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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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very good

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | 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: 74 | Reviews: 35
Reviews by GregSVT:
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.

More User Reviews:
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 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 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 emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and nearly black in color, this beer pours placidly into a large mug, creating a finger of tan foam on the surface. It lasts for a good 5-10 minutes, leaving spotty lace around and a lasting skim also. It eventually parts, but a swirl slowly rekindles it.

Rich and woody barrel aroma, sweet notes of whiskey and maple, a light fruitiness and wisps of smoldering wood smoke. Vanilla, pipe tobacco, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Smoke and dried fruit sweetness upfront, dry woody oak traces in the finish, toasted barrel staves. It has a definite complexity due to the barrel blend, melding nicely with the mild smoke and roast from the base porter. Lingering traces of whiskey and wood minus the alcohol heat. Body is fairly light, and lightly carbonated. The flavors are bigger than it's body, but that's just fine. An interesting beer, and well balanced with unique flavors from the expressive barrel character.

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 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 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 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 EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. There was an almost finger of medium head.

Aroma is initially smokey, almost ham-like, but somewhat mellow. You can pick up that woodiness and light whiskey notes. It was slightly leathery with a hint of pipe tobacco.

The taste was a bit more meaty than the aroma, with a bit more of that rye whiskey oakiness. Some more leather, making it somewhat dry.

It had a nice solid medium feel too it, not to thick, not too thin. Overall pleasant on the palate.

A rather interesting and definitely tasty beer.

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 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 Listers
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost as black as can be with good head considering it is barrel aged. Smells of sweet toasted barley, oak barrel, smoke with none of the smells over powering the other; great balance in the nose. Taste is a little sweet up front with some vanilla. The smoke and roasted malt make up the body of the taste and the smoke lingers to the finish. The carbonation is more than what is expected from a BA beer. This beer is pretty easy to drink, compared to beers of a similar style.

Pipeworks is great at actually crafting beers with this being no exception. The whole smell and taste of this beer reminded me of BBQ food. Mostly because of the sweetness mixed with smoke. The barreling doesnt seem to be too obvious or prevalent in the beer but im sure it adds something great. I need to try the non-barreled version to compare.

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 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 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 WillCarrera
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch number 1, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with mahogany edges, topped with a thin khaki head that fizzles away to a ring. Leaves some spots of lacing.

S- Very smoky aroma of dry, charred oak. Has some subtle notes of whiskey, tobacco and chocolate malt. Reminds me of whiskey and a BBQ campfire.

T- Similar to the nose, a very nice smoky and very woody barrel character, has a subtle chocolatey background with light whiskey and fruit.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is a touch high but is very smooth and drinkable.

O- A really interesting beer, Pipeworks is doing something with a barrel besides making a huge, sweet beer that knocks you over the head with bourbon, the dry, smoky rye whiskey flavor is very subtle and interesting. I'm a big fan of this one.

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 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 Khazadum
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lacks the retention and thickness of head that I expect from a porter, the color of the head is tinged with cola at the base of the bubble collar but as it cascades up it appears like paper... off-white in coloration.

Just the right amount of BBQ and leather aromas. Smoked pork and a lightly toasted biscuit hint. Not too much barrel character though.

Flavors of... smoked leather, charred wood, crispy pork, sweet ending of mildly sweet malt character and what reminds me of fried rice.

Full bodied, very crisp ending of carbonation and alcohol slash. I think its also got a watery feel over the creamy silk lingering of other porters. Very great flavor retention for the pork. The appearance was such a let down, but the beer as a whole is quite nice... my only complaint. Wheres the barrel character other than the woodiness?

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 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 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 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.

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

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Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%) from Pipeworks Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.