As You Wish...
Pipeworks Brewing Company

As You Wish...As You Wish...
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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #12
Ranked #435
4.45 | pDev: 6.74%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
As You Wish...As You Wish...
Notes: A Elijah Craig Bourbon barrel aged Imperial Porter (As You Wish)

TKK - In my own story, you are roaring off into the unknown on a grand quest, with beer and bacon to nourish and nary a green vegetable for miles. One day, I’ll read that book aloud to you. Go then, my love, there are other worlds than these. Until we meet again. AES.
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured an inky black color with a dark mocha colored head.

Smell - There were big sweet burbon notes in the nose.

Taste - At the front, there was smooth sweet bourbon. Leathery notes were accompanied by dark chocolate. Bourbon and oak really come through in back. It gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel - The beer was smooth and very full bodied.

Overall - This beer was pretty awesome, but bordered on elite as it warmed.

Nov 17, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a tiny and quickly disappearing tan head. Smells strongly of bourbon, roasted malt, baker's chocolate, and caramel, but mostly booze. Taste really opens up, bourbon leads but met with caramel, vanilla, leather, baker's chocolate, coffee, wood, marshmallow, raisin, and molasses, but all through the lens of robustness. Unrelenting in feel, can't believe it is a porter except the mouthfeel of the finish is definitely porter like with the dry thinning. Fantastic beast of a beer

Jan 29, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 release. Very dark, nearly black, with minimal head from a gentle pour. Thick. Copious booze on the nose and the palate, with bourbon notes that are true to the Elijah Craig it was aged in: creamy vanilla, nougat, dates, dark chocolate, and touches of pie spices. Round, big flavors and complex oscillations between malted grains, delicate fruit, and baked goods, all infused with a very health dash of bourbon.

Aug 19, 2018
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to HIGHPA, who has become my official Pipeworks dealer. Plus, extra points for being named after a quote from one of the greatest movies of all time. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife (who first forced me to watch said movie against my will).

Black. Smells fantastic – chocolate, bourbon, & sweetness that borders on molasses. Lovely.

As You Wish…then I wish The Dojo were five miles from my house. Terrific shot of bourbon laced vanilla right up front, like chomping on a toothpick from the bourbon barrel. That’s backed with deep, sweet malts with a tidgeon of roast, dark chocolate, cocoa marshmallows, with a brown sugar finish. Supremely smooth, with the 11% ABV showing only in the lining of my stomach. I could have done this on my own.

Inconceivably decadent. Excellent beer.

Apr 15, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The availability of aged Pipeworks beers in Chicago always blows my mind. I purchased two bottles of As You Wish at Binny's just after FoBAB, 2017 - there was no rush, no jostling, and no one got pissed that I took two bottles. How many other ~4.5 rated beers can you find that can brag that? Way to go, Pipeworks.

I shared this bottle with friends at a local brewery. The beer smells richly alcoholic immediately, and at range - that's saying something, given my current head cold. The aromas strong bourbon and chocolate - quite promising. As it was mildly chilly, the beer hadn't quite opened up just yet when I tasted it - the barrel presence was enormous though, imparting a very dry, woody taste and mouth feel to the beer. The chocolate does not overwhelm but as a nice sweetness to the beer. It becomes a bit more forward as the beer warms.

Overall - another tremendous BA porter from Pipeworks. Recommended.

Mar 07, 2018
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Completely black in color. Two fingers of dark brown foam that recede to nothing almost immediately. Leaves no lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla, and some mild roast & smoke. Really hits everything you wanting a BB Porter. The flavor follows exactly, with the same prominent notes. Medium-full body, low-moderate carbonation, dry, slightly boozy finish. Another excellent barrel aged brew from Pipeworks!

Nov 11, 2017
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Jangoon24 from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 release poured into a snifter. Tons of barrel and smokiness on the nose, followed by dark chocolate notes with each sip. A wonderful BA porter by Pipeworks, I'm definitely hoping to get more!

Nov 06, 2017
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lloydboss from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 release, enjoyed October 2017. Great BA flavor combined with the thinner mouthfeel that is style appropriate for a porter make this dangerously drinkable. recommended

Oct 21, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

At a tap takeover at Iron and Glass. Dark, lightly thinning edges and very slight lacing. Smell is roasty malt and barrel. Seems more like a stout by smell. Taste is definitely porter, slightly thinner than a stout. Plenty of barrel presence. Real smooth with a mild burn. Real good.

