Barrel Aged The Murderous - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 83
Gots: 53 | FT: 6
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

1st batch release (12oz) - We took our Murderous English Style Barley Wine and aged it for eight months in Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrels. The resulting nectar was a delightfully sweet and sticky beer with deep, rich notes of coconut, vanilla, oak, dates, dark fruit, bourbon, caramel and a hint of rye spiciness. Delicious now but this one is definitely a candidate for hibernation in your temperature controlled resting place.

2nd batch release (22oz) - Aged in 30 and 35 year barrels.
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Reviews by chanokokoro:
Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded short-stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours a murky amber capped by a beige one and a quarter finger head. Great retention considering this brew was barrel-aged, hints of lacing. Brown sugar, toffee, dark fruit, general booziness; perhaps a very slight more specific hint of bourbon, and some light oak. Opens with dates, toffee and caramel, brown sugar, ripe plums, and dried dark fruit. Big vanilla notes midpalate; the oak and bourbon really show up on the finish and complement the other diverse flavors. Full-bodied, syrupy and silky. Lower level of carbonation. Thoroughly enjoyable, however would have liked to see just a bit more richness in the flavors. Regardless, a great choice for one of the first three BA offerings from Pipeworks.

More User Reviews:
Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%

Batch #107

Appearance: Pours with a pretty flat look, minimal head on even an aggressive pour. Sits very dark brown in the glass with some ruby red accents along the edges. Extremely low active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Raisin, big boozy bourbon, and english malts warm the palate and brace you for this beer. Bourbon soaked oak dominates the body delivering decadent waves of toffee, vanilla, prune, plum, and moss. Those notes on the body just continue to crescendo and peak on the finish.

Taste: That english malt profile meshes with a bouquet of dark fruits immediately on the front. The bourbon blasts on to the scene with a sticky toffee really pulling the palate down. That barrel character continues with earthy oak and some lingering heavy booze. The booze isn't offensive, just really weighs on the palate. Plums and vanilla ride out on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely rich and heavy on the palate, a good beer to pass around and share. Low carbonation really allows the bourbon and malt tones to dominate.

Overall: I just picked up the freshly bottled newer batch of this, so I figured it was time to open this one up. Such a rich and heavy beer, and I think some of that robust body doesn't allow any nuances to shine through. The front is very inviting and complex, but once those malt and bourbon characteristics really pick up this gets a little too heavy. Overall though, very enjoyable.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

sure glad I got this one in a trade. everything a good barleywine should be and it drank incredible well.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Dark mahogany with little signs of carbonation or head.

Super boozy smelling. Oak, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon.

And super boozy tasting. It basically tastes like a thick, syrupy, sweet bourbon.

Thick and syrupy. Little carbonation. Heavy and boozy.

Too sweet and boozy for my liking and doesn't have much depth.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark brown, pours into a tulip glass with a slow rising head of tan parchment colored foam that lasts for a few minutes.

Aroma is very much on the caramel toffee side of things, smeared on a honey graham cracker. Booze is thankfully in check.

Flavors of caramel syrup, light traces of bourbon heat and woodiness that blends well with the big malt presence. Aftertaste lingers nicely, bits of fried plantain in caramel syrup and earthy tobacco woodiness. Rich and full bodied, this is surely a slow sipper. Much improved over the base barleywine, in my opinion. Recommended.

Photo of jegross2
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This beer is an English style barleywine (Murderous) aged for 8 months in 12 year old Elijah Craig 12 bourbon barrels.

Score: 92

December 2013 release. Served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 01/22/13.

Appearance: Brown in color, murky in appearance. Pours a wisp of tan head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Not much lacing, but nice oily legs. Just about what you'd expect from a barrel aged barleywine. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon-forward nose, big malt character. Oak, toffee, vanilla and dates. Touch of booze too, but nothing beyond what you'd expect from a fresh barrel aged beer that is 11% ABV. The aromatics are well integrated. 4.25/5

Taste: Oak, toffee, and brown sugar-forward bourbon flavor dominate on the palate. Caramel malt backbone. Some leather-like flavor towards the finish. I would never profess to be able to pick out a barrel blind, but the taste, substantially more so than the nose, has that same distinct brown sugar and caramel forward bourbon flavor that Elijah Craig aged beers just seem to have. Finishes just like taking a shot of Elijah Craig without the booze burn -- a mix of brown sugar, sweet dark fruit, toffee, oaky vanilla, a hint of burnt sugar and a little spice linger nicely, fading mostly to residual malt and caramel flavor. Really smooth, and no real booziness here. While this one certainly smelled like an 11% ABV beer, it does not taste like one. The flavors really coat the whole palate on this brew, and linger well. As the beer warms, more vanilla comes through -- particularly towards the finish. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, very low carbonation. Honestly, I think this brew is a bit undercarbonated, but the style does not demand much carbonation and this one was certainly not flat. Oily mouthfeel with a nice maltiness to it. 4/5

Overall: A really excellent early barrel project from Pipeworks. This is a tasty, well integrated barrel aged barleywine, albeit one that is very bourbon barrel character heavy. Pipeworks keeps on making new beers at a ridiculous rate, experimenting with different recipes and styles rather than focusing on brewing the same, bankable beers years round. I look forward to seeing how that attitude and approach to brewing will translate into their barrel program. Fans of Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Barleywine should seek this one out!

