Imperial Hyper Dog
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Imperial Hyper DogImperial Hyper Dog
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Style:
English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #66
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,239
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
223
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Imperial Hyper DogImperial Hyper Dog
Notes: The Hyper Dog has gone supernova, in the milkiest way! We've sent the classic Hyper Dog over the moon with more malt, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee in this imperialized spacecraft beer. Just liftoff the cap, and enjoy this universally delicious, far-out brew.
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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 223
Photo of Buck89
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a hotel glass. An opaque dark chocolate color with a medium tan head. Lots of milk chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Faint coffee was there. Taste followed. A great milk stout flavor with rich vanilla and chocolate, but the coffee was a bit muted. I would like more there but otherwise a great beer.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Released 9/6/19; drank 9/13/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small tan head; minimal lace.

Cream, dark chocolate & light roast coffee bean notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate & sweet cream flavors up front; medium roast coffee bean notes on the finish. No booze heat.

An excellent imperial sweet stout!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle on February 9, 2018. Milk stout brewed with cacao nibs, vanilla beans and coffee. The adjuncts are nicely balanced.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A dark dark looking stout with no head but mocha pencil thin crown of lace. The cocoa and fresh coffee aroma waft from the glass but definitely leaning more on the chocolaty side. A deep rich, thick, and gooey smell. A chocolate fiasco on the taste buds, chocolate syrup like, with a twinge of the coffee, and a fantastic vanilla note to finish it off. Great feel with a smooth, slick body but nice carbonation. A near perfect beer for me. By far the best milk stout I've tried. This beer does not disappoint and is definitely worth seeking!!

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Photo of stortore
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 1/24/17, had 2/18/17.

Pours a dark brown, opaque and oily looking, with a short head and some soapy, oily lacing. Smells of lightly roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla, which is stronger as it warms. The flavor is more coffee forward, lighter malts than the nose- but still vibrant, chocolate, some vanilla, cocoa- this pops out more as it warms, caramel, light lactose, a light spicy taste that runs underneath. Some sweetness, but it's not cloying. Very smooth, creamy, a great medium to full body, well- carbonated.

A fun one to drink, lots of flavor- really great coffee, and a terrific feel. Had the first batch, too, and this is about as good. A Pipeworks gem that's worth a purchase each time it comes around.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a collar of light tan bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wisps of lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate are present in the nose.
T: This taste follow the smell an has hints of cocoa nibs and vanilla, with bits of coffee also noticeable.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the flavors of cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chocolate. Only faint bits of alcohol are noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a pitch-black color with a small, brown head of foam. It smelled of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Nice roasty flavor with strong vanilla notes. A touch of dark chocolate.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L- horse of very deep dark brown. With a large, frothy MoCA head that dissipates very quickly.
S- coffee beans, vanilla, a lactose Malts.
T- taste follows the nose. Knows. A nice Imperial bite to a sweet milk stout with coffee and vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.
F- Smoother than a babies but with a nice imperial bite.
O- Awesome mulk stout.

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Photo of mschrei
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pipeworks NvU snifter. Seems lighter colored than a lot of stouts, with thinning edges and lacing that didn't quite go away. Scents of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee are very prevalent, and all blend together nicely on the taste. A sweet beer throughout, but it's not overpowering, and there's a slight alcohol burn underneath. Delivers exactly what is advertised, and yet another damn fine beer from PDub.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am challenged to remember a milk stout, no barrel aged, that packs in more flavor than this one. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee make a winning trifecta, though admittedly not too much depth behind it. Super creamy and cooly smooth. Smell is clone of taste.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep dark brown but sits midnight black in the glass with a bubbly layer of light tan foam that dissipates to a thin ring.

Pungently sweet aroma of cacao nibs, vanilla, and lactose accompanies wonderful notes of freshly roasted coffee.

Aroma translates directly to flavor, all aspects including the vanilla, cacao nibs, sweet lactose, and roasty coffee compliment each other tremendously.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, semi-chewy, sweet, roasty.

