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Closer Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 7.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jegross2 on 08-21-2013

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Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by Treebs:
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3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch # 190-1.

A: Pours a dark black color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film and thicker collar. Sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Heavy roasted malts with some light coffee grounds. Sweet chocolate, some toasted bitterness and a little nougat. Underneath the blanket of stout is a thinly veiled citrus and piney hop profile.

T: The hop profile comes out way more in the taste than in the nose. Citrus orange with a little grassy/pine needle combination. The finish is super roasty with a bitter dark chocolate. Mild sweetness. As it warms a little cola taste comes out that detracts from the taste.

M: Medium bodied with a creaminess to the mouthfeel. Finish is roasted malts. Thins out a bit once it warms up.

O: I enjoyed this one, but not as much as the regular Close Encounter. The balance wasn't there between the hops and and heavy roast and it was a tad sweet.

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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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