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Bigger Smokey P - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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83
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23 Ratings
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Ratings: 23
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 11-22-2013)
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Reviews by Chaney:
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3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed this one in Naperville while I was there over the holidays.

Served in a "Game of Thrones" snifter.

A: Poured a deep, dark, black color with a hint of brown, with a head that reminded me of a dusting on top of a truffle.

S: Smelled similar to it's little sister, only with less smoke. While this was good, it wasn't very potent or unique…… just a nice vat of sugary, caramel goodness.

T: This one actually has LESS flavor than "Big Smokey P." Disappointing. Seriously, it tasted pretty much the same except for the subdued smokiness and more intense booziness.

M: Same as "Big Smokey P," which I had right before this. Good, chewy, maybe even a tinge more so than the aforementioned. Gotta give it credit for that.

O: Only 0.5% ABV higher than its little sister, but not really worth ones sobriety to my mind. Good, but I was expecting better.

Chaney, Feb 11, 2014
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Smell: Pretty much what you would expect. A strong smokey aroma with a huge presence of roasted malt. Heavy burnt coffee grounds, some light vanilla, and dark bitter chocolate come through in the body.

Taste: Charred oak, smooth chocolate, and vanilla greet that palate. The smokey malt begins to pick up in the body of this brew and continues to escalate throughout and long into the aftertaste. Creamy waves of palate suffocating malt just continue to come. Much different then I expected from the aroma but very good.

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A - Dark tan foam settles to nothing. Oily dark brown body with some ruby-brown transparency when held to the light.

S - Not overly smoked, and what's there is sweet ham and chicory mingled with dark malts, fudge, caramel, molasses, and nebulous fruits. Alcohol is pretty well concealed, and there's good punch to the aroma.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with a bit more chocolate cake, vanilla, biscuit, and coffee while showing a bit less overt smokiness. Again, minimal alcohol and plenty of flavor. I expected more smoke from the name but as an Imperial Porter it's pretty enjoyable.

M - Medium-full body, oily, with some smokey grit to it. A bit of warming late, but nothing to suggest the listed 11%. Very low carbonation; could use a tiny bit more to offset the intense lingering stickiness. I felt as if I'd been eating maple syrup afterward.

D - Nothing mind-blowing here; just a big(ger) smokey, malty, porter. Well-made, with no glaring flaws. Surprised by the lower reviews here. Would make a good barrel-aging candidate, which I presume is what Pipeworks intended.

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Bigger Smokey P from Pipeworks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.