Imperial End Of Days - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Imperial End Of DaysImperial End Of Days

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 41 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2013

So maybe their calendar wasn't the best judge of when the world was going to end but damn, those Mayans made a mean hot chocolate. With that as our inspiration we imperialized our old friend End of Days. That means more malt, more cacao nibs, more vanilla, more cinnamon, more ancho & guajilllo peppers and more virgin sacrifices (kidding, totally kidding). The resulting brew has a big rich body, notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a slight spicy kick on the finish. It is delicious right now or you could stash it away in your temperature controlled resting place until the next time the world ends.
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Photo of Nolang84
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

As u pour u can see the chocolatyness, strong spice. Vanilla on the tongue. Cinnamon is the initial taste. A very intense beer. The after math is the best part! The flavors finally blend and u get the taste of hot chocolate and are left with a nice warm feeling of cozy comfort

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a tan head that is full of big bubbles but last a good bit.

S- The nougat chocolate hint is followed by some mellow cinnamon notes, but otherwise pretty clean.

T- The creamy blend of vanilla and cream with some nice chili spice in the finish has a soft cherry ester hint to it. There is a roasted black malt flavor that is mellow but grows as the beer opens.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat.

O- Although the nose is soft it is nice and there is much more depth in the flavor. The cream and vanilla with milk stout and chiles is supported by chocolate and cinnamon that just stay in the background. The blend of flavors really work well together with nothing out of place.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Initial rating of a 3.6 from a bottle that I aged for 7-8 months. Had a strange black olive taste.

More recent bottle drank fresh is much, much better. Nice heat from the chilis. Cocao and vanilla are present. A lot closer to Mexican cake.

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with a thin tan head.
S - Smells like a dark café mocha with cinnamon.
T - Initially the dark chocolate and cinnamon is dominant and then the peppers bite your throat.
M - Creamy
O - Another good brew from Pipeworks. I'd prefer this in the winter rather than June.

Photo of brock125
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 253 254

A-dark appearance, very little carbonation, no head.

S-this beer had a strong, sweet, milky smell to it. it may have been all in my head but i struggled to get past that smell. it also had a hint of vanilla to it.

T-the taste was sweet but not as sweet as the smell. very subtle hint of peppers up front that quickly disappeared. you can taste most of the stated ingredients (chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla) but they don't seem to mesh well in this beer.

M-just about right for a stout, not extreme in any way.

O-this was the first Pipeworks beer i've ever tried. it was tough for me to get past the smell. the beer seemed very unbalanced with flavors all over the place and not in a good way. i wish it had a little more pepper to it and less milky sweetness.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Tanger112 (thanks man!). No bottling date but this is batch 365/66/67 with a 2014 copyright on the bottle despite it's original release in late 2013. Served in a goblet.

Pours near-black cola brown with two and a half fingers of pale tan head. Bubbles quickly settle to a thin ring and leave only a few small spots of lace.

Aromas of chocolate, cinnamon, chilies, sweet cream and roasted grains.

Taste follows the nose. Cinnamon sugar, chili pepper flavor without the heat, chocolate, roasty malt, soft vanilla, trace pepper heat and a whisper of alcohol. A nice enough blend with all the advertised flavors present but there seems to be something lacking.

Moderately creamy, medium feel with soft carbonation. Finishes with an earthy sweetness of cocoa, vanilla and vague spice.

A delicious Mexican style imperial stout that doesn't quite reach the heights of Abraxas or Mexican Cake, let alone Hunahpu. A tad too thin and the flavors, while tasty, are a bit muddled to really elevate it. Still great and I'd happily drink more any time.

Photo of OneEye78
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 365 bomber poured into a snifter. While this was a decent beer, it was a let down given my expectations for PW and the style. Smell and taste both lacked a real chili note, and the vanilla, lactose and cinnamon overpowered the chocolate flavor.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Not good. Smoked malt is nasty addition to this

Photo of jlindros
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a nice thick creamy dark fades at a med pace with nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose brings chocolate, creamy milk choc and an almost fake choc, biscuity cookie wafer and kit Kat wafer, sweet caramel and little syrup candy bar, when I really nose it deep I finally get a touch of cinnamon and pepper. Then plenty of vanilla, fake milk choc.

