End Of Days - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 266
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 37
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

End of Days is our tribute to the coming of the end... of the Maya calendar! We’ve aged this milk stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks, and ancho chilies. The result is a rich chocolaty stout, with just a hint of spice. We hope you’ll enjoy this beer before the End of Days.

The first bottled release clocked in at 6.1%, but subsequent releases will feature a tweaked recipe and ~8.5% ABV.

Batch #2 - 6.1%
Batch #12 - 8.2%
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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bomber bottle.
This cacao milk stout provides strong coffee and cacao in the nose.
Expresso and bitter chocolate on the tongue.
A touch too sweet. (154 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Batch # 365/66/67.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and vanilla aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and vanilla flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness and chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but nothing special among other beers of the same type. (674 characters)

Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Founders snifter. No batch number listed. Blue wax on cap. From a recent batch.

Bottle foamed everywhere upon opening. This is definitely overcarbed. Reminds me of my first homebrew stout.

Appearance is dark brown, opaque. Entire glass of foam initially. No head after the beer settles.

Aroma is sweet, chocolate, smoke, spice, vanilla.

Taste is sweet, dr pepper, some vanilla, dark cherry, smoke, lingering spice and very mild bitterness.

Mouth feel is on the thin side, over carbonated, sticky

Overall I'm sure other batches of this are better. Hopefully they come out with an imperial version and fix the carbonation issue (646 characters)

Photo of jdhowe
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Batch 29 consumed on 7 August 2013. Thanks to Duffman929 for the bottle!

A: Pours an opaque deep brown with 1/2 finger of mocha-colored head. Head quickly dissipates to nothing. Some light brown color is visible through the edges.

S: Aroma of milk, chocolate, chiles, cocoa, molasses, and dark roasted malts dominate the smell. Very little alcohol is detectable.

T/M: Sipping is smooth up front with chocolate, dark fruits, and a slight roasty bitterness. Chile swells through the sip and after the finish to become quite strong. Mouthfeel is medium -- a little thinner than I'd like, with low carbonation.

O: This is pretty good. The chiles are a little overdone as they are just about every time, and this is far from the most egregious offender in that way. The mouthfeel is a little thin and I wish there was a bit more carbonation. Judging from what I can find quickly online, this likely had a bit over a year on it when I consumed it, but it was doing pretty well. (996 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-
It has a nice tan head, the color itself though left room for desire as it was a dark brown with some light penetration.

Smell-
This is where it really starts to shine. It starts with a spicy coffee bitter, and mellows out into the vanilla.

Taste-
It follows the nose here, the ancho chilies melds wonderfully with the coffee, and then smooths out from cacao to vanilla. I was hoping to not have to seek out the cinnamon so strongly.

Mouthfeel-
Mellow on the carbonation, but it lends to the smoothness expected with a milk stout.

Overall-
Stouts are one of those flavor giants in beer, and this is a wonderful entry. The Mayan spice theme was well done. (670 characters)

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 106

Initally, I was going to be lazy and just mark this by a had, but as I was finishing my beer I decided there were a lot of things working for and against this beer... Due to this, the old "pet then strike" method of approach will be used in this review.

I liked the amount of heat that was provided from the anchos. In particular, I have always preferred anchos over, say chipotles... IMO Poblano peppers have a more interesting flavor profile than jalapeños. That being said, I think the flavorful spices take a backseat here. The cacao nibs are more obvious, but I would not have guessed vanilla beans were ever present.To me, the lactose helps the mouthfeel; the slight appearance of sweetness is not noticeable, however it does give it a slick mouthfeel that I appreciate.

Do not try this and expect Hunahpu, but overall this beer is worth a try for those who enjoy chile beer. (895 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Of the Pipeworks releases I have had, this is probably my least favorite. It was not so much a bad beer as it was a very average release for Pipeworks. Pouring a black color into the sampler glass, the aroma was a chalky sort of chocolate aroma. On the initial, one notes fruity dark chocolate. It begins warm toward the back of the throat and develops a sort of spiciness with accompanying hints of fruit. I never really sensed the creaminess of milk stout, and I probably would have never known lactose sugar was present were it not for the label suggesting a milk stout. To me, it seemed more like a weak Russian Imperial Stout than a Milk Stout. (649 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle, batch 62 in a box from ikaika122

This is crazy over-carb'd. Wax cap popped off once I loosened it. First ounce+ out of the bottle filled a small snifter with head. When it settled there was less than 1" in the bottom of the glass.

Smells a bit of cinnamon soap. Once the head dissolves into liquid, there isn't much body left, there isn't much aroma left. And the rest of this suffers quite a bit as a result. The spice notes dominate the taste, not really in a good way. This is a bit like drinking improperly made chai.

