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Barrel Aged The Jones Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 334
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 177
Gots: 92 | FT: 13
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-08-2013

The first batch of Imperial Jones Dog we ever brewed found its way into some Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace barrels for 10 months and we are sure glad it did. The imperial milk stout brewed with cacao nibs and vanilla beans came out of the barrel with wonderful notes of bourbon, oak, barrel char, vanilla, coconut, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Delicious now or good to cellar in a temperature controlled environment.
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Photo of KevSal
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 bomber

Holy smokes! This is fantastic! Reminds me a lot of 4 hands volume 1. Vanilla is huge. I honestly prefer how well the vanilla integrates in this beer than vanilla rye

Highly recommend! (202 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat thin, but a milky smooth dark brown with a thin layer of light brown foam to top it.

Huge vanilla aroma that hits immediately, chocolate, spices, and bourbon.

The cacao bean is much more noticeable in flavor as the chocolate flavor takes front stage, while a creamy vanilla sweetness emerges and is washed out with slightly spicy but warming bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, creamy smooth, sweet, bourbon warmth.

Overall, a truly fantastic brew, I would love to see this released more often! (519 characters)

Photo of RMelyon
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good. I'm not a fan of the base beer, and the barrel certainly improved things here. But, I got too much heat/sour grape rind flavor for my liking. Thankfully I have a bottle at home, so maybe in two years this brew will have improved. (242 characters)

Photo of lefty418
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this month's ago waiting to open it for my birthday. The day finally came and it poured beautifully. It smelled amazing and when I took a sip it didn't disappoint. a great beer. (189 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

original rating, no review, at Goose Island Stout Fest. Updated on 7/19/15

22 ounce bottle, batch #403-404 into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours almost black, thick looking. Only a very small head when warm, no lacing. Holy crap, this smells incredible. Intense Bourbon, strong vanilla and oak; also a solid malt aroma. Taste also leads with Bourbon, but not excessively so. Stronger vanilla than the nose, more malts, still a good amount of oak. Getting some chocolate now, as well. Delicious. Very smooth, somewhat creamy- more than a typical BBA, a real tongue coater.

I'm an unabashed Pipeworks fan, but this one is truly something special. Intense, flavorful, balanced. This rates with the established leaders of the style. For what it's worth, I had a 2014 KBS right after this, and this was clearly better. Good Dog..... (836 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with a thin, dark brown head. Just a little bit of lacing. Smell is complex, with a strong vanilla and oak character, and hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Taste was semi-sweet chocolate and some hints of coffee, followed by a strong vanilla wave concluding in an oaky alcohol burn. A little bit thin for a 13% stout, but the taste definitely lingers and coats the tongue. This definitely lived up to its billing. An outstanding barrel aged stout. (466 characters)

Photo of mschrei
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had over forty of Pipeworks' beers.
This may not be my favorite, but it was the best.
Damn glad I was able to get it at an independent store, as the big box chain in the area didn't have it when I called at 2 but somehow got it and sold out by 3:15 the same afternoon. (273 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up in a trade and poured into a stubbed tulip glass.
Pours dark mahogany/almost black with a nice tan head, good retention and minor amounts of lace. Aroma is sweet rye whiskey, chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Flavor follows aroma - a lot of whiskey, chocolate and vanilla, some sweetness on the back end but finishes dry and boozy - very well balanced - absolutely phenomenal. Mellow carbonation, medium-bodied with some heat and dryness on the finish. (462 characters)

Photo of Zaximus
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 209

12oz into HotD tulip

Moderate pour leaves extremely thin head. Quiet. Dark. Opaque.

I get virtually nothing off the nose.

Taste however is unexpected. Sweet. Smooth. Dark fruit and vanilla. Not a lot of barrel character. Finished with s slight alcohol burn. Quite enjoyable really.

Would definitely seek this out again and as it warms I'm thinking I may have rated it a bit low. (393 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent barrel aged chocolate stout. Pours dark with a good, light touch of carbonation. Upon opening a wave of bourbon from the Buffalo Trace barrels hits you with a huge boozy aroma. This is a beer to serve at room temperature, where the chocolate and vanilla notes can be felt the best. Outstanding, and worth every penny. (338 characters)

Photo of dknutsen
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Batch #209, sticker on side said 66657, 12 oz bottle poured into snifter. Really skeptical going into this, my second Pipeworks beer, after the harrowing Citra Ninja encounter. Fortunately I was pleasantly surprised.

A: Pours black with a bit of head that disappeared pretty quickly. Looks good.

S: Nose has a lots of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and a bit of -- this may be weird but -- that sting as if you stuck your face right in a bag of cocoa powder and took a big whiff. It's not necessarily unpleasant but made me think the taste might be a weird artificial cocoa. Fortunately that was not the case...

