Barrel Aged The Jones Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 163
Gots: 87 | FT: 17
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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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Reviews by zookerman182:
Photo of zookerman182
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of KevSal
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
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 I. This beer than vanilla rye

Highly recommend!

Photo of maxcoinage
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

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 =(

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of mschrei
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of Chitex78
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer, very smooth. Heavy on the chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon

Photo of timc100
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Batch 209 -

Big, bold, imperial stout - very dark, mocha head, thin barrel-charred lacing. Incredibly pronounced note of raw bourbon - caramel and booze. Other barrel notes of char, oak, vanilla as well as incredibly dark, bitter chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The finish is spectacular - very strong, as if it actually gets bigger.

Fresh from the oak - this is very barrel forward with tons of whiskey, and in every way fantastic.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours without a head on a black body, just a bit of transparency at the edges.

Smell - Lots of oak. Huge barrel character. Bourbon. Some chocolate and a bit of molasses and caramel behind it.

Taste - Again, it's almost all barrel. Oak and a sharp bourbon flavor. The bourbon flavor never diminishes, although the oak flavor comes back in the end with a bite. Molasses more prominent with some dark chocolate that never reaches the fudge-y heights of Game of Jones. A little bit of lactose sweetness lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel - Booze and barrel all over this. Medium-low carbonation. A sipper for sure.

Overall - If you like bourbon-dominated beers, this is for you. If you like to taste the beer back there, this is not for you. I happen to really like bourbon, although I think I would prefer to drink it straight over this.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this at fobab but didn't tick, so I'm pleased they bottled it (though a hefty $7 for 12oz.).

Inky black and opaque body. Coffee colored surface head. Looks viscous.

Great aroma. It's smells like s'mores... Graham cracker, chocolate, toasted marshmallow. Heavy oak and vanilla characteristics.

BT is my go to bourbon so I'm excited for the taste. It doesn't disappoint. Heavy vanilla and chocolate. Char to a lesser extent. Woody, toffee, molasses. It pulls the heavy spicy rye characteristic and displays it in a long finish.

Heavy and lingering sweetness in the mouthfeel. Boozy but smooth.

Well done. Dispute the price tag I'm glad it's a 12oz serving. It's quite filling but delicious.

Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of Jaycase
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 209

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with handwritten Batch #75 on the label. Ah yes, at long last I have finally acquired one of these elusive barrel aged Pipeworks offerings. The label lists this as Tales From The Oak - The Jones Dog. "Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with cacao and vanilla added". My expectations are interstellar; Pipeworks makes some of my favorite stouts. It's probably gonna be pretty epic.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Straight pour down the center produces no head, just a few mocha bubbles. Body is a dark woodsy mahogany-cola color; just a few shades away from black. Some sticky alcohol lacing when given a swirl in the glass. Looks very nice.

S - Ah yes, this thing smells truly amazing. I would dare to say this smells nearly as good as Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, if maybe a touch boozier. Bourbon booze heat, woodsy barrel character, creamy vanilla, fudgey chocolate, cookie dough, & hints of tart rum soaked dark fruit.

T - Absolutely delicious; everything I hoped it would be. Smooth creamy vanilla, fudgey chocolate / cacao, roasted coffee bean bitterness, earthy / woodsy barrel character, bourbon alcohol heat, caramel / toffee, and some hints of dark boozy fruit (raisin, date, plum, green apple). Delicious.

M - Feel is silky smooth and creamy. Sticky & sugary - it would make an ideal dessert beer. Full bodied with extremely low lying carbonation. Moderately high 11.00% abv is mildly apparent, but tolerable.

Overall, it was nothing short of delicious, however I think Pipeworks is capable of making even better barrel aged stouts than this. There is no telling what amazing things these guys will do in the future. Definitely one of my favorite Pipeworks beers I've had the privilege of drinking, and probably the best of their stouts so far. One of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries. Highly recommended, I can't wait to get more of these.

Pipeworks Barrel Aged Imperial Jones Dog ---4.5/5

Photo of Karl_M
5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of lefty418
4.16/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Circles413
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say about this beer? It's absolutely amazing in every way. I do prefer a stout to be a little thicker in body but the bourbon burn & rich dark tastes make up for it. It's very drinkable & well balanced the more it warms up. Absolutely, amazing!!!!


I came back to this beer & had to update/edit my review. This beer is perfect!! This stands just as tall as BCBS. If you miss out on this beer it's a shame because this is amazing!!!!

Photo of MNishCT77
4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, IL; unknown bottling date but batch #75, shared with my wife over an hour while playing Uno

A: 3/3 - deep dark brown-to-black with some purplish hues around the edges; initial small amount of carbonation settles into a lack of head (expected for a barrel-aged beer), big alcohol legs (again, to be expected at 12% ABV)

S - 10/12 - Buffalo Trace bourbon notes - vanilla, tobacco, leather - with some background dark malts of the base milk stout; big alcohol aroma as well

T: 17/20- the barrel-aged qualities are front and center on this one and complement the aroma - again, intense vanilla and brown sugar sweetness; in the middle of the mouth, the sweetness continues to lie within and, for me, becomes a bit overpowering (albeit my wife loved it); still it finishes with little residual sweetness; although it doesn't taste like 11% ABV, it definitely brings the heat like that Asian sugar baby wouldn't

M - 4/5 - the wood-aged and bourbon presence is thick on the tongue with alcohol; low carbonation per style

O: 8/10 - never had a milk/sweet stout barrel-aged before so kudos to Pipeworks for venturing out; as much as I love the notes from the BT barrel, it's too sweet for my tastes, but, for the right person with the right food or other accompaniment, this could be a great dessert beer to sip in front of a fire or in bed; not a bad deal either for $7.99

TOTAL - 41/50

Photo of Barnoloid
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of OneEye78
4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of blankenhoney
3.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from PW batch #75.

Pours very dark with a light frothy head; looks kind of like a glass of cola. On the nose is pungent alcohol, baker's chocolate, and notable sweetness. Taste is rich and intense: bourbon-soaked raisins and dates, creamy chocolate, and lots of burnt brown sugar. But the barrel character tends to overwhelm those more subtle flavors. It's a milk stout, so mouthfeel is on the thinner side but not too thin: smooth and lightly creamy. Overall, this one suffers from the overpowering barrel character, and all the flavors of the original Jones Dog get snuffed out rather than enhanced.

Photo of langchops
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of KFBR392
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.76/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very lactic, metallic twang, bracing vanilla, barrel heat...the metallic note is distracting

Photo of Hesscabob
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.16/5  rDev -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.

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Barrel Aged The Jones Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.