Big thanks to ikaika122 for sending a bottle I've been wanting to try, unfortunately this doesn't live up to expectation and is, by far, the weakest of all the Pipeworks offerings I've had. I wouldn't be seeking this out in the bottle again, though I would be curious to see what, if any, difference draft made for this.

Since 3.00 is now 'okay' and not 'average', I think a 3.00 rating across the board is the best this could do and the bottle I had didn't even hit that level.

(204th) (1,027 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, dark brown head, no lace, fair retention.

Aroma: chocolate, chilies, pepper, roast, vanilla.

Taste: .chocolate milk is the biggest flavor here, finished with a very mild pepper note, thankfully no cinnamon...that shit is gross.

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, low carbonation, full body.

Digging the lack of cinnamon here and its kinda like chocolate milk, so, good stuff! (390 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from batch #136 poured into Russian River snifters and consumed with a friend today, 6/14/2013.

Aroma: Lactose, roast malts, a bit of vanilla and small hints of pepper heat. It's a delicious smelling beer with a lot going on, but the nose isn't particularly explosive here. (4)

Colour: Fairly typical looking dark cola body with a nice fluffy 1cm tan head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is there, but it all becomes a thin tan collar in the end. Nothing special but a nice dark and appetizing beer. (4)

Flavour: Sweet lactose mixed in with a bit of roasty malt sweetness. There's a bit of vanilla and chocolate bitterness, and the back end is a very subtle spiciness. I think the beer would be much improved if the spiciness was a bit more noticeable, but overall a nice delicious combination of flavours. (4)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, semi-decent carbonation. Leaves a finish that isn't particularly dry nor refreshing. Very drinkable at 8.2%. Aftertaste is mostly cocoa bitterness with very, very small hints of spice. (4)

Overall: Tasty milk stout, very drinkable with a decent bit going on. However there is no one ingredient that really stands out from the background combination and I think having a little more vanilla or pepper spice would make this beer stand out a bit more. Nevertheless I really enjoyed drinking this beer and would buy it again. (4) (1,378 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, bottled 3/29/13
The Bruery tulip

A: Deep dark brown color. Not a lot of light getting through. Light tan head. Specs of lacing. Good carbo.

S: Milk chocolate. Sweet lactose. Creamy. Not catching too much spice on the nose.

T: Touch if spice. Milk chocolate. Some bitterness from roast and coffee.

M: Full bodied. Creamy. (330 characters)

Photo of mecummins
4.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a dark chocolate brown with a 1 finger head of beige foam. Not a lot if retention or lacing.

S- I could smell the coco nibs right away. Vanilla and a slight coffee note as well. There was a hint of cinnamon. Sort of like Mexican hot chocolate.

T- in one word, delicious. Rich chocolate notes hit you first followed by the roundness of the milk sugar. Then the vanilla and cinnamon chime in. A slightly spivey flavor comes in towards the end. Very well balanced and decedent without being too rich at all.

M- medium with lots of carbonation

O- a delicious and easy to drink milk stout. The hint of spice sets it apart from others of this type and gives it a bit of character. I'd drink this anytime. (712 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 106. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my snifter.

A – Pours a dark murky brown, with a very thin head that quickly disappears. A bit of light is able to penetrate the liquid at the very edges. No visible carbonation or lacing.

S – A nice creamy, roasted stout sweetness. The lactose character of the milk stout is very prominent. A nice complex vanilla character as well, with the chilies poking their head in at the last second.

T – A nice chocolate and vanilla beginning, with the roasted malts tying everything together. The cinnamon and lactose character hold up the mid-palate. The finish is filled with chocolate covered chilies, like a high-quality Mexican hot chocolate. There is an awesome burn in the aftertaste, that is pleasantly spicy without being overwhelming.

M – Very creamy mouthfeel, without much carbonation at all. A little fuller than medium and slightly sticky.

O – Man, this definitely exceeded my expectations. This is extremely well-balanced between the traditional chocolate character of the milk stout, the creamy vanilla and the heat from the chilies. Color me impressed. (1,122 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Shane. Consumed April 21st, reviewed from notes.

A: Pour brings out a dull opaque mahogany body with a fizzing mocha head. Head then diminishes into a thin ring. Can see some of the carbonation showing at the surface.

N: A bracing nose of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon. Roasted malt and coffee. Spice from the anchos shows upon closer inspection. Hints of caramel.

T: Heavy spice from the anchos. There's a moderate mixture of sweetness from the malts and some hop bitterness. However, there isn't quite enough here to stand up to the chilies and that's a shame.

