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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nolahophead who sent this 22 oz. bomber, along with several other great beers, north for a whistle & a song. Split with my wife.

Only the penitent man will pass, especially when it is black as night. Smells like chocolate avenue in Brussels - rich chocolate, vanilla, spicing. Yum.

S’more Money, S’More Problems is an adjunct lovers/#newmoney dream; I wish I could get a bottle of this to Ding for his take (if you’re listening, Ding, this is a session imperial stout). As it warms it does reach s’more status: actually. Lovely chocolate, marshmallows, light roast, vanilla oozing straight into my pores & causing vanilla zits. Deeply sweet malts. Wish I could taste the graham crackers. Sticky & chewy. Easy to drink as liquid s’mores, though it’d be hard to keep them on the stick.

Pipeworks nailed the interpretation with a 95 pound hammer. Not only good, but has that ‘something’ that kicks a beer up a notch. Excellent.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark black to purple ink with a loud but thin mocha head that quickly fizzles out.

Smell is gooey vanilla marzipan, which does pretty well simulating the marshmallow. However it's not a toasty marshmallow which is a bit of a letdown. Chocolate, amaretto and maybe a hint of the graham cracker join in on the nose.

I taste really distinct hot cocoa with those mini marshmallows on top. A tangy, waxy feel sort of obscures my full enjoyment though. Walnut and some bittering bakers cocoa keep it from being too sweet.

I am torn on whether this is semi-dry, or sticky. Yeah, it's a sticky one.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black color with brown head. Aroma has sweet malt, powdered sugar, vanilla and some chocolate. Taste starts with chocolate, bitter cacao and some vanilla in the background. It's weird, aroma is really sweet but taste is bitter and roasty.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Graham cracker, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, char, warm boozy alcohol, and roasted.

Taste: Chocolate, graham cracker, ashy, roasted, vanilla, caramel, toffee, molasses, and warm boozy alcohol. A little chewy and light bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to full bodied, ashy bitterness, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice AD/IS with extra added ingredients that added flavor and complexity to this beer. I'd like to revisit this one again in the future.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours deep brown, big fluffy tan head lasts awhile, rings of lace. Aroma is off the hook s'mores, sugary chocolate n marsh mellow, vanilla. True dessert beer taste, sweet chocolate, mild cinnamon, graham cracker. Mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy. This brew sat up for about a year and was delish, better than expected.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i usually have the lowest tolerance for sweet beer, it turns me off almost 100% of the time, but this one somehow works, and i know its too sweet, and i know there will be haters for that reason, but guess what? s'mores are a sweet dessert, so there you have it, a sweet beer. super dark brown with intimidating viscosity and a chocolate brown head, dense but short. the nose is sweet for sure, but you get a little campfire smoke, the dark bitter barley, hints of coffee and licorice, and then the graham cracker, honey and cakey, really cool. the flavor has nice graham cracker too, which i thought would be the ingredient that would get lost in here, but it really stands out. the vanilla is a little too much i think, it doesnt need to be there, it covers up the bitter rich cacao, and there definitely is a marshmallow flavor that does sort of the same thing as the vanilla already. still, despite this being super flavored and huge, i think it has enough low end from the grain and the nibs to be somewhat balanced, and it actually drinks lighter than its 10% abv should allow for. pipeworks cant miss right now, even in these somewhat gimmicky strong ales, still delicious. worth picking up, might mellow with some time on it...

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Photo of Spinaltapped
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from Bottles and Cans in beautiful Chicago, IL. Drank out of a Boulevard Brewery tulip.

Look: Pitch black, two fingers dark khaki head that lingers. Once head dissipates, lost of tight, small bubbles along the rim.

Smell: Mildly bitter chocolate, brownie batter, french vanilla, coffee, booze, a touch of dark fruit.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, coconut, vanilla, burnt hazelnut, booze, campfire, tobacco. There's definitely a weird flavor on the back palate that I'm having troubles figuring out. It's also very sweet. Not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: Light side of heavy bodied. Oily, viscous, tongue coating. Surprisingly dry.

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Photo of SFC21
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Struggled to distinguish much of the nose, everything was a but muddled. Faint hint of smoke, some dark chocolate. Taste leads with vanilla, although it is a bit artificial tasting. Chocolate fudge follows, with hints of the graham cracker. Overall I don't really get the s'mores, just a slightly disjointed stout. Not bad but I expected much better.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice black color, nice carbonation, with a quick/fizzy tan head, not much sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, some coffee, vanilla, some nice roastyness. The taste is pretty nice, malty, lots of chocolate/toffee, slight coffee, nice touch of vanilla. Full Body, ABV hidden pretty well, definitely a sipper. Overall, a nice brew.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with almost no head and carbonation. Smells of chocolate malt.
Taste the hop, but not much more. Maybe doesn't go with cigar. I was expecting mich more. I think I got an infected one.

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Photo of nyoung
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

S'more Money S'more Problems - April 2016

This beer is awesome! The ingredients are well balanced and this is a must get if you have the chance.

Look: It's a dark brown, almost black, with a minimal head that is brown in color.

Smell: It smells exactly as it looks, S'mores! Marshmallow and graham crackers are at the front. Nothing else really except sweet smells.

Taste: It is by far, the most dessert tasting beer I've had. Extremely sweet tasting in my opinion with the graham cracker and some vanilla on the taste. That is about all I got throughout the whole bottle.

Feel: A little on the thin side for my liking but nothing to seriously overthink. I think Pipeworks tends to make their stouts a little thinner as I've been reviewing them.

Overall, this is a must get if you have the chance. Nothing else other than this is something that can be enjoyed by everyone. As always, sip responsibly!

