Imperial Hyper Dog
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Imperial Hyper DogImperial Hyper Dog
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Style:
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #74
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,356
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 6.9%
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
236
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
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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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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Luscious dark brown pour with a nice mocha head. Nice taste blend as chocolate and coffee are dominant, with subtle vanilla tones. The only thing that kept me from rating the more highly was that the occasional sip was boozy in the middle of the glass. Strange, because the draft started and ended well. Brewing blending issue? When the beer wasn't boozy, it was very, very tasty.

Nov 03, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, moderately thick, with a half-finger of audibly fizzing head. The coffee counters the lactose from the base beer very well, covering the light yogurt-like tartness that I sometimes get in milk stouts. High quality coffee from Dark Matter also helps, with an earthiness that complements the cacao nibs. Really well done, and a big step up from the standard Jones Dog.

Jun 26, 2020
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love the coffee forwardness. It’s sweet but the coffee balances it out. Wish it were a bit thicker mouthfeel. The barrel aged version is my absolute favorite Pipeworks beer but this is still pretty great.

May 08, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- The tallboy goes into a goblet with a pitch black body and a dark brown cap that resembles foam atop a mocha. The head has a very foamy texture and shoots to three fingers high but falls fairly quickly to just a small ring at the edges. Lacing is rare and spotty.

S- A trifecta blasts the nostrils with a boozy mix of bitter roast barley, cocoa powder/dark chocolate and dark roast espresso beans/fresh brewed coffee notes; none of those stale beans here. In the end the coffee takes the lead with hints of milk chocolate, toasted nuts, vanilla bean desserts, chocolate malts and suggestion of medium-high sweetness.

T- Rich and well balanced flavor profile of the big roast grains as well as the adjunct vanilla, coffee and cocoa. Again the coffee takes first place in terms of raw overall flavor strength but the marriage between everything is great on the taste buds. Bitter dark roast/dark fruity espresso opens up for cocoa nibs, dark chocolate like 88% bars, hints of brownies, slight booze, vanilla beans and some toasty and nutty notes. Overall fairly sweet but enough booze and bitterness to make balance perceived.

MF- Heavy and luscious body and the lactose comes into play here providing a great smoothness and creaminess. Carbonation is at a medium level and it finishes off with roasty bitterness joined by slight booze warmth.

The coffee is straight up delicious. The cocoa, vanilla and lactose play necessary roles in both the flavor and the texture in the case of that milk sugar. For the ABV it is balanced out and just straight up drinkable. Keep it up Pipeworks.

May 02, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, date stamp is smudged. Black bodied stout with a tall & foamy brown head. Aroma is sweet cacao nib, vanilla, lactose; coffee is less priminent than I hoped. Big sweet flavors meld well together: milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, roasted barley, toffee, caramel, lactose, and mild earthy hops; again, coffee not as prominent as I'd like. Full, velvety smooth body, lower carbonation, sweet finish with a slight roasty finish. Even though I am complaining about the lack of coffee flavors, it is still a very good sweet stout and worth the try.

Oct 22, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Oct 16, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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!

Sep 14, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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.

Feb 11, 2018
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

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!!

Aug 09, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

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.

Jun 28, 2017
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metter98 from New York

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

Jun 11, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

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.

May 27, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

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.

Apr 09, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

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.

Mar 31, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Mar 20, 2017
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larryarms847 from Illinois

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.

Mar 11, 2017
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Kurmaraja from California

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.

Aug 23, 2015
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Duff27 from Illinois

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.

Feb 24, 2015
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Eric_Edwardson from Illinois

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!

Feb 07, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Sep 27, 2014
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ChicagoMikeS from Illinois

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.

Sep 14, 2014
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

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.

Aug 17, 2014
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

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

Aug 10, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

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.

Jul 01, 2014
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gueuzedreg from Colorado

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.

Jan 19, 2014
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