Overall, this is a damn good brew. A great after dinner sipper.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Small mocha head that fades to a sheet and ring of bubbles. Smell is coffee, cocoa, touch of vanilla. Flavor amps up the vanilla a bit, brings in some milk chocolate and malt balls. Definitely has that lactose body, smooth and decently creamy / thick. Very well done. Not complex or surprising but it delivers on the coffee + vanilla + chocolate promise.

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Photo of Duff27
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch #614, bottled 1-15-15

A- Fairly quickly receding mocha head turns into a small collar. Body is dark brown.

S- Evocative cacao notes mixed in with some roasty coffee. Vanilla beans are not apparent quite yet.

T- Mouthwatering coffee tones. Despite the use of cacao nibs and vanilla beans, Imperial Hyper Dog does not come off as even close to being over-sweet. Drinks right at it's stated 10.5%abv. Lactose becomes relevant in the taste as she warms. Coffee dominates for the most part.

M- Really digging the mouthfeel here, lush and thick. Soft carbonation.

D/O- I really enjoyed how this one was put together overall. Throwing three adjuncts at a milk stout and having it come off as (relatively) well balanced isn't the easiest. Would recommend to coffee stout fans.

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark chocolate color. Brown khaki head. Aroma is what this beer is all about with bitter coffee, malts, and chocolate and vanilla notes. Flavor is similar to a bitter iced mocha with some notes of creme brûléed vanilla. But doesn't finish too sweet. In fact it finishes with a nice dry and bitter taste. Would reccomend this beer to someone with a bigger budget!

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch# 225-226

Appearance: Somewhat of a foamer and, as is often the case with such beers, the initial head is impressive but as the carbonation dies down, subsequent pours are not; so, the fudge brown liquid winds up without much of a head though there are some splashes of lacing

Smell: Sugary coffee tones, with prominent lactose, vanilla and chocolate fudge; some piney undertones

Taste: The sweetness takes over, from the outset, along with fruity coffee tones and an underpinning of vanilla and fudge; some acrid pine tones build, after the swallow, and offset the sweetness of the malt bill

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation (after the initial froth died down)

Overall: There are a number of countervailing elements in this beer and, ultimately, they clash rather than complement one another

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Photo of ChicagoMikeS
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

The color is a very deep brown with a tan head. There's moderate retention and minimal lacing.

It smells strongly of chocolate, but with a nice dose of coffee as well.

The flavor is very similar to the nose, strong chocolate and coffee notes. It's a little bit bitter on the finish, but not terribly bitter overall.

The carb is low and it's pretty smooth, makes for fairly easy drinking.

Overall I'd say it was pretty good but didn't really offer anything new. I enjoyed it while I had it but it wasn't really memorable.

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Photo of Ri0
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%

poured 22oz into chalice.

A - Cola black with a tan 2 finger head. Slowly fades and leaves a collar and nice lacing.

S - Notes of roasted malt, malted milt, sugar, chocolate, cocoa, and also subtle notes of vanilla and coffee.

T - This is on the sweeter side, but some of the roasted malts and coffee help break it up. Plenty of chocolate and cocoa along with hints of vanilla. It's a sipper and pretty good if you prefer sweeter stouts.

M - Smooth, creamy, and full bodied along with very nice carbonation.

O - Pretty good milk stout and it is almost akin to a milkshake loaded with flavors. A bit sweet so you it is better off shared with a friend.

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Photo of oldmankoch
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Agressive Pour yields a nice mocha-khaki head with great lacing.

Smells of sweet lactose, vanilla bean, milk chocolate, biscuity malt, coffee backer.

Taste follows the nose well. Coffee comes more forward as the beer warms. Great balance amongst all the flavors. Reminds me of a Tiramisu (which is awesome)

Mouthfeel is luscious medium bodied with just enough carb to keep it interesting

Overall one of the best Milk Stouts I've had to date. Really glad I was able to find this and have it sent home. Between this and Ninja vs Unicorn I'm thoroughly impressed with Pipeworks

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, not much carbonation, one finger brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee as well.