T: The taste follows the nose but instead of the harsh powdered cocoa it’s nice and smooth milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and roasty malts, basically in that order. The aftertaste, like other milk stouts, is a nice chocolate milk with a bit of bourbon as well. Yum! It gets even better as it warms. There's a bit of alcohol heat but that's expected with a >10% beer and overall it's masked pretty well.

M: creamy and full, very nice.

O: I went into this with low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. As I was sipping this I saw that it won an award at FoBAB, so that's cool too. Hopefully my next pdubs experience will be like this one. (1,268 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; the second bottling of the same beer. Poured into a snifter 9/29/2014.

A- Dark brown body, not much head or lacing. Pretty straightforward in terms of appearance. [3.75]

S- Chocolate, lactose, bourbon, oak, vanilla bean, a little bit of roast. Smells great, very clean with nice complexity and sweetness. [4.25]

F- Lactose, cocoa, vanilla, roast malt, milk chocolate, plenty of clean bourbon that integrates well with the beer rather than overwhelming the different adjuncts and the base beer. [4.25]

M- On the thinner end of medium, undercarbonated, but a pleasant combination of bourbon and adjuncts make this a nice sipper; there is definitely a decent bit of heat on this. Definitely worth splitting a bottle with other folks. [3.75]

O- Very nice offering from Pipeworks, this is certainly a very good, but not quite excellent, bourbon barrel aged stout. [4] (880 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 6/6/14

Thin black pour with little head. Aroma is all bourbon. Most whiskey smelling beers I've ever smelled. Taste is milky chocolate with a lot of bourbon. Very good, but very strong. (200 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle (batch #209) poured into snifter. Although this bottle says aged in BT barrels, I was talking to Bobby at Durty Nellies Spring beerfest (2014) right before this was released and they were sampling it - and he said it was actually aged in Heaven Hill barrels. Breaking this bad boy out for the Bears first game of the season!

A - aggressive pour yield a few cm head, mocha colored, which settled quickly, almost no lacing. beer is a black color, almost reminds me of cola
S - oh yeah that great aroma of a BBA Stout that I love - sweetness, vanilla, bourbon
T - coffee, milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla
M - SOooo smooth, i love it. on the heavier side of medium bodied, lower carb. actually finishes a bit hot which I like.
O - outstanding BA stout. this is perfect for a late summer Sunday afternoon watching football. only wish I was able to get more than one =( (882 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark dark brown with a half finger brown head that left quickly.
Aroma is so luxurious. Milk chocolate, dark fruits, some toffee and bourbon. Also a sweet smell.
Taste is dark fruit/toffee/caramel with slight chocolate and big big bourbon up front. Then the back end hits you with just enough roasted coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium and doesn't have that long lingering flavor.
That's the only thing about this beer I guess that's not perfect.
The beer leaves a delicious sweet sticky film on my lips.
So grateful to be able to try this.
Take jones dog to the promised land! (597 characters)

Photo of Hesscabob
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared botte.

A - Murky, brown, hardly any light could penetrate.

S - Dark fruits, malty, hopped up, sugars.

T - Smooth taste with hops and malt all in balance. Even for a young beer this BA version was practically ready to drink ASAP.

M - Sublte carbonation as to not overtake the pleasant smooth trail of malt backbone.

O - Quite delicious, wish I had one to age because it wouldve mellowed out a little and blended everything together. Perfect amount of time in the barrels, well done. (493 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 209

Pours thick dark viscous black in color with a thin fizzy film of a head that disappears rather quickly.

Smell has some decadent rich caramel and toffee aromas along with a bourbon soaked raisin sweet aroma and lightly tart dark red cherry aroma.Tons of vanilla tannins and barrel notes are balanced along side some light roasted marshmellow, and bourbon notes.

Taste follows the nose with a big caramel and toffee sweetness hitting the palat first along side some fig and date flavors. Loads of vanilla tannin and toasted marshmellow come out along with some oak barrel and bourbon flavors,roasted malt, a walnut like nutty flavor and moderate amounts alcohol in the finish. Super tastey.

Mouthfeel is really rich and creamy, a nice sipping beer. Completely costs the mouth with sticky sweet goodness. (816 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a jet black color and has extreme opacity with a very thick texture. A thin but taut khaki head rises that has decent retention and leaves some spotted lace behind. The aroma is wonderful, plenty of vanilla bean, lots of toasted coconut, lots of earthy wood with light bourbon, chocolate is bittersweet and brings out both a light roast quality and some hazelnuts. It's very complex but easily approachable and inviting. The flavors are just as impressive, massive coconut presence with some strong vanilla, chocolate, hazelnut, bourbon, charred wood with a bit of chalkiness in small doses. The body is a bit lighter than I expected, very silky and it coats the mouth well while the finish is delicate and smooth.

