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S'more Money S'more Problems - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 398
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 29.9%
Wants: 147
Gots: 83 | FT: 10
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WestSideAmish on 01-17-2014

S'more Money S'more Problems came out of the brain of Friends With Benefits member Keith Lonergan. With Keith's help we mashed this behemoth in with copious amounts of chocolate malt, roasted barley, golden naked oats and crushed graham crackers. Then, after primary fermentation was finished we added cacao nibs, vanilla bean and natural marshmallow flavor. The resulting beer is a big, chewy, dark nectar reminiscent of our days in Cub Scouts; sitting around the campfire, drinking imperial stouts. Great now or after a prolonged camping trip in the back of your temperature controlled bottle camp site.
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.57/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jerry for this one. 22oz. capped bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black but looks a touch thin. A thin, light mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is non-existent with huge, oily legs. Pretty good. Menacing.

Nose is graham cracker, fudge, brownie and chocolate. Bready with some sweet vanilla overtones. Solid.

Opens chocolate, cinnamon, graham cracker, fudge brownie and vanilla sweetness. Some cocoa powder in the middle with a hint of prunes and liquorice. More fudge and chocolate towards the end with a mellow, slightly medicinal flavor. Aftertaste is lightly tart cocoa powder and more chocolate sweetness. Decent if a little awkward. Definitely doesn't taste like smores.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick, oily but a bit carbonated in the mouth and goes down smooth and rich. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Appropriate.

A pretty weird beer overall. Flavor is decent with heavy doses of chocolate and vanilla but there's something odd here that I can't quite put my finger on. Unique for sure and worth seeking out if you're looking for something a little different.

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Photo of novamat
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black or super dark brown with a thin cocoa powder colored head. Smell is of roasted malts and not much else, which is surprising but I've been sitting on this bottle for a few months. Tastes of cacao and lots of roasted goodness, but like others I didn't get the vanilla, marshmallow or graham crackers; maybe just hints of some of that sweetness but I really had to look for it. The mouthfeel isn't big and chewy like the description, but it's not unpleasant and makes this big beer easy to drink. Overall, this is a really good stout. Some of the posters say this 2015 batch was "off" so this is one I will definitely try again.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Being an Englishman we don't have the same camping traditions as over in the states. Camping trips are wet, usually in a field with cows in close proximity or on top of a windy hill. We don't have snacks such as s'mores....if you forget to pack a nutri-grain you are out of luck. But thankfully through my US family I have come to enjoy the traditional graham cracker-hersheys-marshmallow treat.

This beer is a fairly faithful rendition of this all american tradition in beer form. The pour is thick and dark with a nice light brown, coffee crema head. Marshmallow and chocolate is there on the sniff. The body to this beer is truly thick and decadent - you won't finish the bottle alone. There is a hint of smoke in here too. A well executed imperial dessert/sweet stout.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasty stout with nothing else going on. No vanilla or marshmellow variation. Body was OK with light mouth feel. Pretty basic stout with roasted malt or char for ingredients.

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Photo of tharper178
3.09/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm happy to hear this latest batch was off. This was not as great as I anticipated. Although I tried hard, I couldn't find the s'more flavor. Perhaps my bottle was infected... Tasted a little like green olive juice? Sadly not great.

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Photo of KennyDorsch
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

hmm...not sure what happened with this latest batch. This used to be my FAVORITE pipeworks offering. When i heard it was back i sought it out everywhere. This batch just seems "off". It seems to be sweeter and missing that smores flavor the last batch was so perfect at recreating. oh well...maybe the next batch will get back to the version i loved so much...

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Mouthfeel really hurt this beer. It is described as a 'thick' stout, but very thin. Other than that, it was delicious. Aroma is fantastic and flavor is great as well.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Midnight oil- dark! Smoked chocolate and wood on the nose. Thick, sticky, creamy... Straight up liquid Smores. Chocolate, vanilla marshmallow, toasted graham. Just the right amount of sweetness without over doing it... Too bad this is a limited release...

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Photo of pagriley
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours dark and thick, jet black in the glass with a short dark mocha head
S -vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malts.
T - more vanilla with bittersweet chocolate and a nice bitter roast finish
F - rich and creamy. Thick and full bodied

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Scent of graham cracker, vanilla, chocolate, some tobacco and a little alcohol. Taste of rich graham cracker, chocolate, earth, vanilla, marshmallow, tobacco and oil.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a murky black color with a slight mocha head hugging the rim of the glass.

Smell - Chocolate cookies made with baker's chocolate jump out in the aroma.

Taste - I get a nice dose of cookie chocolate in the initial. Hints of graham cracker lay in wait with the milky maltiness. I just cannot find the mashmallow that others have found.

Mouthfeel - There is am impression of a milk stout with smooth creaminess and low carbonation.

Overall - I know what Pipeworks was going for here, but I do not feel they are quite there. This is a great novelty beer that I am glad I tried.

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Photo of mlhyatt
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointed in this beer. I keep finding that s'more beers just don't deliver what they say they trying to accomplish. There was no graham cracker or vanilla or marshmellow taste to this at all. There was however a lot of chocolate taste to it. To top it off, it was thin, which is a pet peeve of mine for dark beer. Would not seek out in the future.

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Photo of Josh012012
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Does deliver the smore flavors it promises. But it was just too sweet and the smore flavors did not work with the rest of the beer for me. go for the pipe works ipas not the stouts imo

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Photo of larryarms847
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown almost black in color and very thick. Caramel brown foam leaves sticky lacing that clings.

Vanilla, spice, chocolate, and a hint of graham cracker.

