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End Of Days - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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57 Reviews
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Reviews: 57
Hads: 266
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 34
Gots: 42 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 Agold
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a short off white head. No lacing, no retention, not a super pretty beer. Aroma more than makes up for the appearance. Ancho chilies are probably the best use of the ingredient I have come across. Chilies are sweet and fruity with lots of cocoa and a bit of smoke. It reminds me of a spicy cinnamon brownie. Aroma is exactly as described. Flavor has a nice chili spice, a bit of cocoa, mild fruity roast. The mouthfeel is a bit lighter, but still really nice. Creamy carbonation and very smooth. This beer is outstanding. Very well made with a lot of great characteristics.

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Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 12 (blue wax).

A: Pours a thick brownish-black with a nice tan head.

S: Slight vinegary green chile and chocolate. Vanilla comes out as it warms.

T: More vegetal ancho, roasted grain, and chocolate. Vanilla pokes through the pepper. Slight tingly spice on the tongue, and a pleasant heat grows as the glass drains.

M: Slight carbonation, medium-to-thick and silky.

O: Not a big fan of chile beers, but this is pretty good. Really nice heat profile.

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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)

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.


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Photo of Khazadum
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent appearance, thin collar, not too sticky. Mohogony body.

Big cinnamon. Sharp ancho spice, bits of light toast, where is the vanilla. Chocolate?

Tastes... Weird. Bright cinnamon, burning ancho heat, finishes capsaicin. Hot, burning. Green vegetal pepper and dirt.

Thin, long lasting cinnamon and ancho spice. Decent carb. vlots of heat. Sensitive ninnys need not apply.

Not as good as previous release, but not bad.

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Photo of pschul4
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumped for this one from Pipeworks! It's my first from them. Shared with areich6

A- Pours cola brown with very little head

S- I can smell the light chocolate that is typical of a milk stout with a slight chili scent in the backround

T- Nice chocolate flvors in the front with a slight chili burn in the back of my throat, I'm digging this flavor

M- Epic fail here. Quite watery which leaves me very disappointed

O- I wish this taste accompanied a thicker mouthfeel. Flavor is good but mouthfeel kind of ruins this for me

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Photo of MIA4IPA
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, DLFarris!

Black and somewhat thin in body with a moderately sized dark brown head that doesn't stay around for too long. This leaves irregular spotting of lace down the glass.

The aroma is an interesting, signature aroma of earthy chiles, mild chocolate, a bit of cinnamon spice, and some roast. It comes together nicely, and could already see this pairing nicely with Mexican desserts.

The flavor too is nice and appropriate for the style and aim. The earthy, though not at all spicy, flavors of the chile, cacao, and cinnamon play nicely with the body of the beer. This is nice, though I wouldn't want to drink a ton of it.

Somewhat thin in body with low carbonation.

A niche-filling, tasty beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a wispy partial cap, thick collar, and minimal lacework. Very dark brown body. 4.0

S - Ancho chiles and overwhelming cinnamon. There's a bit of cocoa nib in the periphery. This is dominated by the adjuncts and I don't get a very good sense of what the base beer is all about - that being said it'd be reasonably pleasant if I didn't dislike cinnamon so much. 3.5

T - Things seem to have taken a wrong turn here - intense earthy and charry flavors, some green cocoa nib, pepper, spice and cinnamon in the finish. I think the beer is too small to support all these adjuncts, and Sean's description of 'chile water' is reasonably accurate. 2.0

M - A tad watery, but not excessively so for the listed 6.1%. Some minor warming from the anchos, but fairly mild chile burn. Unobtrusive carbonation, and a slightly gritty texture. 3.0

D - The mess of a flavor pretty much negates the other redeeming qualities here. I've heard that future batches will be higher in alcohol, and I'm hoping that means more base beer and body. I imagine cinnamon-loving masochists may find this really exciting. Slightly embarrassed to have sent this to a regular trading partner. 2.5

UPDATE: So I had the more recent blue waxed Batch #12, and it's a significant improvement. Appearance is largely unchanged.

S +1.0
A nice medley of vanilla, cocoa, and sweet malts, with better integration of the cinnamon and chiles flavors. Potent and enjoyable.

T +1.5
While this still suffers from a bit too much char and ashy bitterness in the finish there is significant more heft and balance, with sweet malts, lactose, vanilla, and chocolate making an appearance, as well as a slight vegetal chili flavor.

M +0.5
Still a tad thin, especially considering it was bumped up to 8.2%. Otherwise it's pleasant, with a smoother texture, pleasant carbonation, minimal alcohol, and some building chile heat on the back of the throat.