Sep 10, 2017
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Dankacheese from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage - finally opened this up for a bottle share due to Pdubs brewing and selling more of it recently. It'd been a long two year wait....but it was worth it! Appearance is as a Imperial Porter should be; deep black with a very thin head that faded quickly and visibly low carbonated. Nose is all bourbon with hints of oak, malt, sugar and a very faint Port aroma. Taste still has plenty of carbonation which was very surprising considering it's appearance and how it poured. This is forsure on the sweeter side for a porter but fucking fantastic nonetheless. Matches the nose pretty damn closely with a bit more sugary sweet. Feel is outstanding, full bodied mouthfeel and even more body than most stouts that're surrounded by smug hype. This is the real deal, I need more and more of this. This holds up supremely well after only 2 years but I dunno if I'd hold it much longer than that. Another very impressive showing by Pdubs who seem to master the low carbonated looking barrel aged beasts that taste nothing like they look.

Jul 17, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled fall 2014; drank 10/16/14 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black hue.

Dark tan head; decent lace.

Marshmallow & booze heat nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Marshmallow, chocolate & booze flavor; not subtle but pretty tasty.

Nov 25, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Watching Princess Bride with accompanying beer. Happy Valentine's Day. Vanilla, marshmallow and oak. Hint of roasted malt. Lighter mouthfeel, lower carb. Missing complexity, but still delicious.

Feb 17, 2016
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Jaycase from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

batch 324-325

a: pitch black. quite modest mocha colored head.

s: oaky bourbon seems most prominent at the outset. as it warms, vanilla and candied sugar build in intensity. Some dark licorice as well. Faint chocolate too.

t: mostly follows on from the nose. oaky, vanilla bourbon dominates with dark chocolate coming though mid way through to the end.

m: carbonation is medium-low. seems kind of sticky. not too thick but it is a porter after all. A touch watery.

o: Not terribly exciting overall but this is a pretty decent BA beer, moreso that it is a porter. I'm not usually much of a fan of BA porters as I prefer BA stouts but this is one of the better BA porters I've had. If this is ever made again I would prefer to try it fresh next time. Glad I had a chance to try it.

Oct 18, 2015
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OneEye78 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber labeled batch 324/325 into a snifter. Look is jet black with a small tan ring. Smell is vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and a hint of oak. Taste is similar, a bit of fudge, a little vanilla and a nice oaky spice. A little bit thin, but not bad. Dry in the mouth from the wood. Overall this is a very well balanced brew, great stuff.

Sep 20, 2015
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shundahai from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I must start and say that I'm a homer when it comes to Pipeworks. But I have to say that this is by far my favorite of all they BA beers. Amazing smell where you take in the bourbon. Amazing taste that I can't find the words to describe.

May 22, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours dark, thick. Not much head or lacing. Looks pretty good. Smells of smoky bourbon, lots of oak and vanilla. Taste is wonderful and kind of follows the nose. Wow, Elijah Craig must be terrific bourbon. Lots of bourbon, but not at all overwhelming. Deep, complex flavors. Malts are a solid stabilizer, not leaders. This is blended so well. So smooth. Lingers on the tongue, adding to the enjoyment.

Great job of barrel aging by PW. This is my favorite BA from them so far, but I've got a few more to challenge it. A must buy if it gets released again. Seriously.

Apr 18, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Hey now. A bucket of bourbon. Chocolate. Some deep roasted malts.

Taste - Wow. This tastes great. Fudgy chocolate. Bourbon. Nice vanilla flavor. Some dark chocolate in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Kinda boozy, but not an issue.

Overall - Mark the date. I like a Pipeworks beer. This really good.

Mar 31, 2015
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pint glass while watching the epic Seahawks-Packers NFC Championship game.

A - Creamy tan foam settles to a solid cap and collar, leaving behind minimal lace. Very dark brown body that's a tad lighter at the edges.

S - Massive notes of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, caramel, bourbon and oak. Great balance and flavor depth, and minimal harshness or bite to it. Just terrific; I kept it in my glass for quite a while just going back to the aroma.

T -The taste isn't quite as nuanced as the aroma, but it's still really good too. More dark fruit, brownie, and cocoa flavors here and less oak and bourbon sizzle, but still a great deal of associated vanilla.

