Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here!
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here!Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here!
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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #774
Ranked #28,749
3.79 | pDev: 10.82%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here!Hey, Careful Man, There's A Beverage Here!
Notes: "Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not Mr. Regular Stout. You're Mr. Regular Stout. I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, White Stout, or uh, Milk Stout, or El White Russian Imperial Stouterino if you're not into the whole brevity thing." We aged this White Russian inspired white stout with cacao nibs, vanilla bean and cold pressed ipsento coffee. The beverage at the end of this process is beer that could turn anyone concerned with style categories into a nihilist. It is amber in color but has aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and sweet malt. Delicious now or to cellar until Walter agrees to roll on shabbas (and that will be a while).
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.51/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Review #4100 and its an older one I haven't got around too. Scored this in a trade w a Chicago land homie.

Well when you say you're a stout, and then you pour looking like a marzen, you could say expectations were off a bit. And that is pretty much a succinct summary of the entire beer, but we'll go through the motions. Almost no head on it. Coffee aroma was weak. More vanilla and chocolate than coffee in the aroma.

Taste, this was a sweet beer. Hid the alcohol well. Didn't taste like a stout. Just a lot of lactose is its primary feature. So then there is the whole white russian thing, this also doesn't taste like that either. What the hell man, so just some cool label art, cool pop culture reference and just a shitty beer? Yeah, pretty much. Did I mention the carbonation was weak on it too? I dunno, definitely the worst Pipeworks beer I've come across, screw their bomber format too.

Sep 21, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 1/24/15 @ the Palace.

Murky orange (?!) appearance.

White head; minimal lace.

Coffee grounds, nougat & mild booze heat in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Peanut butter, caramel, nougat & mild booze heat flavors; this tasted like candy bar, but the booze heat saved it from being cloying.


Apr 04, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a thin white ring of head that left no lacing. Very mild aroma with some coffee, vanilla and malt notes. Tastes of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, lactose sweetness and sweet malts. Absolutely no hop presence and hides the 10.5% ABV dangerously well. Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth mouth feel and finishes slightly dry.

Aug 18, 2017
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a 9 oz snifter from draft at Consume on January 20, 2017. Look is clear amber with a thin off-white head and no lacing. Smell and taste is coffee, chocolate and caramel malts. Feel is full in body.

Jan 20, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving wisps of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of vanilla beans and cacao nibs are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of cacao nibs and cold brew coffee along with notes of vanilla beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer really coats your mouth well.
O: This is not your typical milk stout and doesn't seem to have much in the way of lactose, but it has a very interesting mix of cacao, coffee, and vanilla flavors. It also does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 08, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.29/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: Cash-grab 1 pint 6 fl oz format. Brown glass. Branded red pry-off crown cap. Fun label art (Bottle art by Beejay Olson.) Cost was $11.99 at a Whole Paycheck in Manhattan.

"Unfiltered." "Imperial white milk stout...brewed with vanilla beans, an abideable amount of cacao nibs and cold-pressed coffee." "Brewed with lactose sugar with cacao, coffee, and vanilla added." 10.5% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Pours a head that fizzles out within seconds, leaving no lacing. Body colour is decidedly wrong for the milk stout style; this offers a weak looking pale brown with tea-like oily astringency visible on its surface. Translucent but nontransparent. Hardly the opaque black the style calls for, and possibly the worst milk stout appearance I've ever seen. Even outside of style conventions, it's unappealing. Promises a flat brew with ill-enough dark malt presence.

AROMA: Artificial flavours are big in this aroma, with dollar store imitation vanilla extract dominating alongside cold pressed coffee syrup and an off-putting buttery malt sweetness. The extra sweetness from the lactose sugar ensures this aroma suggests an imbalanced almost cloying brew that I'm not at all excited to try. I don't find any chocolate, dark malts, or cacao. No roasted barley.

To style, there's no hop presence or booze - which I'll concede is somewhat impressive at 10.50% ABV.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: The vanilla, while artificial, kind of works when it emerges as dominant in the third act, but it's messy up front when blended with the cheap cold pressed coffee extract flavour and the too-high-to-be-balanced brown malt/pale malt sweetness. Lactose sugar adds still more sweetness, and it's paticularly unwelcome but I wouldn't say this is cloying nonetheless; it definitely doesn't hold a candle to saccharine messes like, say, Southern Tier Creme Brulee - but then at least Creme Brulee is nice in small pours.

