Imperial End Of Days
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #278
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4.01 | pDev: 9.23%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Imperial End Of DaysImperial End Of Days
Notes: So maybe their calendar wasn't the best judge of when the world was going to end but damn, those Mayans made a mean hot chocolate. With that as our inspiration we imperialized our old friend End of Days. That means more malt, more cacao nibs, more vanilla, more cinnamon, more ancho & guajilllo peppers and more virgin sacrifices (kidding, totally kidding). The resulting brew has a big rich body, notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon and a slight spicy kick on the finish. It is delicious right now or you could stash it away in your temperature controlled resting place until the next time the world ends.
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown/black color.

Khaki head; minimal lace.

Strong cinnamon & mild cocoa nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

A nice cream & coffee flavor, very drinkable but too thin & simple to really stay with you.

Mar 11, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with just a light tan collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate are present in the nose. Notes of chili peppers become present as the beer warms up.
T: The peppers really stand out in the taste of this beer, contributing lots of spiciness and heat that
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has lots of heat from the chili peppers.
O: This beer is so spicy and hot that it tastes more like a chili beer than a milk stout. It is definitely something that needs to be slowly sipped, unless you are someone who can rapidly down lots of atomic wings.

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Dec 16, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours black with nice mocha colored head that quickly recedes to a thick ring. Few spots of lacing.

Aroma - Sweet chocolate, vanilla, mild chilies coming through, cinnamon comes through very well. Booze is well hidden smells like a spicy hot chocolate.

Taste - Damn this thing is spicy, huge pepper presence. I was not prepared the nose was really mild but the heat is really coming in the taste. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon. After the first sip the heat really lingers but it is no longer shocking. I am surprised I can still pick up other flavors as strong as the peppers are.

Feel - Medium bodied creamy lots of heat from the chilies. Heat lingers for a long time.

Overall - I actually really like this, if you like strong peppered stouts this is for you.

Nov 04, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Welp, if this is how its going to end, then what a way to go. On the backs of chili peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, this imperial stout takes on the distinctive and alluring character of Mexican hot chocolate in a more agressive way than is typical and certainly what is expected. Of all the ends of days that I've experienced, this is a good one!

Imperial End Of Days takes the milk stout to larger than life status with an espresso black finish crowned with a somewhat fizzy and spritzy froth. A tingle of south-of-the-boarder spice floats above a base of chocolate, coffee, nuttiness and cream. Much of that transfers to taste as an underlying sweetness of sweet cream, caramel and chocolate start to frame a milkshake-like impression to start.

As the dark and devilish ale approaches the middle palate, its capsaicin warmth begins to pierce the caramels, chocolates and cream for a strong simmer of vegetal heat that makes itself known early and often. Meanwhile the work of bittersweet chocolate, walnut, burnt toast and dark roast coffee aid to buffer the spice but also rounds it off with complexity and Mexican culinary charm. A late palate of sweet heat and kahlua is redolent of the vanilla and lactose that take an edge off of the spice nearly perfectly.

Full bodied but somewhat drinkable, it takes a return to the glass and its cream and milk chocolate influence to sooth the spice, but the spice comes building quickly again for an uncomfortable but irresistible circle and pleasure and pain. Extending with stern capsaicin warmth, the more robust and earthen edges of coffee, char and cocoa accompanies the heat nearly as long.

Oct 19, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau stout glass from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle on February 11, 2018. Look is black with a thin tan head and lingering lacing. Smell and taste is chocolate, cinnamon and pepper. Feel is full in body with a spicy pepper bite in the finish.

Feb 12, 2018
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours black with a very quickly disappating tan head leaving only a ring and minimal lacing.

The smell smacks you with peppers right away and follows up with a huge shot of cinnamon. Chocolate peeks through on a deep smell with a nice sweetness coming through that hints at the vanilla and milk stout characteristics.

The taste punches you in the mouth with spicy peppers. I actually started sweating within a few seconds of my first sip. But it's not just heat - there's a very nice pepper flavor as well. Under there is a sweetness that offsets the pepper slightly. The chocolate and cinnamon seem to blend well for a good balance, although the vanilla gets lost to me.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and a little heavier on the carbonation that I like. However, it is nicely thick and smooth on the finish.

Overall, this beer is a bit too spicy for me. I'm really enjoying the blend of flavors though. If this was less spicy from the peppers it would be outstanding for me. As it stands, it's still an good beer.

Jul 14, 2017
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darktronica from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

April 2017 batch. Plenty of pepper kick on this one. Not as much cinnamon, which is great for my preferences but may disappoint some folks. The nose is primarily pepper with dark chocolate and occasional hits of vanilla. One of the better chile beers I've had.