M: Oily, medium mouthfeel. Milk stout lends a pleasant smoothness and alcohol is hidden.

O: A decent beer, but it doesn't explode with flavors like I'd hope. I get a lot of pepper and not much of the ancillary flavors. (806 characters)

Photo of 4amepiphany
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Before I really,... really got into craft beers, I took a stroll into my local Binny's and reached for this bottle. I was into DIPA's at the time, although I really enjoyed stouts, until I had encountered Hoptimum by Sierra Nevada. (I love the feel of those tongue-coating beers) That day, I was in the mood for a drinkable chocolate, and I really enjoyed those chili infused chocolates that were popping up here and there. Being of Thai background, I love my heat. This is the stout that sparked by interest in chili chocolate stouts. The chocolate is there. The chili is there, and leaves just enough spice on the tongue to leave you wanting more. Although after being spoiled by Bourbon County's delicious thickness, I immediately thought, "boy, I wish this was an imperial stout with more body", but the flavors are all there and on point. Overall, an enjoyable intro to the chocolate chili world.. as the more you find, the genre just keeps getting better. (961 characters)

Photo of ZDub
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/snifter hybrid glass. A thick "coffee with cream"-colored head erupted and faded quickly, leaving the opaque-brown brew to sit in the glass headless. The smell was nice, a lot of dark chocolate/cocoa, some toasted malt, and a slight hint of vanilla. Tasted moderated sweet with the toasted malts upfront followed by the dark chocolate/cocoa in the finish and a light-ish side of medium mouthfeel. What was surprising was the spiciness. Literally, this beer left a warm spicy feeling at the back of my throat that lingered, almost ground black pepper-like. It was actually very interesting, and although probably not for everyone, I enjoyed the spicy characteristic of this one. A good beer I'd have again, and an interesting take on a milk stout. (782 characters)

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Umm. Wow. Pulled this one out to let it warm for about 45 minutes before serving and that really still wasn't enough to pull everything Beejay and crew put in back out of it. Nice light boozy ring in the swirl showing off the 8.2 abv inside. There was a sort of dark caramel color in the base of the glass translating into a very dark brown almost black up top. You can't see through the glass that's for sure, and I don't recall much head, so it must've been thin and died out pretty quickly. I'm not terribly concerned about the carbonation because this is a kind of beer where the flavors should have a lot of room to be themselves and the carbonation needs to be natural in in its presence to the point of taking a back seat to them.
Really well done for where the flavors introduce themselves into the palate and tasting. The peppers only seem to say hello in the most polite way on the back and afterwards with a pleasant warming that sort of mimics the alcohol ringing the glass from swirling. Up front, it's a dance between the vanilla, lactose, cinnamon and cacao. That's also where the smell is. The cacao, and the vanilla seem most prominent from what I can recall. The ancho peppers are in back someplace, and just as in the tasting, they take their time to be detected.
This isn't a beer I'd want too many of in one session, but it's definitely one that is remarkable in what it sets out to do. Which must be something between a desert beer and a breakfast beer. Definitely one to pour into a goblet of some sort to let warm up as there is a lot to talk about with it, if talking about beer is your thing. This is a beer that could handle quite nicely placed into the right kind of barrel and given the time to grow and develop. Definite creeper potential. (1,771 characters)

Photo of msbedelia
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I found this beer to be unique, exciting, and exactly what I was in the mood for at the time. You can taste the cacao and the chile peppers- but it also still tastes like beer (I.e. it's not flavored to the point that its not recognizable as beer, a criticism many lob at flavored beers like pumpkin ales, etc). It receives a 5 from me mostly due to its uniqueness and its agreement with my personal taste. But such a bold and brave beer deserves to be rewarded. A friend desrcibed it was a party in one's mouth, and she's rit even though that's a litrle cliché and juvenile. If you don't like Mexican hot chocolate, you likely won't like this beer; if you don't like beer, you likely won't like this beer (or be on this website). If flavored beers aren't your thing, you may only give this a 3 or a 4. But it was a privilege to taste this beer and will remain a personal favorite for me. Definitely requires long sips, or you'll miss a lot. Enough to make me a lifelong fan of Pipeworks. (989 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared at a 12/21/12 tasting. Seemed an apt name at the time. ;)

A: Black body, brown highlights, 1/2" tan head. Ok retention, fine lace. Solid.

S: Spicy. Chocolate spiked with chili peppers. Intense and pleasant.

T: Sweet milk chocolate up front, with significant spice and mild fruitiness behind. Tasty.

M: Medium body, soft carbonation, prickly spice. All right.

