Closer Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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Reviews by Florida9:
4.35/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-22-2013 23:14:39 | More by Florida9
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3.89/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is jet black with a caramel colored head with some large bubbles on top. Nose has a light roast, note of chocolate malt, lots of citrusy hop. Taste is much heavier malt up front. Loads of roast to it, faintly chalky, lots of bitter chocolate mid palate. Hops aren't as assertive as they are in the nose but still offer a light citrus that is cool and refreshing. Body is full, softer carbonation and very soft and creamy on the palate. Fairly dry in the finish.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 01:55:42 | More by cpetrone84
Closer Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.