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of gtermi
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Wow, what an amazing beer. I open this and take a smell and it's a kick right in the nose of bourbon. The taste is very much the same with Bourbon with also a nice amount of sweetness from the malt. This beer gets more boozy the more it warms up. I feel like this beer would be amazing aged.

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

22 ounce bottle into a snifter, batch 270/271.

Nice color- dark, a little garnet at the edges. Poured with no head, a little foam surfaced. Smells of bourbon, raisins, vanilla, some malt, a touch of butterscotch. Really good flavor. Tastes of bourbon (good bourbon), caramel, raisins, plums, oak, vanilla, a bit of maple. Solid body with a really nice aftertaste.

Enjoyed this one a lot. Will buy when/if it comes around again. Kinda wish I would have let it sit a few months more, seems like it would have been even better then.

Photo of KevSal
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

wow! much better than i was expecting, huge and juicy, ripe darkfruit ec barrel right up front and in your face! reminds me of eclipse ec bart and thats a very good thing. delicious

Photo of Circles413
4.99/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I prefer a full bodied BA beer & this doesn't disappoint! This beer is full bodied with huge bourbon notes & just Like BA Jones dog this stands with BCBS!!!!

If you like BCBS you'll love this beer!

It's rare & it's worth the search!

Trust me, this is a big beer that is worth the hunt!!!

Photo of blankenhoney
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 107, poured into a snifter

A: dark muddy brown; syrupy-looking

S: booze-soaked raisins; brown sugar/caramel; heavy, heavy booze

T: lots of wood and brown sugar; very boozy upfront, followed by toffee, raisins, and brown sugar; nice spice on the back end; sweet and boozy, with the barrel and alcohol overwhelming everything

M: barely carbed; not thin, but would benefit from slightly more carbonation

O: guys, can you tell this one was aged in a barrel?

Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Lloyd Christmas: "I like her a lot!"

Photo of atomic
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Reviewing the second (22oz) release.

I'm told this is aged in 30 and 35 year barrels, I've never heard of such old barrels used for beer, makes this one pretty special!

Looks none to special, but its nose is incredible. Super rich bourbon and raisins. Flavor follows the nose, lots of barrel character and dark fruits. On the backend is rich toffee. Satin mouthfeel.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Goose Island snifter glass

Batch# 107

A- Pours a dark brown/mohagony red color, 1/2 finger egg white shell colored head, dissipates to a thin ring around the glass.
S- Huge bourbon up front. Really nice, makes my mouth water. Brown sugar, vanilla, slight raisin/dark fruit notes. The bourbon takes over.
T- Bourbon is even stronger in the taste then the aroma, which is a good thing for me. I love this. Big Buttery vanilla taste. The alcohol is present. This could use some more time aging. Wish i could of bought more then one bottle. Brown sugar, very rich.
M- Big mouthfeel, this one coats your mouth. Thick, goes down smooth and silky.
O- Big bourbon bomb. Really enjoyable. Could use some more time to mellow out. But enjoyed every sip. Great for this dumb snowy weather were still having in MN.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark reddish brown body like most barleywines you'll see. Scent is a bit boozy, which overpowers the slight hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Taste is a bit hot on the first sip, then it smooths out and continues to as it warms. Rich, dark fruits with toffee, brown sugar, and definitely vanilla. Plenty of bourbon notes in this. It is not hiding the barrel. Really well done BA BW. It's just a bit short of GI BCBW, so that's pretty elite company.

Photo of Florida9
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The Murderous"


A: Pours a murky, hazy darker shade of brown, though this one is fairly translucent. Forms only the slightest bit of head - barely a surface coating even and it doesn't bother to stick around for very long. No lacing.

S: Very aromatic with lots of the barrel coming through. Bourbon, whiskey, vanilla, cream soda, brown sugar, and oak. Very sweet smelling, almost like bread pudding with bourbon sauce.

T: The taste is similar and I just can't get over how much this tastes like a bourbon sauce. This is a very sweet beer. Again notes of brown sugar and cream soda, caramel, toffee, and treacle. The bourbon is there, but the sweetness tones it down. A bit of alcohol on the back end, but nothing like you'd expect from an 11% beer.

M: Very smooth and luscious, yet nearly flat with barely any perceptible carbonation. Mild bitterness. Slight alcoholic heat.

O: I'm a bit torn by this beer. There are some aspects of it I liked greatly such as the bourbon characteristics without the bourbon booziness. But others, like the overt sweetness, not so much. Still a pretty good beer, though.

Photo of Getalegup
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

2014, Nice bourbon flavor, some oak, medium sweet, light carbonation

Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with some haze and a thin off-white film. Smell has incredibly rich aromas of fig caramel plum and oak. Taste follows the nose with rich toffee fig caramel and tons of vanilla, bourbon, and oak. This is like dessert in a glass. Velvety smooth and an alcohol presence to keep everything in check.

Barrel Aged The Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.