Taste brings mild heat, decent pepper heat, little cinnamon, nice vanilla notes, with plenty of chocolate, mostly milk choc, little cocoa dust, back into the biscuity wafer cookie again, mild bitter spicy hop note, chewy caramel and fair sweetness. Mild booze warmth, sweet sticky finish, candy caramel toffee and milk chocolate with mild fluffy nougat, etc.

Mouth is heavier bod, nice fluffy carb, mild booze warmth nice pepper heat.

Overall not bad, decent heat, nice vanilla, choc was meh though with fake milk choc flavor, nice pepper, hint if cinnamon.

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, cinnamon, hint of hop, sweetness from lactose, and a hint of chili. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with low carbonation level. There is also a hint of warmth from the chili peppers. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, cinnamon, hint of hop, and a hint of chili. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, feel, body, and blend.

Photo of KennyDorsch
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black. Big on the cinnamon, chocolate and definitely a spicy kick to finish. I like this one. Not my favorite pdubs but it is fantastic none the less. I'd recommend trying one out before they are gone

Photo of KFBR392
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium bodied thickness. Light head on the pour which was sustained on the edges of the glass. No active carbonation while drinking. Sits jet black in the beer.

Smell: Chiles and cinnamon jump out right away. Cacao and vanilla smoothness keeps the brighter tones in check. A milky sweetness rides throughout. Surprised how potent the chile peppers are with everything else going on here.

Taste: A milky vanilla smoothes touches the palate immediately. Rustic spicy pepper jumps through on the front end. Cinnamon picks up right after the peppers settle in. Vanilla and Cacao picked up more in the body and back end as this brew warms up. Sweet vanilla finish sit on the palate after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Nice transitions on smooth, earthy rustic tones, and back to creamy.

Overall: This is the best of the milk stouts I have had from pipeworks. They certainly love this style, this one setting itself apart with the peppers and cinnamon. A nice twist on a style they are really beginning to master.

Photo of Ace1490
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's good but the end taste is a little strong on the chillies

Photo of ARoman
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

*transferred from old notes - 1/11/2014*
22 oz bomber poured into a shaker. Aside from chocolate malt, the initial aroma I picked out was kiwi. Some other aromas included warm milk / cheese, cola, and cinnamon. After the initial cascade, the head all but disappears; what does remain of the dark tan head sits atop a dark opaque brown-black beer. It’s a milk chocolate-smooth sweet beer with a slight spicy pepper kick at the end. It’s a relatively thin texture (for a stout) and little to no carbonation. Although the spicy cinnamon pepper combination hits at the end of the drink, it doesn’t linger long and finishes relatively clean. An interesting beer, but would probably only bust this one out around beer geeks as a "check this one out" kinda beer for it’s liberal use of chiles - I’d say they pull if off better than some I’ve had, but personally, I haven’t made up my mind about the use of spicy peppers in beer.

Photo of cubs943
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer.

Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a nice mocha head that fades to leave a dense creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of artificial milk chocolate, cinnamon, light vanilla, very light chili peppers. Faint malt sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, soft milk chocolate, nice vanilla, little bit of cinnamon. Good amount of heat. Light roast, decent malt sweetness. The chili is definitely a prominent feature here. I understand the comparison between this and huna.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this beer was quite tasty, excellent heat notes. Nicer chocolate in the taste than the nose, soft vanilla. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of emyers
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Batch 365/66/67

Appearance: Pours black with a 1/2 finger light brown head.

Smell: Roasted barley, sweet caramel, chili pepper, hint of milk chocolate.

Taste: Roasted malt, cocoa, chili pepper. The chili is very subtle, providing just a touch of lingering heat on the finish. Lactose gives it a sweet finish. The heat and a touch of bittering hops helps to balance it out, but it still finishes a bit too sweet for my taste. No alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, medium to low carbonation. Nice lingering heat from the peppers.

Overall: Solid showing from Pipeworks, but this could be outstanding if it had a little more chocolate and a little less sweetness.

Photo of yourefragile
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle.