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Photo of FBarber
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the most recent batch - dated 3/23/16

Pours a nice dark black with a thin cocoa colored film on top.

Smell is of roasted chocolate malts up front with undertones of marshmallow and vanilla followed by a hint of graham crackers. By Jove, it smells like a s'more!

Taste follows the nose with rich chocolate malts, sweet marshmallow and vanilla transitioning to a bitter cocoa and graham cracker finish. The graham cracker actually acts to counter the sweetness in this and I like it. This really did capture the taste of a s'more in liquid form.

Feel was nice, perhaps a bit light for an imperial stout, but very drinkable. Not much carbonation, but not a concern here with the imperial stout.

Overall a couple thoughts. First, I think this batch was noticeably better than the last couple batches. The s'more smells and flavors were more pronounced and strong this time around. Second, this batch was way better than its (currently) higher rated reptilian counterpart from another Chicago brewery. Here's to hoping Pipeworks keep improving this one and it gets the recognition its due.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jerry for this one. 22oz. capped bomber into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black but looks a touch thin. A thin, light mocha colored head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is non-existent with huge, oily legs. Pretty good. Menacing.

Nose is graham cracker, fudge, brownie and chocolate. Bready with some sweet vanilla overtones. Solid.

Opens chocolate, cinnamon, graham cracker, fudge brownie and vanilla sweetness. Some cocoa powder in the middle with a hint of prunes and liquorice. More fudge and chocolate towards the end with a mellow, slightly medicinal flavor. Aftertaste is lightly tart cocoa powder and more chocolate sweetness. Decent if a little awkward. Definitely doesn't taste like smores.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick, oily but a bit carbonated in the mouth and goes down smooth and rich. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Appropriate.

A pretty weird beer overall. Flavor is decent with heavy doses of chocolate and vanilla but there's something odd here that I can't quite put my finger on. Unique for sure and worth seeking out if you're looking for something a little different.

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Photo of novamat
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black or super dark brown with a thin cocoa powder colored head. Smell is of roasted malts and not much else, which is surprising but I've been sitting on this bottle for a few months. Tastes of cacao and lots of roasted goodness, but like others I didn't get the vanilla, marshmallow or graham crackers; maybe just hints of some of that sweetness but I really had to look for it. The mouthfeel isn't big and chewy like the description, but it's not unpleasant and makes this big beer easy to drink. Overall, this is a really good stout. Some of the posters say this 2015 batch was "off" so this is one I will definitely try again.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Being an Englishman we don't have the same camping traditions as over in the states. Camping trips are wet, usually in a field with cows in close proximity or on top of a windy hill. We don't have snacks such as s'mores....if you forget to pack a nutri-grain you are out of luck. But thankfully through my US family I have come to enjoy the traditional graham cracker-hersheys-marshmallow treat.

This beer is a fairly faithful rendition of this all american tradition in beer form. The pour is thick and dark with a nice light brown, coffee crema head. Marshmallow and chocolate is there on the sniff. The body to this beer is truly thick and decadent - you won't finish the bottle alone. There is a hint of smoke in here too. A well executed imperial dessert/sweet stout.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasty stout with nothing else going on. No vanilla or marshmellow variation. Body was OK with light mouth feel. Pretty basic stout with roasted malt or char for ingredients.

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Photo of tharper178
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm happy to hear this latest batch was off. This was not as great as I anticipated. Although I tried hard, I couldn't find the s'more flavor. Perhaps my bottle was infected... Tasted a little like green olive juice? Sadly not great.

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Photo of KennyDorsch
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

hmm...not sure what happened with this latest batch. This used to be my FAVORITE pipeworks offering. When i heard it was back i sought it out everywhere. This batch just seems "off". It seems to be sweeter and missing that smores flavor the last batch was so perfect at recreating. oh well...maybe the next batch will get back to the version i loved so much...

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Mouthfeel really hurt this beer. It is described as a 'thick' stout, but very thin. Other than that, it was delicious. Aroma is fantastic and flavor is great as well.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Midnight oil- dark! Smoked chocolate and wood on the nose. Thick, sticky, creamy... Straight up liquid Smores. Chocolate, vanilla marshmallow, toasted graham. Just the right amount of sweetness without over doing it... Too bad this is a limited release...

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Photo of pagriley
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours dark and thick, jet black in the glass with a short dark mocha head
S -vanilla, dark chocolate and roasted malts.
T - more vanilla with bittersweet chocolate and a nice bitter roast finish
F - rich and creamy. Thick and full bodied

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Scent of graham cracker, vanilla, chocolate, some tobacco and a little alcohol. Taste of rich graham cracker, chocolate, earth, vanilla, marshmallow, tobacco and oil.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer was a murky black color with a slight mocha head hugging the rim of the glass.

Smell - Chocolate cookies made with baker's chocolate jump out in the aroma.

Taste - I get a nice dose of cookie chocolate in the initial. Hints of graham cracker lay in wait with the milky maltiness. I just cannot find the mashmallow that others have found.

Mouthfeel - There is am impression of a milk stout with smooth creaminess and low carbonation.

Overall - I know what Pipeworks was going for here, but I do not feel they are quite there. This is a great novelty beer that I am glad I tried.

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Photo of mlhyatt
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little disappointed in this beer. I keep finding that s'more beers just don't deliver what they say they trying to accomplish. There was no graham cracker or vanilla or marshmellow taste to this at all. There was however a lot of chocolate taste to it. To top it off, it was thin, which is a pet peeve of mine for dark beer. Would not seek out in the future.

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Photo of Josh012012
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Does deliver the smore flavors it promises. But it was just too sweet and the smore flavors did not work with the rest of the beer for me. go for the pipe works ipas not the stouts imo

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