Verdict: An absolute stunner from Pipeworks. A textbook example of improving upon a base beer using barrels, adds not only complexity but depth. The balance of flavors is wonderful, everything in harmony, both sweet and earthy. This is easily my favorite Pipeworks beer to date and a remarkably good stout. (1,083 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really awesome Pipeworks brew. Not suprising as the regular Games of Jones is so good. Tastes like a good barrel aged beer, but with some sweet chocolate flavor. Unique barrel aged offering. Definitely worth a try. (214 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #209

Appearance: On an aggressive pour, only a light ring of head formed on the edges of the glass. Pours deep dark brown and sits jet black in the glass. Light active carbonation. This beer looks like a huge, menacing barrel aged brew.

Smell: The front of the nose is filled with potent bourbon and that familiar lactose sweetness found in many PW stouts. The barrel character carries throughout bringing oak, light smoke, and cherries on the body. The vanilla meshes so well with the bright alcohol sting. Lingering milk chocolate rounds out on the back end.

Taste: Lactose sweetness filled with milk chocolate and vanilla hits the palate first. Barrel character warms up on the front of the body and continues to build slowly through, lingering long after drinking. Mossy oak meshes well in the body with the sweetness and chewy malt in this brew brings. Expected more barrel character after the aroma but more of the chocolate, vanilla, and lactose come through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is an excellent middle ground, providing rich heavy malts but being light enough to allow the decadent flavors to shine through. Carbonation is very light which really gives this brew the feeling of a dessert beer.

Overall: Extremely impressed with this. I love that the bourbon characteristics in this brew are so familiar to actually drinking Buffalo Trace. A definite alcohol sting with perfect accents of cherries and oak are all too familiar. I love a big barrel character which this brew brings yet the vanilla and chocolate tones come through very clearly as well. Awesome. (1,584 characters)

Photo of sbxx
2.58/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch #209
12oz bottle poured into snifter

Appearance - Pitch black, very little head, settles into a ring around the glass. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Straight up bourbon & cocoa. Mostly bourbon.

Taste - Meh. The barrel overwhelms the base beer. This tastes like Jones Dog with a shot of bourbon added to it.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, dry sticky finish.

Overall - Glad the bottle was free! Just another mediocre, overpriced beer from these guys. (470 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with brownish edges, thin layer of tan foam across the surface that quickly fades to a thin ring around the edges of the glass. Very minimal if any spotty lace.

Aroma is sweet and boozy, later becoming a little more earthy and woody at room temperature. Initially it's like sniffing a pour of Buffalo Trace.

Taste has more nuance, though still plenty of whiskey heat packed in. Woody drying aftertaste, much like a sip of bourbon. Middle has notes of earthy roasted malt, toffee, caramel, toasted almond, dry tobacco leaves. Chewy and rich, but not without some sting and numbing alcohol. Overall a little more balance would be nice, though it tastes good. (664 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque black with nearly no head. The nose is spirit forward with huge oak and char notes paired with strong vanilla. Next comes some fudgy brownie notes that pair nicely with he barrel notes. The taste is much like the nose with heavy vanilla notes paired with fudge and cocoa. The barrel aging has really smoothed the base out and has intensified the chocolate notes. My only slight issue with the beer is the body doesn't hold up to the big flavors. The flavors are there no doubt, but it is just a little on the thin side. Overall, I like where things are going for pipeworks, will be excited to see what other barrel aged brews are on the horizon. (665 characters)

Photo of langchops
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into HF glass

Batch 209

A - Pours a deep brown, like partly used motor oil. Head quickly dissipates, very little lacing. As expected

S - Smells of sweet vanilla with a hint of chocolate, but vanilla is more pronounced

T- Follows the nose but the smooth bourbon notes are just amazing. A little closed straight from the cellar, but after an hour, this opens up very nicely. The vanilla, choclate and alcohol notes are well balanced at this point. Can't find much wrong here

M - Fairly thick and coating,

O - A very good version of this beer. Also had this at Fobab and it's even better than I remember. Please let this one warm up, its worth it (664 characters)

Photo of Karl_M
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can I say, "Fuck you, Goose Island"?

Just curious.

If you don't get your tounge wet with this brew, then you have not had the best bourbon barrel aged stout ever.

Vanilla bitterness and cacao darkness blanket this milk stout with the rounding out needed when in the presence of the blessed bourbon sweetness that comes from a freshly emptied cask.

The lack of fizz upon pouring and subsequent headless beer in my mug of 5000-mile-old motor oil had me wondering if I'd recieced a dud and dude, it was not a dud. Let me tell you...

The carbonation was felt on my tounge from the first heavenly sip through the last savory drop.

The words I have cannot describe the decadent internal bliss that is swelling inside me.

Batch 209. (733 characters)

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Barrel Aged The Jones Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.