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End Of Days - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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 dgugliuzza
1.51/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip

Pours black with a bubbly tan head. A steady stream of carbonation shoots up from the center of the body. Very strange that the carbonation only appears in the middle of the glass.

The smell is head scratching. Stale and funky followed by spice and heat. Green apple smell is also present. The beer smells as if it may be infected.

Wow, there is a lot of heat coming through right off the bat. A lot of funk and off flavors after that. Diacetyl and green apple are most evident.

Thin and watery mouthfeel with a burst of misplaced carbonation. Like the smell and taste, the mouthfeel is off. Difficult to drink.

Overall this beer was a let down, especially after the high bar that Ninja vs. Unicorn set. This beer was lacking any roasty or malty qualities. granted, this bottle seems to have been infected due to the off flavors and carbonation. Oh well, here's hoping the Pipework's third release mirrors the first one.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
1.76/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From notes.

The beer itself is a brown color, nearly black with a bubbly off-white head. The bubbly white head is the first sign of problems for a stout.

Chiles, or more realistically, chile oil pops out into the nose. I may be imagining it, but a little bit of chocolate and roasted malt would be the only thing behind it.

The taste is pretty bad. The flavor is really flat, with no real milk stout character. There is some chile and oil, with just a bit of roasted malt in the back.

This is thin, kind of dry, oily, watery, and spicy to the point where it overwhelms the other flavors.

This is the poorest, ok the homeless man’s Hunahpu’s. If you are looking for a beer that is dark like Hunahpu’s but you want a terrible beer instead, this is the beer for you. 5 of us could not finish a bottle of this. It is hilariously bad. I can’t finish a sample-sized pour of it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
1.93/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Alex (Masterski) for providing this one.
Bottled 2/25/12

Thin fizzy dull tan head fades as quickly as it builds. Dark brown with lots of light near the bottom of the glass getting through. No lace.

Aroma is medicinal with a hint of chocolate syrup. After a few more whiffs you can discern some pepper here.

Pretty spicy in the finish. The spice is there and the pepper is quite in your face. Nothing really below this to support either. There still is an off flavor here that you can’t really discern due to the spices and heat. Not really working for me. Finish is merely a prickle in your throat.

Body is fine for a milk stout and carbonation is overtaken by the spice.

Not a winner here, that’s for sure. Always fun to try new beers, don’t think I’ll have this one again.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.26/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Second offering by Pipeworks. After Ninja vs. Unicorn, I pretty intrigued and somewhat optimistic about this.

A - A mahogany colored beer, with an off-white head. Left some minor stick on the sides.

S - Smells of cinnamon, some chili, some raw cocoa nibs, maybe a little chocolate and cocoa. It's kind of a mess and there's nothing really good in the aroma.

T - Beer pretty much crashes here. Tastes kind of like dirty water with some cinnamon flavor and a little bit of cocoa. Slight raw nibs taste. I get a slight bit of heat from the anchos, which helps to cover some of the other stuff up. Regardless, this is not good.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, maybe it's the taste but somehow it seems a little thin/watery.

O - Was hoping for something good after the raised expectations by their first release. Unfortunately this is not a good beer by any stretch. Maybe 3rd time will be a charm.

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Photo of Sean9689
2.36/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from WLV Liquors and poured into tulip.

A - Pours a brown color, light cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - Chilies, chocolate, light roasted malts. It doesn't smell like much of anything, kinda watered down. The chilies just weren't well-integrated and the milk stout base is just simply muted.

T - Tastes like a lightly sweetened chili water. It's just too light, even for the style, and there's just something charred and "off" with this beer. Finishes like a chili dumped in water mixed with an ashtray.

M - Way too thin, light carbonation, watery finish.

O - Quite a disappointment for me on this beer. After Pipeworks blew it out of the water with Ninja vs. Unicorn, this beer was a bad experience. Not even sure if I want to send the other bottles I bought as extras. I love you Gerrit and Beejay, but this beer is a pass for me.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber (batch #2) into tulip glass. Pours black with a thin tan head. Cinnamon sugar on the nose, milky with a peppery heat and a lightly charred dark malt base. Taste isn’t quite as pungent--cinnamon graham crackers, chocolate, with a peppery heat that shows up near the end and lasts through the long finish. I am not a big fan of chile in beer. Very thin and watery mouthfeel which hurt this beer. Overall, not impressed with this one of the Pipeworks bunch.

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Photo of CooperEllis
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
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.


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Photo of bengore
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a bottle from Binny’s South Loop location. Pours deep black with minimal head. Aroma is definitely coffee with a little bit of chocolate. I definitely taste the coffee in this one and the spiciness is enjoyable as it lingers in your mouth for a bit. Overall a decent stout, but I would like to see the cacao nibs stand out a bit more.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What is it with me and milk stouts? Anyway, pouring this into a nonic pint glass slowly.

A fairly decent looking beer off the pour, but the head snaps and falls very quickly after its formation. Head has a nice cocoa brown coffee color to it, very sudsy and soapy looking. Body color is quite dark nearly black, but it's almost got a very faint red hue to this around the edges. Looks a little like cola.

Nose smells of a powdered cocoa, sweet cola soda, and some hot red pepper. Nice aptly described on the bottle and delivering.

A very wet body even for a milk stout. Cola like feel but also brings the nose characteristics out nicely. Very hot peppery finish and even on the mid palate. Mixes well with the bitter chocolate angle.

Overall the flavors are there, but the beer tastes and feels too much like soda.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by starrdogg. Thanks Matt!

The beer is dark brown with a thin beige head. Real shocker. The aroma brings pepper, roast, hints of chocolate and vanilla. The flavor imparts a huge dose of pepper - whoa! Calm down on the pepper. Unbalanced and a bit overdone. This beer is not shy. It's a "you're fat and I have no tits" beer. Light to medium bodied. Overall, worth a try.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a nice fluffy beige head.

Smells of cocoa and char with a light cinnamon spice.

The taste is just strange, to say the least. The cocoa is nice, but the peppers contribute an overwhelming vegetal and earthy flavor. This beer has a spicy heat in the finish unlike any beer I've had before. It leaves my tongue stinging ever-so-slightly.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly for a milk stout. It's not terrible, but milk stouts are usually silky smooth and this is not.

This was a little dissapointing for my first beer from them, although I'm expecting much better with future offerings. The chiles just threw this way out of wack.

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Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber. Bottled on Feb 25, 2012.

It pours a dark brownish black with a multi-hued fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

The smell is definitely reminiscent of Mexican chocolate. I think closer to the mass-produced ones but with an extra hint of dark fruit coming from the anchos.

The flavor is decent. Very spicy but not hot spicy, with just a tiny bit of heat in the throat. Mostly cinammon and even what is liek a nutmeg flavor. Bitter cocoa and coffee are the main flavors though. There is a hint of fruitiness but not too much.

It is a decent beer.

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