Imperial End Of Days
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #389
Ranked #11,819
3.98 | pDev: 9.55%
Sep 06, 2021
Nov 22, 2013
Very Good
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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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2.83/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours opaque, dark black in color with minimal head. Taste is big pepper and cola with milk chocolate. Heavy body, spicy, low carbonation. Very spicy, slick. Good for a pepper beer but apass.

Sep 06, 2021
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2021
4.08 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Oct 04, 2019
3.98 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019
4.3 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019
3.65 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on May 27, 2019
3.96 by SWChi from Illinois on May 20, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jan 30, 2019
4.5 by Nurt20 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2019
4.11 by smithj4 from New York on Dec 16, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

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
3.99 by dbrauneis from North Carolina on Dec 16, 2018
4 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Dec 09, 2018
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 09, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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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4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

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
4.1 by Steveskk83 from Illinois on Oct 11, 2018
3.83 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Sep 30, 2018
4 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jul 30, 2018
4 by jonbonfondle from Minnesota on Mar 25, 2018
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3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

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
4 by MurphDog14 from Illinois on Jan 15, 2018
2.73 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 10, 2017
4.25 by Houser from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2017
4.28 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jul 18, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

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
4.11 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Jul 12, 2017
3.18 by drstalker from Illinois on Jun 29, 2017
3.98 by Aaashhh from New York on Jun 17, 2017
4.22 by braican from Massachusetts on May 31, 2017
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on May 28, 2017
3.89 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on May 20, 2017
3.77 by boogerisu from Iowa on May 15, 2017
4.31 by CPAles from Illinois on May 11, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by darktronica from Indiana

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
4.15 by SmangTown from Illinois on May 01, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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
4.12 by Dankacheese from Illinois on Apr 03, 2017
3 by ffshore545 from Illinois on Mar 09, 2017
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