What Lurks In The Dark - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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What Lurks In The DarkWhat Lurks In The Dark

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ahbithwabm on 11-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by vic21234:
Photo of vic21234
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number reads 238 242 243.

A- Pours black with little to no head. Not much else to say here.

S- Chocolate and coffee is apparent on the nose, as well as an almost licorice-like aroma. Weird.

T- Sweet with notes of chocolate and coffee, as in the smell.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, alcohol noted but not overly apparent.

An average offering from Pipeworks, lesser on the totem pole compared to the other fantastic beers I've had from them.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Inky black color. The head is late-developing and produces a fizzy surface coating for seconds then disappears, leaving behind a handful of large bubbles.

Light aromas of cocoa, roasted malt, and cardboard.

The taste is a little deeper with cocoa, roast, grape soda, and anise. It's has a light tartness about it.

Mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation, borderline flat.

It's the first time I've felt disappointed by a Pipeworks beer. Given their track record, they've earned a mulligan.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #238 242 243 printed on the back label. Another stout from the masters at Pipeworks; expectations are moderately high based on this knowledge.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Aggressive pour conjures about a finger of creamy tan head that goes down to a ring rather quickly. Pours a dark cola brown; opaque black in the glass. Just the faintest bit of spotty lacing, but none of it really sticks. Still, looks good to me.

S - Aroma is of roasted oatmeal, black coffee, and a tart cherry / strawberry cream sort of presence. Not a terribly powerful aroma, but it hits it's mark.

T - Dark and roasty with just the right amount of dark fruity tartness. Chocolate / cocoa, coffee, oatmeal, some malt roast, and some tart cherry juice and creamy strawberry.

M - Feel is fairly smooth and creamy, with some residual cherry tartness / stickiness lingering on the palate.

Overall, another wonderful stout from Pipeworks; I think I tend to enjoy their stouts the best. While it clearly isn't the greatest stout they've ever brewed, it is certainly well worthwhile, and a worthy addition to the Pipeworks family. I would definitely have it again.

Pipeworks What Lurks In The Dark ---4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clearish brown when pouring, two finger brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, some oats, coffee isn't really there.

T-Starts with roasted malt, tad bit of chocolate and oats. that is about it. Not much else.

M-Medium in body, slightly watery, not much carbonation. Some alcohol heat.

O-Not sure that this beer needed to be over 10%, Pipeworks makes some amazing beers but this one is only ok. But glad I was able to try it, always love Pipeworks stuff.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a shaker pint glass.

Who knows what darkness lurks in the hearts of beer drinkers? Anyway, this stuff pours a dark midnight sienna topped by a finger of wan sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, light coffee, and a hint of treacle. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a touch of toasted oats. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a somewhat thick-ish feel. Overall, a pretty solid stout, nothing to write home about, but I could see drinking this again.

Photo of mychalg9
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber because I've heard good things about this one...

Nothing about this beer is great, or even good. Pour was flat...virtually no head despite a hard pour. Smells slightly sour. Tastes like blueberries for some reason, was that intentional? Mouthfeel is thin. Pipeworks is very hit or miss for me lately. I still give them the benefit of the doubt but my confidence in buying a random beer from them is waning fast.

Photo of KFBR392
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a dark brown color but sits black in the glass. Little head on the pour and no head retention while drinking. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The front is a sweet aroma of plentiful oatmeal and slight vanilla, cherry and coconut. Coffee is clearly picked up with medium to mild bodied roasted malt. Oatmeal shines through but is kept grounded by the heavier coffee tones.

Taste: The front is huge tones of bright oatmeal and milk chocolate. Fruity tones of cherry, plums, and purple grapes. Creamy dairy and vanilla tastes picked up in the body. Some light roasted malt is picked up but not a major player. Finish is somewhat faint with the biggest characteristic being coffee.

Mouthfeel: Is not overly memorable on the palate. Leaves me wanting more.

Overall: A below average offering from Pipeworks. Light mouthfeel without any memorable aromas or tastes. Needed a bigger malt body in my opinion. And non traditional additive flavors are not impressive enough to make up for lack of traditional flavors. Comes off more as a really sweet stout.

Photo of homebrew311
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Local Option. Pour yields a dark black with no head to speak of. Brown highlights at the edges. The nose start with roasted notes followed by dark fruits and mild chocolate. The roast isn't quite as prominent as I'd expect for an imperial oatmeal stout. Taste starts with chocolate paired with dark fruits. Mild tartness is in the middle along with notes of dark cherries, berries, carob, and cocoa. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for style, light carbonation. Overall, this was a slight disappointment for me (which is relative considering Pipeworks has set up some pretty high expectations for me). Perhaps the beer is still a bit green, but sweet fruity notes get in the way of the chocolate and roast thing that is going on.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Oneinchaway for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Batch # 238 242 243.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is interesting but the fruity presence comes across somewhat weird.

Photo of bschinelli
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very little head on the pour, dropping quickly into a mocha ring around the glass. It's a really dark, opaque black. The color was what I liked best.

S - I picked up some oats, coffee and malt, but it's really faint. I thought the aroma was the weakest of any of the Pipeworks stouts.

T - Roasted malt, faint dark chocolate, a little cherry.

M - I get the effervescence on the tongue, nice coffee like body. A lot of residual bitterness on the back of the throat.

O - Pretty good beer, I'd drink it again. Could use more in the aroma, though.

Photo of agwalters
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This thing is just a pleasure. I'm always a fan of Pipeworks beers, but came in with very little expectations for this one as I think Imperial Oatmeal Stouts tend to be a tough style to execute on properly. This though? Is delicious. SCARY drinkable for 10.5%

The best part of this is the fact that I can detect a variety of dark fruits in the flavor profile, giving it almost a bramble-like quality. Really excellent brew that shouldn't be left sitting on a shelf if you see it.

Photo of Guas11
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Excellent Imperial porter with creamy mouthfeel that is bursting with chocolate, coffee and roasted flavor. Love how it looks sitting midnight black in my tulip. Aroma is wonderful as well....thoroughly enjoyable. Salute

Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black and moderate thick. Head is tan in color, half a finger and retains nicely.

Smell is great. Rich roasted malt overlays deep dark fruit, mainly blackberry and prune aromas and a mild oat presence.nice balance and a fair amount of booze near the end.

Taste follows the nose with some rich chocolate malt Forward along with some mild blackberries and a light creamy oat flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Heavy body works well with the creaminess from the oats. Mild carbonation leaves this a great sipping beer

What Lurks In The Dark from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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