Sweet chocolate, marshmallow, and vanilla notes, tons of chocolate malt add a nice supportive backbone to this beast. Don't forget the graham crackers! S'mores in a bottle!

Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, and just a beast of a brew.

Overall, another skillfully crafted brew from Pipeworks!

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Photo of robgutie
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Really enjoyed this. Poured as dark and thick as my sould. To test their success I gave a blind taste to my wife and asked her what the flavors were, came up with graham crackers first then chocolate and vanilla.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I was really looking forward to this one. Reading up on it on BA, as well as the label, had me chomping at the bit.

The pour was fine, rich dark coffee in color, almost no head.

Smell was the first hint that it lacked complexity. It led with a generic, flat vanilla presence that seemed faded. There was also a basic lightly roasted malt note in the background.

Taste was disappointing. Light sweetness present but overtaken by this old, faded vanilla blanket that coated the tongue. It really took over.

Mouthfeel was full enough for my palate, but even this was dominated by the "tongue coating" of the off vanilla.

Overall, I wanted this one really bad. Not sure if it was just a bottle that had sat in somebody's trunk for a few weeks, or just a random "off" bottle. I'm not sure if I should try to trade again or not.

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Photo of StandupandStout
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

If only I had a hot fire to go next with this delicious snack I'd be in a euphoric state. Has an extremely dark brown body with a golden head of a burnt marshmallow. Carries a strong flavor of cocoa with a bit of vanilla with a slight finish of alcohol. The aroma has that of a s'more. I would hands down love to get my paws on this again.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Pours very thick and black. Very minuscule milk chocolate head. Leaves a pretty thick set of legs on the glass.

S - Vanilla, graham, sugar, malts. Smells very sweet, as is expected.

T - Right off the bat I'm impressed with how balanced this drinks. The vanilla is very present, but not overwhelming. Light, dry chocolate. Not picking up the graham in the taste, but this is a very well balanced brew. Not over the top vanilla like Imperial Donut. Very drinkable. No booze is present which is great for a 10 percenter.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

From 08/19/14 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Batch 395-396. Thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one, I loved it.

Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Smells of s'mores straight up...pretty awesome. Lots of graham crackers, sweet whipped cream, marshmallows, and sweet chocolate. Taste has more spice, nutmeg, and dark chocolate to it. Medium body and low carbonation, very easy to drink.

Overall I loved this one; I imagien it is exactly what you would want if you were making a "S'mores" beer. Very interesting and well executed, would love to have it again.

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Photo of Trifecta1
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is standard high-quality high ABV stout. Smell is heaven. You really get the smell of s'mores; chocolate, graham cracker, marshmallow, sugar. All that was missing was some smoke or wood for the complete camping experience. Taste... a bit more disappointing. Ashy chocolate, sugar, cream, dark malt, and heavy grain alcohol taste with the graham cracker undetectable. Strange minty/herbal taste that distracts a little. Medium alcohol burn. Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy. Clean. Could use less carbonation; felt a little bubbly.

O - Good stout, different. Did a side-by-side tasting with this and Dinos'mores from Off-Color, and everyone at the tasting agreed the latter was the victor. Still, it's a good stout when you're in the mood for something different.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black, mocha medium lacing with medium legs. Nice and thick, gums up the glass when swirled around.

S- Nice campfire s'mores taste here. Really great chocolate malty backbone giving tons of body to this thick brew. Marshmallow and graham cracker are noticeable, but not overbearing.

T- Follows the nose to a T here.

M- Nice and thick. Smooth! Minimal carb that totally works with this non-ba stout.

O- I don't usually like Pipeworks, but this one I for sure did!

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Photo of guityler83
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 395-396

A: the modest half-finger of tan colored head quickly dissipated into the black liquid leaving behind only a ring of small bubbles around the edge. When swirled the carbonation kicked up and produced spotted lacing and some alcohol legs are noticed. No light shines through.

S: Moderate sweet milk chocolate with caramel and toasty graham crackers. There is an interesting mint note that melds with the vanilla giving it an ice cream shake vibe. Light roast character and an overall impression of sweetness. No alcohol or hop aromas detected.

T: A mild hop bitterness hits the palette first followed by a wave of sweet dessert like flavors. Chocolate, cocoa, mint, vanilla, milk chocolate. Sweet beer overall with no real roasty character. The chocolate is on the lighter side (as opposed to dark or bakers chocolate) and the mint character I pickup works well with the vanilla. Some of the middle malts have a toasty, caramel, toffee character that lend to the impression of grahm crackers but I wouldn't say I would describe it as that if I didn't see the label.

M: A creamy mouthfeel despite the lower levels of carbonation, maybe from the vanilla. Big thick body with a slight bit of alcohol warming. Only the slightest bit of astringency comes into play in the finish.

O: Sweet chocolate and vanilla forward stout with a nice mouthfeel. The mint character I pickup, while very upfront, works well in this beer. I don't think of tooth paste, but more like mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Batch # 395-396.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, and marshmallow aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and marshmallow flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a brief but substantial khaki head. Thick collar. Wispy surface.

Smell - Marshmallow and dark chocolate. Light spicy aroma.

Taste - Dark chocolate. Lightens up with the marshmallow flavor, which almost lends a fruitiness. Finishes with a kind of artificial sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Seems very sweet but not a very heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Very artificial. Didn't bother me at first, but after a while it was cloying.

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Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The dark black colored beer.

The beer has almost milk stout qualities. There's lots of sweetness, fudgey chocolate, and then a nice dark roasted slightly bitter flavor in the finish. A bitter cacao nib flavor throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium plus to full.

The adjuncts don't really shine through, especially a lack of graham cracker. Still a tasty beer though.

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S'more Money S'more Problems from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.