Paved With Good Intentions
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Strong Ale
Ranked #146
Ranked #23,034
3.88 | pDev: 4.9%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 19
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a PW snifter, batch #697.

Pours a fairly dark brown. a little more thick looking and viscuous than I expected. Medium head, foamy cling. Smell is malts, a solid aroma of molasses, some smoke, and a little bit each of pineapple, citrus, yeast. Taste continues on the malts, though they taste more roasty than they smelled, and the molasses. Still getting some smoke, with some chocolate and raisins. A bit of hop bitterness on the back end. Pineapple dropped away, for me. Very smooth, a bit creamy, well carbonated.

Pretty interesting beer. Flavors are mostly straightforward, but very tasty and enjoyable. Aroma was more complex. It drinks fairly light, but could pass for an Imperial Stout. I think it's well worth a purchase.

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3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, Batch #697. Another new creation from the masters at Pipeworks, this one a self-proclaimed "Imperial Dark Ale Brewed With Pineapple And Molasses". A bit of a unique effort from these guys; not entirely sure what to expect here.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a dark cola colored brown body, with some hues of red near the surface. About a finger and a half of frothy mocha head that leaves good sticky strands of lacing behind. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is pleasant, if somewhat restrained. Pineapple is in there, but it is very faint. Faint notes of chocolate malt & smokiness, with some sweetened sugary aromas from the molasses, I assume.

T - Taste brings more of the same: faint fruity pineapple, chocolate malt, brown bread, and sugary sweetness. Borderline dessert beer with the sweetness. The molasses is very defined, I just wish the pineapple was more.

M - The feel is thick, full, & creamy. Sticky, sugary, & sweet.

Overall, a unique and interesting offering from Pipeworks, but not one I would be likely to try again.

Pipeworks Paved With Good Intentions -----3.5/5

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3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sort of murky/cloudy red dark brown with a fair amount of airy off-white foam that dissipates rapidly.

Aroma is much more welcoming than is the appearance. A blast of fresh pineapple, vanilla, woody/earthy tones, and a faint but blanketing sweetness.

The pineapple is still readily apparent, the subtle sweetness in the aroma of molasses explodes at the swallow, like drinking syrup, literally. There is however a noticeable and very welcome toasted malt backbone to help round the edges a bit, but just a bit.

Medium bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, tangy fruit quickly fades into a syrupy gulp of sweetness, which is fine, if you're in the mood.

Overall, I really dug this, but it's sometimes hard to appreciate Pdub's more eccentric offerings and this is one that you need more than one attempt to appreciate.

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Paved With Good Intentions from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 19 ratings