There's no roasted barley presence or char to lend balancing bitterness, but I doubt they could put up a fight to the high sweetness in this build anyway. I find zero cacao nib presence and no chocolate - not even just chocolate malt.

The bright malt bend of this wannabe "white stout" feels wrong. I find myself craving even a boring dark malt backbone instead of whatever they're going for here.

TEXTURE: I guess the carbonation isn't as bad as I feared, but it's still off. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied. Not syrupy or sticky, to its credit. Not overbearing or too heavy on the palate, but it's filling.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

OVERALL: Possibly the worst milk stout I'll have tried by the end of 2016, and I didn't expect that coming from Pipeworks (whose Abduction series has some real gems). It's a dreadful shrug of an attempt at a milk stout, and fails to nail the style (or the nascent "white stout" style) spectacularly. I get what they were going for, but the artificiality of it really drags it down and there's no balance, depth of flavour, or subtlety to be found whatsoever. Even throwing style conventions out the window (which I'm happy to do), this just isn't good and will be something of a chore to finish. I'm genuinely surprised they even brought this to market - did I get a bad bottle or something?

I will say that its ABV is well-disguised - and that may be its best attribute.


Dec 07, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 2/15/16.

Pours a copper color, mostly clear, with a small head and some soapy lacing. Smell leads with vanilla, then malt, some yeast, a cream- like aroma, light chocolate, light coffee. The taste brings malt, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, cream. Not getting much coffee. Has a Kahlua- like taste on the finish. smooth, lighter bodied, hides the ABV well.

Really wanted to be wild about this one, but I wasn't. Didn't get nearly the coffee other reviews seemed to, so maybe it was me having a bad taste bud day. Still it's a good beer and another solid effort from PW. Always worth a purchase for their creativity.

Jun 22, 2016
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matttauszik from Utah

3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:(22oz. bottle) Pours medium copper haze with a short lived head & no lacing, def. not like a stout.
S: Sweet marshmallow, slight vanilla.
T: Rich: Cocoa, cream, vodka: def. gets the white Russian flavor. Almost cloyingly sweet but somewhat balanced with a dryer than expected finish.
F: Creamy, slightly chewy, almost soda like to start but carbonation fades to syrup.
Good. Novelty beer for sure. 8 oz. bottle would of been better (whatever happened to those, anyway?) Drinkable but definitely not a pounder. High alcohol content was not readily apparent. Would have appreciated more if it was closer to a true milk stout.

May 06, 2016
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice cloudy light brownish color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small fizzy off-white head, which also leaves a pretty nice oil slick and some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, touch of coffee, vanilla. The taste is pretty nice malty, with some nice coffee notes, nice little touch of vanilla. Full body, ABV could be hidden a little bit better, nice little dry/bitter finish, definitely a sipper. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 13, 2016
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PatrickG from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm at a bit of a disadvantage here because I've never had an actual White Russian, but apparently this is what one tastes like. The color is a light, translucent brown. The coffee smell is prevalent. The coffee and cocoa nibs come through strong in the taste, the vanilla is more subtle. It feels pretty thin for a stout but then again, they're going for something a little different here. I wasn't into this one at first but my mind changed pretty quickly. A job well done from one of Chicago's most interesting breweries.

Mar 26, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

i havent been a huge fan of this new pale stout fad, blonde beers loaded with oats and vanilla and whatnot to make them taste and feel like stouts, i really dont always get the point, but this one really resonates with me. on tap at the tivoli brewery and taproom on the metro campus (a dope spot to drink a beer), it looks more amber than blonde like its peers, with two inches of whipped cream looking head and an amazing nose of bitter drip coffee and french vanilla. i could sit here and smell it all day. coffee is the most forward of the flavors, and a slightly amber or vienna type malt base makes it more substantial and sweet at its core. the other ingredients are a bit behind the coffee but present for sure, and the body is really what makes it for me, so much weight and heft, but not overly sugary, and the boozy is impossible to pick up, even at temperature this thing is mellow and satisfying and scary drinkable. i know some people will shoot it down for how weird it is, or for playing into this new fad, but this is what pipeworks is all about for me. i loved it, and would love to see bottles come into the market here. i would borderline wait in line for this, its that good...

