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

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 334
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 2.42%
Wants: 141
Gots: 73 | FT: 10
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Illinois, United States

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 JohnnyHopps
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Pipeworks Stout. Pours as you would expect. Very heavy on the chocolate and vanilla in both the nose and mouth. The graham cracker and marshmallow flavors are buried but you can find them. It may be *slightly* thin for an imperial stout but I feel that's more than made up for with the creamy, chewy, sticky body that coats your mouth and stays there. I love DinoS'mores but this one beats it. Very well-rounded, flavorful imperial stout. I will be buying as much of it as I can. (491 characters)

Photo of mlhyatt
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
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! (454 characters)

Photo of robgutie
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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. (213 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of StandupandStout
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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. (339 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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. (533 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

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. (633 characters)

Photo of Trifecta1
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (479 characters)

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. (1,511 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with dsigmon.

A- Pours a near black with a decent amount of light coming through. 1 finger graham cracker colored head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is spotty.

S- Aroma does bring about campfire memories. Tons of milk chocolaty goodness blends with marshmallow and backed by a charred wood booze character. Graham cracker does work its way into the mix. Interesting to say the least, but it seems to work.

T- Hmm. I'm having a difficult time wrapping my head around this one. It's sweet, that much I do know. Flavors are that of cocoa and roasted malts, but don't seem to come together as well as the nose. An odd cloying tone in the finish. Vanilla become more present as it warms.

M- Pretty darn close to full body, rich and fairly creamy. Drinks well for 10%

O- Love the smell, lukewarm on the rest of it. A lot of good qualities, but fails to reach greatness in the end for me. (909 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours really thick solid black in color with little to no head on a hard pour.

Smell is malt forward, primarily chocolate and cracker malt aromas. Vanilla and a fair amount of smoke are the dominating aromas in the mid section and biggest components of the smell. A very faint grassy hop aroma is in the finish.

Taste is very sweet with chocolate caramel and vanilla flavors forward before a mild earthy bitterness cuts through the middle. More chocolate and a very light almost undetectable amount of smoke in the finish and exhale.

Mouthfeel is thick. Very sticky and little carbonation makes this a sipping beer. Very heavy body that coats the mouth fully and stays well after the swallow (696 characters)

Photo of Mikeypnh
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, no real head here but some nice bubbles clingy to the side of the glass. Smells very Chocolatey right off the bat. Smells like milk chocolate with something sweet in there, too. Faint marshmallow smell. The flavor is very similar, except it's more of a bitter, dark chocolate. I'm having trouble picking up anything else, though. It does have a slightly sweet aftertaste with some vanilla, but it's mostly bitter chocolate. Waiting to see if the flavors come out more when it warms up. Mouthfeel is nice. Creamy, medium body, a little bubbly at the end, leaving waves of chocolate on the tongue. The vanilla is becoming more present now. I can't find the graham crackers anywhere in this beer, it's not a bad thing though, the other flavors are working well together. Glad this isn't too sweet. A nice beer, and it hides 10% very well. (860 characters)

Photo of IrishHockey
4.67/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with a buddy. Reviewing after many beers.

Smell on this is...just like a fucking s'more. So good.
Taste... Thought I'd get more graham cracker like pumking or warlock, but it tasted like I was eating a marshmallow. Insanely good. Not a lot of chocolate though.
Mouthfeel. A little thin, but not bad
Overall. If I find this, I will buy lots. It's very good! (372 characters)

Photo of NickyPogs
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed with this beer. More often than not, I've had beers that try to reproduce a taste and they are normally dominated by one flavor. However, this beer to me feels really balanced and is really well represented by the different tastes you'd find in a s'more.

You do get a graham cracker smell right away that is offset by the cocoa in this. It drinks just like it smells too and tastes like a s'more was blended up and turned into beer. This is a really great dessert type of beer. A must try. (507 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 294-295.

A- Pours a very dark brown, basically black. Literally no head to speak of, with lacing apparent along the sides of the glass.

S- A boozy liquid smore on the taste...notes of graham chocolate and vanilla. Great smelling beer.

