Hyper Dog
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #318
Ranked #8,053
3.98 | pDev: 7.54%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Hyper DogHyper Dog
Notes: Jones Dog with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee.
Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 267 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Taste: Bold, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, not very sweet, dark malts, tobacco, toasted milk, dry, boozy. Same with the spicy nose. Black, opaque, tan delicate lace and head. Full body. Black coffee character.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid milk stout. Smell is coffee and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla. Taste is all of that plus roasted malt, earthy tones, dark fruit and hazelnut. Well balanced, good contrasting sweet and roasted elements, just a really slid beer through and though

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Photo of darktronica
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Most recent batch, obtained directly from the Dojo. Pours nearly black, medium viscosity, little fizzing and no retention. The coffee is evident on the nose but not overpowering. Chocolate milk with a touch of cold-brew on the flavor profile, light and easy-drinking as a good milk stout should be. Moderately low carbonation, smooth and moderately thin body. Really enjoyable; I was surprised to see this with an average below 4 when I pulled it up to rate.

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Photo of BillRoth
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Dojo. Decent beer but just not in my wheelhouse. Appropriately light and easy pub style ale with decent flavors. Well made.
Style is just too lightweight for me. Despite a bit ok ABV... it still came across as a small beer in the classic sense.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

David's party
Light head, slight opaque dark color
Nose tons of cocoa, syrupy candy malt, little coffee and roast
Taste big cocoa, coffee, little fudgey, little bourbon and creamy lactose
Mouth is med bod but thin decent carb

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is contains milk chocolate, coffee, rich roasted malts, some licorice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, licorice, milk chocolate and coffee. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stout to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of FBarber
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11/9/15 bottle

Pours a dark shiny black color. Thick tan colored head initially dissipates leaving a thin tan head, thicker on the outer rim.

Aroma has notes of coffee, lactose, milky sweetness, and some chocolate. Very subdued aroma, coffee is light on the nose, but that could be mainly the fault of how old this bottle was when I found it.

Taste has notes of some coffee up front giving way to the noticeable sweet milkiness of the lactose. Finishes with bitter cacao, chocolate and roasted malts. Some vanilla notes are noticed mainly in conjunction with the lactose - it has a vanilla custard like flavor to it. The flavor is nothing special, but its pretty well done. I do have to think the coffee has fallen off in this one. Its not super noticeable in the flavor beyond some initial coffee like notes. The coffee is rather bitter at this point, which knowing pipe works other coffee beers is not the norm. Drink this one fresh!!

Feel is pretty carbonated - very prickly the tongue initially. Maybe a bit much for the style. Smooth and silky. Very drinkable - but a bit on the light side.

Overall a solidly good milk stout from Pipeworks. Its not anything special, but its certainly a tasty and drinkable milk stout. I'll need to revisit this one fresh when they release a new batch.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into snifter no bottled on date

A: very little head but looks slightly off white with just the ring it leaves. Body is pitch black in color.

S: lots of tootsie roll sweet chocolate. Light hints of coffee, a little bit of caramel.

T: lots of chcocolate, some anise, light bit of a roasted nut and coffee flavor with a little bit of burnt malts.

M: starts a little watery but shapes up midway through with a full feel with a little bit of chalkiness

O: Its pretty average. The coffee is almost non existent and the chocolate is just there with not much stout around it. This is a mess of a stout with an awkwardly bad muddled taste.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin, khaki head that disappears quickly. No lacing left behind. Notes of cocoa nibs, and coffee in the aroma. Not to bold on either one though. A good lactose, sweet flavor is present, with notes of coffee and cocoa nibs in the background. Although it's on the sweeter side of stouts, it still is pleasantly sweet. Mouth feel is good. It doesn't feel super bold, rich or creamy, but on the flip side, it doesn't feel watery. So a pleasant mouth feel. Overall, I'm pleased. It has some good attributes making it a pleasure to sip through a bomber or share with a good friend.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of coffee to start with a roasted bean flavor. Light vanilla, lactose-sweetness and marshmallow at mid palate. This ends with a strong bit of cacao nib. Hard to believe all this comes in a 7.5% package.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle $7.99. Typical stout appearance, not much head. Aroma of chocolate and mild coffee. Flavor is coffee and a lot of sweetness, not my bag really.

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Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black in color.

A nice chocolate and cocoa flavor up front. Nice coffee flavor with the right amount of roast. Vanilla ends in the finish.

Medium bodied. Cola like feel to it.

Nice milk stout with a lot of good flavors. Easy to drink.

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Photo of JustinCider
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged on 11/12/2015. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque dark brown/black color with a small tan head that forms a ring on the top of the glass.

S: Coffee, carob, roasted malt and hint of vanilla.

T: Coffee dominates the flavor with malted milk balls, roasted malt and vanilla joining the flavor parade.

F: Silky mouthfeel with a pleasant, long lasting coffee and milk sugar aftertaste.