D +1.5
A massive improvement of the Batch 2 bottles. I'm glad I took a chance and picked this up, as the tweaks implemented by Pipeworks have turned this into a solid and enjoyable beer that is far more consistent quality-wise with the rest of their offerings. I suspect as the next batch will be even better.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of areich6
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch black with little head. The head that is there recedes quickly.

S: Smells pretty good, the cinnamon is very evident. Roasty malts are also prominent.

T: The roasts and cinnamon are quite forward in the beginning, tastes a little sweet. The burn of the peppers this is brewed with lingers in the back of the throat. Pretty unique.

M: This absolutely ruins the beer. It is as light as water. This style of beer, coupled with the flavors that are present, should be much thicker. The lack of viscosity manages to detract from the taste in my opinion.

O: This beer would be pretty good if it was only

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 29 bomber with blue wax poured into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a thin film of light brown head that fades back to a thin film atop supported by a few rising bubbles. Around the edges is a thin film of lighter brown clarity. As the cap fades, it leaves some spots of lace sticking to the glass. It takes a rough pour and a vigorous swirl to bring less than a finger of bubbles back to the surface.

The aroma includes some roasty grain elements that are quite enjoyable that meld into some cocoa/chocolate aspects. At times there is almost a cola element to the way this brew smells. The vanilla is faint but it is present and really assists in making the chocolate aspect pop. I can't really tell if the cocoa aspects I am smelling are coming from nibs or the roast of the grain. Regardless, it is enjoyable. As the brew warms up, the first signs of the peppery quality shines through along with a faint spice of cinnamon. You really got let this one breath to pick up on all the nuances.

The taste brings the cocoa and vanilla quite strong upfront. Mid-palate there is some roasty grain inclusion and a mild touch of almost fruity alcohol. Just like the aroma hinted, there is a bit of a cola-type of feel to this almost like root beer but not quite. The finish screams chillies and their warmth. The spice of this brew is not hiding at all but it isn't over-done either. The aftertaste presents a tingly warmth of spice and peppers that is quite enjoyable and it gets a bit exaggerated by the alcohol inclusion which is mildly numbing. For the amount of peppery spice, I am surprised by how much I dont pick up on any earthy peppery flavoring until the brew gets warmer. This is really a tride and true milk stout with a very unique twist.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lower level of carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable in this but it works. A really nice arrangement of flavor and enough restraint on the pepper that it isn't obnoxious but also isn't subtle by any regards. The alcohol at times pokes through with a fruity ester that seems misplaced but isn't so much that it would be distracting. This is an interesting brew and worth a try. To sit down and just enjoy a beer, I probably wouldn't reach for this again. But to have paired with some food would be brilliant. The strange cola aspects of this really threw me for a loop.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Alright, onto the second beer from these boys. Bar has been set decently high... It pours a nearly opaque black-brown topped by a finger of charcoal gray foam, which sort of blazes out in a fit of fizziness. The nose comprises roasted malts, earthy chiles, mild dark chocolate powder, and a touch of coffee. The taste starts off with a straightforward roast-and-cocoa flavor, but then a blast of chile greenery and heat comes rollicking in. Right on. Then, as things are settling down, some mild cinnamon and even milder Irish cream make themselves known. The overall combination works out pretty nicely. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry, champagne-like finish. Overall, a nice beer, but a tad thin and fizzy for my tastes. Beyond that, a solid peppery milk stout.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours opaque, oily black. There is a light tan head the quickly fades to nothing. Lacing is minimal bordering on non-existent.

S: Some mild chocolatey malts are the first thing I smell, followed quickly by some cinnamon. There is some faint spice as well.

T: At first the taste is similar to many milk stouts. Mild milk chocolate and some roasted malts, vanilla and brown sugar. Then the spices start to assert their flavors. The cinnamon comes through and adds a nice flavor to the beer. The ancho chilies complement this very well. The mild heat they provide almost seems to come out of the cinnamon flavor.

M: Fairly light for such a dark beer and a little bit watery. Carbonation is minimal.

O: Standard milk stout with the interesting addition of spices. Cinnamon and chilies are the most prominent and give a delightful spice.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Docrock
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of quirkzoo
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rmalinowski4 for this one.

Pours pitch black with 1 finger of dark tan head that recedes to a thin cap.

Roasty stout aromas, cacao nibs, dried red chillies like a New Mexico ristra. As it warms I get a bit of vanilla and caramel sweetness.

Some chili pepper heat up front, a bit tingly, other than that similar to the aroma but more muted.

The mouthfeel was thin, especially for a milk stout. Carbonation was spritzy which accentuates the spice and plays down the vanilla and chocolate.

Overall this is an interesting beer and worth seeking out if you like chili peppers but it doesn't taste much like what I think of when I think of a milk stout.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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