Barrel Aged The Murderous | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%

Batch #107

Appearance: Pours with a pretty flat look, minimal head on even an aggressive pour. Sits very dark brown in the glass with some ruby red accents along the edges. Extremely low active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Raisin, big boozy bourbon, and english malts warm the palate and brace you for this beer. Bourbon soaked oak dominates the body delivering decadent waves of toffee, vanilla, prune, plum, and moss. Those notes on the body just continue to crescendo and peak on the finish.

Taste: That english malt profile meshes with a bouquet of dark fruits immediately on the front. The bourbon blasts on to the scene with a sticky toffee really pulling the palate down. That barrel character continues with earthy oak and some lingering heavy booze. The booze isn't offensive, just really weighs on the palate. Plums and vanilla ride out on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Extremely rich and heavy on the palate, a good beer to pass around and share. Low carbonation really allows the bourbon and malt tones to dominate.

Overall: I just picked up the freshly bottled newer batch of this, so I figured it was time to open this one up. Such a rich and heavy beer, and I think some of that robust body doesn't allow any nuances to shine through. The front is very inviting and complex, but once those malt and bourbon characteristics really pick up this gets a little too heavy. Overall though, very enjoyable.

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Photo of jegross2
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Barrel Aged Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This beer is an English style barleywine (Murderous) aged for 8 months in 12 year old Elijah Craig 12 bourbon barrels.

Score: 92

December 2013 release. Served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 01/22/13.

Appearance: Brown in color, murky in appearance. Pours a wisp of tan head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Not much lacing, but nice oily legs. Just about what you'd expect from a barrel aged barleywine. 4/5

Smell: Bourbon-forward nose, big malt character. Oak, toffee, vanilla and dates. Touch of booze too, but nothing beyond what you'd expect from a fresh barrel aged beer that is 11% ABV. The aromatics are well integrated. 4.25/5

Taste: Oak, toffee, and brown sugar-forward bourbon flavor dominate on the palate. Caramel malt backbone. Some leather-like flavor towards the finish. I would never profess to be able to pick out a barrel blind, but the taste, substantially more so than the nose, has that same distinct brown sugar and caramel forward bourbon flavor that Elijah Craig aged beers just seem to have. Finishes just like taking a shot of Elijah Craig without the booze burn -- a mix of brown sugar, sweet dark fruit, toffee, oaky vanilla, a hint of burnt sugar and a little spice linger nicely, fading mostly to residual malt and caramel flavor. Really smooth, and no real booziness here. While this one certainly smelled like an 11% ABV beer, it does not taste like one. The flavors really coat the whole palate on this brew, and linger well. As the beer warms, more vanilla comes through -- particularly towards the finish. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, very low carbonation. Honestly, I think this brew is a bit undercarbonated, but the style does not demand much carbonation and this one was certainly not flat. Oily mouthfeel with a nice maltiness to it. 4/5

Overall: A really excellent early barrel project from Pipeworks. This is a tasty, well integrated barrel aged barleywine, albeit one that is very bourbon barrel character heavy. Pipeworks keeps on making new beers at a ridiculous rate, experimenting with different recipes and styles rather than focusing on brewing the same, bankable beers years round. I look forward to seeing how that attitude and approach to brewing will translate into their barrel program. Fans of Central Waters' Bourbon Barrel Barleywine should seek this one out!

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz bottle.

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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.66/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

sure glad I got this one in a trade. everything a good barleywine should be and it drank incredible well.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vonerichs
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Dark mahogany with little signs of carbonation or head.

Super boozy smelling. Oak, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon.

And super boozy tasting. It basically tastes like a thick, syrupy, sweet bourbon.

Thick and syrupy. Little carbonation. Heavy and boozy.

Too sweet and boozy for my liking and doesn't have much depth.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Barrel Aged The Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 248 ratings