Last Kiss - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 162
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 3.14%
Wants: 28
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TotallyHosed on 11-09-2012

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened by bottle from last Xmas and had it cellared for the year. Everything about it is phenomenal. A little boozy on the taste but well worth the 1 year wait! (160 characters)

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to jconrick1 for this lovely surprise.

Bottle

Pours a rich, near mahogany. 2 fingers of frothy malt o'meal colored head in my Bruery tulip.

Nose is sublime. No peatiness that I assumed would be present, instead I have a rich, slightly burnt sugar with hints of cocoa that are sweet with a tease of bitter.

Taste is graceful. Starts with the charred sugar in the fore, then rounds out into a meld of chocolate, brown sugar, dried fruit (maybe date, maybe raisin). This is where I start to hear bagpipes and taste the fog lifting from the Loch. Just kidding. Love this drink!

Mouthfeel is fine, if I'd change anything this would be it. It could have a hint more heft. But not complaining at all.

Finish is more of the meld carried mostly by a gentle blend of malt, chocolate, date, and a hint of warmth.

Overall: WANT AGAIN. (837 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown color with a modest mocha head.

Smell - The malts are most notable in the aroma with a certain measure of sweetness.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect vanilla and raisins. Chewy malts follow, matching the sweetness before turning dark. On the aftertaste, I sense the malts turning chocolatey in nature. Seemingly like dark chocolate, the aftertaste seems a little dry.

Mouthfeel - This is a sipper, though I would like it to be slightly thicker. It is great with griller meats.

Overall - Amid the greatest of Pipeworks, this gem is often forgotten. (600 characters)

Photo of sully11277
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very dark brown with a little head but not a ton.

S- A lot of molasses and cinnamon and some other spices. You get that burn from the spices and alcohol in your nose.

T/M- Very nice malt front with a very sweetness that comes through. Then you get the molasses and all the spice that work so great together. It is so smooth you can not even taste the 9.5% very thick and it coats your mouth.

O- A great beer from Pipeworks, this is a style I usually do not drink but this is very good. It is amazingly smooth. (523 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown, but not quite pond water. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Buttery scotch ale aroma with caramel and molasses. Spicy, though. CInnamon, I think.

Taste - Again, scotch ale buttery caramel. Very intense molasses. Deep molasses. Even bitter. Very spicy in the finish, which seems a touch out of place.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Spicy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tasty combination of flavors. Took me a while to get used to the spices. (508 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Used to hate this style. Can't imagine why.

I picked this up at a Binny's in Naperville.

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown, not too thick, and with a head, which is unusual for a Scotch Ale.

S: Sort of black cherry with added caramel + molasses.

T: Ahhhh. How refreshing. I never thought I would say that about this particular style. Not too spicy, and I could definitely tell it was in the style Pipeworks stated it was. Molasses in spades!

M: Molasses even permeated the mouthfeel on this one. Chewy, like a Tootsie Roll, but with a greater fruit component.

O: This brew is just flat out awesome. I've had some great Pipeworks brews now, and this one ranks up there with the best of them! (721 characters)

Photo of AmishLightning
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: No foam head forms even with a bit of an agressive pour. Bits of lacing on the surface are all their is to speak of. Super dark brown with a hint of red put in.

Smell: Lots of caramel malts as typical of a Wee Heavy. I also got a bit of wine-like scent and nuts to go along with the almost overpowering malts.

Taste: Wow, the caramel malts follow the nose exactly. I really like Wee Heavys but this one seemed almost too sweet. A bit overdown in my opinoin. However, the subtlies of the vanilla and a sourish finish added an appreciated complexity to the beer which gave it s lot more character. The label brags spice butI really didn't notice any.

Mouthfeel: The beer was not to smooth. A thick body gave a good feel but was accompanied by little to no carbonation. Now lets talk about the alcohol. I usually can't notice any "warming" finsih or burn, but on this one it was a bit noticeable. I still thought it added to the beer, not too much by any means.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer due to I am a big fan of the Wee Heavy style. BUT, definately not my favorite. (1,082 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: murky coffee body, trace khaki head,
solid lacing

S: big toffee, nut, leather, tobacco, mild grassy
sweet malt

T: tobacco, vanilla, toffee, nut, mild boozy
smoky finish

M: med, smooth body and mouth

O: Enjoy this style, but wish mouth
was little heavier/smooth. ABV is well hidden.
Well done, Pipeworks. They continue
to explore everything.

VERY GOOD; SEEK IT OUT! (374 characters)

Photo of brock125
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 249 251

A-dark reddish brown in color, decent carbonation, very little head.

S-this beer had a sweet smell to it with caramel being the dominant aroma.

T-the flavor was exactly as i had hoped. it had just the right sweetness to it and the caramel flavor hit the spot. it was a little on the hot side but that's what i want in a wee heavy.