May 06, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

if these cocoa and vanilla and chili stouts are your thing, this is about as good and as intense as they get. the beer is thick and rich, and its positively bursting with spicy cinnamon, smoky chilli peppers, and earthy bitter dark chocolate. its awesome! there is plenty of dark roasty malt on this, but there is also a pretty sweet caramel grain spectrum, concentrated sugars from a long boil i would imagine, and maybe some milk sugar too, bolstered by a sweet vanilla profile that gives this a very dessert beverage feel. the cinnamon is warming and intense, more of it here than in almost any other beer i can recall, and thats true in both aroma and flavor. the chili peppers add a needed smoked element, i love the richness they add, and the pepper heat burn is minimal, just a little heat in the throat going down, more about flavor than burn, but with the alcohol in this, its pretty intense just the same. it all comes together really well though, and the bittering cocoa nibs are all over the finish, giving this tons of depth a nice balance, keeping it from seeming over flavored. very full body with a slick glide to it, long finish, not too too sweet at the end. really neat mix of these additives, heavy cinnamon, great beer!

Apr 24, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into snifter; lazy carbonation with little to no head. Coffee notes to nose along with peppers. Balanced flavors with peppers and cocoa/dark chocolate on palate; peppers linger. A really nice beer!

Feb 06, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownish black body with tan foam ring. Cocoa, cinnamon, peppers, and malt aromas. Taste is a little muddled except the pepper that shines through powerfully. Kind of like a boozy and muddly malted champurrado. Feel is spicy, malty, and thick. Needs a brightening agent or clearer defined malts

Jan 21, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black color with hints of mahogany with a creamy tan head and no lacing.

S:. Chocolate, roast, cinnamon, vanilla and slight bit of chili peppers. Slight notes of black olives.

T: Chocolate, vanilla, roast and cinnamon dominate with a light pepper heat at the end. Very little bitterness.

F: Little bit of a thin body, low carbonation

O: An enjoyable beer but there are definitely better examples of this style.

Dec 17, 2016
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the few pipeworks beers available around here that I haven't had yet.

The appearance is pitch black with a small tan head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is big chocolate, fruity peppers, cinnamon, vanilla and roast.

The taste follows with a big pepper note that asserts itself nicely.

The palate is full with a lingering spicy pepper note that has a nice bite.

Overall this is another great imperial stout from the guys at pdubs.

Dec 16, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour, ample brown head. Retention and lacing are good. The aroma is nice - roasty, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, slight peppery spice. Nicely complex but somewhat subdued. The taste is rich dark chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla. The chillies hit on the aftertaste and are enjoyable, but not overpowering. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation. Would prefer the carb down a little, would be smoother and let flavors other than peppers shine on the aftertaste. Overall, a really nice stout with the adjuncts very well done.

Aug 07, 2016
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Juicer from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark as the Northwoods on a winter night, nice tan head that doesn't stay long. Taste dark cocoa initially, some vanilla. Strong ancho chili finish. 2014 batch 589-590 chili certainly hasn't faded. Lingering cinnamon redhot feel. It gets much more subdued as it warms. I would put this below Huna, Bomb, Oro Negro, but still rather enjoyable, nice buzz.

Aug 05, 2016
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Zoomslowik from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L- Black, basically no head or lacing.

S- Not really picking up much aroma. A little chocolate and pepper.

T- Chocolate, cinnamon and some pepper. More well-blended than many I've had in this style, sometimes the spices become overpowering.

F- Smooth, reasonably thick but not too heavy.

O- I can generally take or leave peppery stouts, but this one is solid.

Jun 03, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split (flown home from Chicago) between a pair of large snifters. Can't find a date on the bottle.

Pours black with almost no head and no visible carbonation. Smell is cupcakey -- sweets and yeast.

Taste is chocolate and cinnamon, strong reminders of mole and horchata. Sweet, and with just the slightest hint of chili pepper (the perfect amount for this style of beer, I think). Very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and surprisingly not flat. Still not terribly lively, however. Overall...I remember liking it (in small quantities) when I had it in a hotel earlier this week, and then I was letdown by the look and the aroma today, and then I was relieved to find that it really does taste as good as I remember. So, they hit the core (it tastes good!), but they missed some other marks. Overall, a very worthwhile beer, and a very tasty beer, but certainly not a perfect or legendary beer.

May 15, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours motor oil black with a similar viscosity, zero head to speak of and appears a bit thin.

Milk and dark chocolate, light vanilla sweetness, cinnamon, roasty, and a slightly pronounced peppery heat.

Chocolate and bitter roast flavors come out up front, but are immediately subdued by wave of sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and spicy chili peppers.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, rich, slick, slightly chewy, spicy.

Overall, I was admittedly not sure how much I was going to enjoy this not being a fan of pepper beers, but the heat is overall rather subtle and there is nice complexity of other flavors and aromas to keep it from being overpowering.

