tones. Toffee, caramel, and lightly roasted malt are present as well. Bright sweetness through and through.

Taste: A lightly roasted caramel coffee hits the palate first. That yields to a huge body of medium bodied chocolate and creamy vanilla. Surprising amount of refreshing accents of coconut and bright malt. Has many of the heavier tones of a big stout while being light and complex as well.

Mouthfeel: The low carbonation creates an extremely drinkable brew which goes down too quickly.

Overall: Pipeworks seems to love these additive heavy stouts and this is one of the better ones so far. Every drink seems to bring out different accents of this brew. Love the coffee and cacao aspects with everything being a great supplementary player.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Tyler for this one!

A: Pours a hazed dark amber color with a creamy half finger tan head. The head dies fairly quickly, but leaves a heavy ring of tightly grouped bubbles.

S: Not very strong at all. Was hoping for a touch more here. Day old coffee and some vanilla. Kahlua in there as well, so we're creeping into the white russian range. A bit of cream as well, but everything is pretty faint.

T: Definitely better than the smell. Chocolate milk right away with a lot of cream, vanilla, custard and light roast coffee. A touch of burnt coffee grounds and roasted malt on the finish. A pretty difficult task to take on, but I think they did pretty well with this. Glad I got to try this.

Photo of homebrew311
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A white russian imperial stout? Sign me up! Poured into snifter... step one, is beer light in color? Check. Appears a moderate copper tone with nice clarity. Ring of white head forms and leaves a tiny bit of lacing. By far the lightest colored stout I've witnessed. Step two... does it smell like a stout? Check. Notes of caramel, cacao, cream, coffee, and vanilla all come through. Notes of burnt sugar linger throughout. Not getting the depth of roast that I would expect in an imperial stout, but the combo of vanilla, coffee, and cacao imply sweet stout. Alright, step 3... does it taste like a stout? Check...ish. Up front I get notes of coffee and cacao which give you the implication that you are drinking a stout. This is quickly taken over by a heavy sweetness. Cream, vanilla, and caramel dominate through the end of the palate. The finish is incredibly sweet, almost too sweet for my enjoyment. A dessert beer for sure. Step 4... does it feel like a stout? Not so much. While this is no light bodied beer, it just doesn't take on the viscosity that I love so much in big stouts. Carbonation is spot on, mild to moderate. Overall, this is a fun beer. While it's not something I would seek out for repeated tries, it was worth the experience. I dig the Big Lebowski reference and I love the ambition of Pipeworks.

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Points for originality in terms of appearance, but I didn't get any cacao or vanilla. Just a lingering sweetness.

Photo of koutkid41
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice mahogany dark red color with some head that fades somewhat quickly, nice looking white stout.

S: Nice sweet coffee aroma with some faint vanilla and cocoa. Definitely can tell its a milk stout.

T: Sweet upfront, something I expected. Really nice milky sweetness. Get some of the coffee and alcohol upfront then some of the vanilla.

M: Creamy and medium bodied, easy to drink.

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been waiting a while to crack this one. Received in a trade. Batch 233-234

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear mahogany hue with a fizzy head that faded almost immediately to a thin halo.

S - Aromas of bright, fresh coffee. Good bean notes followed by some dark chocolate. Nice milk notes thanks to the lactose and some flashes of vanilla.

T - Taste is relatively sweet up front. There is a fair amount of chocolate here and caramel. Milky notes, sweet lactose sugars. Loads of vanilla here. I see what they were going for here. Coffee notes, light chocolate, tad heavy on the vanilla. Alcohol is hidden nicely. This tastes like a white russian, that was heavy on the milk and light on the vodka.

M - Mouthfeel is nice creamier than I figured it would be. Pretty drinkable.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer. Guess its harder to nail this profile than I thought. All the elements are there just wish they were in different degrees. Still, not a bad beer and quite drinkable.

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I had to suffer through many stupid quotes from that stupid movie over the years, so I'm hoping this Beverage makes me more kindly disposed towards the whole dumb thing. Oh, & thanks to incubuscience for this extra in a recent trade.

Pour is definitely not what you expect in a stout; I went back to double-check the style. Yup, milk stout. Huh. This looks like a sunburnt IPA, but thicker. Caramel & vanilla are the two things that come up nose-wise, & that's never a bad thing.

Hey, Careful Man, There's a Beverage Here! tastes like my twelve year old's room looks: a bloody damn mess. Huge notes of vanilla & caramel up front, perhaps the most caramel I've ever tasted in a beer; get Kraft's lawyers on the horn. Lactose & coffee do a light-brigade charge hard on their heels, & chaos ensues. No chocolate to be found, but I think the blender somehow spun it into the caramel I'm getting all the way to my back hairs. Creamy thickness is a strength, giving the beer a long chewiness that lingers.

A noble experiment that indeed has echoes of the infamous White Russian (which I was too poor to drink when I wanted to drink that kind of thing), but ultimately this is a scalding mess of a beer. Still, interesting, pretty good, & certainly worth sampling.

Photo of joe1510
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber
$10.99
S&A Liquor - Crest Hill, IL

"The Dude abides" ... Too obvious?

