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Hyper Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 29
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-20-2012

Jones Dog with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee.
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Ratings: 199 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by C20Percent:
Photo of C20Percent
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a nice big tan colored head of foam. Color is nice. Body is clean. Head is holding steady. I think lacing will tell the story here. Lacing is pretty nonexistent. Okay, got near the bottom of the bottle, and something very strange looking dropped in my glass. Not cool. Gonna drain pour. Can't see what it is -- so definitely not going to drink it. I only hope it was sediment.

S: Coffee aromas front-and-center. Smell is similar to Founders RIS -- only here I can't really tell if it's the coffee or roasted malts I'm smelling. Vanilla is holding steady over the dark chocolate. Not smelling any hops or anything like that, though. Not bad here.

T: Taste a little flat to be honest. Not tasting any quality malts. The coffee flavor comes and goes very quickly. I don't have a problem with that, but nothing really remains after that. It more or less taste like your average milk stout -- this vanilla is coming through now. We'll see how it continues to change and evolves as the brew warms. *Sweetness starting to comes through as beer warms. Tasting vanilla more, but that's not really pushing the score.

M: Felt a little flat at first. Maybe that's because it's not as creamy as I would have though. Medium body. Medium carbonation -- decently done. Not much chewiness. Honestly, pretty average feel for me.

O: Not exactly sure what I was expecting. When you're selling beer for $9 a bombers then you think it's going to be something special. And, this just isn't that. There is a little age of this -- not even a year, though. So, I expected the coffee flavor to be mild. What's left is pretty average for the most part.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wake up and smell the coffee. Big bold flavours, strong fresh coffee, lots of sweet cream,chocolate stout, all well integrated. Dark with enormous lasting head. Full mouthfeel, satisfying, and a meal in itself. Good drinkability. From Lakeview Liquors.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown color. It has a flat appearance with no head to speak of.

Heavy scents of coffee and cocoa. I also pick up the occasional whiff of dank, which is odd for the style yet still enjoyable.

The coffee is huge in the flavor, too. The cocoa is muted. The bottle indicates vanilla, but it don't pick up much.

Good body to the mouthfeel but I was hoping for it to be a little more creamy and rich.

Another solid Pipeworks offering. It's not as good as coffee break abdication but still a recommended milk stout with a healthy dose of coffee.

Photo of Jaycase
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: black, tan slightly frothy 1 1/2 finger head.

s: chocolate, roasted malts. slight coffee

t: sweet chocolate tinged with a slight vanilla. coffee taste comes in midway through the finish

m: smooth, creamy. Light carbonation. medium body

o: very nice offering from Pipeworks. This has a strong coffee accent but not overly so. Easily drinkable and tasty, Can't ask for much more than that.

Photo of emerge077
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large mug, it does the reverse cascade for about two seconds, has a head of tan foam for about a minute more. Soon enough there's no foam at all as it audibly fizzles away. Glassy obsidian surface.

Pleasant coffee and vanilla aromas, hazelnut and mild and well integrated. It has a light brownie sweetness as well.

Coffee is noticeable, fairly mellow with very little bitterness initially. Some light dry bitterness does come through in the aftertaste along with lingering vanilla traces. Mellow roast, easygoing flavors.

Smooth feel and light bodied, though somehow this is thinner and less creamy than Jones Dog... huh. Still it's pretty tasty.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with medium retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with light roasted malt is pretty intense. Taste is dominated by dry coffee notes without being too astringent and some nice creamy black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and quite enjoyable though I would have enjoyed this one even more if the vanilla had been more predominant.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours jet black with a decent sized coffee colored head. No retention and just slight lacing down the glass.

Smells like milk chocolate with some light roast coffee. Can tell there is lactose in this.

More milk chocolate on the palate. Finishes grainy with some coffee notes. While sweet up front, the finish is a bit drier and bitter.

Fairly smooth mouthfeel although it feels a bit thin at times. Finish is slightly astringent.

Not the best beer I've had from Pipeworks. Would have liked to see a more complex flavor profile.

Photo of Etan
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. Batch #9.

A: Pours a rich brownish black with a small tan head.