May 07, 2016
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novamat from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a batch released in April 2016. A: Pours motor oil dark but not too thick, leaves a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot of lacing on the glass, and what lacing there is fades quickly. S: Cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, lactose, hints of vanilla. T: Complex but well balanced, and everything in the description is there. Lots of cinnamon and pepper up front, with vanilla and cocoa bringing up the back end. Sweet, but not in an overwhelming way that ruins the balance. The pepper leaves just a hint of spice on the tongue, which is quite pleasing. M: Lightly carbonated and smooth enough for a milk stout, not too thin or thick. O: This is an excellent offering from Pipeworks, Easily comparable to Prairie Bomb! and, for the money, this beer is a better balanced and a better value.

May 06, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date, but this was just released so I know it is fresh. Finally getting around to reviewing this one from Pipeworks.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - A thick opaque black pour, one finger of mocha head that dissipates into nothingness almost instantly. Leaves no real lacing behind on my glass. A thick black oily liquid. Looks good for what it is.

S - Aroma is comprised of the usual suspects: milk chocolate, cream, cinnamon, and a subtle fruity note that i can't quite place. Peppers don't exactly stick out on the aroma.

T - Cinnamon, chocolate, cream, and the residual vegetal chile pepper heat on the finish. Smooth milky chocolate / cream is overcome by the combo of cinnamon spice & fiery peppers. The finish is actually pretty hot and authentic tasting, which might be a bit much for some people.

M - The feel is very smooth, silky, & creamy, but the residual fiery pepper heat on the finish makes this one a slow-sipper. Full-bodied with low lying carb. Very drinkable stuff, especially for the high abv, but the cinnamon / pepper combo makes for a hot brew.

Overall, i love Pipeworks, and i love Pipeworks' stouts, but the cinnamon / chile pepper heat culmination becomes a bit much for me at times. Very nice for what it is, and very recommended to fans of this style. I only hope they brew the original Pipeworks End Of Days again, as i missed it in the early days. Well done, guys.

Pipeworks Imperial End Of Days -----4/5.

May 06, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an oily pitch black with a crisp audible crackle of bubbles showing the carbonation. No head at all on the beer - kind of sad.

Smell is initially a warm aroma of cinnamon and spicy pepper. Some undertones of chocolate malts, cocoa, milk chocolate and some mild notes of vanilla.

Taste follows the nose with an initial flavor of cinnamon and milk chocolate coming through followed by cocoa like malts, lactose, and vanilla. Finish is dry without being powdery. As you swallow the beer all the sudden you get this kick in the back of your throat from the spicy peppers that lingers on your throat. Gets progressively spicier on your throat as you sip the beer.

Feel is mildly carbonated - that tingle you feel isn't carbonation its the ancho peppers. Very dry but not powdery or fake. Its not a thick stout by any stretch, but I didn't feel like it was noticeably thin.

Overall a really outstanding offering from Pipeworks. Not world class, but certainly very, very good. I will be buying this every time they release a new batch.

May 04, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Black in color.

Not as good as xocovesa, huna, or abrax.

The peppers show nicely in the finish. Otherwise it's fairly sweet. Chocolaty with vanilla and spice.

Medium bodied.

Decent, but nothing crazy.

Jan 18, 2016
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KSOZE from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

WOW! This stole the show in a spiced stout tasting (MC, Huna, Abraxas, and Oro Negro involved). Not usually a fan of sweet/milk stouts, but this just blends so well. Was the star of the show for me with the heat from the peppers strong up front and the other additions taking a back seat and coming through on back-end. This is contrary to the runner-up for me in MC where the heat followed everything else. Kicking myself for not getting more than one bottle of this as it was fantastic.

Sep 04, 2015
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Roland7792 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously underrated IMO. This is a great stout and the ancho chille taste on the back of throat as it finishes is awesome. I wish it had a little more heat actually. Expected nothing less of pdub.

Aug 21, 2015
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wolfpac255 from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I thought this beer was delicious. The smell is strong vanilla and a touch of cinnamon. First sip was very good you can really taste the vanilla, cacao, and that little bit of lingering heat fits perfectly. A heavy mouth feel but not overly chewy.

If they barrel age this it will be one of their best.

Jul 04, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Pours a nice thick creamy dark fades at a med pace with nice lacing, pitch black beer.

Nose brings chocolate, creamy milk choc and an almost fake choc, biscuity cookie wafer and kit Kat wafer, sweet caramel and little syrup candy bar, when I really nose it deep I finally get a touch of cinnamon and pepper. Then plenty of vanilla, fake milk choc.

Taste brings mild heat, decent pepper heat, little cinnamon, nice vanilla notes, with plenty of chocolate, mostly milk choc, little cocoa dust, back into the biscuity wafer cookie again, mild bitter spicy hop note, chewy caramel and fair sweetness. Mild booze warmth, sweet sticky finish, candy caramel toffee and milk chocolate with mild fluffy nougat, etc.

Mouth is heavier bod, nice fluffy carb, mild booze warmth nice pepper heat.

Overall not bad, decent heat, nice vanilla, choc was meh though with fake milk choc flavor, nice pepper, hint if cinnamon.

Jun 27, 2015
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 319 ratings