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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

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:
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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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.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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 Phyl21ca
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.

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.

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 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 XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

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.

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 Duff27
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 CheapBeerBuzz
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of whartontallboy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of EgadBananas
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.

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.98/5  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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 egrace84
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Sparky44
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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