Game Of Jones | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jones, the lovable pup, has returned to his throne. This creamy, chocolatey, milk stout with vanilla added is tasting rich, velvety, and delicious. It is the perfect brew to enjoy while cozying up to an episode or twenty of your favorite sophisticated cable drama.

Added by ERRL710 on 10-03-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
311
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
8.05%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is completely diabetic! i neat beer too taste, and actually very appealing in many ways, but not something someone could reasonably drink much more than a few ounces of, it definitely doesnt need the milk sugar, at least not to this degree, especially with how sweet the vanilla asserts itself, its just out of control, past the point of reasonable, and a little bit lost on me, although anytime you bring these flavors together in such an intense way, i am going to like it a least to some degree. the vanilla is so intense, and there is a ton of chocolate character in here too, maybe some added, maybe just from the selected grains, but there is certainly more than enough of both. its great at first, slick and robust, the sugar comes on in the middle and never stops escalating. by the end, its like a squirt of hersheys syrup followed by a molasses shot, way too much for me. i love pipeworks for making intense and definitely polarizing beers a lot of the time, and this has potential in small doses, in cooking, and for those needing a blood sugar spike, but i couldnt appreciate this fully i dont think because of all the sweet. cool, but more of a novelty than anything, at least for me.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2016-11-08 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bottle. It is from 2014, batch 545-546.

A - Opaque dark-brown/almost-black with almost no head or lace.

S - Mostly sweet chocolate. Smells nice but not complex.

T - Full-on chocolate leaning more to the milk than the dark side. Some roasted grain but not char. Just a bit of earthy spice. Lots of vanilla. Roasted bitterness balances the chocolate in the finish. Alcohol just about imperceptible.

M - Medium-heavy body and light-medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Lucious.

O - If you like chocolate; you're going to like this. Not complex, but then again; does chocolate cake need to be complex?

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Photo of Benish
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Appears thick and viscous when pouring. Jet black in color with no translucence. The

Smell: Strong notes of vanilla and sweet milk chocolate. Also hints of cinnamon. Really smells like some sweeten vanilla/chocolate cereal after the milk has been poured in. Can't get more descriptive than that.

Taste: instantly sweet vanilla and milk chocolate - a dessert bomb. The vanilla has a kind of synthetic flavor to it. The vanilla leaves a strong aftertaste which is overwhelming. The sweetness really comes through nicely from the lactose.

Mouthfeel: thick and creamy

Overall: excessively sweet and way too much vanilla. If those both were toned down a bit, I'd say it's perfectly executed. I can see how others may enjoy this more than myself.

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Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Black color.

Vanilla and cocoa powder. Chocolate and some roast. Creamy. Malty. Sweet.

Medium bodied. A little syrupy.

An okay beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rich and creamy dark brown and sits midnight black in the glass with a quarter inch of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring.

Big sweet notes of chocolate, fudge, vanilla, and a hint of coffee like roastiness.

Fudge and chocolate comes right out of the gate followed by slightly fruity notes as well as creamy sweet vanilla and a slight roastiness.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, sweet, chewy, rich.

Overall, this is a delicious dessert beer sipper and very enjoyable.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch # 214-215, bottled September 27 and 30, 2013

This beer pours black in color and is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves little lacing.

It has a nice super sweet chocolate smell. It smells like milk chocolate candy.

The taste is decadent. It is sweet and chocolaty. The alcohol is well hidden making this dessert beer dangerously easy drinking.

Full, luxurious mouthfeel

This is a delicious milk stout. It is scary how quickly I am drinking it. The couple years spent in the cellar did nothing to detract from the flavor. Now I need to try a fresh one.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer with big cocoa and vanilla nose. The taste matches nicely with some nice hearty roast and there is not much booze detectable for 10%. Big and sweet with a heavy mouthfeel, I dig it.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, batch #214-215, no date, copyright 2013. Pours black with a smaller-sized tan head. Smells of cocoa, earthy hops, and vanilla. Great taste of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malts, hops, and lactose and has a slight bit of sweetness. Low-medium carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. No alcohol presence. The cocoa and hops remind me of Bourbon County Brand Stout. Overall, lots of flavor and an enjoyable milk stout.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage. Pours a deep black, with a nice tan head. Nice chocolate and vanilla in the smell and taste. Very nice milk stout. The texture is creamy and thick. Well done.

