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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

74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | 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
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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 everettsbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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 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 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 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 Agold
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer side by side with the regular smoked porter. It has a shorter head which recedes to a thin layer with a nice healthy ring around the outside of the glass. Not quite as much lacing as the regular one. Aroma is quite oaky, but definitely not overbearing. Less smoke or roast comes through in this beer than the regular, although I can pick up a bit of cocoa which is nice and I don't get any of the fruit that I get in the base beer. Aroma feels like it has a bit less depth and robustness, but not bad by any means. Flavor is smokey with a dry oak instead of a sweet caramel bourbon. The smoke blends with the barrel almost making this one seem peaty. Almost scotch like. I get smoke, cocoa, oak, some earthy notes, and a nice warming alcohol. Very scotchey to me. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, could have a bit more body, but the carbonation is nice and fine and creamy. Really nice. I am not sure which beer I like more, the regular or the barrel aging. You can definitely get a lot of the same notes in this beer that you get in the base, but they are completely different experiences.

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 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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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 kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, with red waxed cap, into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a nice black with a 2 finger beige head. Small lacing bubbles cling to the class but reside quickly.

S- smoke definitely dominates the aroma of this beer. Has some sweet chocolate and maybe a faint whiff of whiskey.

T- smoke right off the bat, with roasted malts and some chocolate. The barrel characteristics are almost void from the taste. Slight whiskey maybe that's about it.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly thin with some effervescence.

O- nice smoked beer, but was expecting a lot more from this beer. The barrel aging almost seems like a wasted effort. We will have to see how the non-barrel aged version compares before I can make a final decision.

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

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Finger-plus of late-rising dark tan foam that settles to a creamy cap, leaving ample lacing behind. Body is near-black and suggests a weightier beer.

S - Smoked meats, tobacco, hickory, charred wood, a bit of biscuit, vanilla, and milk chocolate sweetness, and some Koval whiskey bite that intensifies as the beer warms up.

T - The taste doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma. It's not bad, but it's a tad simplistic in comparison. The prevailing flavors are smoke and bread, with only the lightest vanilla sweetness in the finish. Not sure I would have picked up barrel presence from the taste alone to be honest.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body, with active carbonation. Chewy, but not overly sticky, yet yielding some of that residual mouth-coating smokiness. A hint of oak dryness appears in the finish. No obvious alcohol presence.

D - It will be interesting to try the base, as I'm finding the barrel character here quite subtle and I'm not sure if that's due to the relatively short time in the barrels or something intrinsic to Koval. In any case, this is far superior to Finch's first barrel-aged offering, which used the same source for barrels. I think I would have preferred if this came in 12oz bottles.

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