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Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%) | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pipeworks Barrel Aged Smoked Porter unites wood and smoke in a natural harmony. This first barrel aged offering finds our smoked porter aged in millet, spelt, and rye whiskey barrels from our friends at Koval Distillery. Like smoking a pipe by the fireplace, the resulting blend reeks of sophistication. We hope you'll enjoy this taste of liquid refinement.

Added by MasterSki on 03-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
76
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 76
Photo of DrinkingDuck
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very Dark Brown to Black pour with a light caramel colored head about 1 finger, not lingering long with little to no lacing leftover.

Smell: Smell is boldly smokey with light hints of wooden whiskey barrels from aging, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste: Light smokey malts again blending beautifully with light hints of chocolate and vanilla flavor with smokey flavor becoming slightly more pronounced as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Soft to medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a very well balanced, thoroughly enjoyable Barrel Aged Smoked Porter done nicely by such a young brewery.

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Photo of Listers
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost as black as can be with good head considering it is barrel aged. Smells of sweet toasted barley, oak barrel, smoke with none of the smells over powering the other; great balance in the nose. Taste is a little sweet up front with some vanilla. The smoke and roasted malt make up the body of the taste and the smoke lingers to the finish. The carbonation is more than what is expected from a BA beer. This beer is pretty easy to drink, compared to beers of a similar style.

Pipeworks is great at actually crafting beers with this being no exception. The whole smell and taste of this beer reminded me of BBQ food. Mostly because of the sweetness mixed with smoke. The barreling doesnt seem to be too obvious or prevalent in the beer but im sure it adds something great. I need to try the non-barreled version to compare.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch #1
A- The opaque black body has a light cocoa tan head that is thick and last a good bit. Carbonation is tiny slow bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The blend of soft smoked malt, bourbon barrel hints and dark roasted malt notes in the finish all blend together to compliment each other without overpowering the others.

T- The nice rich smoke blend has some dark nougat hints with a woody smoke that lingers and a soft smoked ham hint coming through as the beer opens. There is a gentle dark malt flavor underneath but is stays mostly in the background. The finish is slightly dry and pretty clean.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- No band-aids (chlorophenols) in this beer. The smoke flavor is great and gentle yet still has a lot of depth to it and the malt bill has some nice subtle complexity to it. Very easy to drink with lots of nice flavor.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch number 1, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with mahogany edges, topped with a thin khaki head that fizzles away to a ring. Leaves some spots of lacing.

S- Very smoky aroma of dry, charred oak. Has some subtle notes of whiskey, tobacco and chocolate malt. Reminds me of whiskey and a BBQ campfire.

T- Similar to the nose, a very nice smoky and very woody barrel character, has a subtle chocolatey background with light whiskey and fruit.

M- Medium-bodied, carbonation is a touch high but is very smooth and drinkable.

O- A really interesting beer, Pipeworks is doing something with a barrel besides making a huge, sweet beer that knocks you over the head with bourbon, the dry, smoky rye whiskey flavor is very subtle and interesting. I'm a big fan of this one.

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lived head on a dark brown body. Leaves a collar.

Bits of bacon in there.

Mmm. Smokiness is at just about the perfect level for me. Mouthwatering chocolateyness from the porter portion of the malt bill.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Tasty treat right here as pretty drinkable for a smoked brew. Every Pipeworks I've had is above solid. Thanks for the share egrace84.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown and nearly black in color, this beer pours placidly into a large mug, creating a finger of tan foam on the surface. It lasts for a good 5-10 minutes, leaving spotty lace around and a lasting skim also. It eventually parts, but a swirl slowly rekindles it.

Rich and woody barrel aroma, sweet notes of whiskey and maple, a light fruitiness and wisps of smoldering wood smoke. Vanilla, pipe tobacco, oatmeal raisin cookie.

