End Of Days - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
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.
02-05-2013 22:02:11 | More by MostlyNorwegian
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
01-23-2013 00:05:14 | More by msbedelia
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-11-2013 02:47:26 | More by woosterbill
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
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!
01-02-2013 00:03:45 | More by MIA4IPA
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
12-23-2012 17:14:18 | More by Docrock
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
(Served in a nonic)
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.
11-28-2012 20:28:11 | More by rhoadsrage
End Of Days from Pipeworks Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.