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Barrel Aged The Murderous - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 212
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 32%
Wants: 95
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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:
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Barrel Aged The Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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