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Closer Encounter - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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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)
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Reviews by macrosmatic:
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

Big thanks to YYZ for sending this down as part of the '13 NFL Confidence Pool BIF! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Very dark brown to black, essentially opaque. Forms a thin tan head with fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Richly roasted malts, resinous hops, cacao and a bit of tobacco in the background.

T: Rich malts, cacao and tobacco, then some resin and orange rind hops. The big malt roastiness with the hop bitterness almost comes across as balanced. Very tasty.

M: Full-bodied and thick, though not quite the heaviest mouthfeel in around. Relatively low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol presence is well-hidden.

O: I found this quite enjoyable. Huge roast, nicely balanced - big malt and hop flavors. Highly recommended.

macrosmatic, Jun 09, 2014
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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.

Vonerichs, Aug 24, 2013
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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.

jegross2, Aug 21, 2013
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Closer Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.