Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%) - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%)Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%)

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Pipeworks Barrel Aged Smoked Porter unites wood and smoke in a natural harmony. This first barrel aged offering finds our smoked porter aged in millet, spelt, and rye whiskey barrels from our friends at Koval Distillery. Like smoking a pipe by the fireplace, the resulting blend reeks of sophistication. We hope you'll enjoy this taste of liquid refinement.
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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 36
Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly opaque black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour

S- heavy smoke aroma up front gives notes of smoked peat moss, charred wood, dried pork, chocolate malt & band aides.

T- taste follows the aroma with lots of smoke up front with flavors of charred smoky cherrywood, smoked peat and a hint of sweet chocolate malt on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy and spritzy mouthfeel and a foamy sudsy finish

O- couldn't really get much of the barrel character but there was definitely tons of smoke, that held up even after over two years of age

Photo of brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1

Appearance: Pours all foam, and it takes quite a while for the espresso colored liquid to appear

Smell: Campfire smoke, chocolate and Bourbon barrel tones

Taste: Chocolate, black bread and campfire smoke, with vanilla, Bourbon and cane syrup tones building in the mid-palate; somewhat phenolic in the finish, with a Band-Aid character

Mouthfeel: A spritzy mess with a medium body

Overall: Though the beer had promise the few years it spent in the cellar did not favors for this beer as the carbonation became a mess and the phenols attacked the flavor profile

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a light creamy head, thick pitch black beer.

Nose loaded with smoked malt, campfire char, light burnt roast acrid, a bit of barrel char and light whisky that is hardly detectable.

Taste stats with acrid char, smoked everything but not overpowering, little campfire and peat, slight burnt acrid char, then barrel rounding with very very light whisky and vanilla, back into tobacco, earthy, fluffy dark malts too, smoldering log. Finish is dry but a bit sweet, little syrupy, long lingering smoke campfire, touch of barrel.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, interesting beer, smoke is the dominant everything overpowering almost, char as well, whisky is barely detectable, and it's hard to finish the glass.

Photo of rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros. Had this in the fridge for almost a year.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin mocha blanket that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of TONS of smoke here, distracting amount of smoke, the chocolate and rye whiskey are hidden by the smoke.

T - Taste is very smoky, again almost distractingly so. Light rye whiskey notes, no chocolate at all, light malt sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly thin but drinkable even though it is so smoky.

O - Overall I felt this beer was too smoky for my taste, glass to try it. Very campfire.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoky malt with light rye notes and some warming alcohol is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some smoked malt with dry rye whisky notes which kind of help ‘’rounding the corners’’ of this beer with light roasted malt notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Quite a lot of complexity in this one with some nice balance between the barrel-aging and the smoked malt notes.

Photo of GregSVT
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber into a tulip - Batch #5

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a large ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost one dimensional with a good amount of smoke and bbq but there are some chocolate malt and vanilla aromas in the background.

T: The taste is pretty smoke forward as well but I can also pick up flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of molasses on the finish. The smoke isn't so overpowering and neither are the barrel flavors. They work pretty well together but I'd like to see a bit more barrel here.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: While I enjoy Smoking Wood a bit more due to the better barrel presence this is a decent attempt at the style. I might order this at my local bar if it was available from time to time but I'd not seek this out beyond that. Decent beer but nothing mind blowing.

Photo of spark3148857
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown, verging on black. Very slighty ruby edges. I can't really get much out of the aroma besides the barrel characteristics, which are quite prevalent. The whiskey barrel and smoked malt really play well off of each other, however there isn't a lot of typical porter flavors to back it up and add complexity. The flavors are blended well so that neither overpowers the palate. Mouthfeel is as expected for a porter. Enjoyable and worth a try if you can still find Pipeworks batch 1...

Photo of Arbitrator
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank! From notes.

A: Pours an opaque (in the center) ruby-brown body that reveals translucence around the edges. Short-lived beige/tan head falls into thin collar.

S: Smoke, chocolate, lemon zest (reminds me heavily of Sprite). I was thrown for a loop by that one. Whiskey is noticeable, but restrained; this isn't the barrel-forward beast I thought it would be. Kind of a nice change.

T: This is a balanced take on the barrel-aged style; whiskey is noticeable but not overpowering, and smoke is accentuating without dominating the other characteristics of the beer. It's not hammy / bacony / salty. It has a modest chocolate sweetness and an aftertaste that, again, reminds me of lemon zest; I couldn't figure that out. It's not BAD, it's just different.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation.

O: This is very drinkable and really solid. I don't think it'll make waves, as it's not over-the-top, but it's worth sampling a bottle over an hour or so and appreciating its nuances.