Smoke and dried fruit sweetness upfront, dry woody oak traces in the finish, toasted barrel staves. It has a definite complexity due to the barrel blend, melding nicely with the mild smoke and roast from the base porter. Lingering traces of whiskey and wood minus the alcohol heat. Body is fairly light, and lightly carbonated. The flavors are bigger than it's body, but that's just fine. An interesting beer, and well balanced with unique flavors from the expressive barrel character.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for opening this bottle! Thanks elliot.

poured into duvel tulip.

reviewed from notes 6/28/12

Appearance: light black bodied beer with one an a half fingers of mocha brown head. spotty lace on glass.

Smell: really smoky. Meaty, earthy, peat moss and woody smokiness.

Taste: Just like the beer smells. The smokey malts are really flavorful. Moderately smoky. Meaty and salty bacon smoke with hints of earth, peat and a hint of oak. The beer finishes with a mild sweatness. Not much barrel is found in this beer, maybe the sweet finish at the end of the beer is the barrel tring to come out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The beer is really smooth and slightly creamy. The beer gets a thiner mouthfeel thin as it warms to room temp. Drinks slightly below it ABV.

Overall: My first Pipeworks brew. I liked it and its got a great smoked malt profile, but the porter gets a little bit lost in all the smoke. Wish that the barrel would have had more influence in the beer also.

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Photo of Agold
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer side by side with the regular smoked porter. It has a shorter head which recedes to a thin layer with a nice healthy ring around the outside of the glass. Not quite as much lacing as the regular one. Aroma is quite oaky, but definitely not overbearing. Less smoke or roast comes through in this beer than the regular, although I can pick up a bit of cocoa which is nice and I don't get any of the fruit that I get in the base beer. Aroma feels like it has a bit less depth and robustness, but not bad by any means. Flavor is smokey with a dry oak instead of a sweet caramel bourbon. The smoke blends with the barrel almost making this one seem peaty. Almost scotch like. I get smoke, cocoa, oak, some earthy notes, and a nice warming alcohol. Very scotchey to me. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, could have a bit more body, but the carbonation is nice and fine and creamy. Really nice. I am not sure which beer I like more, the regular or the barrel aging. You can definitely get a lot of the same notes in this beer that you get in the base, but they are completely different experiences.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours nearly opaque black in color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains long after the pour

S- heavy smoke aroma up front gives notes of smoked peat moss, charred wood, dried pork, chocolate malt & band aides.

T- taste follows the aroma with lots of smoke up front with flavors of charred smoky cherrywood, smoked peat and a hint of sweet chocolate malt on the finish

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy and spritzy mouthfeel and a foamy sudsy finish

O- couldn't really get much of the barrel character but there was definitely tons of smoke, that held up even after over two years of age

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Pours a very dark brown, not quite black. There was an almost finger of medium head.

Aroma is initially smokey, almost ham-like, but somewhat mellow. You can pick up that woodiness and light whiskey notes. It was slightly leathery with a hint of pipe tobacco.

The taste was a bit more meaty than the aroma, with a bit more of that rye whiskey oakiness. Some more leather, making it somewhat dry.

It had a nice solid medium feel too it, not to thick, not too thin. Overall pleasant on the palate.

A rather interesting and definitely tasty beer.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Liquours. Rich yet not overwhelming smoked beer. Despite 20% smoked malt, it is very drinkable, some chocolate malt, and a wonderful whiskey finish. Not acidic at all, rather smooth. Chipolte aromas. Black with white head.Tasty, balanced.

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Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is the same as the non barrel version... Brown with ruby highlights, minimal head. Nose has lots of barrel character up front pair with a you of vanilla and lots of smoke. The whiskey pairs very nicely with the smoked quality. Taste is very well balanced, the sweetness from the malts pair nicely with the smoked quality. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with mild carbonation. Overall, I like this better than the non barrel version.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle, with red waxed cap, into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a nice black with a 2 finger beige head. Small lacing bubbles cling to the class but reside quickly.