S: Smells of coffee, chocolate, mild lactose, and thin vanilla.

T: Taste follows the nose, with coffee, slight chocolate and vanilla, and a bit of milkiness from the lactose. Everything is pretty mild and in balance.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This tastes good.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Very minimal head. Slightly viscous, but not crazy thick.

S - You can immediately pick up the cocoa nibs and a little bit of coffee as well.

T - Wow! This is good stuff... you can definitely tell right away it's a milk stout. Lots of sweet lactose sugar, mixed with coffee and cocoa. Nothing is too overpowering and the tastes melt together well. The coffee became more pronounced as it warmed up a little bit too. Overall, it was very easy to drink too. Almost no alcohol presence at all.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied for a stout.

O - Although Pipeworks' IPA's are generally my favorite beers that they put out - this was really good! I bought a "Jones Dog" after this (which is basically Hyper Dog without the coffee and cocoa) and I was kind of disappointed. For some reason the flavors in Hyper Dog all come together nicely to make a really enjoyable beer!

Photo of Rope
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-
Almost black, but not a void of no light. Thin tan head.

Smell-
Smooth and bitter, ending in sweet. I could not find the cacao nibs amongst the coffee and vanilla.

Taste-
Very pleasant, the flavors start with stout, melding to chocolate, vanilla, and then coffee bitters. A whisper of alcohol burn a few seconds after the flavor leaves.

Mouthfeel-
The sharp small carbonation is fantastic, like mineral water. It helps balance out the following smoothness that comes with milk stouts.

Overall-
This is fun and smooth when you want a sweet treat.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to kawilliams81 for trading this beer to me! Thanks kent!

poured into tulip glass.

batch 9.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a thin layer of tan colored head that drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Nice smelling stout. vanilla sweetness, a touch of cocoa, and roast coffee. A hint of lactose sugar noted as well for good measure.

Taste: The beer has notes of vanilla sweetness and a touch of baker cocoa upfront. The roasty coffee shows up mid palate and continues on through to the aftertaste of the beer. The coffee is mildly bitter. You can also taste the lactose sugar in this beer as well. Really well balanced when considering all the ingredients thrown into this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really smooth beer. Not much of the alcohol is detected. Its got a fairely creamy body to the beer.

Overall: Its a really nice beer from Pipe works. I would have like to try this beer when it was much fresher, but honestly I am just happy that I got the chance to try this beer. This beer holds it own in the world of the milk stout beer style.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch # 9, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with dark brown edges, topped with a finger of brown head that sticks around for a while, leaves little lacing.

S- Powerful and sweet vanilla aroma, blended with coffee beans and light powdered chocolate.

T- Coffee dominates here, really nice espresso flavor with some chocolate and roasted malt. Everything here seems very well balanced.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- This is a pretty damn tasty coffee beer, crazy drinkable, I'll be picking this one up again.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

What goes better with a turkey burger covered in Havarti than a nice milk stout, amiright? This one pours a dark black-brown topped by a miniscule bit of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, light molasses, vanilla bean, light brown sugar, and a small smattering of coffee. This thing just plain smells delicious, mon ami! The taste follows the nose very closely, with the cocoa coming across a bit more like dark chocolate powder than before and the coffee comes through a bit more assertively (though still not attaining any real star power). Without missing a step, the taste is just as enjoyable as the smell. Good times here. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick, silky feel. Overall, though a touch thin for my particular tastes, this was a damn tasty brew, the highlight of the evening (and, trust me, that was saying a bit of something this time...).

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1502nd Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz bottle

Batch17
Thanks to dvelcich for this one

App- A solid stout to say the least. It poured out with almost a black color to it with a brown center and some ruby edges. A solid and very ncie looking two finger mocha head. However, no cling or lace. Was a little let down by that.

Smell- A lot of aromatics in the glass that all played well with eachother. Nothing was overly dominate but each was there if you smelled hard enough. It was a solid malt base with a lot of the chocolate coming through. The vanilla & coffee roast provided a nice balance to it as well.

Taste- When someone asks for a cremy stout I will know what to say. This was just well flavored all over. When you first take a sip you get a really big malty chocolate flavors with subtle coffee. As you continue to sip away the Vanilla comes out as this warms. This again was just very layered and flavorful.

