Hyper Dog | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jones Dog with cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whats this? Whats this work of beauty? This gentle tingle I hear? This scintillating tick tick tickle in my ears? Its a delightful long lasting collar of carmalized marshmellow, of inky darkness of body with soy sauce corners. Its a thick lacing with sticky retention... if only it didn't succumb to soup skin center!

I move in closer as it whispers deep secrets to me... it tells me the secrets of a bean grown far off from my homeland.. Its roasted, beautifully espresso machine roasted. I think I've wandered into an artisan establishment brewing up the java gold. Swirling around the periphery is a milk chocolate perfume that can only be cacao nibs done wonderfully for once. Just the gentle touch of vanilla as the final noticeable arrangement of delight. I can't help but fall in love with this beer at first touch.

Whats my tongue telling me? It screams coffee, espresso bitterness, milk sweetness, but not so much chocolate. This is a dream for anyone who loves a good cup of coffee that has been sweetened with vanilla, milk, and caramel. The finish has a nice astringency of coffee grounds and bitter grain. Wonderful flavors melding in such a way as to be smooth... creamy... sticky.

The body is full, creamy, smooth, velvety, almost silky. Its lingering and sticky in such a way that I want more, more, more! So drinkable, so dangerous at 7.5%. This bad boy can be put down in 5 minutes flat if you weren't watching... and I want a case of it for just this weekend.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dangolfs79 for sending this beer to me!

Overall, this is very good, it tastes to me like a poor mans victory at sea: same amazing flavors of the cocoa nibs, coffee, and vanilla all come out great, but it's lower abv and the base beer is sweeter and thinner than victory at sea.

Beer pours a dark brown with a tan head, pretty look. The smell has lots of coffee and vanilla, like a very nice sweet latte. Some roast in the nose but it's small. The taste is a really nice onslaught of the added flavors with some sweet malt in the back. The feel is very smooth and lucious.

A really good beer, awesome.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Chaney
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 TMoney2591
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass.

What goes better with a turkey burger covered in Havarti than a nice milk stout, amiright? This one pours a dark black-brown topped by a miniscule bit of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder, mild roasted malts, light molasses, vanilla bean, light brown sugar, and a small smattering of coffee. This thing just plain smells delicious, mon ami! The taste follows the nose very closely, with the cocoa coming across a bit more like dark chocolate powder than before and the coffee comes through a bit more assertively (though still not attaining any real star power). Without missing a step, the taste is just as enjoyable as the smell. Good times here. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick, silky feel. Overall, though a touch thin for my particular tastes, this was a damn tasty brew, the highlight of the evening (and, trust me, that was saying a bit of something this time...).

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Photo of mecummins
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #80

A- it poured a dark brown cola color with very little head

S- smelled wonderful with heavy milk chocolate notes. Lots of mocha scents as well.I could also pick up some sweet roasted malts & vanilla

T- tasted very much like it smelled. Heavy on the chocolate with the sweet & bitterness of the mocha. A bit of vanilla balanced out the sweetness. On the end was a very mild hop note.

M- the mouthfeel was medium. Not too creamy but very drinkable

O- really a nicely done milk stout. Well balanced and easy to drink

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Very minimal head. Slightly viscous, but not crazy thick.

S - You can immediately pick up the cocoa nibs and a little bit of coffee as well.

T - Wow! This is good stuff... you can definitely tell right away it's a milk stout. Lots of sweet lactose sugar, mixed with coffee and cocoa. Nothing is too overpowering and the tastes melt together well. The coffee became more pronounced as it warmed up a little bit too. Overall, it was very easy to drink too. Almost no alcohol presence at all.

M - Smooth and creamy. Medium bodied for a stout.

O - Although Pipeworks' IPA's are generally my favorite beers that they put out - this was really good! I bought a "Jones Dog" after this (which is basically Hyper Dog without the coffee and cocoa) and I was kind of disappointed. For some reason the flavors in Hyper Dog all come together nicely to make a really enjoyable beer!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a thinner dark brown, little to no head.

S - Very sweet smelling. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, a hint of bitter coffee, and more cocoa.

T - Very excellent blend of sweet and bitter. Good amounts of sweet cocoa, burnt sugar, vanilla and coffee.

M - The mouthfeel is thin, but does provide some fullness. Very, very smooth

Overall - Very good stout here, a superb milk stout, in my opinion. Another great offering from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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 cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
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 WillCarrera
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, batch # 9, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with dark brown edges, topped with a finger of brown head that sticks around for a while, leaves little lacing.

S- Powerful and sweet vanilla aroma, blended with coffee beans and light powdered chocolate.

T- Coffee dominates here, really nice espresso flavor with some chocolate and roasted malt. Everything here seems very well balanced.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel.

O- This is a pretty damn tasty coffee beer, crazy drinkable, I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Rope
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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 inlimbo77
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch #80
Unmarked Riedel tulip

A: Pours pretty much pitch black initially, but it's really more of a nice dark brown. Didn't get much head. Thin collar of dark tan. Some lacing bits. I did get some alcohol feet as drink went on.

S: Really sweet smells. Lots if vanilla laced coffee heard. You smell that sweet lactose in there. Underneath it is that chocolate but primarily it's the sweetness I am pulling.

T: Up front, getting that sweet chocolate coffee vanilla character as clique as that sounds. Light roast coffee bitterness. Then that lactose sweetness. It really helps cut the coffee and chocolate bitterness. It's a really pleasant flavor.

M: Creamy. Silky smooth. Full bodied.

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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 FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1502nd Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
22oz bottle

Thanks to dvelcich for this one

App- A solid stout to say the least. It poured out with almost a black color to it with a brown center and some ruby edges. A solid and very ncie looking two finger mocha head. However, no cling or lace. Was a little let down by that.

