1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Close Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Close EncounterClose Encounter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

195 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 195
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 26
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 195 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

tom10101, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of deebo
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

deebo, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Boston_Steve
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Boston_Steve, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of ackeeper
4/5  rDev +2%

ackeeper, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Casedogg43
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Casedogg43, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of MacQ32
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

MacQ32, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of mwgroove23
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mwgroove23, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of vinny21bal
4/5  rDev +2%

vinny21bal, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of EdFed
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

EdFed, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of thisisforever
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

thisisforever, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Cresant
3.2/5  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.

Cresant, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of jmbot4371
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jmbot4371, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of MNPikey
4/5  rDev +2%

MNPikey, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

zonker17, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of sirrancelot
4/5  rDev +2%

sirrancelot, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mmulebarn, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of emottram
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

emottram, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Chrixsus
4/5  rDev +2%

Chrixsus, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

kjkinsey, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My lovely wife picked this up at a Binny's in Chicago when she went to visit family this past summer.

Served in a DC Brau tulip.

A: Poured thick, black, intense, and infinitely sticky. What more could one want?

S: I could literally smell this thing from several feet away. Is this a Black IPA or stout? Sorta reminds me of FFF Black Sun in that regard. Infinitely bright, fruity, and candy-like, but with a good bit of grainy char thrown in for safe measure.

T: Actually, the char hit the palate first, but then the semi-sweet goodness fill the mouth shortly after. Still, this is almost a black and tan: big stout infused with an East Coast IPA. However, it had this overall black cherry quality that was flat out awesome.

M: Thick and gooey, just the way I like it. RIDICULOUS lacing, and the carbonation was nice and low.

O: This blew me away. Obviously, a lot of the reviews on here didn't have the same beer I had.

Chaney, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Nugganooch
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber – Batch#57 into my Stone IRS Snifter glass
Notes taken on 10/13/13

Received in trade – Thanks Paul!

A: Pours a dark inky black body with the slightest crimson edge on it. Virtually pitch with no visibility. Produces about a half finger width of dark khaki foam with decent stay. Eventually falls out to a swirl leaving minimal dots of stick down the glass.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts with some cooked caramel sweetness, molasses, dark fruits, and a hint of black licorice spice. I am getting some wafts of alcohol as well. Very roasty with a touch of smoky char. Nice and stouty. Not particularly hoppy in the aroma.

T: Blackened malts with some coffee grounds, bitter dark chocolate, and an astringent sour charcoal ash. It is a little off-putting to say the least coupled with a high amount of hop bitterness. More spice and earthy hops, but mostly unremarkable in flavor. Finishes with a hint of dark berries with plum and just a touch of alcohol noted. This could have been really nice but the acrid char is a bit overbearing.

M: Thick body with a nice frothy smooth texture and high amount of drying lending to a much lighter finish. There is big astringent bite and some light alcohol warmth. Finishes with a rather clean coat.

D: I am down for a hoppy stout but this one didn’t quite work for me. A little heavy handed on the roast barley. Gets a bit harsh with the ashy char. Other than that it is a fairly decent brew that I am stoked to have had.
Love the concept, love the label artwork, didn’t quite love the execution.

Nugganooch, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of sudsy2drunk
5/5  rDev +27.6%

sudsy2drunk, Oct 13, 2013
Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.