Jones Dog | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jones Dog pays homage to our very own brew dog Jonas. Our chocolate lab has been with us since the birth of Pipeworks and so we honor him with this chocolate milk stout. Brewed with cacao nibs and lactose milk sugar, we hope you'll find this brew as smooth and chocolately as the Jones Dog himself.

Initial batch was 6.5%.

Added by MasterSki on 03-14-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
133
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.47%
 
 
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 133
Photo of WillCarrera
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch 004, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a murky chocolate/black color, topped with a finger of creamy tan head.

S- Roasted grain, milk chocolate and a bit of fruit, some coffee as well.

T- Sweet milk chocolate, has me me thinking Milk Duds, roasted grains with coffee and cacao, some light fruitiness, has a really delicious milk chocolate finish.

M- Medium-bodied, creamy, smooth feel.

O- A very nice milk stout, crazy drinkable, definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into Jester King pint.

A- vigorous pour, black at bottom with 3/4 of glass fills with a cola colored head that rises to leave about 1/2 of a glass of beer. Some blotches of lacing.

S- sweet roasted malts and bitter chocolate.

T- roasted malts, some sweetness and nice chocolate finish. Has just a slight bitterness at the finish.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Slightly thin but not different per the style.

O- not a huge milk stout fan, but is a very easy drinking enjoyable beer.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I'm confused. The pic in the BA profile says 6.5%, but the bottle I have defintely says 8.5% (and tastes like it too), so I have a feeling the recipe has since been changed to kick up the ABV since it first came out.

Anyway.

Pours a nice dark black body with small white head.

Nose is a lovely mix of rich chocolate.

Taste is chocolate city. Very rich and thick with a huge milkly milk stout type flavor, but domiated by chocolate. I know it has chocolate nibs, but this is crazy. It's like drinking pure dark bakers chocolate, but with just enough sweetness and milkiness to make it not gross and VERY tasty. It's like licking the side of chocolate bar and just getting the white cocoa butter or something. It's really damn good. Like I said before, the ABV shows at 8.5A%, so it's a sipper for sure and feels like. Very thick and rich. On top of that it has a strong espresso coffee flavor. The roasted dark beans and chocolate are crazy together. It tastes like sucking on coffee beans and chocolate beans at the same time. Very in your face and over the top.

This is not what I was expecting at all. IN YOUR FACE CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE BEANS. Oh my god. It's amazing, and yet almost difficult to drink on it's own. Give me some ice cream or something to balance it out. It's just sooo big. Great beer though. Too bad I'm not in IL more often, or I would defintiley pick this up on a regular basis to pair with deserts.

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle served in a Founders snifter. Batch # 004 on the label.

A: Pours a dark black with a one finger khaki head forming on the pour. The head recedes to a thin film and ring. Some splotchy, soapy lace is left on the glass with some sticky residue as well.

S: Raw cocoa nib and lactose sugar are present on the nose. There is a nice light roasted flavor from the malts and backend chocolate sweetness.

T: The flavor follows the nose. Upfront is a nice roasted chocolate and raw cocoa flavor. The middle smooths out to a sweet lactose sugar flavor. The raw freshness of the cocoa nibs bounces back in the finish and combines with a chocolate milk like sweetness.

M: Medium bodied which is nice treat considering how thin and borderline watery End of Days was. Spot on carbonation and nice sweet flavors on the finish.

O: A very large improvement over End of Days. I had Hyper Dog at GI Stout Fest and like it a tad more, so I'm excited to try that out of the bottle as well. Way to bring it back guys. Excited to try Close Encounter soon.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black and thick with some sediment. 1.5 finger tan head that dissipates pretty quickly

Smell has notes of slight roasted malt and a slight vanilla presence over a dark chocolate backbone.

Roasted malt comes out more in the taste and has a mild char flavor. Lactose sugar gives this a mild rich feel with chocolate coming in last after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and has mild carbonation.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown color. Some light escapes through when held to light. Low head retention with a light head even on the pour.

Smell: Bright and bitter. Chocolate on the front of the nose. Dig deep and some mature coffee and heavy dark chocolate is found. Overall the aroma is a little thin, lacks depth.

Taste: Step up front the aroma. The front is a very bitter sweet chocolate hop presence. Thick malty presences kick on the back end of this brew. Then comes the cocoa nibs which jumps on the palate long after drinking. A chalky hop texture is left on the palate.

Mouthfeel: A very complex and changing mouthfeel makes this a unique brew. Smooth front and followed by a rocky finish. Nice ride for the palate.

