S'more Money S'more Problems | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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S'more Money S'more ProblemsS'more Money S'more Problems

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
S'more Money S'more Problems came out of the brain of Friends With Benefits member Keith Lonergan. With Keith's help we mashed this behemoth in with copious amounts of chocolate malt, roasted barley, golden naked oats and crushed graham crackers. Then, after primary fermentation was finished we added cacao nibs, vanilla bean and natural marshmallow flavor. The resulting beer is a big, chewy, dark nectar reminiscent of our days in Cub Scouts; sitting around the campfire, drinking imperial stouts. Great now or after a prolonged camping trip in the back of your temperature controlled bottle camp site.

Added by WestSideAmish on 01-17-2014

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Photo of ichorNet
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a really enjoyable first bottle of High Water Campfire Stout recently for New Beer Sunday, which is another s'more-flavored stout... so when I saw this one which I haven't had yet, I felt compelled to pick it up and give it a shot. This beer's quite a bit bigger (10% vs. 6.5%) than my most-recent example of this style, but otherwise seems to be pretty similar with regards to adjuncts... let's see how it does!

Pours a sludgy black, tarry color with a thin-ish deep mocha head lining my glass. The surface is mostly clear, giving me a chance to gaze into the peerless black depths. Foam never really builds up as much as I'd want it to, but it looks alright and the retention is definitely there, however small the bubbles are in the first place, so I can't entirely fault the brewery here. No lace show present. Not bad, not great.

The nose is something else entirely, though... this is a big, boozy dessert stout, for sure! The first thing I smell here is perfume-y ethanol with almost a light floral and dark fruity touch, before overwhelming waves of dark chocolate, roasted malts, marshmallow and a slight hint of graham cracker/oatmeal chalkiness start pulling their weight pretty evenly. Really deep and detailed nose here... nothing really comes across too strong, and the balance feels on-point. I'm even surprised the marshmallow flavoring + vanilla doesn't feel overpowering, so I have to give props to Pipeworks (and apparently their brewing assistant for this venture, Keith Lonergan) for this one. Hope the flavor is as good... or better!

Flavor profile is very heavy on chocolate and marshmallow/vanilla, with some slight spicy notes (maybe cinnamon/nutmeg) coming across in the mid-palate and during the transition to finish. A little overly-sugary maybe, with some moderate caramel and even coffee notes here and there. Each sip also gives off a nice full, malty flavor with an appropriate roasted barley/oatmeal-like depth and a decent roastiness. I am kind of left wanting a little bit of smoke or something, though, to really bring this to its maximum potential... but I guess that's nitpicking. Some kind of heavy-handed booziness shows up here as well, leaving me wanting this to be a percent or two less, honestly, but I'm sure many will disagree with me here.

Oily slick mouthfeel with very minimal carbonation and a heavy-leaning stout body makes this a really nice sipper. I think I would prefer it to be a little less sweet in the finish, but you can't win 'em all. I dig this, it's pretty similar to Dinosmores by Off Color, so if you like that beer, you'll probably be a fan of this one.

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Photo of Egotist
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tastes a bit like a S'more. This sweet stout is heavy on the marshmallow and vanilla. A bit of boozy heat as well. The more I drink this, the less I am enjoying it.

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Photo of porters4life
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: This beer pours a midnight black with no light coming through at all. The head is not very impressive about a half a finger. Decent looking beer.
S: You can smell the graham cracker pretty well, with some chocolate and vanilla sweetness. It actually smells like you would expect a s'more's beer should smell like.
T: Taste follows the smell for the most part. It is not as sweet tasting as the smell would indicate, but you can taste the graham cracker along with the chocolate and vanilla. They do a good job making this thing literally taste like chocolate graham and marshmallow.
F: This one drinks like a heavy stout should. Thick mouthfeel with a semi sweet finish. That graham cracker and marshmallow comes in strong again for the after taste.
O: A good beer that tastes like it says it would. This is my beer from Pipeworks and I'm now going to have to try more of their beers.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. No bottling date info found, but label has 2017 copyright.
Black colored body. One finger thick, mocha colored head settles to medium thick cap and high ring. Most lacing from each sip settles back into beer, but some spots remain on glass.
Sweet smell of chocolate, marshmallow, with graham cracker. Slight cinnamon and vanilla.
Taste is not as sweet as the aroma. More of a roasted malt stout with darker chocolate, cinnamon/graham cracker, marshmallow/vanilla. Has some coffee that comes through toward the end.
Sticky and coating mouth feel. Has some alcohol burn, especially at the end of the sip.
Aroma says dessert beer, but taste is more base stout with adjuncts that are flavorful but not sweet. Tastes are not artificial in presentation. Would be interesting to drink this around a fire pit but with colder temps.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sparky44
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedhawkPoke
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Beer pours a dark black body with a bubbly dark brown head. Head quickly faded away leaving behind no lacing or head while drinking.

