End Of Days - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 15.61%
Wants: 38
Gots: 42 | FT: 4
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 woosterbill
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of MIA4IPA
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

Photo of Docrock
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of jeonseh
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of DirtyBikeBrewing
4.95/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was probably one of my favorite milk stout varieties I've ever had. These guys hit it on the head.

A - Black like night. Great carbonation and head.

S - Smells of rich spicy chocolate.

T - Spicy, smoky and super chocolatey

M - Great body and not to much residuals

O - Great beer. If you like spicy things this one is for you.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of bengore
2.91/5  rDev -23%
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.

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of quirkzoo
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Hjammer
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. 2nd batch (batch #12), the one with the blue print and blue wax.

A: Minimal tan/off-white head that doesn't stick around for long. The beer itself is colored a very deep and saturated dark brown, clearly not black though. Like the fur of a chocolate lab, only darker.

S: Light chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, milk duds? Something reminds me of a wheat beer a bit in the smell, just a bit. A tad bit of heat from the chillies too, only a hint.

T: Mild/dark chocolate up front, coffee, toffee, earthiness. Nice bitter finish which reminds me of some coffee as well. And of course, here comes the heat! In no way do the chillies overpower the stout flavors, but they add just the PERFECT amount of spice.

M: Decent amount of carbonation. Somewhat watery for a stout, but it's not too distracting for me personally. The spiciness from the chillies lasts a little bit. Just the right amount of afterburn.

D: I could drink multiple bombers without worrying about too much cocoa/coffee bitterness, and too much heat from the chillies. No issues in this department at all.

O: Easily my favorite offering from Pipeworks. I love stouts, and I love spicy food, so maybe there is some unfair bias, but regardless this is definitely one to seek out. I've let a few of my non-beer geek friends try some pours from previous bottles, and they have all been intrigued by this brew. I hope to keep drinking this one well past THE END OF DAYS.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
1.93/5  rDev -48.9%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a large tan head which fades just a tad too quickly without leaving much behind

Smell: Dried ancho chiles, with undertones of chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla

Taste: Milk chocolate and vanilla, up front, with first the cinnamon and then the chile flavors adding complexity; after the swallow, the flavors blend nicely, with the chile providing some residual heat in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; while it is a little thin for the style, I was not as bothered by it as other reviewers

Overall: I like the way this beer turned out, particularly the way the cinnamon and ancho chiles pair together with the milk chocolate; to my way of thinking, too many reviewers are pegging this against Hunahpu's and finding it lacking but that misses the point of what this beer is trying to accomplish

Photo of WankelEngine
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a mini taster snifter. Bottled February 25, 2012.

A: Pours a black color with brown edges. A thin off white head forms on the pour and dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Smells of strong cinnamon, light vanilla, some lactose sugar and some pale malts.

T: More emphasis on the cinnamon and the ancho chilis finally come out with a nice warming finish.

M: Super thin, almost bordering on watery. There is a slight pepper heat on the finish.

O: I had this on tap at Stout Fest and it was fuller bodied and more flavorful. I'm not sure if there some variation between the bottle and the kegs they have, but seek it out on tap if you can.

**Updated for new batch**

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #62

A: Pours a dark black color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin collar.

S: Cinnamon and chilies up front. Mild chocolate fudge with some roast to it.

T: Fudgey and chocolaty with a great cinnamon spice to it. The chilies aren't at all vegetal and give a great warming spice in the periphery. The finish is sweet with a hint of vanilla and lingering spice in the throat. Very tasty.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a low carbonation level. Creamy mouthfeel with a spicy and sweet mouthfeel.

O: This is the best batch yet. Absolutely delicious. Leaps and bounds better than the original batch. Great mouthfeel, full bodied and great underlying spice.

Photo of Sean9689
2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

End Of Days from Pipeworks Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.