Mar 10, 2016
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jws7968 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy rust-brown in color. The aroma is fantastic with a lot going on but nothing too overpowering. I didn't get much vanilla in the taste, but plenty of coffee and carmel. Beer definitely feels much thicker than it pours. It took awhile to wrap my head around this one since it did not look like a typical stout. Another successful product from Pipeworks.

Mar 06, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to rate this as a beer because it tastes just like a White Russian! That being said it pours a golden Amber color. Has a sweet creamy coffee and vanilla aroma. Flavor is a White Russian. Coffee, cream and a little booziness. Overall this is really interesting but more of a novelty.

Dec 11, 2015
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darktronica from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have no idea what's going on here, but I mostly want to commend whoever submitted the picture, for taking it on what appears to be a rug; it really ties the photo together.

Pours an amber color, odd even for a white or blonde stout; presumably, this is the influence of the coffee and cacao on the base white stout. The aroma is of vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, and creamy custard, with some boozy heat that never shows up in the mouth--that is an interesting trick. Once you take a sip, the beer is utterly smooth and creamy, more of a tongue-coater than expected from its consistency and modest legs.

The flavors are reminiscent of a White Russian, if you know the beer's intent. If tasted blind, I'm not sure I would get there. That said, it's a cool experiment and would still be enjoyable without the theme.

Oct 25, 2015
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dfillius from Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from a 2013 bottle on 1/19/14 Poured into a tulip glass
A: Clear reddish-brown liquid. Slight tan head. Interesting.
S: Slight coffee up front with metallic aroma behind that. All comes together to smell exactly like a tootsie roll! Slight boozy alcohol is a negative.
T: Pleasant kahlua flavor. Strong on lactose, vanilla and coffee. Finishes a little flat overall.
M: Full, definitely chewy. A bit odd feeling in the aftertaste.
O: Tasty, interesting, not mind-blowing.

Sep 27, 2015
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BSiegs from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit surprising color, a deep copper or reddish. Two fingers of white foam that dissipates fairly quickly. On the nose, I get mostly coffee and vanilla, with a hint of nuttiness. The taste is similar, many of the same flavors, with a definitive sweetness from the lactose. That sweetness lingers into the mouthfeel. It is a medium-full body, very smooth, but the sticky sweetness lingers. This is a bit of a hard beer to rate, as it doesn't stick clearly to any style. It has a bit of a cloying sweetness, but to be fair, that is kind of the point. It is definitely reminiscent of a delicious white russian. It certainly ties beer and white russians together, man.

Sep 26, 2015
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ARoman from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, poured into a brandy snifter. The aromas of cocoa and vanilla are initially notes with strength, as well as a healthy dose of creamy lactose sugar. Undertones include cookie dough, and a soft acetone warmth that turns towards coffee beans with a light citrus hint. It pours a clear, effervescent amber orange with a soft tan head containing small to micro bubbles and leaving only a light retention and light lace. The taste profile is highly sweet with a medium bitter. The texture is chewy and sticky with a soft fizz carbonation and a medium full body containing a strong chocolate chip cookies / shortbread and milk character with a syrupy caramel undertone. The finish is surprisingly clean fresh with a smooth vodka alcohol warmth. It's aftertaste is very mellow with a hint of vodka alcohol, shortbread, caramel, and belgian chocolate.

Sep 23, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rust orange-yellow with a thick and frothy finger of off-white foam.

Vanilla, cocoa, roasted coffee, and cream.

Heavy combination of vanilla and cacao, sweet lactose/cream, and some slight roasted coffee bitterness.

Medium-bodied, light-medium carbonation, soft, sweet, silky smooth.

I love white Russians and this certainly does not stand up to the name, but is definitely unique and very smooth.

Feb 28, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This reminds me of an iced vanilla latte - sweet with a cloying quality to it. This is the only white stout I have had and at first the appearance does take you aback. If you like milk stouts then this is a must try - if only for the curiosity level.

Jan 06, 2015
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koutkid41 from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice mahogany dark red color with some head that fades somewhat quickly, nice looking white stout.

S: Nice sweet coffee aroma with some faint vanilla and cocoa. Definitely can tell its a milk stout.

T: Sweet upfront, something I expected. Really nice milky sweetness. Get some of the coffee and alcohol upfront then some of the vanilla.

