Over The Line
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
4.14 | pDev: 12.08%
Nov 03, 2019
Sep 26, 2014
Over The LineOver The Line
Notes: Our "Hey, Careful Man, There’s a Beverage Here" White Russian Imperial Stout aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrels.
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Rated: 4.74 by Chilmer from Iowa

Nov 03, 2019
Rated: 4 by Bum4ever from California

Jun 08, 2019
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from bomber into a tulip glass. It pours a burnt orange color with a light ecru-colored head and thin sheen of creamy lacing. On the nose there is noticeable bourbon, caramel, cherry, and plum. It is very fragrant. The taste is bourbon-forward with caramel, raisin, brown sugar, and plum. It is very fruity and very boozy. The feel is rather thin for such a big stout with moderate carbonation. Despite the thinness, you can really feel the 13% ABV. Overall, this is quite a beer! It has big flavor but is rather on the sweet side.
Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 4.47 by pstam87 from Illinois

Nov 15, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Oct 29, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Zaphog from Michigan

Jul 28, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by MTKATL from Georgia

Jun 22, 2018
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to HIGHPA for this 22 oz. bottle, with another Dumb Lebowski joke. Evidently I haven’t done nearly enough drugs in my life.

Just like it’s unbarrelled forerunner, this looks like no stout, but like a dirty red. Spare (get it?) head collapses into nothingness before I can get back to sit down. Smells like an adjunct lovers dream. Tons of lactose along with chocolate, vanilla &, I swear, White Russian. I used to have a bit of a fondness for them as a youngster. Wonderful.

Over the Line is intense – intense alcohol, ingredients, & overall impression. Either time or the barrel has done this beer good, because the impression of the base beer as a 7-9-10 split (a mess) has subsided into something aggressively lovely. Boozy punch up front, hot with a rolling shot of bourbon before the beer geek grocery store kicks in. Tastes like a White Russian too – big lactose bite, vanilla, touch of chocolate, & a combo that sings like rum in a cheap bowling alley glass (plastic, that is). No coffee, which is not surprising since the bottle is nearing its first birthday. Sweet, rich, intoxicating. Right up my alley.

Age or barrel? One of these two things, or a combo pickup, has bumped a routine base beer up multiple notches. An uncanny echo of a mixed drink, completely unique, & an excellent outcome.
May 24, 2018
Rated: 3.76 by Egotist from Illinois

May 08, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by Eziel from Ohio

May 01, 2018
Rated: 4.49 by jcb7472 from Florida

May 01, 2018
Rated: 3.84 by 22Blue from Kansas

Apr 05, 2018
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Reviewed by kevanb from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
650ml bottle, Summer 2017 stamped on the label, poured into a Pipeworks snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep burgundy color, cola brown and garnet hues with a fizzy finger of bone colored head, no retention nor lace. The aroma is okay, very strong and sweet, lots of chocolate, strong vanilla, caramel and brown sugar really leap out with some light stone fruits and alcohol burn. The flavors are very rich and decadent, tons of caramel, brown sugar, marshmallow, vanilla, light bourbon, toffee and lingering grains with warm alcohol. The mouthfeel is good, medium body that is a bit slick but coats well with a bit of a weak finish that has a lingering burn.

Verdict: A good stout from Pipeworks, crazy sweet and super over the top with the dessert flavors. For a dessert style sipping beer, this is nice, but it's a total display of saccharine excesses.
Mar 06, 2018
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottled September 2017; drank 2/6/18 @ the Yarchives.

See-through red/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy eggshell head; no lace.

Burnt brown sugar, cream & black coffee notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Cream & burnt caramel flavors up front; root beer, bourbon & faint oak on the finish.

Unique, certainly, but not very good. Cloying & harsh.
Feb 07, 2018
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Reviewed by novamat from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Deep dark amber pour, little to no head present. Smell is oak and sweet, dark fruits with just tiny hints of coffee, vanilla and maybe chocolate. Taste is sweet but is mostly oak and dark fruits with hints of chocolate, bourbon and vanilla, trying really hard to find to find the coffee but just can't get there. Feel is fairly smooth, maybe a tad light on the carbonation but not off-putting for a barrel aged stout. Overall this is a good offering from Pipeworks. Others have said that it's a bit too sweet, but the base beer is very sweet as well so this is not a surprise to those who've had Hey Careful Man before.
Dec 26, 2017
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Normally a HUGE fan of BA Pipeworks but this is just a boozy mess for me. Too sweet. Maybe if I were a fan if regular white russians to start with, I'd like this more. Shared a bottle with a friend and neither of us could finish our pours and poured the remaining down the drain.
Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 3.55 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Chad_McCoy213 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Deep amber pour that turns into a fine cognac color and a minimal head that reduces quickly into a carb well that just keeps on giving.
S: Bourbon up front followed by coffee, vanilla, and slight cacao.
T: Bourbon punch, oak, spice, vanilla, coffee, chocolate.
MF: A lighter stout for sure, not as thick. The bourbon mixes well with the carb and spices up the palate. Defiantly dives into the oak in which this stout was aged in
O: A fine specimen. Well rounded BA White Russian Imperial Stout. Tips hat to "Hey Careful Man, There's a Beverage Here," in a spicey bourbon fashion. Aged since brewing in Summer'17
S/O to the ChicagoBeerGuy for providing this.
Dec 03, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by rodlavers from Maryland

Nov 24, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by chewy6935 from Michigan

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 3.91 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Oct 03, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Oct 02, 2017
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From bottle into snifter.

A clear amber color with no foam upon pour. This does not look like a stout in any sense and it barely smells like one. This is more of a strong ale than anything else.

Overly sweet and boozy. Not my style and would not get again.
Jul 28, 2017
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Reviewed by BSiegs from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Rich amber in color, extremely clear. One finger of white foam recedes quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass and leaves little/no lacing. The aroma is waves of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Chocolate and coffee is faint, along with a slight nuttiness. The taste really brings the beer together. Beautiful blend of bourbon, vanilla, coffee, and oak. The base beer is cloyingly sweet for me, but the barrel treatment and age really do this beer wonders. Medium body, low-moderate carbonation, and a slight alcohol heat on the finish. A beer I was a bit skeptical of, but pleased to have been proven wrong. A nice addition to Pipeworks BA series!
Jul 01, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by rossracing from Illinois

Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 4.34 by duobob from Illinois

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jan 21, 2017
Rated: 3 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Oct 28, 2016
Rated: 4.49 by stompilator from Texas

Sep 27, 2016
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Reviewed by homebrew311 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a tawny color with minimal clarity. Nose is straight chocolate and bourbon. Cacao comes through strong with vanilla to support it. Nothing too boozy or sweet on the nose. I found the base beer to be a bit cloying, the barrel seems to cut right through that. Taste is heavy on the cacao up front with some of that sugary sweetness coming through towards the end. The barrel again does a nice job of taming down the sweetness. The body is thick and a bit sticky with low carbonation. Overall, a very nice beer.
Aug 24, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by joshdaut from Illinois

Aug 24, 2016
Rated: 2.93 by 4truth from Illinois

Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 13, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by sahd-1 from Illinois

Nov 30, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by pagesofphotographs from Colorado

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by Thedrizzle from Florida

Nov 10, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by Duff27 from Illinois

Oct 31, 2015
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