Pours a thin, dark cola brown with a tan head. Sweet nose, lactic, milk duds, light roast, cinnamon and vanilla. Medium thick body, well carbonated, sweet through out, but not overly so as initially roast malt cuts the vanilla and cocoa before finishing with a late emerging chili pepper heat. Not particularly balanced and flavors are pinballing off each other,

Photo of sully11277
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Jet black with a nice lacing that sticks around.

S- It smells very sweat with a nice chocolate and vanilla then a nice spice that comes through.

T/M- you get a lot of nice sweet chocolate in the start then in the vanilla comes in and finish with a nice spice that comes from the chilies and cinnamon. A nice light stout with a spice finish that sticks around for a little while.

O- A great beer I wonder how it would age for a year or so. It has a great combo of flavors that work great with it.

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a trade with ksecler. Poured into an Old Speckled Hen branded tulip glass.

Pours a viscous pitch black with a fluffy tan head that lingers for a bit leaving some lacing in it's tracks. Aroma is Mexican chocolate milk, cigar, dark fruit and molasses. Aroma carries over into the flavor - smoked malt is much more pronounced and adds to a nice layer of flavor to the mix - there's some spice but very well balanced, vanilla and smoke on the finish - reminiscent of a vanilla cigar after a spicy plate of mole' enchiladas. Mouthfeel is big and luscious with mellow carbonation that works well with the style.

Photo of scottedwin
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is completely underrated. Great mouthfeel and the perfect amount of heat on the back end.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours thick solid black in color, head is a thin film that dissipates to a ring around. The glass.

Smell has notes of rich dark chocolate with a very faint creamy sour aroma. There is a little bit of vanilla and cinnamon are detectable on the back end along with a big sweet aroma.

Taste follows the nose with some sweet chocolate malt and alcohol coming through first. Creamy vanilla some cinnamon and more sweetness follow with a little bit of heat from the peppers on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is huge. Incredibly thick body and not a whole lot of carbonation leave this a viscous sipping beer. Very sticky and a moderate alcohol feel

Photo of RMelyon
4.84/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Pipeworks vs. Emporium v2.

This beer is criminally underrated. I've never had Abraxas, but it's clear from this beer's description that it's Pipeworks' version of that highly touted brew. This is the only beer we ordered twice at the abovementioned event, and my fellow drinkers who HAVE had Abraxas said this has a better cinnamon note.

Pours dark. Looks like any other stout, really. Not too much head, maybe half a finger at first that dissapates into a thin ring later. Some lacing but nothing to write home about.

Smells again like your garden variety stout, except with more cinnamon. It's nice.

Tastes great. Lots of cinnamon and vanilla. I love sweet, dry stouts and this is the best example I've ever had. The addition of cinnamon just takes everything to another level. It finishes with the peppers, which add a good touch.

Mouthfrel is fine. Nothing too sticky, right in the "sweet spot" for a good high ABV stout. But then comes the spicyness from the peppers. Its there, but not too hot. Perfect.

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had. If they ever barrel age this, I will buy a case because this base is so good.

Photo of ncketchum
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 365/66/67

A - pour is dark brown, quickly fading light chocolate head

S - aroma is chocolate milk with a tiny hint of cinnamon

T - sweet chocolate, as it warms the subtle heat of the pepper comes through, as does a bit of the cinnamon

M - smooth, rather thin

O - Very good offering from Pipeworks, but probably the weakest of the stouts I've tried from them, with Coffee Break Abduction and Closer Encounter definitely superior brews

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 253-254 undated bottle at 50 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of chocolate and chili peppers
Head average (4 cm) frothy, light brown, fully diminishing to a 2 mm ring
No lacing
Body dark brown, hazy (Bottle conditioned)
Flavor begins with chocolate, chili, and just a hint of cinnamon. There is a light burning at my cardiac sphincter which lasts a minute or two after finishing a drink. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no vanilla (which was added).
Palate is medium, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinking beer. The chilies add flavor and just a little heat, and balance the chocolate well. The rapidly diminishing head and lack of lacing detract from the appearance, but the flavor is very good. In the end, the flavor is what matters.

Imperial End Of Days from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.