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Barrel Aged The Murderous - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 61
Gots: 50 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
1st batch release (12oz) - Murderous English Style Barley Wine aged for 8 months in Elijah Craig 12 year old barrels.

2nd batch release (22oz) - Aged in 30 and 35 year barrels.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-08-2013)
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Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by shawlaqua:
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

shawlaqua, Dec 27, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

KFBR392, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

weonfire, Aug 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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StoutItOutLoud, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

Vonerichs, Sep 17, 2014
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zackward, Mar 20, 2014
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4.18/5  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.

emerge077, Apr 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

blue-dream, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

gfunk1121, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

enelson, Dec 29, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -3%
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.

jegross2, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

tfidler, Feb 14, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

gtermi, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

ddedhed, Sep 22, 2014
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Barrel Aged The Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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