Photo of pschul4
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice brown with a tan head that leaves decent lacing. Nothing exciting but not flat either

A- Super smokey. Hint of bourbon and chocolate malts but the smoked malts take complete control

T- Again super smokey. Same as the smell just a touch of bourbon and a little bit of chocolate/coffee malts but the smoke is all you know. Being a fan of smoked beer, me gusta

M- Couple be a little smoother but the carbonation doesnt do it a disservice

O- If you like smoked beers this is a MUST

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paulstoneanchor for bringing this gem to our camping trip the night before the FW Invitational. Mild head on a dark brown liquid, pretty thin, I would have estimated less than .3", the head was lighter brown. Good complex aroma, whiskey, wood, the right amount of smoke, neither to large or not enough, just fine, chocolate malt, roasted 2 row.

Taste was really easy drinking. Boy a smoked beer next to a campfire is the way to go, and maybe why it didn't taste overpowering, like a lot of smoked beers tend to do to my taste buds (it's like we're not even taste buds, we're like taste bros!). There isn't a single thing about this beer that is over the top, I like it, balanced, barrel presence at 7% alcohol, kick ass. Mild sweetness, mild smoke, mild chocolate, mild barrel = a damn good and enjoyable beer. Wouldn't hesitate recommending to others to pull the trigger on this one.

Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a small head.

The smoke is certainly there, but it's not overpowering. The smoke is backed up by aromas of malts, chocolate, toffee and a touch of whiskey.

Medium bodied with a solid feel. It's lacking a bit on the mid with notes of chocolate, smoke, and toffee.

I enjoyed this. I've yet to have the normal smoked porter, but this was pretty good. Shows the smoke and wood influences without being overbearing.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz, Batch #5
Tired Hands chalice

A: Pours a really dark brown color. Not completely black, but there really isn't that much light getting through. About a quarter finger of light light tan head. There is some lacing left on the glass after swirl.

S: Getting that charred malt. That roast. Getting a touch of vanilla. Some chocolate. Maybe some medicinal notes behind it all? Not a lot of barrel.

T: Don't know what to say here. First off, it's extremely thin. I was expecting more full bodied. I don't get much at the front of the tongue. In the middle, I get some of that artificial smoke flavor. Some charred wood and campfire like notes. Maybe a little dark cocoa too. I really don't get the barrel characters I'd expect. No oak or vanilla. Maybe the smoked malt takes away from that. Positive: booze is hidden. Easy drinking. Close is somewhat dry. Lots of liquid smoke and tobacco on the tail end.

M: Medium body here. Need a little more. Watery.

Photo of DrinkingDuck
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very Dark Brown to Black pour with a light caramel colored head about 1 finger, not lingering long with little to no lacing leftover.

Smell: Smell is boldly smokey with light hints of wooden whiskey barrels from aging, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Light smokey malts again blending beautifully with light hints of chocolate and vanilla flavor with smokey flavor becoming slightly more pronounced as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Soft to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very well balanced, thoroughly enjoyable Barrel Aged Smoked Porter done nicely by such a young brewery.

Photo of JimmyW
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At first I get a lot of carbonation, some pepper and some booze. After letting it warm up a bit I get a lot of smoke, still a good amount of carbonation and a thin, watery mouthfeel comes through, but also some dark fruit. It's not too bad, just not very well balanced. I think there's potential here as this brewery is still very young. Good color with decent head retention. Definitely smokey. I thought giving this one some time to warm up would help, but I only got a little bit of dark fruit, a fair amount of oak and a disappointingly thin and watery mouthfeel. Still lots of smoke. Reminds me of a generic Islay Scotch. Overall disappointed, but interesting enough that I would try again in the future.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Liquours. Rich yet not overwhelming smoked beer. Despite 20% smoked malt, it is very drinkable, some chocolate malt, and a wonderful whiskey finish. Not acidic at all, rather smooth. Chipolte aromas. Black with white head.Tasty, balanced.

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 1.

A: Pours a ruby-hued black with a nice dense light tan head.

S: Smooth smoked malt aroma - mild smoked meat, roasted grain, chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very smoky, less sweet than the aroma. Big charred oak and campfire smoke, bacon. Tepid chocolate and dark grain is mostly covered and dulled by tannic wood and smoke.

M: Fine carbonation, medium to thick-bodied.

O: Not bad, but the barrel character wasn't great - lots of heavy wood but that's about it, sorta dulled it out.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Robbiemoy13. Batch #1. Poured in to Bruery tulip.
Tried the same day as the regular version for comparison.

A - Dark brown. One finger of light brown head.

S - Smoke up front that dominates. Lighter roast aroma in the background. Very faint hints of bourbon in the background as well that would be difficult to to pick out if I wasn't looking for it.

T - Smoke up front with a fairly large alcohol presence. Some oak and very faint bourbon and vanilla characters are present. The barrel characteristics are very muted overall but they do noticeably subdue the smoke profile. The barrel adds noticeable alcohol but very little in terms of bourbon and vanilla.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Somewhat creamy.

O - An odd beer. The barrel aging needs some work.

Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, dark brown. Approaching black, but still somewhat translucent. Forms a moderate sized tan head that quickly reduces to almost nothingness. Very light lacing.

S: sweet roasted malts, raisin, molasses, a hint of smoke, and the some of the barrel comes through as a light oak and vanilla.

