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Hyper Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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89
very good

181 Ratings
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.33%


Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Jones Dog with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-20-2012)
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sbxx

Illinois

2.39/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:17:53 | More by sbxx
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Jet black stout. medium lacing with great retention.

S- Smells off for a milk stout. I am not getting any noticeable notes; just maybe some oak.

T- I am expecting a smooth, milky stout. This is not what I am getting. I am getting too much carbonation for me to examine this as a milk stout. I am getting a watered-down tobacco taste. Weird.

M- Terrible. The carbonation ruins this milk stout. Too much carbonation goes down the throat, and there is too much on the palate for me to distinguish any proper milk stout characteristics.

O- I was disappointed with this take on a milk stout. Pipeworks has let me down with the two beers that I have had from them.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 01:42:02 | More by gueuzedreg
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 20:57:59 | More by jmarsh123
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macrosmatic

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 18:09:12 | More by macrosmatic
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C20Percent

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 18:49:21 | More by C20Percent
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emerge077

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 23:42:40 | More by emerge077
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 04:18:03 | More by KFBR392
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Goose Island Stoufest. Served in the matching taster glass.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a thin collar and spotty lace. Dark brown body.

S - Big coffee and vanilla, light cocoa, some yeast, a bit of earthy roast and smoke. Pretty potent for the ABV.

T - Taste isn't quite as good. The vanilla seems a tad artificial, and the coffee yields some bitterness and astringency. There's good flavor from the coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malts in here, but this is a bit rough around the edges.

M - Medium body, dry and roasty texture. Not a big beer by any stretch, but plenty hefty for the listed 6.5% ABV. Carbonation was lower but adequate. No obvious alcohol.

D - A pretty easy drinking beer that could use a few tweaks to take it to the next level. I'll update my review when I try a bottle down the road, as I'm hoping the Pipeworks guys work out the kinks.

EDIT (5/6/12): Just had this out of the bottle and it was moderately improved.
A - +0.5, S - +0.5
Pour featured increased head volume and retention while the aroma had more 'pop' and depth to it. Taste had a bit too much char and burnt coffee, and feel was too thin for the 7.5% marked on the bottle version. Still, progress...

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 04:28:47 | More by MasterSki
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 20:44:09 | More by Phyl21ca
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 03:33:30 | More by Sammy
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #5 of my DIY Chicago care package.

Perfectly black body. Minimal tan head.

Aroma of coffee, with milk, chocolate, and hint of vanilla.

Taste is big coffee, chocolate, milk from both the coffee and chocolate, and a smidgen of vanilla in the finish.

Smooth and slick and not quite oily full mouthfeel.

Not one of Pipeworks offerings that was on my Chicago shopping list, but after failing to find those in the two Binnys I had a chance to visit, this makes for a damn ine consolation prize.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:58:18 | More by RonfromJersey
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mcallister

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 20:10:29 | More by mcallister
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 05:47:12 | More by wordemupg
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- poured black with a big 3" dark cola head. Large bubbly head that resides quickly.

S- some coffee and roasted malts hide behind artificial vanilla aromas.

T- sweet chocolate, some nice coffee notes, but had to knock this down a half point because of the artificial vanilla again.

M- light to medium body with medium carbonation. A little thin but not much off for the style.

O- nice variation of Jones Dog. Wish the coffe was more prominent and that they used real vanilla. Few tweaks and this will be a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:09:27 | More by kawilliams81
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codsmith

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 17

A: Pours jet black with a VERY thin caramel head that quickly dissipates.

S: Not sure if it's the coffee, but something has a dominate aroma that is just now quite right. There is a slighter chocolate and roasted grain aroma.

T: Very unique taste from the coffee and vanilla. The taste is better than the smell. Finishes clean, but with a slight kick.

M: Very smooth/velvety and medium-heavy body.

O: Head retention needs to be better. Maybe try a different coffee. Mouthfeel is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 02:50:24 | More by codsmith
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 03:37:40 | More by Etan
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Arbitrator

California

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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....

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:07:23 | More by Arbitrator
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sleuthdog

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #49
Poured into GI pint

Pour: Black appearance with a slight finger (maybe) light tan colored head. This receded quickly to a small collar.

Smell: Lots of roast like a mild coffee, vanilla and an overall sweetness. Bitter chocolate and cocoa.

Taste: Coffee notes with a touch of vanilla noted at the front. Unsweetened bakers cocoa and bitter chocolate come through but it is also quite sweet. The coffee follows through to the end with a mild bitterness on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation. This is a smooth feeling beer but a bit thin. It is an easy drinking stout and one that is not too heavy.

Overall: Admittedly milk stouts are not my favorite style but this one is appealing to me. I love Pipeworks IPA offerings and will try their other styles before I pass too much judgement. I would not seek this out again but one I am glad I did try.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 00:50:17 | More by sleuthdog
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Bowers-Brew

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark appearance, not a lot of carbonation even with aggressive pouring.

S - Chocolate and coffee is apparent, not any vanilla bean scent that I noticed.

T - Good first few sips, but starts to get lost in the coffee after a bit. Coffee taste isn't actually that strong, but somehow tends to overpower the chocolate, milk, and vanilla flavor. Alcohol taste is strong relative to ABV.

M - Nice profile with smooth finish.

O - Good stout and definitely worth a try, but I've come to expect better from Pipeworks. Better coffee or milk stouts are out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 22:01:09 | More by Bowers-Brew
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:18:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Treebs

Illinois

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

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. Batch #9.

A: Pours a dark black color with a thick and creamy tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a whispy cap and a thin collar.

S: Nice smells of smooth coffee, lacto sugar, milk chocolate and dry roasted malt making up the backbone. The vanilla is there in the background, but it doesn't show itself very much.

T: Raw coffee bean with a nice vanilla undertone is up front. Very sweet chocolate and vanilla in the middle. The finish is dry and roasty with some biscuit malts.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation, almost prickly at times. The finish is a combination of sweet and roasty.

O: I don't like milk stouts, but I've really enjoyed the two offerings from the boys at Pipeworks so far. Nice balance between sweet and roast. I enjoyed this version better than the Jones Dog.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 23:27:57 | More by Treebs
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Jaycase

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 03:56:00 | More by Jaycase
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 05:59:01 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:28:55 | More by superspak
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:22:55 | More by Vonerichs
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Hyper Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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