Over The Line
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #75
Ranked #2,727
4.19 | pDev: 11.93%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 161 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of MacMalt
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of novamat
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of 5toutman75
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%
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.

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Photo of Chad_McCoy213
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of eppie82
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of brewskis
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red color with a finger head that went away immediately and leaves no lacing. Very odd to see a barrel aged imperial milk stout pour this color.

Aroma is of very prominent barrel notes: bourbon, charred oak, and vanilla. Also get bittersweet chocolate, big amounts of molasses and carmel sweetness, and some roasted coffee.

Taste is very decadent and sweet. Sweet carmel, molasses, and vanilla play along with bourbon, oak, chocolate, and some coffee. Somewhat boozy and warming with a pretty big barrel presence even after 10 months or so. It is somewhat cloyingly sweet with a hefty barrel presence that balances out the sweetness

Medium body with a surprisingly high drinkability for 13%. Body is actually a little too thin for the style. Could use a little more carbonation to cut through the stickiness of the beer.

This is a very interesting and unique beer that I'm not really sure I like. Although it is intended to look like this, the appearance alone throws me off. However, the aroma and taste have some nice complexities to them and are very reminiscent of a nice barrel aged stout. If you enjoy sweet barrel aged stouts, this will appeal to you.

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Photo of Houser
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Does not look like an imperial stout. Hazy dark ruby. Smell is quite boozy, with hints of vanilla and chocolate. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, booze, and some caramel. Perfectly carbed for the style. Nice job pipeworks.

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Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big barrel/vanilla nose after 6 months down in the basement. Very creamy if just a bit thin. Spirit, toffee & vanilla up front, sweet on the finish as well. Double digit ABV was hidden pretty well considering. Solid offering.

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Photo of boredalready
2.53/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have liked every beer I have had from Pipeworks (various Abductions, Ninja Vs Unicorn, Jones Dog, etc). This beer was terrible. I caught teeny tiny glimpses of the coffee and the vanilla during the first few sips. From there on out it was massive boozyness and a flavor like the world's worst whiskey and soda. Think a splash of cheap, store brand imitation vanilla Coke over whiskey made in a prison toilet.

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Photo of stortore
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber into a Pipeworks snifter. Batch 299-300.

Pours an attractive dark copper with virtually no head or lacing. Smells wonderful (I could have said heavenly), lots of Bourbon, some vanilla, some pleasant kind of herbal smell that I can't put my finger on. Taste continues the strong, boozy Bourbon, more vanilla than the aroma, some oak. It's fairly sweet. Coats the tongue on the way down, but a little thin feeling for the style and ABV. While boozy, it's pretty smooth for 13%.

Might be rating the overall a little high, but this was a really enjoyable beer. Very glad to have been able to acquire this one.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a magnificent dark ruby red color. Light head on a stiff pour which wasn't present while drinking. Active carbonation is surprisingly bright.

Smell: smells like bourbon barrel heaven. Some much vanilla and warm oak light up the senses. Fresh coffee grounds and a touch of bitter chocolate on the undertones. Rich notes of molasses and caramel provide a wonderful base for the entire aroma.

Taste: the oak flavors greet you first with a rich layer of charred oak laying on the palate. Waves of vanilla and malt sweetness are complimented by a sinister yet welcoming boozy backbone. Dark fruits with highlights of cherry dance on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation so the sweetness and booze really shine. 13% is present but I think adds a welcome layer of complexity.

Overall: absolutely killer effort by pdubs on this one. Been up and down on some of their barrel beers but this is a winner. Recommended for anyone who loves a full throttle barrel experience.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - A finger of late-rising tan foam settles to a thin crust and collar. No lace. Hazy dark brown body. Darker than the base, but neither 'white' nor 'stout'.

S - Whiskey, coffee, vanilla, oak, some mildly 'green' cocoa nib character too. LIke The Coqui it's dominated by adjuncts and barrel flavors, but it's more balanced and better integrated here. The listed 13% is quite well hidden too.

T - The taste is a nice mix of vanilla, coffee, caramel, wood. The barrel-aging cuts the over the top sweetness I got from the base beer, with the oak and spicy whiskey balancing things out. Again, well-hidden alcohol.

M - Full body, creamy and smooth, with a bit of grit from coffee and oak in the finish. More alcohol warmth shows up here. Lower moderate carbonation that's got enough zest to keep things from being too heavy.

D - Well, I worked through 22oz of 13% beer on my own, so I guess it's pretty drinkable. That being said, not a session beer. Lots of flavor depth though. Hope they do this one again.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Richard H..), unknown vintage, poured into a Strangeways snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of lloydboss
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2017 version enjoyed April 2018. It really tasted like a white russian to me, more so than prior versions in November 2017. Mellowed & blended much more smoothly in March

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Photo of Florida9
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A darker shade of brown in color, but the beer is far more translucent than any other RIS, giving this beer an oddly clear(ish) appearance. Forms a very small surface coating-like head that fades quickly leaving a flat appearing brown liquid. No lacing. Aroma is quite pleasant: creamy smooth, vanilla frosting, bourbon, oak, and sweet caramel. Smells like banana foster in a glass. The taste is equally as pleasant. Starts off with a moderate sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and bread pudding. Damn this tastes like dessert in a glass. Smooth mouthfeel, but very thin.
Overall, quite good. Far better than the base beer, though I can say this one resembles a white russian even less than the original (which isn't a bad thing).

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Photo of vic21234
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 299-300.

A- Pours on the lighter side for an RIS, a dark reddish brown color with a small amount of khaki colored head.

S- I really don't smell much aside from the bourbon on the nose, maybe some dark fruit aromas but that's it.

T- Very interesting, as it drinks lighter than your average RIS but definitely packs a punch still. Dark fruits with notes of vanilla. Aside from that, lots of bourbon on the taste.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, drinks very hot.

This is a great beer, would probably benefit from a few months to let the bourbon settle down and the other flavors shine through though.

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Over The Line from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 161 ratings