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Hyper Dog - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
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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Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dangolfs79 for sending this beer to me!

Overall, this is very good, it tastes to me like a poor mans victory at sea: same amazing flavors of the cocoa nibs, coffee, and vanilla all come out great, but it's lower abv and the base beer is sweeter and thinner than victory at sea.

Beer pours a dark brown with a tan head, pretty look. The smell has lots of coffee and vanilla, like a very nice sweet latte. Some roast in the nose but it's small. The taste is a really nice onslaught of the added flavors with some sweet malt in the back. The feel is very smooth and lucious.

A really good beer, awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:05:01 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of 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
Photo of codsmith


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 18:09:12 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of 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
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 20:10:29 | More by mcallister
Photo of TMoney2591


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
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...).

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 17:51:17 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Treebs


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 05:18:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of Agold


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark head which disappears immediately leaving no trace of it's existence. I can see some small bubbles rising to the top and popping. Aroma is very coffee forward, mild vanilla, very appealing. The coffee is very fresh and fruity, without being overpowering. Flavor is nice coffee, cocoa, light vanilla, smooth mildly creamy. As it warms, I notice a touch of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is too light. Carbonation is about right but it could definitely use more body. I really like this beer. The coffee is very well done, not astringent or overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 05:17:08 | More by Agold
Photo of WillCarrera


4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 09:53:44 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of Khazadum


4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:39:39 | More by Khazadum
Photo of 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
Photo of emerge077


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
Photo of MasterSki


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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Hyper Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.