Phantom Unicorn
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.29 | pDev: 4.66%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla, and lactose.
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received from @fbarber in the NBS BIF #14. Canned on 6/14/2021. Poured into a stemless stout glass. It pours a deep, inky walnut color - almost black. The medium mocha-colored head fizzled away rapidly. leaving minimal lacing. On the nose there is roasted malt, caramel, char, just a whiff of anise, and distinct bourbon notes. The bourbon dominates the initial taste. It's fairly sweet with a heavy roasted malt base. There is also a strong presence of burnt coffee, nutty char, and tobacco. Let it warm and the flavors develop nicely. The mouth feel is fairly rich and creamy with lite carbonation, and there is no getting around the 14.3% ABV which you can feel from the first sip. Overall, Phantom Unicorn is not exactly subtle but it is effective. It really mellows out as you sip it. Very nicely done!

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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: inky dark brown. Mocha head, modest on the pour, quickly dissipates.
Smell: rich oaky vanilla, roasty, some bourbon.
Taste: much like the nose. Creamy richness, very easy drinker.

Oct 08, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 8/14/21; drank 9/13/21 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy dark tan head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Oak, bourbon heat, dark chocolate, marshmallow & cream notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Dark chocolate & strong bourbon heat flavors up front; cream, sweet marshmallow & dry oak notes on the finish.

Boozy, sticky & sweet; this is a bold beer, for sure, but it's not overly pleasant. Not one I'll seek out again.

Sep 14, 2021
Phantom Unicorn from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 8 ratings