T- The smell carries over into the taste. Starts off with chocolately malts, before giving way to vanilla and graham cracker taste. Very interesting taste.

M- Thick and heavy, low carbonation, slightly boozy, very flavorful.

A great dessert beer, one to enjoy with some chocolate for sure. Well done. (585 characters)

Photo of sully11277
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my snifter batch # 294

A- Midnight black with almost no head. There is a small amount around the outside of the beer.

S- It's very sweet, you get a lot of the vanilla and graham cracker. There is a light cocoa and roast.

T- This beer is a smore in a bottle. you get hit with all the flavors one at a time. To start you get the vanilla/marshmallow then you get some graham cracker and to finish it off you get that nice cocoa flavor with some roast. You get almost no burn which you would expect from a 10% ABV beer.

M- Very thick, it almost coats your whole you can taste it for sometime after the sip.

O- This beer is amazing I am going to be very sad when I finish the other two bottles I have and I can't find it. Pipeworks you did it again. (772 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no bottled on date present. Batch # 294 - 295. Another stout creation from Pipeworks. Expectations are high based on this knowledge.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark inky black body; opaque in the glass. About a finger of dark chocolate head that goes down to a thin layer quickly. Some nice spotty lacing. Not super impressive, but it looks very nice.

S - Smell is more subdued than I was expecting, but it's still pretty nice. Toasted chocolate malt, honeyed graham crackers, vanilla, cream, cola. The idea of a 'marshmallow fluff' type smell is very well done.

T - Oh wow, this thing definitely embodies the spirit of a smore in beer form, that's for sure. The honeyed graham crackers are very noticeable and authentic. Sweet and sugary. Fudgey and chocolatey. Lots of vanilla, powdery cocoa, cream, and some honey.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, sugary, and sticky. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Carbonation could maybe stand to be turned up just a notch.

Overall, I'd say this was another success for Pipeworks. 10.00% abv isn't noticeable at all, and this beer is very easy to drink. I definitely wouldn't mind having this beer again, so this is probably one they should re-brew at some point in the future. Another awesome beer in an already swelling line-up of awesome beers.

Pipeworks Smore Money Smore Problems ---4/5. (1,395 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black or close to it. Okay, maybe there is some dark brown around the edges. Forms a smallish dark tan colored head that fades away fairly quickly. Some light lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, lots of sweet vanilla, and even a little graham to round things out.

T: Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as impressive as the aroma. Chocolate and burnt chocolate. Cocoa. Rather sweet. Vanilla, roasted malts, and something that I will say is graham cracker (but would never be able to identify as graham cracker if the bottle didn't reference a s'mores). Then there is a bit of an artificial flavor that is reminiscent of grocery store vanilla frosting.

M: This is where the beer falls apart for me. The mouthfeel on this beer is very rough, abrasive and gritty, kind of like a liquid form of cocoa powder. Full bodied. Lower carbonation. Mild roasted-malt-type bitterness.

O: Okay, I get what PW is doing with this, but I'm not sure it really nails the s'mores experience. In actuality I feel this one is much more reminiscent of an overly sweet brownie than a s'more. (1,105 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a heavy thickness with a dark brown color. Sits black in the glass. The head is a medium to dark brown color. Extremely light active carbonation in the glass. Looks like a big stout should.

Smell: Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and a airy sugariness. A lightly roasted malt presence comes off with a very pleasant sweetness. The graham crackers add a spiced, cinnamon, pastry type aroma. There is a lot going on here, and with each whiff a different flavor seems to stand out.

Taste: The front is filled with vanilla, light chocolate, and the airy, marshmallow sugary flavor. The body opens up to some more roasted malt and heavier coffee tones. The foreign graham cracker flavors are present throughout. The finish is a lingering slightly synthetic sweetness with some dry malt.

Mouthfeel: Sweet but certainly kept within reason. Some traditional stout heaviness covers the entire palate.

Overall: I expected this to be gimmicky and over the top sweet. Instead, it turned out to be a very complex and delicious stout. All the additive mesh well together with nothing standing out too much. (1,126 characters)

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