T: taste is similar o the aroma. Light dark malt fruity sweetness, woodsy, oak, and a little vanilla. Smoke is more pronounced than in the non-BA version.

M: medium bodied, lower carbonation, virtually no bitterness.

O: liked this one better than the non-BA version. A very drinkable porter that's light on both the BA and the smoke.

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is the same as the non barrel version... Brown with ruby highlights, minimal head. Nose has lots of barrel character up front pair with a you of vanilla and lots of smoke. The whiskey pairs very nicely with the smoked quality. Taste is very well balanced, the sweetness from the malts pair nicely with the smoked quality. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with mild carbonation. Overall, I like this better than the non barrel version.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1
A- The opaque black body has a light cocoa tan head that is thick and last a good bit. Carbonation is tiny slow bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The blend of soft smoked malt, bourbon barrel hints and dark roasted malt notes in the finish all blend together to compliment each other without overpowering the others.

T- The nice rich smoke blend has some dark nougat hints with a woody smoke that lingers and a soft smoked ham hint coming through as the beer opens. There is a gentle dark malt flavor underneath but is stays mostly in the background. The finish is slightly dry and pretty clean.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- No band-aids (chlorophenols) in this beer. The smoke flavor is great and gentle yet still has a lot of depth to it and the malt bill has some nice subtle complexity to it. Very easy to drink with lots of nice flavor.

Photo of chanokokoro
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks branded small tulip/snifter

Pours a very dark brown with a one and a half finger off white head. The smells of smoky roasted malt and booziness dominate the nose. This brew opens with smoke roasted malt, a hint of wood, then more smoke, finally finishing with just a hint of bitter espresso and a slight undertone of booze. Medium bodied and smooth. The smoked malt is the star of the show in this brew and is the dominant flavor throughout and there is very little contribution from the barrel. However, a very tasty and satisfying brew and a brew that fans of smoked beers (including me) will enjoy.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for opening this bottle! Thanks elliot.

poured into duvel tulip.

reviewed from notes 6/28/12

Appearance: light black bodied beer with one an a half fingers of mocha brown head. spotty lace on glass.

Smell: really smoky. Meaty, earthy, peat moss and woody smokiness.

Taste: Just like the beer smells. The smokey malts are really flavorful. Moderately smoky. Meaty and salty bacon smoke with hints of earth, peat and a hint of oak. The beer finishes with a mild sweatness. Not much barrel is found in this beer, maybe the sweet finish at the end of the beer is the barrel tring to come out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is really smooth and slightly creamy. The beer gets a thiner mouthfeel thin as it warms to room temp. Drinks slightly below it ABV.

Overall: My first Pipeworks brew. I liked it and its got a great smoked malt profile, but the porter gets a little bit lost in all the smoke. Wish that the barrel would have had more influence in the beer also.

Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lived head on a dark brown body. Leaves a collar.

Bits of bacon in there.

Mmm. Smokiness is at just about the perfect level for me. Mouthwatering chocolateyness from the porter portion of the malt bill.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Tasty treat right here as pretty drinkable for a smoked brew. Every Pipeworks I've had is above solid. Thanks for the share egrace84.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass.

Tried directly after the normal version, just to see how the barrel-aging affected the base. It pours a clear dark burnt sienna topped by a short finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises straight whiskey, light oak, roasted malts, light hickory smoke, and molasses. The smoke is masked a bit by the whiskey, but still remains prevalent. Still, the whiskey comes across at times as a touch overpowering. The taste brings in more of the same, generally speaking, though the whiskey is certainly center stage (as well as most of both stages left and right) to a slight detriment of the rest of the elements (especially the smoke and roast). The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, it's an enjoyable smoked porter, but the barrel goes a bit too far, taking away from the smoked-porter-ness in favor of extreme whiskey. As much as I enjoy barrel-aged brews, some are better candidates than others for the treatment...

Edit: After posting the above notes, I took a look at the other reviews. Apparently most don't get much barrel here... Damn. All I know is that everybody in the room that tried this thing agreed that the barrel overtook all other flavors and aromas. Again, not a completely negative thing, maybe just too much of a good thing...? Something tells me the barrel is coming through more as time goes on.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark dark brown, mostly opaque. Forms a small tan head.

S: Smoke, chocolate, coffee – but the smoke is not overwhelming as it is in many smoked beers.

T: Smoke dominates here at first, even to the point of being a little overwhelming, especially near the end. But there's definitely chocolate, some vanilla & spiciness. The smoke flavor seems less as warms; I'm not sure if the flavor profile was changing or I was just getting used to it.

M: A good bit lighter than I expected given the appearance, but to the point that it detracts. There is definitely a smoky aftertaste.

O: Don't know why I do this to myself. Smoked beers just don't seem to be my thing. However, in the interest of fairness - I think this was quite good for a smoked beer! And would recommend it to anyone who tends to enjoy such beverages.

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Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%) from Pipeworks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.