S- smoke definitely dominates the aroma of this beer. Has some sweet chocolate and maybe a faint whiff of whiskey.

T- smoke right off the bat, with roasted malts and some chocolate. The barrel characteristics are almost void from the taste. Slight whiskey maybe that's about it.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slightly thin with some effervescence.

O- nice smoked beer, but was expecting a lot more from this beer. The barrel aging almost seems like a wasted effort. We will have to see how the non-barrel aged version compares before I can make a final decision.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Darkness glass.

A - Finger-plus of late-rising dark tan foam that settles to a creamy cap, leaving ample lacing behind. Body is near-black and suggests a weightier beer.

S - Smoked meats, tobacco, hickory, charred wood, a bit of biscuit, vanilla, and milk chocolate sweetness, and some Koval whiskey bite that intensifies as the beer warms up.

T - The taste doesn't live up to the promise of the aroma. It's not bad, but it's a tad simplistic in comparison. The prevailing flavors are smoke and bread, with only the lightest vanilla sweetness in the finish. Not sure I would have picked up barrel presence from the taste alone to be honest.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body, with active carbonation. Chewy, but not overly sticky, yet yielding some of that residual mouth-coating smokiness. A hint of oak dryness appears in the finish. No obvious alcohol presence.

D - It will be interesting to try the base, as I'm finding the barrel character here quite subtle and I'm not sure if that's due to the relatively short time in the barrels or something intrinsic to Koval. In any case, this is far superior to Finch's first barrel-aged offering, which used the same source for barrels. I think I would have preferred if this came in 12oz bottles.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to paulstoneanchor for bringing this gem to our camping trip the night before the FW Invitational. Mild head on a dark brown liquid, pretty thin, I would have estimated less than .3", the head was lighter brown. Good complex aroma, whiskey, wood, the right amount of smoke, neither to large or not enough, just fine, chocolate malt, roasted 2 row.

Taste was really easy drinking. Boy a smoked beer next to a campfire is the way to go, and maybe why it didn't taste overpowering, like a lot of smoked beers tend to do to my taste buds (it's like we're not even taste buds, we're like taste bros!). There isn't a single thing about this beer that is over the top, I like it, balanced, barrel presence at 7% alcohol, kick ass. Mild sweetness, mild smoke, mild chocolate, mild barrel = a damn good and enjoyable beer. Wouldn't hesitate recommending to others to pull the trigger on this one.

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Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark, dark brown. Approaching black, but still somewhat translucent. Forms a moderate sized tan head that quickly reduces to almost nothingness. Very light lacing.

S: sweet roasted malts, raisin, molasses, a hint of smoke, and the some of the barrel comes through as a light oak and vanilla.

T: taste is similar o the aroma. Light dark malt fruity sweetness, woodsy, oak, and a little vanilla. Smoke is more pronounced than in the non-BA version.

M: medium bodied, lower carbonation, virtually no bitterness.

O: liked this one better than the non-BA version. A very drinkable porter that's light on both the BA and the smoke.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good camping beer. Dark brown beer, beige head. Wood, whiskey and women. Oh that's just smoke.

Taste was really easy drinking. Wasn't overpowering even though I have a low smoke palate threshold. Mild chocolate and sweetness give it the balance smoke beers have been so desperately asking for all these years.

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Photo of KDawg
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a small head.

The smoke is certainly there, but it's not overpowering. The smoke is backed up by aromas of malts, chocolate, toffee and a touch of whiskey.

Medium bodied with a solid feel. It's lacking a bit on the mid with notes of chocolate, smoke, and toffee.

I enjoyed this. I've yet to have the normal smoked porter, but this was pretty good. Shows the smoke and wood influences without being overbearing.