Walter: You want a toe? I can get you a toe, believe me. There are ways, Dude. You don't wanna know about it, believe me.
The Dude: Yeah, but Walter...
Walter: Hell, I can get you a toe by 3 o'clock this afternoon... with nail polish. These fucking amateurs...

A White Russian Imperial Stout... Interesting. It's certainly a hell of a lot paler than a regular imperial stout, garnet to be more precise. The pour had a Guinness waterfall effect with a dirty white head that slowly gathered to a finger in height then abruptly fell to a skim coat and ring. Carbonation crawls up the glass and suggests this beer may be a little on the sweet side.

Hmm... Coffee and hazelnut creamer are the first things that jump to mind. The coffee grows with some warming and tendrils of smoke make themselves known. A touch of booze and is that...butterscotch? If it is butterscotch it's faint and unpredictable. The malt base is more deeply toasted than it is roasted. Sort of White Russian, I suppose. It is boozy like a White Russian but more drying than off putting.

This beer drinks nothing like I expected. It's basically a huge, heavily toasted, not roasted, red ale. Easy going coffee and sturdy but well integrated hazelnut creamer make up the middle. The toast runs throughout and there's a little greenness I'd rather not be involved. Some booziness lingers on the finish with some vapors.

The body isn't as sweet as I expected, which is nice. The weight is north of medium but never reaches heavy. There's not a lot of feel to the body, it's just sort of there. The finish is semi-dry with lingering boozy fumes.

Interesting concept and good marketing make me happy I've tried this beer. I would have rather drank an actual White Russian but I digress. It's an odd concoction, more of a heavily toasted red with coffee and creamer, stiff on the booze. After rereading that last sentence I suppose they hit their mark. Whatever you do, don't fuck with the Jesus!

"8 year olds, Dude"

Photo of PHBoiler
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber/burgundy color with no head at all and minimal bubbles. You can pick up the vanilla, coffee, and booze on the nose. The taste is somewhere between a boozy stout and barleywine. Very different and interesting "blonde" stout. It certainly hits on the flavors present in a white russian and the booze is very upfront. Nice warming winter beer. Very inventive and interesting beer that's worth a try, but not quite something I need a lot more of.

Photo of Florida9
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

[Insert obligatory Big Labowski reference here]

A: Well we're certainly starting off a bit differently here...Color is chestnut brown. Clear. Forms a smallish head that doesn't bother sticking around for long. Poor retention. No lacing. Appears flat.

S: Aroma is fairly pleasant. Moderately sweetness. Vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate and toffee. Turns alcoholic as it warms.

T: Taste is different as well. Again, there is a moderate sweetness. Somewhat nutty, with caramel-candy-like notes. Chocolate, vanilla, and some very light (almost nonexistent) coffee notes. Gets a bit more alcoholic as it warms.

M: Full bodied and incredibly smooth. Lower carbonation levels - practically flat. Very little bitterness.

O: Well if the bottle didn't explicitly say it, I'd say this beer doesn't know what it's trying to be. I have a hard time comprehending it as a milk stout and even harder time trying to comprehend it as anything approaching a White Russian. It's not that it's a bad beer, but I just don't feel like they've replicated, mimicked, or given tribute to the White Russian and I can say I wasn't overly impressed.

Photo of mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it while watching The Big Lebowski.
Second time for both.
Enjoyed them more this time around.

Photo of Norseman
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a brown ale, described as a milk stout, smells of toffee and coffee. Very interesting brew to say the least. May be the first White Russian Imperial Milk Stout on the market. Very low carbonation but it doesn't need fizz. Definitely has an alcohol warmth to slight burn, also a hint of burnt vanilla.

Had to get this one not only due to Pipeworks genius and creativity, but I'm a huge Big Lebowski fan. Wish I could be bowling right now with Walter, Donnie and the Dude.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep mahogany in color with light brown tints. Head is very thin and dissipate rather quickly.

Smell is great, deep aromas of fresh coffee, semi sweet dark chocolate and rich vanilla all mesh to give this a great rich roasted dessert like aroma.

Taste is great coffee and vanilla is forward and is lightly sweet off the bat but the sweetness fades into some rich cacao and a caramel and moderately roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is great. thick but not unbelievably thick like you would expect for a RIS. Carbonation is really light but the not overly thick body keeps this highly drinkable for a RIS.

Overall this was great. I had no idea what to expect from a white RIS. Super rich brew, but better then the dog series in my opinion. Extra kudos on creativity.

Photo of Kraty1
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not as good as I remember

Photo of Ncpogs
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pipeworks is such a cool brewery; and I love anytime there's a Big Lebowski tie-in. This was a really interesting and very different type of beer, but strongly recommended.

For being a stout, it had a bit of an amber tint to it and didn't appear very dark.

There was a really cool marriage for vanilla and coffee flavors that gave it the creamy White Russian taste. I thought it was very smooth considering it's 10.5 ABV, and you got nice hints of toffee and caramel and chocolate along the way in addition to the vanilla/milk.

Just another great beer by P-dubs and one people should try if you're looking for these experimental stouts.

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