S: Chocolate and marshmallow aromas are very noticeable coming from the bottle. Also picking up some honey and cinnamon notes that mimic graham crackers. This beer hit the described flavors and aromas well.

T: Beer has a strong roast smokey flavor to it. Unlike the aromas the flavors are more savory. Roasted coffee tastes are predominant. There are hints of chocolate and vanilla but mostly roasty malt tastes.

M: The beer seems a bit watered down. The alcohol is there but the beer is thinner than I want.

O: Aromas were a highlight on the beer. Smells were of a dessert beer, but the beer's flavors were more of a traditional stout. Would have liked to have seen the flavors resemble the aromas more.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and opaque with a two finger dark mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing beind.

Inviting aroma with nice campfire(not smokey) reminiscent aroma. Gooey melted marshmallow with subtle roast, silky chocolate, cinnamon, coffee and vanilla bean. Sweeter dessert like notes are countered by subtle coffee roast and robust dark malt and grainy cracker. Smells just like the snack without coming across as artificially sweet.

Fuller end of medium body with a decent amount of roast countered by sweeter chocolate malt flavor. Slightly smokey roasted malt with coffee bean, burnt sugar, toast and oatmeal along with spicy cinnamon stick and silky dessert-like sweetness. Notes of gooey marshmallow that's not artificial tasting along with fudgey chocolate sweetness, toffee, caramel and cocoa. Decent dessert beer with strong sweetness that's nicely balanced with cinnamon and roast.

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Photo of Jsalz21
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of miniditka77
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: dark, thick, sticky with very little head
Smell: really good, the best part about this beer. Vanilla, chocolate, a little bit of graham cracker.
Taste: not as good. It's hard to pick out individual flavors, other than a slight graham cracker flavor. It's more just sweet than anything. It does cover the 10% alcohol well though - I can't taste it at all.
Feel: pretty good. Kind of thick and sticky, and it does go down fairly well.
Overall: OK, but not great. I don't think I'd buy it again. I have yet to try a s'more stout that I actually like. They never really taste like s'mores, more just sweet graham crackers. If you're going to have one, I think Dino S'mores is a little bit better.

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Photo of chewy6935
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MJSFS
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Qbdoo
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber. Black. Head's weak. Barely anything on a hard pour. Aroma is dark fruit and brown sugar. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit, a bit roasty, and burnt sugar. There's are pleasant numbing quality, which I'm sure is the alcohol, but I don't taste alcohol, just feel the effect. Feel is medium. As it warms, it gets more complex. A lot going on here.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Thick, medium, brown head that lasts a while.

Smells chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, Graham crackers and light alcohol.

Tastes chocolate, vanilla, caramel and Graham cracker. Followed by roasted malt, vanilla and coconut hints. Finish is semi sweet with light earthy bitterness. Full body and smooth, lightly fizzy, medium carbonation.

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Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled between 1/11-15/17, had 2/3/17.

Pours a dark brown, opaque, oily and thick looking, with a short head of dark foam. Some loose, dark, oily lacing. Smells of lightly roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, some marshmallow as it warms, a little toffee. Very nice aroma. The taste gives up medium roast malts, then cocoa, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, some molasses, light marshmallow, graham on the finish. A light bitterness runs underneath. Smooth, a little creamy, full bodied, well carbonated.

Second time having this, both batches were really good. A complex aroma with lots to pull out from it, well blended flavors. The graham is mostly a no show, but the marshmallow is noticeable. The cacao nibs and vanilla are the stars here. Well worth a purchase, when available.

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Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous, motor oil black with a finger of chocolate milk-colored head.

Faint aroma with light smoke, chocolate, marshmallow and graham cracker.

Lightly roasted dark malts, vanilla, marshmallow and a lingering dark chocolate bitterness in the taste. There's a kiss of alcohol in there as well. Maybe a whisper of cherry as well.

Lighter bodied than I expected, but still somewhat creamy, with strong carbonation.

This is pretty nice. There's a light smokiness throughout and the marshmallow and vanilla aren't over the top. The label may be my favorite part, but the rest of it comes pretty close.

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Photo of allenson21
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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