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Photo of pschul4
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice brown with a tan head that leaves decent lacing. Nothing exciting but not flat either

A- Super smokey. Hint of bourbon and chocolate malts but the smoked malts take complete control

T- Again super smokey. Same as the smell just a touch of bourbon and a little bit of chocolate/coffee malts but the smoke is all you know. Being a fan of smoked beer, me gusta

M- Couple be a little smoother but the carbonation doesnt do it a disservice

O- If you like smoked beers this is a MUST

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Photo of spark3148857
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really dark brown, verging on black. Very slighty ruby edges. I can't really get much out of the aroma besides the barrel characteristics, which are quite prevalent. The whiskey barrel and smoked malt really play well off of each other, however there isn't a lot of typical porter flavors to back it up and add complexity. The flavors are blended well so that neither overpowers the palate. Mouthfeel is as expected for a porter. Enjoyable and worth a try if you can still find Pipeworks batch 1...

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Photo of Treebs
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. Batch # 001

A: Pours a dark black with dark brown edges. A one finger light tan head forms on the pour and recedes at moderate pace to a thin collar.

S: Light charred oak, some light bitter baker's chocolate with a hint of meat. There is a slight whiskey twinge on the back end.

T: The smokey flavors are upfront with a nice toasted oats and some general chocolate flavors. There is a slight charred oak with a little burnt meat skin. The Koval barrel shows its flavor in the finish with a combination of whiskey, light vanilla, woody oak and a caramel sweetness. The smokey flavors are carried throughout and integrate nicely with each one. That being said the flavors are a little light and I would love to have it amped up a little more.

M: Medium bodied with a slight chew to it. There is a very nice carbonation and the finish is smokey and sweet.

O: I liked the addition of the Koval barrel, but overall it didn't add a depth of flavor, rather just some outer lingering flavors. I think if it sat in the barrel a couple more month it would be great. As it stands I like the regular one a tad more due to the flavors being a little more strong, but this is a solid offering. Off to try the two beers!

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Photo of GregSVT
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber into a tulip - Batch #5

A: Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head that fades to a large ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is almost one dimensional with a good amount of smoke and bbq but there are some chocolate malt and vanilla aromas in the background.

T: The taste is pretty smoke forward as well but I can also pick up flavors of vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of molasses on the finish. The smoke isn't so overpowering and neither are the barrel flavors. They work pretty well together but I'd like to see a bit more barrel here.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied.

O: While I enjoy Smoking Wood a bit more due to the better barrel presence this is a decent attempt at the style. I might order this at my local bar if it was available from time to time but I'd not seek this out beyond that. Decent beer but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and some light lacing. Aroma of smoky malt with light rye notes and some warming alcohol is quite nice. Taste is a great mix between some smoked malt with dry rye whisky notes which kind of help ‘’rounding the corners’’ of this beer with light roasted malt notes also perceptible. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol notes. Quite a lot of complexity in this one with some nice balance between the barrel-aging and the smoked malt notes.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lacks the retention and thickness of head that I expect from a porter, the color of the head is tinged with cola at the base of the bubble collar but as it cascades up it appears like paper... off-white in coloration.

Just the right amount of BBQ and leather aromas. Smoked pork and a lightly toasted biscuit hint. Not too much barrel character though.

Flavors of... smoked leather, charred wood, crispy pork, sweet ending of mildly sweet malt character and what reminds me of fried rice.

Full bodied, very crisp ending of carbonation and alcohol slash. I think its also got a watery feel over the creamy silk lingering of other porters. Very great flavor retention for the pork. The appearance was such a let down, but the beer as a whole is quite nice... my only complaint. Wheres the barrel character other than the woodiness?

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Pipeworks branded small tulip/snifter

Pours a very dark brown with a one and a half finger off white head. The smells of smoky roasted malt and booziness dominate the nose. This brew opens with smoke roasted malt, a hint of wood, then more smoke, finally finishing with just a hint of bitter espresso and a slight undertone of booze. Medium bodied and smooth. The smoked malt is the star of the show in this brew and is the dominant flavor throughout and there is very little contribution from the barrel. However, a very tasty and satisfying brew and a brew that fans of smoked beers (including me) will enjoy.

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