1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Closer Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Closer EncounterCloser Encounter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

136 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.09%
Wants: 15
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jegross2 on 08-21-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kawilliams81:
Photo of kawilliams81
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

pours pitch black with a 2 finger dark mocha head. tons of leopard spotting and trails of lacing remain.

chocolate, light roast, pine and pretty big aroma of citrus (oranges mainly).

follows nose, with nice chocolate and roasted malts, big punch of citrus and citrus hops. finishes with a big pine hop bitterness that lingers.

Wow! definitely more of a double/imperial black ipa than a stout, but a very good beer. No alcohol at all with a big body at the 11% this beer is. silky creaminess with slight dryness from the bitter pine hops.

kawilliams81, Aug 24, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

tectactoe, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Zonian1, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Reappropriated
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Reappropriated, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

Vonerichs, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of JSBILK
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

JSBILK, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of robotiks
4/5  rDev -2.2%

robotiks, May 03, 2014
Photo of Jaycase
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Jaycase, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of blue-dream
4.5/5  rDev +10%

blue-dream, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of jegross2
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

jegross2, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of PatB1987
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

PatB1987, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of PolloVagabundo
4/5  rDev -2.2%

PolloVagabundo, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of MsMae42
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

MsMae42, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of bismarksays
4.5/5  rDev +10%

bismarksays, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of dtomes
4/5  rDev -2.2%

dtomes, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -2.2%

mendvicdog, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Kubrickx
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Kubrickx, May 18, 2014
Photo of sgoro
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

sgoro, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of hopkrid
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

hopkrid, May 27, 2014
Photo of GABrew
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

GABrew, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

oline73, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of ackeeper
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

ackeeper, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of Drucifer
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Drucifer, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.5/5  rDev +10%

BrewmanCapote, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of patjohnfive
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

patjohnfive, Sep 06, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Closer Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.