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

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Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%)Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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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
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
37
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.69%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
10
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0
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of markmcconv
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 Devi0us
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank! From notes.

A: Pours an opaque (in the center) ruby-brown body that reveals translucence around the edges. Short-lived beige/tan head falls into thin collar.

S: Smoke, chocolate, lemon zest (reminds me heavily of Sprite). I was thrown for a loop by that one. Whiskey is noticeable, but restrained; this isn't the barrel-forward beast I thought it would be. Kind of a nice change.

T: This is a balanced take on the barrel-aged style; whiskey is noticeable but not overpowering, and smoke is accentuating without dominating the other characteristics of the beer. It's not hammy / bacony / salty. It has a modest chocolate sweetness and an aftertaste that, again, reminds me of lemon zest; I couldn't figure that out. It's not BAD, it's just different.

M: Medium-bodied, with good carbonation.

O: This is very drinkable and really solid. I don't think it'll make waves, as it's not over-the-top, but it's worth sampling a bottle over an hour or so and appreciating its nuances.

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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 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 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 Dat
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz, Batch #5
Tired Hands chalice

A: Pours a really dark brown color. Not completely black, but there really isn't that much light getting through. About a quarter finger of light light tan head. There is some lacing left on the glass after swirl.

S: Getting that charred malt. That roast. Getting a touch of vanilla. Some chocolate. Maybe some medicinal notes behind it all? Not a lot of barrel.

T: Don't know what to say here. First off, it's extremely thin. I was expecting more full bodied. I don't get much at the front of the tongue. In the middle, I get some of that artificial smoke flavor. Some charred wood and campfire like notes. Maybe a little dark cocoa too. I really don't get the barrel characters I'd expect. No oak or vanilla. Maybe the smoked malt takes away from that. Positive: booze is hidden. Easy drinking. Close is somewhat dry. Lots of liquid smoke and tobacco on the tail end.

M: Medium body here. Need a little more. Watery.

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Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 JimmyW
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At first I get a lot of carbonation, some pepper and some booze. After letting it warm up a bit I get a lot of smoke, still a good amount of carbonation and a thin, watery mouthfeel comes through, but also some dark fruit. It's not too bad, just not very well balanced. I think there's potential here as this brewery is still very young. Good color with decent head retention. Definitely smokey. I thought giving this one some time to warm up would help, but I only got a little bit of dark fruit, a fair amount of oak and a disappointingly thin and watery mouthfeel. Still lots of smoke. Reminds me of a generic Islay Scotch. Overall disappointed, but interesting enough that I would try again in the future.

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Photo of JPortillo
1/5  rDev -74%

Photo of MarkFy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of christophmathis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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 Etan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a snifter. Batch 1.

A: Pours a ruby-hued black with a nice dense light tan head.

S: Smooth smoked malt aroma - mild smoked meat, roasted grain, chocolate, vanilla.

T: Very smoky, less sweet than the aroma. Big charred oak and campfire smoke, bacon. Tepid chocolate and dark grain is mostly covered and dulled by tannic wood and smoke.

M: Fine carbonation, medium to thick-bodied.

O: Not bad, but the barrel character wasn't great - lots of heavy wood but that's about it, sorta dulled it out.

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Barrel Aged Smoked Porter (20%) from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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