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Closer Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jegross2 on 08-21-2013)
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Reviews by Florida9:
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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Fully opaque black in color. Forms a moderate sized dark tan colored head. Reduces down to a thick ring of bubbles around the edge. Some spotty lacing.

S: Strong aroma of heavily roasted malts. Notes of dark baker's chocolate, char and some piney hops with some lighter citrus hops in the mix.

T: Taste is quite in-your-face: heavily roasted malts dominate. Char, bordering on smokey, baker's chocolate, bitter chocolate, and then some piney hops nearing the finish. Finish has a slight fusel spiciness drying it out and offering up that chalky cocoa feel.

M: This one is quite heavy and full bodied. Lower carbonation, (but it's there), creamy, and velvety on the front end. Slightly prickly and chalky on the back end. Surprisingly restrained bitterness.

O: One of my critiques of Close Encounter was that it was listed as Imp Stout, but seemed to lie more in the category of Black IPA. Closer is firmly planted in the Imp Stout category, but the balance is remarkable. This is very well made hopped-up stout. Dare I say, this beer is better than many of those other Imperial Stouts that are only released on certain days of the year.

Florida9, Aug 23, 2013
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Black with a cinnamon colored dense head. Excellent retention.

Huge hoppy nose, mostly pine with a little orange. Roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor is that of a hoppy stout that walks the line of a black IPA. The roasted malt and bitter chocolate are front and center then the hops explode with pine and berries. The bakers chocolate and hops give it a dry finish.

Thick and smooth mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation, another aspect the. Lends itself more to a stout than a black IPA.

For 11% abv is very drinkable. Smooth, full of flavor, and aromatic. Another great beer from the folks at Pipeworks.

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Reviewing the Closer Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. The bottle bills itself as a "hopped up imperial stout."

Score: 94

Batch "190-1." I have no clue how a beer can be batch 190-1. Either you are batch 190, or you are batch 191. Served in a Perennial snifter and enjoyed on 08/20/13.

Appearance: Dark chocolate color in appearance. Pours less than half a finger of khaki head that settles to a ring around the glass. Poor lacing, average retention. 3.75/5

Smell: The aromatics are of a black ale done extremely well. Milk chocolate covered pineapples, piney hops, a little muddles citrus and pretzel-like doughiness. Notes of cake batter too. The hops come through very clean on the nose, and are not dirty/earthy/spicy/floral/oniony at all. This a really lovely smelling beer. 4.5/5

Taste: Bitter bakers chocolate and cocoa followed by bitter piney hops. Juicy pineapple and nondescript and muted tropical citrus backbone with a little maltiness too. Unsalted pretzel flavor in the finish too. Really unique tasting, and I love the bready flavors here. No booziness. This brew hides the double digit ABV very well, though a little palate warmth occurs around room temperature. Really nice mix of stout and clean IPA flavors here. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, low carbonation. Very creamy. Bitter on the palate with a little backbone sweetness for counterbalance and added drinkability. 4.25/5

Overall: Shockingly excellent. Not because of who makes it (Pipeworks makes some great beers), but because of the style. Few black IPA/hoppy stouts are this good. Cheers to another excellent brew in Pipeworks' portfolio!

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Closer Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.