Overall: This brew is a little all over the place but ends up being a quality brew. One of the better milk stouts I've had. Much more aggressive then others of its kind.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.46/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is pitch black with a one finger tan head.
Aroma is chocolate syrup, coco powder, chocolate truffle and slight roast notes.
Flavor is massive coco powder and chocolate.
Mild coffee and roasted notes on the back end.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Nicely balanced bitter notes.
Don't know how this beer isn't rated higher.

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Photo of Agold
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jones dog is quite opaque and dark with a half inch off white head that has pretty nice retention. Not much lacing, bu an occasional spot does stick to the glass. Aroma is pretty roasty and a bit smokey. Had on tap, and there was a bit more of a cocoa sensation than in the bottle. Taste has more of that cocoa i remember. A bit of sweetness is balanced nicely by roast, smoke and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would like, but not unenjoyable. Liked this a bit more on tap when I had it ~2 weeks ago. A lot of the chocolate milk that I loved so much about it isn't in this bottle.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice carbonation on this bad boy. It had a huge pop as the cap was pried off. The head developed to a good finger full of lace but dissipated to a thin creamy collar and scum on the mohogony black body. Perfect lacing, sticks around to fight anything you throw at it.

S- Very roasty... unbelievably so for a milk stout. This bad boy smells like an oatmeal stout like noones business. Behind the roasted grain is a cocoa powder and mildly chocolate presence. Its definitely what you’d expect cocoa nibs to smell like, but not what they are described as these days. As you keep inhaling the delightfully stouty character, it starts to transition to a cheap grain nature... something lightly off. Like.. plastic grains.

T- Starts milk sweetness, you can really taste the lactose addditions here right off the bat. as it progresses theres a tad bit of resemblance to chocolate milk. This is like a genericly roasted chocolate milk beer. It has that rising plastic flavor that you picked up on in the nose.... leading you right into the finish which is simple lightly phenolic cream flavor and a half strength bitter acrid grain.

M- Smooth, creamy, light to medium bodied, crisp carbonation tingling you too harshly on the edge of the tongue. Sticky roasted grain flavors.

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Photo of schris
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer poured out into my tulip with an unmanageable amount of head - surprising to me, and forced me to split my bomber into 8 ounce pours. Head was light tan and faded to little or no lacing. Aroma is almost typical - chocolate, maltiness, but I also got a big hit of what I can only describe as apple. That aroma faded as the beer got consumed. I couldn't get a handle on the flavor until the beer warmed up - in part because of the temperature, but also because of what I found to be way too much carbonation. Once those factors are considered, though, it's a nice smooth chocolate, with a little bitterness and a hint of coffee on the finish. All in all, a good offering from Pipeworks, but there are better chocolate stouts out there. I'd like to give the barrel aged version a try - I imagine that some of my issues with the beer would be resolved by letting it sit for a while in oak.

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Photo of Thurgoft
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber split with a friend poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours a murky deep, dark brown with a 1" bubbly tan head. Not too much lacing on this one.

S: After letting it warm up a bit you get a good bit of bitter super dark chocolate. A little bit of a tootsie roll type chocolate as well. Hints of sweetness but just a barely. Also a good bit of alcohol in the nose.

T: Taste follows the nose a fair bit. Bitter, malty chocolate. Alcohol on the palate as well. At 8.5% its not hot, but there's a rather strong alcohol taste. Pleasant hop bitterness on the finish, though just a bit.

M: Super creamy and smooth without being heavy. Feels great going down.

O: Overall pretty happy with this beer. Perhaps could be a bit more balanced with more rich chocolate flavors and toned down alcohol presence. Not in a hurry to buy it again, but would like to try it on tap.

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Photo of Grohnke
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour black, or very dark brown. Creamy burnt tan head erupts when poured, holds well, and then falls to a thin scattered film.

Aroma is big chocolate, mild roast, malted milk balls (you can actually smell the milky lactose dressed in chocolately sweetness).

Medium roasty malt flavor, mild coffee-like undertones, heavy sweet chocolate, with high residual sweetness. Bittersweet cacao and light hop bittered finish. Chocolate milk aftertaste.

Medium body with low carbonation. Lactose provides some additional depth to the body. Incredibly smooth, delicately creamy, and finishes moderately sticky.

Enjoyable milk stout. Intensely chocolate, yet very drinkable. Although it favored the sweeter side, the roast was prominent enough to make it very palatable. Captures the creamy milk aspect very well, as it actually made me think of chocolate milk and malted milk balls. Pipeworks is the real deal.

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Jones Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.
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