O: Simple and enjoyable. Worth a shot, but not the most memorable stout I've had.

Cheers! (469 characters)

Photo of MIA4IPA
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with a tan finger head that has diminished with nice lacing. Smell is Vanilla, cinnamon cookie and spiciness. Taste resembles the smell I get a lot of the Cinnamon and vanilla up front and towards the end the chilies let me know they're here. Great mouthfeel, Overall a good Milk Stout and like the theme of End Of Days. The vanilla and the chilies are a nice combo! (386 characters)

Photo of Docrock
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber poured into a Pint glass

A - dark brown with a small head that rapidly dissipated, there was evident carbonation but retention was lacking a bit.

S - roasted coffee and bitter chocolate is the first thing that hits you, a following of spice and cinnamon at the end.

T - the chocolate is the first flavor followed by the roasted coffee. a slight dryness or burning in the throat hints at the chili.

M - body seems a bit light for the style, carbonation was adequate, but the pepper aftertaste was a bit off for me. might be an interesting beer to cook with.

O - overall i would say this is an average beer that needs some refining. needs a bit more body to hide the chili a bit more. their two batches were quite a bit different, maybe next batch will be better. (780 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)
Batch 29??
A- This beer pours a jet black body that is inky with a thick meniscus of tan cream that last a good bit. A bit to dark to see any carbonation.

S- Vanilla bean with oak hints give way to a chocolate nougat aroma and a cinnamon cookie note in the finish.

T- The chocolate nougat turns into more of a roasted coffee with a nice firey spice note to the finish. There are some fruity notes to the chili spice. As the beer opens the vanilla and the spice come through with a slight smokey note to the chili and a wonderful chili warmth lingers.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat that blends with the chili heat.

O- This is a nice chili heat that is supported by coffee, roasted malt stout and spice notes with a good vanilla bean in there aswell. It does have lots going on but they all work together. (845 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is medium brown with zero head. Aroma starts with ancho and is followed by deep cocoa character with a significant dry quality. The taste doesn't scream stout base. The ancho chilies are forward with a considerable amount of heat. Molasses and cocoa comes next. The heat lingers for quite some time one the palate. Body is heavy with minimal carbonation. Overall, a nice pepper forward stout. The cocoa and stout character are subdued, but still very good (466 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark brown that poured with a quickly disappearing head. It had a ton of carbonation that was jumping out of it. Given the color and carbonation, it actually reminded me of a glass of coke.

S - Dark chocolate and roasted coffee with a slight vanilla hint. There is also a slight chili and cinnamon spice that you catch near the end.

T - Light chocolate and vanilla are the first flavors. As the beer continues, the cinnamon spice and pepper heat pick up to give the beer a kick. The roasted coffee comes in on the end to add a level of complexity with the spice. Overall, this has more of a kick than I expected

MF - Light and slightly watery with medium carbonation. It has a bit of a tingle and heat that remains on the tongue from the peppers and cinnamon.

O - End of Days is a good pepper and cinnain stout that reminds me of a less robust version of Huna. It has great spice and light heat but the base stout is less flavorful and robust that you find in the best of this style. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was poured into a snifter at 55 degrees.
Batch# 29, 650mL bottle with blue wax on top.

Appearance: Pours opaque black, rich brown half finger head that resides to a spotted lacing, leaves a syrupy looking lacing on the sides of the glass. Just beautiful!

Aroma: The smell is very complex, decadent and you’re immediately hit with the four most prominent ingredients; Chocolate from the cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and spicy cinnamon and chilies. Also get some roasted malts, red fruit, lingering hops, candy sugar, smooth caramel, and that familiar lactose flavor.

Taste: When you take your first sip it begins with the rich, smooth and inviting flavors; the milk chocolate from the cocoa nibs, caramel, vanilla, a slight roast, the lactose milk, and the dark fruits. The rich, bold flavors’ continue to the mid-palate and lingers to the finish. The spicy cinnamon, pepper and chilies suddenly come through, take off but do not take over or dominate the other characteristics. The spices are pretty mild and they give you an after-burn in the cheeks and throat.

Mouth Feel: Good carbonation when first poured but really disappeared with each swirl and sip that I took. Medium viscosity, coats the mouth, and very slight alcohol in the back end.

Overall: This was a surprise to me and I thought it was very well-crafted milk stout. The characteristics of a smooth rich stout, the spices, vanilla, and the cocoa each standout equally and work together well. I have had only a handful of chili beers so far and I think this was just right for me and the best that I have had by far. This was a winner for me and I will definitely get again if I get another chance. (1,670 characters)

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End Of Days from Pipeworks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.