M-a little warm, medium body, perfect for the style.

O-this is a style that i don't drink often but this beer was a winner. the flavor was great and spot on. i hope they barrel age it in the future. (548 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this bottle in my beerfridge for quit some months here so that i completely forgot in which trade i got this bottle. Thanks anyway!

Poured in a small Westvleteren chalice the beer gets no head, not even with a heavy pour. Pity. Only a small ring . Colour is deep darkbrown.

Taste is quit good, not spectacular, just good. Some hints of coffee far away. Mouthfeel is a bit flat but not disappointing.

Good to drink. (423 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch 143, 8/27/13
Deschutes TEKU

A: Pours a deep ruby brownish color. Only a collar of light tan head. You can hear the carbonation bubbling away. No real lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Sweet toffee and vanilla. Some spice hints. Light booze. Maybe some licorice and tobacco.

T: Nice rich maltiness greets the tip of the tongue. Some vanilla, toffee, light caramel, black licorice notes. The light prickle of carbonation. Little spice blend in there. Finish lingers. Thinner than I was expecting.

M: Fuller side of medium. Not as thick as other high abv beers. (570 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle picked up last time i was in chi-town...batch 77 (although could be any number or letter) enjoyed from my pipeworks snifter.

a - brew poured a deep mahogany purple with a thin to no head that was gone as soon as the beer settled in the glass.

s - sniffed the collar of the bottle and this one has everything i look for in a scotch ale. love me a good wee heavy and this one is lush with caramel and toffee.

t - flavor is spot on and matches the nose. rich, lush, nougat...vanilla, caramel...toffee.

m - full and rich. if anything a bit sweet.

o - overall, homerun wee heavy. this one NEEDS to be aged in a barrel. loved it. (635 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with thin white head. The nose features heavy caramel goodness, typical of Wee Heavy's. The caramel is joined by maple, vanilla, molasses, and a ever so slight hint of peat smoke. Taste is a bit sweet up front with caramel and molasses. This is met by a wave of deep peaty smokiness and finishes with grainy bread. Lots of nice flavors here and good balance. Mouthfeel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice take on a Wee Heavy, all of the traditional flavors are there, all of the additives help elevate the flavors. Worth a try. (576 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour with no head until agitated.

Aromas of dark Karo syrup, malts, vanilla and mild peat.

Mmm Mmm! Candied dates, caramel malts, vanilla and sweet flat cola. Booze is there to keep this real.

Just enough carbonation to tingle the tongue. Full-bodied and sticky.

Wee Heavys have been intriguing me lately because they are not overly boozy or syrupy. I can pretty much well chug this. Delicious cold or up in temperature. So far my favorite Wee Heavy to date. (474 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium bodied thickness. No head on the pour. Carbonation is extremely low. Have to put it to light to get a dark amber color.

Smell: Sweet maple syrup, malt, and cognac aroma hits right away on the nose. Some cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruits, and molasses really carry the aroma well. The fenugreek really makes the aroma pop.

Taste: Very smooth molasses and malt front. A little lighter then I expected, but there is some nice subtle flavor. Notes of the vanilla and some smokey malt pop up in the body. Syrupy sweet finish rides this brew out. The malt accents are the highlight in this taste, adding a lot of bright tones.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and Smooth. The low carbonation makes this an easy drinker. Goes perfectly with the malty tones.

Overall: A really solid scotch ale. I could have use some more complexity in the flavor but everything else was top notch. I may purchase another one of these and cellar it for even longer. I certainly love me some Pipeworks! (1,007 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, not quite black. Still slightly translucent. Forms a very small, light tan head doesn't stick around for very long. No lacing. Aroma is very malty: dark caramel, molasses, and raisin. Taste is similar, but not quite. Mild caramel
Sweetness, molasses, and then there is a rather metallic fenugreek flavor that dominates. Overpowers really. Finish is rather thin. Body is medium light, lower carbonation, very mild syrup quality. Eh, not a bad beer, but not a great one either. The fenugreek really throughs this off for me. (539 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 47.

A- Pours a dark brown with literally no head to speak of and a few lonely bubbles. Lacing is noticeable along the sides of the glass.

S- Dark fruits, mostly raisins, are big on the smell for me. I also get an overall spiciness and some booze.

T- Initially I get a spicy malt presence. Dark fruits and some vanilla is also noted.

M- Little to no carbonation, rather boozy.

Not really my favorite style, but a nice beer. It could use some more carbonation. (507 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #52. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown, nearly opaque. Half finger head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bubbles.

S - Raisins, figs, tons of dark fruits here. Really sweet on the nose like cherry or cranberry juice. Caramel and brown sugar. A little hop bitterness & booze on the back end.

