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Murderous - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 15
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A variation on Santa vs Unicorn, but with English yeast, much less hops, a bit sweeter with more caramel, and just a hint of Nelson Sauvin.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-19-2013)
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Reviews by sleuthdog:
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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from batch #107 into Jolly Pumpkin tulip

Pour: Ruby to light reddish brown with a slight half finger off white head. This recedes to a ring with some fine bubbles mixed with some medium bubbles.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel, light touch of grass, brown sugar, and some green apple.

Taste: Interesting as I get an initial sweetness in the form of a brown sugar and caramel and this is quickly followed up by a hop note with a tinge of grapefruit and grass. Finish is a mix of mild hop but more sweet than bitter. Alcohol is a touch warming in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a moderate to light carbonation. Somewhat sticky, sweet and a touch hot making it enjoyable to sip on.

Overall: I will say this has not been my favorite from Pipeworks but I still enjoyed it.

sleuthdog, May 27, 2013
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch #107
(Served in a globe snifter)
A- This beer pours a murky deep dense caramel brown body with a thin ring of beige and some short legs show up with each swirl. There is a sluggish carbonation and some lumpy trub in the second class.

S- The clean aroma has faint hints of deep toasted malt when it warms up but not much else.

T- The watery taste leads to spicy malt notes with a slightly dry finish and some bittern notes lingering in the aftertaste. There is a slight woody oxidized malt note in the finish when it opens up. The tart hops note pushes through in the finish aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel finishes thick with a velvety fizz and a nice alcohol warmth.

O- The doesn’t really have much malt flavor and the fizz and alcohol are the dominating flavors. They are nice but not enough for a barley wine.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large 20 oz. mug. Murky light brown, off white foam rises and forms a compact layer of foam on the surface. A wispy halo of lace forms in the glass, and not much thereafter.

Aroma is grainy sweet specialty malt, slightly acidic with a twang from the yeast.

Bitter and sweet with overt alcohol, not much hop flavor other than the bitterness. Specialty malt gives it a somewhat one dimensional taste, booze is present, sweet honey graham cracker aftertaste. Medium bodied and sticky on the lips. Slowly sipping on this over the course of an hour, probably best shared.

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Poorer from a bottle. Dark burnt toffee flavor. Lacks lacing or head. Ex cells in flavor and nose. Sweet real caramel flavor unlike any beer I have ever had. A fantastic take on the English style where malts lead the way and hops are there to balance

bismarksays, Mar 10, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a snifter.

A. Caramel color, small light-beige head.

S. Brown sugar, caramel, cooked apple, light citrusy hop notes. Similar to a lot of hoppy American barleywines, but a bit sweeter.

T. Piney bitterness, toffee, graham cracker, grapefruit.

M. Medium-bodied, light carbonation.

O. This is much too hoppy and bitter to really move it from an American-style to an English-style barleywine. Decent, but not my favorite effort from Pipeworks.

Etan, May 07, 2013
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Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.