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Close Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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88
very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.67%
Wants: 24
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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:
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…

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Liquors in August trip, so fairly fresh. Very roasty aroma and taste. Dry, some chocolate and light coffee. Dark black colour, some white head. Pretty smooth and drinkable, though still not the best In a great style. Nice bitterness, mild citrus.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:18:26 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrAwkward82 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Batch # 10.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of hop bitterness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a nice version of a hoppy stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 01:02:55 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 19

Appearance: Pours an obsidian color with a creamy tan head that displays great retention and a patchwork of lacing

Smell: Waves of roasty chocolate and pithy grapefruit alternate

Taste: The hops don't even wait a millisecond for the malts to establish a presence, dominating the flavors, up front, with a bitter, piney character; though the dark chocolate flavors in the malt profile add depth by mid-palate, the hops dominate this beer from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As great as it smells, I was slightly disappointed by the flavor profile and would have liked to see a more rounded approach to the hop presence in this beer; I think this is a different beer from the Cascadian IPA as the malt bill is much more stout-like so I would agree that it is a very hoppy double stout

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:28:05 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-06-2013 23:30:26 | More by nmann08
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color ale with a large dirty brown color head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of a powerful hops punch with some citrus notes and some herbal hops notes which are offset by some dry roasted malt notes. Taste is a powerful mix between some huge dry roasted malt offset by citrus and grapefruit hosp notes with an herbal finish. Body is full with somewhat of a creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with huge flavour and not necessarily something I would feel like drinking on a regular basis but glad I tasted it.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 13:57:25 | More by Phyl21ca
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2013 02:16:46 | More by kjkinsey
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-12-2013 01:53:43 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-14-2013 02:17:13 | More by Texasfan549
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally getting around to this bottle, something I picked up before the Expo last week. It pours an inky black-brown topped by a slightly fluffy finger of brown foam. The nose comprises minty greens, cocoa powder, roasted malts, molasses, and a small pinprick of grapefruit peel. The taste holds notes of grapefruit zest, dark chocolate powder, light roasted malts, light molasses, light pine, earthy greens, and a touch of mild char buried deep in the background. Some toasted pine needles linger on deep into the night, erasing much of the stout characteristics from my tongue, leaving me wanting more. The body is a light hefty, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly silky-leaning feel. Overall, a pretty solid hoppy stout. I'd've liked to see the balance between thick roast/chocolate and hops hang on through the finish, rather than have the stout take a dive and the hops dance about for a bit, but it's still tasty regardless.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 21:45:05 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bells tulip glass, it's jet black with a layer of creamy mocha foam on the surface. Long lasting foam and rings of tan lace all over the glass.

Grassy, with notes of turned earth and deep roast at first. Smooth and creamy, plenty of coffee, dark chocolate, blackened malt, and a lingering grassy pine bitterness. Starts out dry and barely sweet, also finishing dry with the hoppy aftertaste remaining for quite awhile. Comes across almost like an imperial black ipa of sorts. Uinta Dubhe comes to mind, one of few I enjoy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 01:25:47 | More by emerge077
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Binny's. Served in a Darkness tulip.

A - A few fingers of tan mocha foam settle to a thick cap, leaving glass-coating lace behind. Body is a very dark near-black color that suggests a much bigger beer.

S - It's hoppy alright - tons of floral and piney hops with a kiss of citrus in there as well. Malt character is largely cocoa powder and caramel, with a light roast character to it. Really nice stuff.

T - Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as good, as there's a bit too much bitter grapefruit and charry roast, and a tad less sweetness than I prefer. This is definitely borderline Black IPA in flavor, but it's got a bit harsher than I prefer and could use a tad more sweetness.

M - Surprisingly zesty carbonation, with a medium-full, chewy and mildly creamy body. Roasty finish, but with some residual stickiness.

D - Reminds me of old-school Storm King, but with more citrus and less pine in the hop bill. In any case, the Pipeworks guy seem to have hoppy beers in their wheelhouse. Might be a challenge to drink a whole bomber, but a glass was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 04:13:44 | More by MasterSki
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mdfb79

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-12-2013 18:00:30 | More by mdfb79
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-13-2013 16:23:32 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body wit a thick creamy cocoa head that takes up 1/2 the glass. As it fades it sticks in lumps to the glass and is supported by a sea of microbubbles.

S- The chocolate roasted malt is soft with a finish of resin hops that grows a bit stronger as it opens but is never really full in aroma.

T- The roasted black malt has nice chocolate notes and some cream flavor to it. The green pine hopes blend in the finish and the soft hop bitterness and roasted bitterness gently linger.

M- This beer has a nice medium mouthfeel with a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice balance of roasted malt and hops with the hops growing a bit as the beer opens. The flavors are softer than the artwork on the bottle but it is still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 13:37:34 | More by rhoadsrage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-11-2013 01:59:14 | More by XmnwildX12
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-07-2013 18:16:29 | More by InspectorBob
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

01-30-2013 03:54:07 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

09-17-2012 02:30:54 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

04-19-2012 02:25:47 | More by Gonzoillini
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

03-25-2013 15:43:43 | More by drummermattie02
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-16-2012 02:56:31 | More by Zaphog
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-05-2013 15:08:31 | More by ShanePB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Batch #10.
Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Black. Completely dark as night. One finger of light brown head.

S - A big fresh hop aroma up front with some citrus and lighter pine notes coming through. Roast and hints of chocolate in the background.

T - Bitter hop punch up front with some big citrus flavours present. A big roast profile hits the tongue next complimented by hints of cocoa and molasses. Bitter, dry finish.

M - Medium body with a great chew. Silky smooth. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:53:35 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am so jonsing right now....just the other day a co-worker and I were talking Chicago beweries and he mentions Pipeworks....I never heard of them....Check out the local Binny's....BAM....Close Encounters...WHAT? A hopped up Double Stout....I'm in. This beer is really good....follows a black IPA, but has more coffee stout taste. The beer poured an opaque black with a tan thin head that is lacing. The smell has a nice mix of coffee stout with fresh hops mixed in. The taste follows the scent. With the coffee and hops there is a subtle caramel hints. The mouthfeel is full bodies with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer. I can't wait to find more from PIPEWORKS!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:05:48 | More by WoodBrew
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-28-2012 03:27:10 | More by bsuedekum
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Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.