Smell- A lot of aromatics in the glass that all played well with eachother. Nothing was overly dominate but each was there if you smelled hard enough. It was a solid malt base with a lot of the chocolate coming through. The vanilla & coffee roast provided a nice balance to it as well.

Taste- When someone asks for a cremy stout I will know what to say. This was just well flavored all over. When you first take a sip you get a really big malty chocolate flavors with subtle coffee. As you continue to sip away the Vanilla comes out as this warms. This again was just very layered and flavorful.

Mouth- A very full and creamy medium body. Lots of richness on each sip. I would say even a bit chewy with a good depth of flavor. The carbonation is rich and creamy and a bit of a low/medium. Quite lovely.

Drink- I was on a kick of trading beers for the wife to try and this was the last one that I traded for. Of course, she didnt like it. Oh well. All I have to say is that was a pretty damn good beer. Lots of depth, lots of richness to it.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, batch 80, poured into a Bell's tulip and quaffed today 4/12/2013.

Aroma: Milk chocolate, cocoa, vanilla and sweet +roasty malt. Mostly a light sweetness that makes me think of milk chocolate. Nose isn't super pungent but it's definitely there without having to work too hard to suss out the scents. (4)

Colour: Pretty typical looking stout. Pours dark brown, cola coloured even, with a 1cm white head that dissipates pretty quickly leaving nothing, not even a film or collar. There isn't much lacing that comes up as I drink this beer down. Nothing special, nothing bad, pretty average. (3)

Flavour: Nice! The milk chocolate sweetness and the vanilla flavour really comes out in the beginning. It's very pleasurable and gives way to a little bit of roast malt which IMO every stout needs to have some presence of. And at the end there's some dark chocolate, maybe coffee bitterness for a clean smooth finish. The vanilla in particular tastes great along with the milk chocolate and I just keep drinking it to get more of it- its like chasing the chocolate vanilla dragon. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, as I would expect from a milk stout. On the thinner side of medium bodied, a little bit watery with decent carbonation. The aftertaste is mostly coffee bitterness with a little bit of vanilla thrown in there, and goes away pretty quickly. Very smooth and easy to drink, almost refreshing. I was able to down an entire bomber by myself while eating dinner with my fiancée who also enjoyed a few sips of it. And I don't feel any ill effects nor did I really taste any heat. It's a smooth drinking beer for sure, but nothing super amazing in the mouthfeel department- what you get is pretty typical of milk stouts. (3)

Overall: I really enjoyed this one. Lots of chocolate, vanilla and roast malt in a lighter bodied beer. It's not thick like a port (or BCBS) but its one of these weekday, workman-like dessert beers that go perfectly after dinner. The sweetness from the milk makes for a nice balance to the bitter chocolate and coffee which comes together in a smooth, easy drinking milk stout. Another excellent offering from Pipeworks- I don't see too many breweries coming out with stuff like this on a regular basis. And that's why I'm always willing to take a plunge on a new bomber on the shelf whenever I'm in Chicago. (4)

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Photo of Agold
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark head which disappears immediately leaving no trace of it's existence. I can see some small bubbles rising to the top and popping. Aroma is very coffee forward, mild vanilla, very appealing. The coffee is very fresh and fruity, without being overpowering. Flavor is nice coffee, cocoa, light vanilla, smooth mildly creamy. As it warms, I notice a touch of alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is too light. Carbonation is about right but it could definitely use more body. I really like this beer. The coffee is very well done, not astringent or overwhelming.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Extremely dark brown color. It has a flat appearance with no head to speak of.

Heavy scents of coffee and cocoa. I also pick up the occasional whiff of dank, which is odd for the style yet still enjoyable.

The coffee is huge in the flavor, too. The cocoa is muted. The bottle indicates vanilla, but it don't pick up much.

Good body to the mouthfeel but I was hoping for it to be a little more creamy and rich.

Another solid Pipeworks offering. It's not as good as coffee break abdication but still a recommended milk stout with a healthy dose of coffee.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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 KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Jaycase
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: black, tan slightly frothy 1 1/2 finger head.

s: chocolate, roasted malts. slight coffee

t: sweet chocolate tinged with a slight vanilla. coffee taste comes in midway through the finish

m: smooth, creamy. Light carbonation. medium body

o: very nice offering from Pipeworks. This has a strong coffee accent but not overly so. Easily drinkable and tasty, Can't ask for much more than that.

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

thanks to kawilliams81 for trading this beer to me! Thanks kent!

poured into tulip glass.

batch 9.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a thin layer of tan colored head that drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Nice smelling stout. vanilla sweetness, a touch of cocoa, and roast coffee. A hint of lactose sugar noted as well for good measure.

Taste: The beer has notes of vanilla sweetness and a touch of baker cocoa upfront. The roasty coffee shows up mid palate and continues on through to the aftertaste of the beer. The coffee is mildly bitter. You can also taste the lactose sugar in this beer as well. Really well balanced when considering all the ingredients thrown into this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really smooth beer. Not much of the alcohol is detected. Its got a fairely creamy body to the beer.

Overall: Its a really nice beer from Pipe works. I would have like to try this beer when it was much fresher, but honestly I am just happy that I got the chance to try this beer. This beer holds it own in the world of the milk stout beer style.

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

My amazing and beautiful wife brought this back for me from Chicago.

Review #700!

A - Pours a dark chocolatey brown with a large dark tan head that fades down quickly.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, and some coffee.

T - Coffee up-front, then roast, then some creamy chocolate. Subtle vanilla comes out towards the end.

D - Good carbonation and a thin body.

O - Solid, but lacking the vanilla punch I was waiting for.

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Hyper Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 253 ratings.
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