Close Encounter | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
416 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
Ranking:
#5,723
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
416
pDev:
8.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
79
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 416 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Tdenham
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhlosito75
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, dark brown in color with one inch head. Taste is pine, roasted malt, cream, and oats. Did not get much hops and only slight roasty bitterness. Did get a nice and layered oaty stout. Very enjoyable and smooth. This is one I would get again.

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Photo of EFMarkley
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackish brown with a tan, foamy head.

Roasty and milky aromas up front, with minty hops and lots of roasted coffee aromas following up.

Nicely roasty and milky flavors at first, with bitter spice of pine coming in second, providing a very dry finish. After a short while it becomes very apparent that this really is exceptionally roasty. With all the hopped-up elements, the level of roasted flavors is big enough to keep this in stout territory.

Very frothy mouthfeel.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016-05-09
16oz can served in a tumbler. I think the canned on date is 3/7/16.

Pours black with a light brown head that flashes up high and then fades at a medium pace to a thick, chunky ring. Smell is coffee and a little yeast.

Taste is coffee and hops and strong roasty malts. Strange, not entirely successful combination. Not bad, but strange. It has a bit of dark fruity sweetness which makes it whisper "porter" in your ear.

Mouthfeel is surprrisingly light and slightly oily. Overall, a pretty good, but not great beer.

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Photo of JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krh
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable, but not my favorite from Pipeworks. I prefer the stouts they sell in the bombers.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaypaul522
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a lot of thick head. No strong aroma, but hints of malts and hops. Taste was good, quite strong of malts, and then a mildly hoppy finish. The feel was medium to light, which wasn't stout-like. Overall a good tasting beer, with lighter than expected body.

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Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucoli
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogerisu
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dan_K
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep brown with 2 fingers of dense mocha bubbles. Coffee and chocolate intertwine with orange peel and pine on the nose. The taste of cocoa powder, orange flesh, and bitter pine dance across your tongue. A feeling of roasted bitterness, bitter pine, and a slightly sticky sweet feeling linger after the swallow. This stout is easy to consume and effortless to enjoy.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cath
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgregory
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Close Encounter from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 416 ratings
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