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: 35
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
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:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-14-2012)
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Photo of JPortillo
1/5  rDev -73.8%

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.

Photo of sgoro
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of h4zel
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour:
Very dark brown, one finger ivory head. Decent retention slight lacing

Scent:
Roasted malt mmm. Burnt wood, tobacco, hint of pine. Booze.... I'm surprised at the degree of alcohol though, this only sits at 7%. The wood and malt blends well though, and invite you to take drink!

Taste:
Up front, definitely malty, woody, nutty, roasty goodness. Smoked pork product in their as well though, I always attribute a smoked flavor with pork products :). Then there's that booze again, followed by slivers of toast and slight pine at the end.

Mouthfeel:
Initially, fizzy and almost creamy, really nice. Let it sit a sec and you're left with an oily, resin coating on the roof of your mouth.

Overall:
I was really excited at the pour. The smell was nice except for the heavy smell of alcohol. The booze, for me, really interrupted what was for the most part, a well balanced, smoky porter.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

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.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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 ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Dat
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of monitorpop
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of 1up
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of markmcconv
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 brentk56
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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 rudzud
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Grohnke
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, well forming/holding creamy light tan head. Appears to be very clear. Leaves a light lace etching as it falls.

Strong smoke aroma, faint whiskey, light wood. Leathery tabbacco. Hints of vanilla. No hop aroma.

Smoked and roasted malt are in the forfront, with subtle whiskey barrel notes. Very light chocolate and vanilla.No hop flavor. Firm bitterness. Finishes dry and lightly sweet, with the barrel becoming more apparent. Aftertaste is smoky and lightly sweet.

Medium light body, with medium high carbonation, smooth and somewhat creamy. Noticeable astringency.

Ive seen many people comment on there not being any barrel characteristics to this, and seeing that many of the reviews are from an earlier date. Perhaps the barrel is now more apparent with a couple months on it. Very smoky indeed, and would have been wonderful paired up with a cigar. I wish the "subtleties" were a bit bolder, as I think the main flavors were quite dominant.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Arbitrator
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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