Barrel Aged The Murderous
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
4.29 | pDev: 8.16%
Sep 26, 2020
Nov 08, 2013
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Notes: 1st batch release (12oz) - We took our Murderous English Style Barley Wine and aged it for eight months in Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrels. The resulting nectar was a delightfully sweet and sticky beer with deep, rich notes of coconut, vanilla, oak, dates, dark fruit, bourbon, caramel and a hint of rye spiciness. Delicious now but this one is definitely a candidate for hibernation in your temperature controlled resting place.

2nd batch release (22oz) - Aged in 30 and 35 year barrels.
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Rated: 4.4 by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

Sep 26, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by RPM3334 from South Carolina

Nov 30, 2019
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Rated by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
mollasses fenugreek infection? elijah craig. alexs bottle. big malt.some raisin grape.
May 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

Apr 05, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by Docrock from Illinois

Feb 16, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poursa murky chocolate brown. Smell is strong bourbon with toasted toffee, molasses, barley, dark fruits and graham cracker. For the taste, take all of the smell elements and make them darker and deep, the fig, molasses, and wood especially. Very smooth and syrupy. Has decent thickness but not heavy in feel, almost has some wheatiness.
Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sep 29, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Sep 25, 2018
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a merlot tinged brown color. Thin weak tan head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head. Appears thick and viscous in the glass.

Aroma has notes of dark fruits, tart ripe cherries, red wine, bourbon and oak. A bit more tart cherries or dark fruits on the nose than I expected - not bad, just different.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark fruits, tart overly ripe cherries, leather, bourbon, oak and some red wine and tannins. As noted on the nose, the dark fruits and tart cherries come out far more pronounced in the flavor profile. The bourbon and oak come out more as the beer warms, but are always a second fiddle to the fruitier notes. There is a spiciness - a bit of rye and pepper especially once the beer warms. Very nice compliment to the favors.

Feel is thick and viscous. Full bodied. Moderate vibrant carbonation. Pretty dry finish.

Overall this is a very nice BA barleywine and a must try for anyone who likes the style.
Sep 23, 2018
Rated: 3.87 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by Radcpa from Washington

Sep 13, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Sep 11, 2018
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Released 8/17/18; drank 8/19/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

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

Leather, caramel, bourbon heat & oak notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, sherry & leather flavors up front; flat bourbon & oak notes on the finish.

All English, for sure...this fresh it's a bit much (boozy & a bit sweet). I think I'll wait a while for the next one...
Aug 20, 2018
Rated: 4.55 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Egotist from Illinois

May 08, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Apr 21, 2018
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Rated by pkalix from California

4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2016 bottle
Sep 03, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by eppie82 from Illinois

Aug 23, 2017
Rated: 4 by BMart from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Apr 24, 2017
Rated: 4.63 by Dankacheese from Illinois

Feb 23, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by TboneRN from Minnesota

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Jaycase from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Batch #107

Pours a very dark burgundy with a razor thin khaki head. The latter being persistently present. Dark fruit and caramel seem to come through the most on the aroma. Some whiffs of vanilla & oak as well. Flavors of bourbon soaked raisins, caramel, brown sugar & vanilla. This 2013 release has suffered from some noticeable oxidation unfortunately. Still drinks decently but it's certainly past its peak imo.
Dec 09, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois

Nov 23, 2016
Rated: 4.49 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Oct 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Karnivool1 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
What an amazing BA brew from Pdubs. This one is on the sweet side, and thicker than I'd expect from a barleywine. Nonetheless, this is wonderfully balanced, not too much bourbon. An absolute gem of a beer.
Oct 24, 2016
Rated: 4.23 by Dicers from California

Sep 25, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by MuFugga from Wisconsin

Sep 17, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by myuncle from Illinois

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 3.52 by Yermomsfavorite from California

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Rhyzy from Illinois

Jul 20, 2016
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Rated by jprince103 from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow, this BA barelywine really shocked me. It has a lot of flavor and is a smooth drink!
Jul 18, 2016
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22 oz. bottle, 2016 vintage. Bottle lists 13.00% abv. "Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Style Ale" - though the bottle doesn't detail exactly which Elijah Craig barrels were used here, merely "aged in Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon Barrels". Ridiculously difficult to obtain one of these, however.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a tawny caramel-brown body with port-like reddish hues when held to the light. Conjures a finger of frothy khaki head on the pour that dies down to a nice fluffy ring and a surface skimming. Leaves some nice big sticky lacing behind.

S - Aroma is comprised of mustiness, oak wood, some alcohol fumes, smooth vanilla, cream

T - Taste follows the nose: huge notes of caramelized brown sugars, oak wood, vanilla, toffee, caramel, alcohol warmth, chocolate, marshmallow fluff, coconut, and some some mild notes of dark fruit. Truly beautiful bourbon barrel aged flavor all around. As the beer warms toward room temperature, it only continues to grow in complexity as notes of authentically toasted coconut begin to emerge.

M - Feel is silky smooth & creamy. Very easy drinking stuff for the high 13.00% abv. Sticky, sugary, & sweet, but not "cloying".

Overall, this is very delicate and delicious bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Definitely world-class stuff, to be damn sure. Rivals beers like the Bourbon County Barleywine and Proprietor's in terms to scope, style, flavor, and availability (although this stuff too is ridiculously hard to obtain).

Pipeworks The Murderous -----4.5/5
Jul 09, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 4.43 by BeerOps from Illinois

Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Lots of vanilla, toffee, fig, cherry skin, brown sugar and oak. Lower carb, bordering on flat. A little bit of booze. Somewhat dry finish. Medium mouthfeel. Silky. Very good. Up there with the best barleywines.
Mar 28, 2016
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, 2013 vintage marked Batch #107, poured into a Pipeworks snifter glass.

The beer pours a dark burgundy color, fairly lifeless in the glass, very opaque and murky with a thin collar of bone colored head, little retention and just a spot or two of lace. The aroma is pleasant, a bit oxidized, loads of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, rich grain, light bourbon oak, oxidized sherry and stone fruits with a bit of coconut that lingers. The flavors are nice, rich and sweet brown sugar, coconut, bourbon soaked oak, light charred barrel, stone fruits, a touch of oxidized sherry, vanilla with lingering hearty grain and caramel. The mouthfeel is nice, coating, thick and chewy, full bodied, lower carbonation that finishes warmly and smoothly.

Verdict: A very nice barrel aged barleywine from Pipeworks. Not quite in the elite echelon that their barrel program regularly achieves, but a very well rounded beer that is smooth and easy going.
Mar 01, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Feb 26, 2016
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