A very tasty milk stout from a rising Chicago brewer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate cola brown highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of freshly brewed coffee, cacao nibs, and roasted malts with lighter aromas of dark malts and vanilla.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts with light flavors of dark malts and just a hint of lactose sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of freshly brewed, freshly roasted coffee and light to moderate flavors of vanilla and cacao nibs. Moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: A really nice combination of coffee and chocolate but I wish the lactose sweetness was a little more present. Enjoyable and a nice sipping beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—slight traces of brownish amber are visible near the edges of the glass when held up to a bright light. It poured with a short dense tan head that quickly died down, but left some wisps on the surface and a collar around he edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of cocoa nibs are present in the nose. Some coffee becomes noticeable as the beer warms up, followed by vanilla.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts along with notes of cocoa nibs vanilla and hints of coffee.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No creaminess is perceptible.
O: This stout has a nice mixture of flavors but I didn't get any lactose. You really need to let this beer warm up to let the aromas and flavors to develop.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nicely put together milk stout, which has a very prevalent vanilla latte feel to it. Pours a pleasing dark black with a hint of warm brown. The balance is great here - with a lower ABV than an imperial stout this really gives you an easy drinker without losing anything in body, feel or flavor. Hersheys chocolate on the finish with some coffee bitterness and almost a dry nature, which is added to by the slight carbonation. Seriously good stuff.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, no Batch # or bottled on date present. Finally getting around to trying this one from Pipeworks, as I missed it the first time around. 'Stout with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - A dark black pour with less than a finger of creamy milk chocolate head that leaves excellent strands of thin lacing.

S - A smooth & milky aroma with beautiful elements from the cacao nibs, vanilla, and coffee all coming into play nicely. Milky & creamy.

T - Taste follows the nose: a lighter version of some of their more heavy imperial stouts. The delicious creamy coffee is the main player it seems, with the authentic vanilla bean & cacao nibs in the background. Milky & creamy, with subtle nutty / roasty characteristics.

M - Smooth, milky, & creamy. Very easy-drinking stuff.

Overall, another excellent stout from Pipeworks. I thoroughly enjoy these guys' stouts, and this one is no exception.

Pipeworks Hyper Dog -----4/5.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Jet black stout. medium lacing with great retention.

S- Smells off for a milk stout. I am not getting any noticeable notes; just maybe some oak.

T- I am expecting a smooth, milky stout. This is not what I am getting. I am getting too much carbonation for me to examine this as a milk stout. I am getting a watered-down tobacco taste. Weird.

M- Terrible. The carbonation ruins this milk stout. Too much carbonation goes down the throat, and there is too much on the palate for me to distinguish any proper milk stout characteristics.

O- I was disappointed with this take on a milk stout. Pipeworks has let me down with the two beers that I have had from them.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TheFugitive. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/27/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, raisin, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and the vanilla/cocoa/coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cream, toast, dark bread, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, vanilla, cream, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of roasted/dark malts with the cocoa/coffee/vanilla flavors; with big flavor robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice milk stout. All around good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and vanilla/cocoa/coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chaney
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The wife brought this one back from Chi-town for me last month. Love Pipeworks!

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: The head was absolutely ridiculous... about 3-4 fingers or so. Dark, dark brown in color.

S: Simple awesome: The coffee vanilla combo hit me up front along with sort of a chocolate brownie-like flair.

T: This is about as dessert-like as it can get without being an IS. A good bit of candy-coated booze wrapped up in brownie batter. The coffee was minimal, but added to the feel.

M: A mild bitter slap on the end (probably the coffee contribution). Sweet and delectable, without being too cloying.

O: This brew totally rocked my world. I didn't expect it to be as good as it was.


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Photo of Rope
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Almost black, but not a void of no light. Thin tan head.

Smooth and bitter, ending in sweet. I could not find the cacao nibs amongst the coffee and vanilla.

Very pleasant, the flavors start with stout, melding to chocolate, vanilla, and then coffee bitters. A whisper of alcohol burn a few seconds after the flavor leaves.

The sharp small carbonation is fantastic, like mineral water. It helps balance out the following smoothness that comes with milk stouts.

This is fun and smooth when you want a sweet treat.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black in color slightly thick. One finger tan head that dissipates quickly

Nose has coffee notes chocolate and a good vanilla presence. Fair amount of dark fruit like complexity. Malt is nice and rich and a hint of roasted malt is also detectable

Taste has a big coffee and chocolate presence, vanilla following shortly after. Finishes with rich roasted/charred malt. Super tasty and super rich.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation. Not to thick, perfect rainy day beer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #5 of my DIY Chicago care package.

Perfectly black body. Minimal tan head.

Aroma of coffee, with milk, chocolate, and hint of vanilla.

Taste is big coffee, chocolate, milk from both the coffee and chocolate, and a smidgen of vanilla in the finish.

Smooth and slick and not quite oily full mouthfeel.

Not one of Pipeworks offerings that was on my Chicago shopping list, but after failing to find those in the two Binnys I had a chance to visit, this makes for a damn ine consolation prize.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

bottle picked up about an hour ago from binny's during my chi town visit. enjoyed from a plastic hotel cup. batch #140

a - brew pours black with a thin white milky head that hung out as a thin skin on the surface but didn't leave any noticeable lacing on the plastic.

s - roasted chocolate coffee with a healthy dosing of vanilla.

t - yum. really nice. coffee, chocolate and vanilla...exactly as the nose advertised, but in a much better state of balance than the vanilla heavy nose. quite good.

m - rich and creamy. this beer is the definition of silky. a bit thick.

o - feels like a dessert drink. very decadent chocolate and the coffee and vanilla really round this one out...super silk.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark appearance, not a lot of carbonation even with aggressive pouring.

S - Chocolate and coffee is apparent, not any vanilla bean scent that I noticed.

T - Good first few sips, but starts to get lost in the coffee after a bit. Coffee taste isn't actually that strong, but somehow tends to overpower the chocolate, milk, and vanilla flavor. Alcohol taste is strong relative to ABV.

M - Nice profile with smooth finish.

O - Good stout and definitely worth a try, but I've come to expect better from Pipeworks. Better coffee or milk stouts are out there.

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