Mouth- A very full and creamy medium body. Lots of richness on each sip. I would say even a bit chewy with a good depth of flavor. The carbonation is rich and creamy and a bit of a low/medium. Quite lovely.

Drink- I was on a kick of trading beers for the wife to try and this was the last one that I traded for. Of course, she didnt like it. Oh well. All I have to say is that was a pretty damn good beer. Lots of depth, lots of richness to it.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a thinner dark brown, little to no head.

S - Very sweet smelling. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, a hint of bitter coffee, and more cocoa.

T - Very excellent blend of sweet and bitter. Good amounts of sweet cocoa, burnt sugar, vanilla and coffee.

M - The mouthfeel is thin, but does provide some fullness. Very, very smooth

Overall - Very good stout here, a superb milk stout, in my opinion. Another great offering from Pipeworks.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My amazing and beautiful wife brought this back for me from Chicago.

Review #700!

A - Pours a dark chocolatey brown with a large dark tan head that fades down quickly.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee.

T - Coffee up-front, then roast, then some creamy chocolate. Subtle vanilla comes out towards the end.

D - Good carbonation and a thin body.

O - Solid, but lacking the vanilla punch I was waiting for.

Photo of Khazadum
4.59/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whats this? Whats this work of beauty? This gentle tingle I hear? This scintillating tick tick tickle in my ears? Its a delightful long lasting collar of carmalized marshmellow, of inky darkness of body with soy sauce corners. Its a thick lacing with sticky retention... if only it didn't succumb to soup skin center!

I move in closer as it whispers deep secrets to me... it tells me the secrets of a bean grown far off from my homeland.. Its roasted, beautifully espresso machine roasted. I think I've wandered into an artisan establishment brewing up the java gold. Swirling around the periphery is a milk chocolate perfume that can only be cacao nibs done wonderfully for once. Just the gentle touch of vanilla as the final noticeable arrangement of delight. I can't help but fall in love with this beer at first touch.

Whats my tongue telling me? It screams coffee, espresso bitterness, milk sweetness, but not so much chocolate. This is a dream for anyone who loves a good cup of coffee that has been sweetened with vanilla, milk, and caramel. The finish has a nice astringency of coffee grounds and bitter grain. Wonderful flavors melding in such a way as to be smooth... creamy... sticky.

The body is full, creamy, smooth, velvety, almost silky. Its lingering and sticky in such a way that I want more, more, more! So drinkable, so dangerous at 7.5%. This bad boy can be put down in 5 minutes flat if you weren't watching... and I want a case of it for just this weekend.

Photo of KFBR392
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: dark appearance that has a dark brown hue on the pour. Pours with a light to medium body for a stout. Extremely low carbonation, about a fourth of a finger on an aggressive pour and no presence throughout.

Smell: Coffee and milk chocolate on the front. The cacao nibs are very present. Some accents of vanilla round out the aroma. There is a lot of good things going on here but I feel like they are pulled back, not unleashing at their full force.

Taste: Very solid here. Light milk chocolate from the cacao nibs on the front. Body is a light to medium bodied silky texture. Some coffee starts to kick in during the middle of the brew and crescendos toward the end. Strong roasted coffee flavor finishes it. Some vanilla accents play around but are not as prominent as I would have hoped.

Mouthfeel: Light, easily drinkable but seems to be too light for a stout.

Overall: I have loved most of the things I've had from Pipeworks, but I think their stouts still have some growing up to do. They have a very solid base laid and I can imagine them becoming great very soon. This beer seems to be just off from being a truly great brew.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TheFugitive. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/27/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, raisin, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and the vanilla/cocoa/coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, vanilla, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted/dark malts with the cocoa/coffee/vanilla flavors; with big flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice milk stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/cocoa/coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up about an hour ago from binny's during my chi town visit. enjoyed from a plastic hotel cup. batch #140

a - brew pours black with a thin white milky head that hung out as a thin skin on the surface but didn't leave any noticeable lacing on the plastic.

s - roasted chocolate coffee with a healthy dosing of vanilla.

t - yum. really nice. coffee, chocolate and vanilla...exactly as the nose advertised, but in a much better state of balance than the vanilla heavy nose. quite good.

m - rich and creamy. this beer is the definition of silky. a bit thick.

o - feels like a dessert drink. very decadent chocolate and the coffee and vanilla really round this one out...super silk.

Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love milk stouts and been eyeing this in my fridge for past month.

Pours a deep chestnut/brown with a creamy mocha colored head holding good retention. Some chunks floating aimlessly.

The milk sugars show through nicely on the nose with chocolate and vanilla bean mingled in nicely. Black cherry fruit underlies everything and leaves an almost sour cherry aroma.

Very nice. Velvety smooth on the mouth yet only slightly thin. Bitter cocoa tannins in the middle and long into the finish. Milk sugars flow through nicely on the finish as well with a hint of coffee leaving thoughts of latte. Vanilla riddled throughout with more milk chocolate on the palate as well. Nice milk stout, can't wait to try some of the other versions.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown to black in color. Forms a thin tan head with no visible carbonation.

S: This smells like cold coffee. And that's really about all I get.

T: Cold coffee is 90% of the flavor here, but it is rounded out a bit by some nice vanilla notes.

M: Thick mouthfeel. Mild bitter coffee hang but it lasts for longer than I'd like.

O: This is an OK beer, but it strikes me as a one trick pony...coffee, coffee & more coffee. The flavors that are present are good; what this beer does it does well. I would have preferred a more complex flavor profile, but if you're looking for a pure coffee-flavored brew, this might be the one for you.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

From notes. Batch 9.

A: Pours a pitch black body with a finger of mocha-colored, fine-bubbled head. Retains poorly, leaving milky swirls and a moderate ring around the edges. Curtains during a sip, but no lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, coffee (not the darker notes of espresso, but something medium-roast and berry-heavy), and mild anise (could be lactose).

T: This tastes very similar to the nose, with a grainy aftertaste that reminds me of oatmeal. But the body doesn't feel like it was brewed with oats; it lacks that rich back-end fullness. Milk chocolate leaves a mild aftertaste and dominates over the lactose content; I would have liked to see the milk part of the stout played up more. It becomes even less pronounced in flavor as the beer warms.

M: The finish becomes a bit astringent as the beer warms. Otherwise, it's medium-bodied and appropriately carbonated.

O: Pretty enjoyable beer. Like I said, I'd love to see the milk aspect enhanced in future batches, but I was pleasantly surprised by what this turned out to be.

EDIT: In looking at the beer description, I'm surprised I never picked up on any vanilla characteristics, unless I was taking the combination of cacao and vanilla to be milk chocolate-like. Who knows....

Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/7/12, thanks Masterski and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A very dark brown with dark cola edges, a very short lived finger of light brown fizzes out like pop and leaves zero lace

S it is what it claims, vanilla, coco, cold coffee but some hazelnut I don't read on the bottle

T some sponge toffee on top of what I smell, chocolaty with just a little char, the coffee's a little burnt but it works. has a little creme brulee thing going for it that helps its cause, not overly rich but a solid stout

M silky entry, slightly bitter, sticky, with a char aftertaste, could use a few more bubbles but still far from flat

O looks pretty basic but looks aren't everything, no mention of booze anywhere above says something for a 7.5% brew.

enough coffee to open one eye and enough booze too close the other, quite easy to drink considering the strength. a nice coffee infused sweet stout that I'd drink again if given the opportunity

Photo of sbxx
2.41/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Batch #80
Poured into snifter

Appearance - Dark brown, kinda like black coffee. Minimal caramel-colored head fizzed up and faded. No lacing.

Smell - Cocoa, coffee, roasted malt.

Taste - Strong coffee mixed with boozy cocoa water. Expected something different. Expected more.

Mouthfeel - Very light carbonation. Light watery body. Leaves a slight film as it goes down and fades quickly.

Overall - This is why I hate spending almost $10 on an unknown product. It's not horrible; it's just pretty blah. Definitely not a drain pour, it's just gonna take me a while to finish it. I capped the 90% full bottle, put it in the fridge and cracked a different beer. Sad.

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Hyper Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.