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Close Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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very good

197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 26
Gots: 27 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2012

Close Encounter is a bold venture into depths unknown. The best of both worlds co-exist between a rich roasted malt er’n character and an aggressive hop presence that will probe your taste buds like +thing you have experienced before. Don’t fear the unknown, embrace it! You never know who or what you may encounter…
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2.81/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A bomber given by a generous IL guy at Darkness Day eve. Batch 127.

A-Poured into a snifter, a thin finger of mocha head that laces the glass as it breaks down. Black as night.

S-Umm, very nice. I get a hint of grassy, earthy, slightly fruity hops with a very chocolatey malt quality. Other notes of rich roasted barley definite as well.

T-Unfortunately the taste doesn't hold up to the aroma. The rich dark malt overtakes everything in the taste. The hops add another level of bitterness beyond the burnt malt notes. Finishes a bit boozy. Kind of a mess.

M-A bit light in the body department. High carbonation.

O-Kind of a hot mess. Nice aroma, could use a better body and less bitter/astringent bite. A rough drink for 22 oz.

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Standardish stout appearance, great retention on the lace. Smells dry, hoppy, and oxidized.

Hoppy & bitter through and through. Surprising how much bitterness there is here. Roasted malts need more spotlight. Imbalanced, way too hoppy for a stout. Bleh.

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3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured this 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No batch # present. The body was potting soil black and had a head that was creamy & tan.

The smell was spicy. Root-beer like?

The taste was of bitter chocolate. There was minimal sweetness but there was a prickly alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine carbonation. Not my favorite Pipeworks beer but enjoyable.

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3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, from lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

A: Pours an opaque, brown body capped with an inch of mocha-colored head. Retention is surprisingly good for a stout, leaving a hefty collar, a nice, swirly film on top of the beer, and even a few tendrils of lace during sips.

S: Hops on the nose: pine with a light floral scent. Chocolate and roast follow behind.

T: There's no mistaking that this is a hoppy beer: it leads with pine and grapefruit, closing with mint and floral exhalation. Very interesting. The mid-taste is where the stout part shines, bringing chocolate, roast, and mild elements of char. Bitterness is pronounced and sticky.

M: On the foamier side than I like; not a deal-breaker, but it is definitely a ding. Medium-full body.

O: This is solid, but nothing to write home about.

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Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.