The Final Act | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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4.44/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Stout aged in 12 year Elijah Craig barrels.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#697
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
57
pDev:
4.95%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
16
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of REVZEB
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle with my wife on valentine's date. Incredible depth in all aspects. Smell is rich with bourbon, chocolate, oat, vanilla, robust wood, molasses, dark coffee, tons of malt, and slight coconut. Taste is booze, wood, and chocolate forward, with leather, tobacco, and all of the aromas from the smell incorporated into the taste. Great complexity and depth. Feel was chewy, thick and smoothly robust.

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Photo of AllOfTheCats
4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark pour from a 22oz bottle into a whisky glass. Almost zero head and only some slight lacing - not of the bubbles, but a tinge to the glass. Smells like a chocolate-covered cherry dipped in booze. Wow, that's rich. This is fairly thick and not very carbonated. Taste is slightly sweet, a little bitter. Getting the dark malts, some dark chocolate, some anise, then some of the boozy burn then lingering, roasty dark chocolate. Very well executed imperial oatmeal stout! I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of FBarber
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark semi-shiny black color. Completely opaque. Thin cola like brown head dissipates quickly. No residual head is left behind.

Aroma has notes of toasted oats, roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, and some hints of vanilla.

Taste has notes of roasted malts, molasses, tobacco, brown sugar and lots of bourbon soaked oak notes. Hints of vanilla, chocolate, and a light charred note come through on the back end.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth almost velvety in consistency. Light carbonation. Drier finish.

Overall a lovely BA stout from Pipeworks - this might be my favorite of their BA stouts.

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Photo of akk14
4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of smartassboiler
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cd34
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
3.87/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to HIGHPA for the second 22 oz. bottle of this brew sent to MN. The first was consumed on a drunken weekend night & I barely recall it…as opposed to now, when it’s 11:42 PM & this is my 17th beer. Roughly. I’m rounding.

The pour is black, with a non-existent head. The nose is strange: prunes that have been lathered in chocolate & soaked in bourbon barrels. I do believe that is a new one for me.

The Final Act might be a performance piece: me sleeping right here. Raisins, plums, raisins, prunes, then some more raisins come flowing out of the glass, all of it accented by a wet bourbon barrel. Chocolate, touch of smoke, vanilla, with a spoonful of brown sugar wraps this up, but the bourbon cleans up on the finish. Nice & thick, would be happy to take some of my wife’s portion, but I don’t feel like getting punched tonight.

A very good beer, but not up to the insanely high standards Pipeworks has set previously.

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

Photo of rspauldi
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black mahagony with no head. Aroma is big bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, sweet raisins, and a hint of barrel char, Taste is big on bourbon and chocolate. The bourbon nose makes it seem like its going to be over the top but its a perfect blend of the two. Vanilla notes come out as it warms. The feeling is full and sticky. Overall this is a very well executed BBA beer. Awesome job Pipeworks!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Final Act 2017(Aged in 12 year four roses bourbon barrels). This smells amazing. Nice boozy punch, milk chocolate, caramel, cola, vanilla and oak. Restrained sweetness. Some bitterness on the end. Short finish. Solid.

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4.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Heavy oak on the nose with dark fruit and hints of bourbon. Taste is velvety and choc full of complex flavors of dark fruits, oak, chocolate, bourbon and other minor notes. The alcohol is not completely hidden, which is basically the only (minor) knock on this beer. Overall this is an excellent beer. This easily compares with some of the top end BA stouts on the market.

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Photo of Bammer21
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of axf4129
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a PW snifter. November 2017 release.
L: Dark black with almost no head.
S: Chocolate up front but you can tell there's some bourbon aging there.
T: I get chocolate up front a well, then milk/cereal (I can definitely tell it's an oatmeal stout). Then some heat from the bourbon at the end. You definitely get the whiskey, but it's about the right amount for me - not as over the top as a few PW BA beers I've had.
F: Nice mouthfeel, no complaints here.
O: I really enjoyed it. I cracked a bottle thinking my wife would help me, but she changed her mind. I'm going to let the last half-to-third of the bottle sit in the fridge with the cap back on, and I feel like it may hold up. I always wish I had a taste of Bourbon County next to a beer like this - I think it would hold up well.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall 2017 vintage. Released 11/2/17; drank 11/5/17 @ the Yarchives.

Inky black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small, noisy tan head; no lace.

Cream, oak, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee bean & mild bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Cream, oak & milk chocolate flavors up front; dark roast coffee bean & mild bourbon heat notes on the finish.

A bit thin for a barrel aged stout; enjoyable but not overly memorable.

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The Final Act from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.44 out of 5 with 57 ratings