T - Massive malt sweetness at the front of the mouth. Ends with a really surprising spicy note that I can only assume is from the fenugreek. Very complex stuff here. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Rather thick mouthfeel with a pleasant sticky quality that trails it down the throat.

O - Very drinkable stuff for 9.5% & the spiciness at the end of the taste keeps making me go back for more of the sweetness that is at the beginning of the taste. Not a typical scotch ale, but good stuff. Another solid offering from Pipeworks. (852 characters)

Photo of mjc3151
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber purchased at Binny's in Naperville, IL.

A - Dark brown, cloudy

S - smells roasty and sweet

T - Caramel and toffee taste. Very malty and therefore sweet, but also roasty so it ends up balancing very nicely. Being roasty, it has a slight coffee flavor in the finish.

M - not overly-carbonated, dead-on for the style

0 - Wow....amazing. Alcohol is masked very well. Very sweet, but also very roasty, so it is a very complex and balanced brew. I highly recommend this to anyone in the Chicago area. Bottle-conditioned, so watch the sediment when you pour. (570 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 52. 22oz, red wax, into a tulip.

A: Pours a brown-tinged black with a small light tan head.

S: Caramelized grain, roast, slightly burnt molasses, subtle vanilla, raisiny sweetness.

T: The taste brings molasses, boozy heat, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla. There's some earthy, lightly peaty, mildly bitter malt notes as well.

M: Medium-bodied, almost no carbonation.

O: This tastes really good, although some more carbonation would be nice (probably just a matter of fixing up the bottle conditioning). I have a feeling that putting this in bourbon barrels would make something magical. (594 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours dark brown with a thin, tan head that fades to a foam atop the ale. Aromas are plenty of molasses and very malty with peat, earth, caramel, kind of woodsy. Tastes are again, plenty of molasses, cream, peat, earthy, smoky. Mouth-feel is full bodied; super creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation. Overall, a nice Scotch ale that teeters on being too heavy on the molasses, but everything is just held in check with a nice balance of flavors. This was my first experience with Pipeworks, and I have to say that I'm impressed. (570 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #47, shared at a tasting (thanks to whomever brought this one along). Pours a deep brown with some light ruby highlights, a dark-beige, nearly tan head forms and settles to a thin skin atop the brew for at least half of the pour. Aroma is packed with deep, sweet, dark fruits; apple skins, red grapes, plums - almost as much on a bitter "rind and pith" side as it was on the sweet and candied side. Some light spice on the nose, although it's a bit too faint for me to start calling out actual spice names. Something's definitely in there, though.

The taste is full of a blast of sugar-coated plums and more red grapes. Nice sweetness and a smooth maltiness with a bit of toasted caramel and toffee. That damn spiciness is back again and still ambigious to me as to what exactly it may be, but it certain provides a different flavor. Halfway though, I start tasting a sweet and sugary flavor, very similar to "sugar in the raw" (that brown, granulated stuff). Lots of dry, dark malts everywhere. Some light booziness throughout, with a very faint hint of smoky flavors, most noticeable near the tail end. Finish is sweet apple skins and plums. Medium body with average carbonation.

Decent wee heavy, lots of flavors althought the sweetness was a touch unbalanced. Still pretty drinkable and overall easy-going for a 9.5%-er. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Grohnke
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smells of rich, sharp toffee, heavy molasses, toasted malt, light vanilla, indiscernible spices, and very light alcohol. There was an odd, albeit brief, copper note in the beginning of the session.

Thick caramel, bright vanilla, lightly spiced, and no hop flavor. Faint roast, and lightly fruity (fig? plum?). Malt forward with medium hop bitterness, enough to prevent it from becoming syrupy. Light alcohol on the finish.

medium full body, with medium light carbonation. Very pleasing on the palate. Slight trace of alcohol warmth

A real sipper of a beer. Perfect for a cold chicago night. easy to drink, and wonderfully layered. Mouthfeel enhances the overall experience. (676 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Man, there's a lot of really bad music out there, apparently. Thanks a load, VDubb... Anyway, this is about beer, and this one pours a brackish black-brown topped by a finger of wan tan foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, maple syrup, and light vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, with even more vanilla, this time in full bean form. Maltiness reigns supreme here, sugarlumps! The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew, something any malthead would likely drool over. (605 characters)

Photo of atomic
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed from a 22oz bottle split between two Stella glasses.

Pours dark and thick. Almost no head or lacing.

Dangerously easy drinking Scotish Ale. At nearly 10% it also will warm you right up. Although my gf couldn't finish her glass, I had to stop myself from gulping mine down. The perfect amount of bitterness makes this a great beer for someone who is still new to drinking craft beers. I'm glad they didn't go crazy with this and kept it nicely balanced, which is probably why it went down so easy.

I think I'll pick up another and age it. (550 characters)

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Last Kiss from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.