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Photo of DESK_SMASH
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

s: a bit lacking on the aroma but everything else about this beer makes up for it.
t: very chocolate/vanilla forward, you definitely get the adjuncts pdubs used here. I only get a bit of heat at the end of the sip, otherwise goes down like chocolate milk.
f: classic creamy milk stoutness, silky sticky.
overall, awesome will revisit. pdubs is the real deal brewery right here in Chicago. find it. drink it.

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Photo of y0tommyb
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good beer but a bit strong and oily for my personal taste. Still very tasty though lots of flavor and body and the alcohol isn't overpowering I just prefer the 5-8% range.

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Photo of kevanb
3.72/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, batch 312-313, poured into a Pipeworks snifter.


The beer pours a deep, jet black color, hues of cola brown around the rim of the glass with a thin, half finger of mocha colored head that has low retention and leaves no film or lace. The aroma is simple, bittersweet baker's chocolate, light vanilla, rich roasted grain, a touch of lactic creaminess and some mild stone fruit notes. The flavors mirror well, a bit of vanilla up front, strong chocolate, lightly bitter, lightly sweet, a touch of roastiness with the malts and a hint of stone fruit. Simple, balanced and executed, perhaps a bit too balanced and simple, it doesn't strike me as the most exciting or interesting beer. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, soft and smooth, carbonation is a bit higher than expected, but it's not abrasive or prickly and the finish is clean and easy.


Verdict: A simple, but balanced and enjoyable stout from Pipeworks. The ABV is hidden well and for a bigger beer, this is quite easy to drink, but it almost works against itself as nothing really leaps out off the tongue. Definitely a nice stout for the cold weather.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle into my tulip. Trade from Kevinpitts (thanks my friend!)
A – Black on pour with a half finger of tan head that quickly dissipated and leaves almost no lacing.
S – Light roasted malts and sweet chocolate.
T – Roasted malt, milk chocolate, cream, brown sugar, vanilla. Touch of coffee bitterness. Alcohol at the end.
M – Creamy and smooth. Medium carbonation. Slick on the palate. Leaves a great aftertaste.
O – Another great Pipeworks brew. Tasty and slightly sweet.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks Game of Jones

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Basically black... A dark brew with a nice frothy tan head. Nice retention, and some lacing too.

S) Light roast, lactose, chocolate and caramel. There's something else on the nose, but I couldn't place it. I like it though... I even asked my wife to give this a whiff. She said, "It smells like beer." I was like, so are you telling me if I gave you a Miller Genuine Draft and this, they'd smell the same??? Whatever, no need for an argument.

T) This tastes great... I mean, this has a flavor that is almost like it's been aged in bourbon barrels. There is some chocolate here, some caramel sweetness, and vanilla bean. I can't believe this is 10 percent. Really nice aftertaste. This is a flavor to savor. Yes indeed...

M) Soft and supple... A rich full bodied brew, with light carbonation. A pleasing aftertaste enhances the mouthfeel as well.

O) Pipeworks continues to impress. A unique and tasty brew, that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Real dark and thick. The head is relatively small with an off white head.

S: Milk chocolate upfront with some vanilla coming in but finishes with a weird plastic like quality. Some roasted coffee also makes a presence.

T: Again milk chocolate upfront, with some roasted sweetness. Nice traces of vanilla. Some coffee again as well with faint plastic. Some noticeable alcohol

M: Really smooth oily and creamy. Real appealing on the tongue and goes down really well. A bit sweet but expected with a milk stout. Medium-Full body.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.51/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Ommegang Game of Thrones sifter,

A) Dark chocolate color, low carbonation, two finger head no lacing. It reminds me of a homebrew in appearance.

S) Chocolate all the way, maybe a little burnt sugar as it warms.

T) Chocolate frosted chocolate cake.

M) light carbonation, medium body.

O) A damn good stout for the chocolate lovers in the stout fan base.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Much darker than its little brother. Oily black. Nothing by way of a head.

Smell - Really chocolatey. Fudge syrup. Some caramel malts.

Taste - Still really chocolatey, but with some depth. Molasses character comes through as well. I don't get a whole lot of lactose from this one. A little sweet, though.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Slick and coats the mouth. Medium heavy.

Overall - Better than Jones Dog, but mostly because of all the chocolate in it.

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Photo of sully11277
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch number 312-313

A- It is really dark with little to no head.

S- You smell a lot of of the vanilla with some sweetness. then you get the hint of chocolate.

T/M- You get a lot of vanilla with a nice milky taste with it. with a nice milk chocolate with a very little burn. This beer is amazingly smooth.

O- This beer is amazing I have two downstairs in my cellar and I am thinking about going back to get more because I want more for now.