M: Creamy and medium bodied, easy to drink.

May 05, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Boulevard tulip snifter.

Yeah, Jonny-Cakes should be here for a stout flavored after his favorite mixed drink, but VDubb will do. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of faded khaki foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, cocoa powder, hazelnut liquor, light heavy cream (heh, I made a funny), and a touch of caramelized sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, that odd Disoronno flavor really confusing me. Shouldn't there be some sort of coffee flavor here? Or maybe more roast? Dammit, Pipeworks, I love you guys, but you really confuse me sometimes! The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, not a bad stout, really, but the attempt at recreating White Russian flavors just don't seem to work out for me, leading instead to some strange hazelnut marzipan-like nonsense and a nearly complete disregard for stout-ness. But that's just, like, my opinion, man...

May 01, 2014
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notchucknorris from California

3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Tyler for this one!

A: Pours a hazed dark amber color with a creamy half finger tan head. The head dies fairly quickly, but leaves a heavy ring of tightly grouped bubbles.

S: Not very strong at all. Was hoping for a touch more here. Day old coffee and some vanilla. Kahlua in there as well, so we're creeping into the white russian range. A bit of cream as well, but everything is pretty faint.

T: Definitely better than the smell. Chocolate milk right away with a lot of cream, vanilla, custard and light roast coffee. A touch of burnt coffee grounds and roasted malt on the finish. A pretty difficult task to take on, but I think they did pretty well with this. Glad I got to try this.

Mar 19, 2014
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homebrew311 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A white russian imperial stout? Sign me up! Poured into snifter... step one, is beer light in color? Check. Appears a moderate copper tone with nice clarity. Ring of white head forms and leaves a tiny bit of lacing. By far the lightest colored stout I've witnessed. Step two... does it smell like a stout? Check. Notes of caramel, cacao, cream, coffee, and vanilla all come through. Notes of burnt sugar linger throughout. Not getting the depth of roast that I would expect in an imperial stout, but the combo of vanilla, coffee, and cacao imply sweet stout. Alright, step 3... does it taste like a stout? Check...ish. Up front I get notes of coffee and cacao which give you the implication that you are drinking a stout. This is quickly taken over by a heavy sweetness. Cream, vanilla, and caramel dominate through the end of the palate. The finish is incredibly sweet, almost too sweet for my enjoyment. A dessert beer for sure. Step 4... does it feel like a stout? Not so much. While this is no light bodied beer, it just doesn't take on the viscosity that I love so much in big stouts. Carbonation is spot on, mild to moderate. Overall, this is a fun beer. While it's not something I would seek out for repeated tries, it was worth the experience. I dig the Big Lebowski reference and I love the ambition of Pipeworks.

Feb 08, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Been waiting a while to crack this one. Received in a trade. Batch 233-234

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a crystal clear mahogany hue with a fizzy head that faded almost immediately to a thin halo.

S - Aromas of bright, fresh coffee. Good bean notes followed by some dark chocolate. Nice milk notes thanks to the lactose and some flashes of vanilla.

T - Taste is relatively sweet up front. There is a fair amount of chocolate here and caramel. Milky notes, sweet lactose sugars. Loads of vanilla here. I see what they were going for here. Coffee notes, light chocolate, tad heavy on the vanilla. Alcohol is hidden nicely. This tastes like a white russian, that was heavy on the milk and light on the vodka.

M - Mouthfeel is nice creamier than I figured it would be. Pretty drinkable.

O - Overall, this was a fun beer. Guess its harder to nail this profile than I thought. All the elements are there just wish they were in different degrees. Still, not a bad beer and quite drinkable.

Feb 07, 2014
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MostlyNorwegian from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man. This was good.
A smooth cacao and milk vanilla flavor backing off into a mild roast of coffee satisfaction. Really a light amber, deep gold color, and rather clear; with perhaps a subtle haze. The nose was not one I will comment much on. Something you just pass by. Maybe a butter, or some limpid contest of the aforementioned sort of working it out and the coffee is going along with all of it. But get on into it. Nice sipper of a beer that might just get put down too easily.
Good one and done, share it with the friends for the night. Very approachable; friendly and could also be a very food needy kind of companion.
Great beer though.

Feb 04, 2014
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