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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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86
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2012)
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Reviews by GregSVT:
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

GregSVT, Dec 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jaminjohnson, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5  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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 11, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Sammy, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Gonzoillini, May 11, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

emerge077, Apr 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Devi0us, Jan 12, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

KDawg, Oct 11, 2012
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3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 08, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

spark3148857, Nov 25, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 17, 2012
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4.03/5  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.

EgadBananas, May 13, 2012
Photo of tfidler
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

tfidler, Apr 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Bierguy5, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of JimmyW
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

JimmyW, Aug 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Big_Dave, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

injuredreserve, Mar 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

sgoro, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +4.7%

JohnnyChicago, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

eorwar, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Etan, Jul 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

ystazi, Aug 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Drucifer, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MarkFy, Aug 24, 2012
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Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%) from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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