T-Rather chocolately, good deal of coffee as well. Nice vanilla rounds out the beer.

M-Lighter but very smooth.

O-The chocolate and vanilla go together very well with just enough coffee and roasted malt to give it a stout character.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Deep dark black with no transparency. Little head with lots of retention leading to a medium ring of lacing around the glass.

S- Great, but the worst part of this beer. Just really malty. Chocolate, dark fruits/fig. Pretty good on S. Waaaay better than the non-imperial.

T- Again, waaay better than the non-imperial. Crazy malty, not a great thing. Chocolate, mild dark fruit.

M- Pretty thick for a imperial. Not as thick as the most, but thicker than the unpleasing thinner RIS.

O- This is so much better than the non-imperial. Def go for this over the latter.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into Half Acre snifter. Appearance is a deep dark brown with a thin collar of brown head and almost no retention. The first thing I pick up on the nose is sweetness from the milk sugar with notes of caramel and burnt sugar. Notes of cocoa and vanilla come through. Not getting too much coffee on the nose. Taste is sweet and features more caramel notes followed by strong dark chocolate character. The dark chocolate then develops into a deep roast along with some coffee flavors. The finish has lingering roasted barley and cream countered with a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. Overall, there is something that isn't quite working for me in this beer and I think it is the level of sweetness imparted by the milk sugar. This seems to overshadow the influence from the coffee. I could see this beer really hitting the mark if the coffee were a bit more elevated.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown color with mahogany around the edges. Light tan surface carbonation. But little head.

Sweet cocoa and vanilla aromas. Light roast coffee. The lactose sweetness is evident.

It tastes like tiramisu. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Finishes as a root beer float.

It's super soft and smooth. Heavy body and the 10.5% abv is extremely well masked. High drinkability for such a big beer.

It's a beefed up yet still drinkable sweet stout. It's heavy and rich but I had no problem knocking back a bomber.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, inky black with a thin layer of mocha tinged tan foam, that dissipated quickly. Just a thin ring around the edges of the glass, not much head or lace in the glass.

Nice rich coffee and chocolate aromas. Reminds me of Founders KBS/FBS.

Coffee dominates the taste, a little bit of roasty bitterness and a shade of alcohol heat. Chocolatey aftertaste, rich and slightly sweet up front but finishes nicely bitter yet smooth. Light to medium bodied, substantial and creamy. The vanilla is subtle, but it's a nice combo overall.

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Photo of beardown2489
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Newest batch. Picked up 7/25/14

Pours black with plenty of carbonation and head. Head is light coffee color.

Smells like milk chocolate and coffee with hints of plum from time to time.

Tastes rich, chocolate & coffee are the show. The vanilla helps smoothen things I'm sure, but it's not the star. The star it the richness of this beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and playful. Imperial milk stouts can be overbaring when amped up. The carbonation of this brew allows the beer to still be very drinkable. The only big stouts I've had that compare to this mouthfeel were on nitro. For a 10.5% stout, you won't find many more drinkable. I sat down and planned on about 90 minites for this bomber and it was gone in almost half that time.

This is one of the best I've had in the style. No alcohol presence and deliciously rich qualities that shine without making the beer difficult to drink. This makes it dangerous. I'd drink this one at home. It could fool you. It's hard think of what would improve this beer. Maybe slightly more coffee. Maybe time in a barrell. Really great stuff.

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Photo of MetricOcean
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Really excited to give this one a shot. Smooth coffee flavor, coffee isn't acidic or bitter. Sweet and silky, comes across as a bit oily and under carbonated but for a milk stout it works. The finish is a lingering chocolatey sweetness. There is a bit of roastiness to temper the sweet, but not much. ABV really hides in this! Cold press coffee, Milk Chocolate, Dates, Raisins, and a hint of pipe smoke. 83/100

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 223 ratings