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 214-215, looks to be a couple months old already.

Dark brown when poured, black in the glass with a compact layer of tan foam that dissipates after a couple minutes. Minimal spotty lacing is barely there in the glass.

Slightly sweet carob and malted milk balls in the aroma.

Taste is also sweet with chocolate up front, and some coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Lingering roastiness, ok carbonation, though it feels a little thin. Pretty drinkable. I liked imperial Hyper Dog better, but this was pretty good.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium bodied thickness. The head is about a finger of off white/light brown color. Minimal active carbonation in glass. Sits black in the glass with dark brown edges.

Smell: A creamy milk chocolate pops out of the glass first. Vanilla and some roasted malt come through on the body. There is a nice oaky finish.

Taste: The front is dairy, milk chocolate, and some roasted malt. The smooth vanilla takes over in the body. The finish like the body goes down very easy and leaves a nice combination of dried malt and sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and oak.

Mouthfeel: Start to finish is smooth and easy drinking. Heavy feeling left on the palate from all the additives.

Overall: Milk stouts have never been a favorite of mine but Pipeworks does them well. This one is sweet, almost too much so but drinks well.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark brown that let's little to no light through. There is a 1 finger tan head that has really good retention.

Smell is great. Roasted malt is forward along with hints of dark bitter chocolate and mild notes of vanilla. A sweet chocolate malt sweetness is on the back end if the aroma along with some awesome rich espresso aromas.

Taste is great. There is a sweet milk chocolate creamy malt forward that is slightly enhanced by some vanilla flavors. Roasted malt flavor come in after and gives it a great bittersweet chocolate finish. Alcohol is slightly detectable over the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is great. Rich thick feel and mild carbonation gives this a heavy body that makes for a great after dinner sipping brew.

Overall this is one of the better of the dog series in my opinion. Great chocolate complexity offering both creamy and bittersweet chocolate aromas and flavors.

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Photo of NickyPogs
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is another really solid offering from Pipeworks. It has a really smooth milk chocolate taste with a good malty body. I like the deep dark coloring, and it has a sweet vanilla nose on it. Plus, I'm a huge fan of the label art and love that they incorporated Game Of Thrones like this. Really well done.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola brown and opaque. Very light khaki head that's reduced to a surface coating.

Smells of dark chocolate, root beer, and artificial grape like a mr. freeze pop.

The taste is like a dark chocolate mousse. Vanilla, chocolate, root beer, sweet. Lightly roasted malt.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. It's extremely drinkable for 10%.

It's a big sweet stout that's drinkable and packed with dessert like flavors. Doesn't get much better than that.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch # 214 - 215

a: black as night. Thin khaki head which recedes fairly quickly

s: Not prominent but chocolate milk with healthy splash of extra cream and a hefty serving of cacao. Vanilla comes in slightly as it warms

t: Follows on from the nose. Creamy cream and chocolately chocolate. Milk Chocolate, chocolate milk, you get the picture.

m: Creamy. Full body. medium carbonation

o: Very tasty milk stout from Pipeworks. I've not had many in this style but it's among the best I have had. On any given sip, the 10% is hardly detectable but it accumulates very nicely over the course of the bottle. Only quibble is I wish the vanilla was more prominent. Nicely done.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, Batch # 214 - 215. A new beer from Pipeworks Brewing Company, out of my local city of Chicago. Expectations are above average since Pipeworks has developed a reputation for amazing beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a dark brown color; opaque black in the glass with about a finger of tightly packed mocha froth that dissipates to some suds quickly.

S - The aroma here is fairly subdued, and doesn't exactly leap out at you, but it hits it's mark. Bitter chocolate from the cacao nibs, dark malt roast, some dark fruit presence, some spent coffee grounds, and a bit of alcohol fumes on the end. Sadly, any legitimate vanilla isn't very apparent, but it's still a nice smelling beer.

T - Wonderful dark bitter chocolate, some coffee bean, sticky milky lactose, some sour chocolate covered cherry tartness, and some smooth creamy vanilla on the finish.

M - Smooth, creamy, and silky. Sticky & sugary on the finish from the lactose, with some chocolate flavor lingering.

Overall, another delicious stout from Pipeworks; these guys never fail to deliver the goods. Still, I think I would prefer the Pipeworks Jones Dog over this beer. Not entirely as much vanilla as I had hoped from, but the cacao nibs & vanilla beans are in good harmony together. Big 10.00% abv is expertly well-masked. Another winner from Pipeworks.

Pipeworks Game Of Jones ---4/5.

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