M - Big, full body, with a creamy texture and medium-low carbonation. Some warming, but nothing excessive for the listed 11%. A tad oaky in the finish, but pretty smooth and chewy with a bit of lingering stickiness.

D - This is the best beer I think I've had from Pipeworks. A reference quality barrel-aged porter. Really hope they get a chance to do it again, as having only 1 bottle kind of sucks. Believe the hype on this one.

Jan 21, 2015
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olradetbalder from Sweden

3.3/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep brown more or less no head.
Loads of bourbon with coffee, walnut and dark fruit and some beef jerky. Seems a tad thinned out on the palate likely from a little too long in the barrel. Drinkable but ultimately a bit disappointing.

Jan 02, 2015
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Houser from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this pours a very deep, brown. almost black. very little head, but the 1/8" head lingers. the smell is 50% bourbon and 50% vanilla/oak. smells great, but the taste is awesome. the flavors are enhanced tremendously. such a smooth ba porter. i could drink this all day. carb is right on as well. all i can saw it wow.

Jan 01, 2015
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RMelyon from Illinois

4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Drank with Surly Darkness on Thanksgiving 2014. While the Surly was arguably the better beer (likely because I like rye), I drank more of this on that day. A top 10 all time for me. The best beer I've had from Pipeworks, and that's saying a lot.

Dec 24, 2014
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown color. Almost black, but it's not fully opaque around the edges. Forms a modest deep tan colored head that fades fairly quickly, leaving a bubbly ring around the edges. Aroma is strong. Lots and lots of dark chocolate and deeply roasted malts along with a concentrated dark fruit sweetness and some bright alcoholic notes. Taste is also fairly complex. Again there is an appreciable sweetness. Dark chocolate, dark malts, bourbon, brownie, oak and a hint of licorice. Full bodied. Smooth, yet rather hot.
A very nice barrel aged beer from PW. This beer is proof again their greatest work comes when they're not dumping every farmers market find in the kettle.

Nov 02, 2014
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rden4654 from Ohio

4.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours black with a tofee colored head. A nice tar film stains the snifter when done.

S- Smells of bourbon, oak,a little coffee, and hints of vanilla.

T- Starts off very smooth, vanilla, with the oak hints of cofee and vanilla seeping through. Then comes a good dose of the bourbon but is not over powering.

M- Full bodied,with a just amount of carbonation,it wrms the back of your throat, this is a slow drinking beer you will want to savor .

Nov 02, 2014
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with a kabuki thin head. Smell has aromas of toffee coffee vanilla marshmallow and lots of chocolate malt. Taste follows the nose with charred chocolate malt forward with loads of vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow and some oak barrel and bourbon in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick creamy and lightly carbonated.

Oct 25, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, batches 324/325, poured into a Pipeworks snifter.

The beer pours a super dark cola brown color, close to jet black but with obvious brown hues, wonderfully opaque with a thick finger of khaki head, decent retention and yields no lace. The aroma is wonderful, chocolate, oak, caramel, coconut, toffee, bourbon, grain, vanilla, alcohol, stone fruits, raisin, brown sugar, just extraordinary. I felt that each time I stuck my nose in the glass, I could smell something different and more intriguing than the previous whiff. The flavors are immaculate, the depth and complexity are incredible, but more importantly the balance and integration are fantastic. Big burst of bourbon and oak, vanilla, coconut and chocolate, stone fruits find their way, raisin and brown sugar with distinct caramel sweetness prop their way up as well but what is wonderful is that there is a bit of nice roastiness and charred character that keeps this from becoming dominantly sweet. The mouthfeel is spot on, thick, coating, luscious, carbonation is lower but with nice texture, really silky and smooth and the finish is warming but easy, perfect.

Verdict: Well, I didn't expect it, but this is one heck of a beer from Pipeworks, really something special and to be cherished. I thought that the Barrel Aged Jones Dog may have been an anomaly, lightning in a bottle, but if this is any indication of their barrel program, I am totally sold. The balance and depth here are astounding, the smoothness and layering of flavors is stunning and the finished product is nothing short of being truly world class. Not too sweet, not too roasty and no unneeded adjuncts, just a stellar recipe executed spectacularly.

Oct 24, 2014
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 202 ratings