Close Encounter | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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415 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
pdubs.net

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Close Encounter is a bold venture into depths unknown. The best of both worlds co-exist between a rich roasted malt er’n character and an aggressive hop presence that will probe your taste buds like +thing you have experienced before. Don’t fear the unknown, embrace it! You never know who or what you may encounter…

Added by MasterSki on 03-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
8.31%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
79
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 415 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robwestcott
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sheenisgod
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moestavern
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WiggyKGB
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickyBfromCT
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njcraftguy
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good stout but not great. Pours a nice dark color with light head. Tasty but nothing overly special. I love Pipeworks but this one left me a tiny bit disappointed - their IPA's and Ales are outstanding. Stouts don't seem to be their strength. Not a bad brew - but not one I'll seek out.

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Photo of BDeibs
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Leag0002
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dirt286
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Philcassella
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seedyone
4.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a can at Home, NYC. Had no idea what to expect when this was recommended to me. Pours thick & creamy. Head is a deep beige & matches the sound of the pour. Aroma carries more chocolate than coffee but the blend is great.

This reminds me of a black & tan made with superlative brews.

I love a big chewy pint & this delivers. Makes up for it being 70F here in NYC on Christmas Eve.

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Photo of pkalix
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

definitely Black IPA meets stout kind of brew.... awesomely beautiful chocolate-y head. a little more weirdly bitter than i prefer, but overall a decent brew and always glad to try the stuff out of my "distribution reach".....

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Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JustinCider
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Black in color, like motor oil that should have been changed 5,000 miles ago. Foamy, dark tan head that leaves some impressive lacing.

S: Aromas of pine cones, chocolate, roasted coffee and citrus.

T: Hops start and hang around for the entire time, from the first sip to longer after it is swallowed. Roasted malt, and to a lesser degree, chocolate and coffee, show up in the middle, only to be outshone by the piney hops.

M: Smooth, medium bodied hybrid.

O: Heavily hopped stouts and ales are becoming more prevalent, much to the dismay of some purists, but I personally like the mix of flavors. This beer has some faint similarities to Three Floyds Dark Sun and Surly Blakker."

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Photo of j0hnc2468
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JordonHoltzman
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can (quite fresh) into a snifter. Nice can, although the can says 7% abv, not 8.5% like this beer's profile on here, which would make it a regular stout and not imperial.
Dark brown/black body, a mocha tan head that fades quickly but the lacing left on the glass is nice.
This is a hopped up stout, and the aroma has that. First, you get the roasted malts, coffee character is strong, and then you get some hop aroma.
Taste matches the aroma, coffee first, followed by a hint of pine, and some oatmeal. The hops add a slight brightness. A beer I'd buy again

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Photo of csustar001
4.59/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fthegiants
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.97 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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