S'more Money S'more Problems
Pipeworks Brewing Company

S'more Money S'more ProblemsS'more Money S'more Problems
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,073
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,856
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.45%
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
545
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Illinois, United States
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Notes: 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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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, a S'mores beer with actual graham cracker flavor. The beer is thick and sweet like chocolate syrup. The malt is so defined, might even be smoked. The best offering I have had from Pipeworks.

IG: @firesidewithphil

Jul 19, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours into a snifter with a pitch black body and a one finger deep cocoa brown head. The cap has a silky and frothy texture and decent retention before a wide ring remains around the edges. Lacing is spotty and kind of rare.

S- The aroma has massive marshmallow notes and a lot of sweetness. The chocolate is pretty strong in there as well as notes of roast grains, toffee, vanilla beans, oats and graham crackers. Big and sweet but what is here is nice. The graham crackers plus chocolate and vanilla does give a nice s'more aroma for sure.

T- The above stands on the palate and overall it is pretty sweet but the high ABV and roasty bitterness keeps it from being cloying. The cinnamon is noted here with an earthy and slightly spicy flavor profile. The big portion of the beer is the vanilla, chocolate, lactose and graham crackers capturing a nice s'more flavor. Charred roasted barley notes too.

MF- A thick and slick body, very heavy on the palate and it has a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a foamy and frothy texture and a roasty bitterness lingering in the finish.

Sweet but not too sweet. The adjuncts do create a nice s'more flavor profile and it really works well in the big stout base with a higher level of ABV.

Jul 08, 2020
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full on ebony, slim brown head.

In the nose: slowly unfolding cocoa, caramel, toffee. Increasingly rich and complex. Deeply flavors showing in time. Marshmallow starts to show. (When did I think I would ever write that?)

In the mouth: Here's where all the flavors come together, and cinnamon kicks in. Getting hotter as we go. Wonderful mix. Thick, rich, and quite delicious. I'm seriously digging this.

Feb 09, 2020
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick pitch black color. 1 finger brown head. The head retention isn't the best. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is a rich deep aroma. I get a brown sugar aroma. I get chocolate. I get vanilla. They're all quite strong, and pleasing.
Taste - Woah! This stout has a lot going on here. A nice chocolate flavor. I get the graham cracker mixed in with vanilla. The cracker flavor seems to stand out most with me.
The body is a bit thinner than I was expecting. From the pour It looked thicker. It's not watery at all, I was expecting a bit thicker. It doesn't really have a boozy flavor, and is smooth going down.
A well made stout. I really like how the cracker fits into this beer, because it's the star of the flavor profile to me.

Oct 28, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan colored head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of dark chocolate are present in the nose along with notes of graham crackers and hints of marshmallows.
T: The taste follows the smell, starting off with flavors of chocolate and cocoa nibs and finishes with notes of marshmallows and hints of vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a bold and chocolatey stout, but is nicely lightened up by the marshmallow flavors. It also does a very good job at hiding nearly all of the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Oct 13, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, date stamped 07/24/2019. Black pour with a creamy brown head. Sweeeeeeeet aroma: sugar, marshmallow, biscuity graham cracker, chocolate. Cloyingly sweet like eating a bag of marshmallows covered in sugar; chocolate and graham cracker mix in well; oats, toffee, and vanilla round out the flavors. Full creamy body, soft carbonation, sticky sweet through and through; alcohol insanely well concealed. This isn't bad, but it's way too sweet in my opinion.

Sep 22, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 7/24/19; drank 9/6/19 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice, noisy dark tan head which quickly dissipated; almost no lace.

Korean BBQ, mild chocolate & brown sugar notes in the nose. Unique!

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Korean BBQ, mild chocolate & brown sugar flavors; almost no booze heat.

Extremely unique; probably best to split a can 2 or 3 ways, but I enjoyed this.

Sep 07, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of toffee, chocolate, smokey and sweet. Kinda tastes like a S'more - sweet with chocolate and toffee. Subtle bitterness.

Jun 27, 2019
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nofmxc from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark color with deep caramel head. Smells of dark roast nearing burnt. Body is lighter than I would prefer for a beer like this. Taste is balance and good, sublet notes of vinella, but no graham cracker. For a "S'more" stout, I'm not getting much S'more.

Apr 05, 2019
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Black color.

Marshmallow and graham crackers. Roasted malts. Cocoa and chocolate. A bit light. Smooth feel. Has a vanilla creaminess to it which makes it pretty smooth.

Nov 18, 2018
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date that I can find.

A: Black pour with a decent head forming. Head fizzes out fairly quickly, leaving some spotty bits of lacing behind.

S: Interesting. Dark chocolate immediately and I even get the marshmallow in there. Once it's warm I can smell the graham cracker too. Very nice combination, albeit a bit subtle.

T: Sweet up front, tons of vanilla and marshmallow. Bitter chocolate kicks in in the middle, carrying through to the finish.

M: Smooth and easy drinking. Low carbonation.

O: Very nice dessert beer.

Nov 12, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours pitch black. Very minimal head formation, but does retain a khaki-colored ring around perimeter of glass. Small bubbles continuously travel up adding additional width to the ring. As I drink the beer, a nice amount of lacing is left behind.
S: Chocolate and roasted malts are dominant aromas. Subtle hints of vanilla as it warms. Alcohol is subtly present on the nose. Does have a smoky presence that reminds me of a campfire. Odd but welcoming.
T: Chocolate and that smoky/roasted malt flavor is dominant. Vanilla is subtle on the finish. As it warms, I can detect some marshmallow flavors, which helps intensify the vanilla. Graham cracker is present in the after taste but wish it was more up-front. Smoky flavors are present making me feel like I am at a campfire. Booze is more detectible as it warms, but isn't off-putting.
F: Full and thick but doesn't have that syrupy/oily consistency. Its smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is mild for the style.
O: The beer tastes as good as the bottle art leads on. As far as s'mores go, I can see where Pipeworks was going with this and I think they did a great job. Just pump up the graham cracker presence and this thing is perfection. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Oct 15, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with a mocha cap that leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is roasted smoky malts with chocolate and vanilla. Flavor follows the nose, sweet but not cloying. Feel is thick and full. Overall a fine dessert beer.

Aug 26, 2018
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on draft at Bad Apple in Chicago (finally!) since they don't distro widely.
L - Black as death, as is proper fro the style
S - Heavenly aroma of campfire, chocolate, though I didn't get much m'mallow scent on it, but it did come through on..
T - Marshmallow detected, but subtle, not too sweat, a really well done interpretation of a smore in a bottle. They nailed it.
F - Great mouthfeel, could use a bit more velvet to the proper carbonation but a great beer by Pipeworks. My wife was all over this by the way, and nearly led to marital discord.

Aug 19, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft. Dark black body. Mocha one finger head. Milk chocolate, light marshmallow, roasty grains, a bit of graham cracker, cocoa. Really nice balance between all of the adjuncts on the palate. I get a little bit of everything throughout, which is nice. Nothing is too overdone. Mouthfeel is medium in body, good carbonation, absolutely yummy to drink without any astringency or off-flavours.

Aug 12, 2018
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

May 10, 2018
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morimech from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

May 06, 2018
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porters4life from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

May 01, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Apr 28, 2018
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RedhawkPoke from Oklahoma

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Feb 10, 2018
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Dec 09, 2017
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miniditka77 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

Sep 27, 2017
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Qbdoo from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Sep 02, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

Aug 21, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Jun 22, 2017
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