Baked and Layered
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,108
Ranked #6,970
4.21 | pDev: 5.7%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Baked and LayeredBaked and Layered
Notes: Imperial Stout with chocolate malts, lactose, cacao nibs, toasted coconut, and vanilla.

This is an ultra velvety batter-like beer packed with chocolate nuances from layers and layers of chocolate malts and toasted coconut. We were inspired by the best part of a German chocolate cake - the fudgy batter. When drafting this recipe, one of us actually said, "what if we use all the chocolate malts. Every chocolate malt!" We did just that. All the gentle roast character blends so well with the cacao nibs and vanilla. Oh, and the toasted coconut. This beer is topped off with toasted coconut that brings this beer into a full-on dessert category.
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, packaged 04/07/21 stamped on the bottom side of the can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with not quite an inch tan head that didn't stay around for long. Small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but it's also on the light side, the brew smells like chocolate, cream, coconut and vanilla. Luckily the flavor has more kick to it! It's similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some roasted malt and dark bready flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked this brew, only issue with it to me was that the aroma seemed lighter than usual but that's really a minor complaint. I'd try this one again in the future for sure!

Nov 13, 2021
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lovely to see a new Pipeworks stout on local shelves. Picked up a single 16 oz. can.

Black with a foamy, slow-rinsed cocoa head. A pastry stout all the way, the nose boasts rich chocolate with lesser helpings of vanilla & coconut.

Baked & Layered hits close to the proclaimed target. Chocolate malts & cocoa ride this thing Marco Eguchi. Secondary layers include strong vanilla, light coconut, marshmallow, with the lactose adding hella body (& possibly more sweetness to a very sweet beer).

An interesting beer that doesn’t really stand out, which is a surprise from an ingredient-heavy beer from the masters of them. Good, solid brew.

Aug 28, 2021
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 10/11/19, had 8/5/20.

Pours near black and opaque, thick looking, with a brief flash of darker foam and a little foamy lacing. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, malt. Has a nutty aroma. Flavors are the same- chocolate, vanilla, malt, coconut- more as it warms. Smooth, somewhat creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Outside of the lactose, all the add- ins show well and play nice together. The sweetness is fairly restrained, which makes it a pretty fine pastry stout. Seems like it would BA well, if Pipeworks ever BA’s again.

Aug 07, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, date stamped 10/11/19. A tall dark brown head layers over a pitch black stout. Sweet aroma of coconut, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Cloyingly sweet yet pleasant flavors of toasted coconut, chocolate, vanilla, creamy lactose, and a bit of caramel. Full & creamy body, very sweet, alcohol well concealed, really no bitterness at all. Good flavors but too sweet for me.

Mar 17, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, viscous looking dark brown almost black. A finger of dark brown foamy head. Strong lacing, but fades quickly.

Nose is beautiful coconut and rich chocolate. Less like an Almond Joy, more like a brownie with coconut mixed in the batter. Very cake or pastry like rather than candy.

Taste follows. Coconut, chocolate, and this time the malt shows up. A slight roasty quality that reigns in some of the sweetness. The chocolate is subdued. Like the nose, the chocolate is more reminiscent of a brownie rather than an overly sugary chocolate bar. The coconut is consistently present throughout the entire thing. Always nice getting that strong coconut. Alcohol is well hidden. 10% and very smooth and drinkable. The sweetness catches up a little towards the end.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied with mild carbonation. Its not heavy like a lot of these big dessert stouts are. Every aspect of this beer shows restraint. Respectable.

This was a hell of a beer. Very enjoyable. Solid across the board. It sets out for a simple goal and achieves it. I love the chocolate and coconut synergy and whenever I get my hands on a brew that does this well its always a treat. Well done Pipeworks.

Mar 07, 2020
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The stout, inky black in color, showed little carbonation and a tan head.

Smell - In terms of the nose, all that came to mind was coconut cream pie. The vanilla and coconut led the way.

Taste - The overall profile was very cake-like. Toasted coconut jumped to the front, pairing well with the vanilla. The stout had a light syrupy chocolate backbone. There was some oddly floral about the profile, but it was not much of a distraction from the cake-beer.

Mouthfeel - Though it is not an actual cake shake, the beer had a thick low-carbonation profile.

Overall - I would struggle to consume a full 12oz pour, but I dig this beer.

Jan 26, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Viscous black with a brown head that settles into a thick foam ring. Smell and taste are the same: LAYERS of coconut, milk chocolate, booze, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, and lactose. The smell gives an impression of coconut pastry stout, where the taste captures the feeling of brownie batter more. Feel is viscous, sweet, heavy, smooth, and boozy, but does cloy a little. The wife liked it

Jan 16, 2020
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mschrei from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black, brown edges, tan lacing. Smell is rich sweet cocoa and chocolate malt with prevalent hints of vanilla and coconut. Taste is chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Sweet, strong, malty. Coconut and vanilla notes, but not too strong. My fear with a beer like this is it would be too thick and sticky, but it’s not. Pretty down the middle, medium body, a little thick but not too much, a bit of stickiness but not messy. This one is pretty good.

Dec 24, 2019
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branham1989 from Texas

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks Brewing Company’s Baked And Layered 10.5% ABV. This Imperial Stout pours a jet black color with the consistency of motor oil with a mocha colored head that dissipates rather quickly some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of toasted coconut with hints of milk chocolate and vanilla almost like chocolate cake batter with a bit of marshmallow. The flavor is of chocolate cake batter with flavors of chocolate and cocoa nibs along with coconut and vanilla toffee coffee with woodsy flavor coming from the bourbon barrel all soaked in a beautiful bourbon flavor with hints of figs raisins and dates. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a syrupy consistency that coats the palate with a small amount of burn from the alcohol content. This is a fantastic bourbon barrel aged stout but I wish it was a little less sweet. 9.5/10

Dec 22, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours like motor oil, topped by a modest cap of mocha foam that's gone in a flash. Sweet aroma smells of coconut with hints of vanilla and milk chocolate.

The taste features coconut and sugary cake batter up front, along with earthy hops for contrast. Warming reveals marshmallow and a peculiar floral aspect. Medium-heavy body and mild carbonation make for a full, robust mouthfeel. A palpable stickiness lingers on the lips between sips.

Overall, this is a sticky pastry stout with a few off flavors that leave me mildly disappointed. I've had better stouts from Pipeworks.

Dec 21, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short dark tan head that died down, leaving a small, thin patch of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate cake batter are present in the nose along with notes of vanilla.
T: The beer tastes like chocolate cake batter and has flavors of chocolate and cocoa nibs with notes of coconut and vanilla with a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light and airy nature of this stout really makes it tastes like chocolate coconut cake batter. It also does a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

Nov 23, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

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

Canned 10/11/19; drank 11/19/19 @ the Yarchives.

Midnight black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Coconut, marshmallow & milk chocolate notes in the nose.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Coconut, milk chocolate & vanilla flavors up; faint booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Sweet as hell, obviously, but for pastry boyz this will do the trick. I'd have another...

Nov 20, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours moderately syrupy and black, with a begrudging half-finger of head. Very rich and chocolatey, with a fudge characteristic that I would say is more reminiscent of gooey brownies than a chocolate cake. The coconut is modest but present, while the vanilla and lactose are more pronounced. I get extremely subtle cherry fruit, maybe a bit of white peach on the front palate. That gives it the little bit of brightness needed to keep it from being too cloyingly sweet. The mouthfeel is also not quite as tongue-coating as expected, thinner than the appearance suggests, and that also is evidence of some restraint.

Nov 14, 2019
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