Hyper Dog | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by MasterSki on 03-20-2012

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51
Ratings:
248
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
7.61%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wake up and smell the coffee. Big bold flavours, strong fresh coffee, lots of sweet cream,chocolate stout, all well integrated. Dark with enormous lasting head. Full mouthfeel, satisfying, and a meal in itself. Good drinkability. From Lakeview Liquors.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with medium retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry coffee notes with light roasted malt is pretty intense. Taste is dominated by dry coffee notes without being too astringent and some nice creamy black chocolate notes. Body is quite full with light creamy texture with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and quite enjoyable though I would have enjoyed this one even more if the vanilla had been more predominant.

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Photo of emerge077
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large mug, it does the reverse cascade for about two seconds, has a head of tan foam for about a minute more. Soon enough there's no foam at all as it audibly fizzles away. Glassy obsidian surface.

Pleasant coffee and vanilla aromas, hazelnut and mild and well integrated. It has a light brownie sweetness as well.

Coffee is noticeable, fairly mellow with very little bitterness initially. Some light dry bitterness does come through in the aftertaste along with lingering vanilla traces. Mellow roast, easygoing flavors.

Smooth feel and light bodied, though somehow this is thinner and less creamy than Jones Dog... huh. Still it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 mothman
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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 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 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 MasterSki
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Goose Island Stoufest. Served in the matching taster glass.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a thin collar and spotty lace. Dark brown body.

S - Big coffee and vanilla, light cocoa, some yeast, a bit of earthy roast and smoke. Pretty potent for the ABV.

T - Taste isn't quite as good. The vanilla seems a tad artificial, and the coffee yields some bitterness and astringency. There's good flavor from the coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malts in here, but this is a bit rough around the edges.

M - Medium body, dry and roasty texture. Not a big beer by any stretch, but plenty hefty for the listed 6.5% ABV. Carbonation was lower but adequate. No obvious alcohol.

D - A pretty easy drinking beer that could use a few tweaks to take it to the next level. I'll update my review when I try a bottle down the road, as I'm hoping the Pipeworks guys work out the kinks.

EDIT (5/6/12): Just had this out of the bottle and it was moderately improved.
A - +0.5, S - +0.5
Pour featured increased head volume and retention while the aroma had more 'pop' and depth to it. Taste had a bit too much char and burnt coffee, and feel was too thin for the 7.5% marked on the bottle version. Still, progress...

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Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/7/12, thanks Masterski and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A very dark brown with dark cola edges, a very short lived finger of light brown fizzes out like pop and leaves zero lace

S it is what it claims, vanilla, coco, cold coffee but some hazelnut I don't read on the bottle

T some sponge toffee on top of what I smell, chocolaty with just a little char, the coffee's a little burnt but it works. has a little creme brulee thing going for it that helps its cause, not overly rich but a solid stout

M silky entry, slightly bitter, sticky, with a char aftertaste, could use a few more bubbles but still far from flat

O looks pretty basic but looks aren't everything, no mention of booze anywhere above says something for a 7.5% brew.

enough coffee to open one eye and enough booze too close the other, quite easy to drink considering the strength. a nice coffee infused sweet stout that I'd drink again if given the opportunity

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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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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 ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
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 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 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 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

Batch17
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 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 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.

T:

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Pours dark brown to black in color. Forms a thin tan head with no visible carbonation.

S: This smells like cold coffee. And that's really about all I get.

T: Cold coffee is 90% of the flavor here, but it is rounded out a bit by some nice vanilla notes.

M: Thick mouthfeel. Mild bitter coffee hang but it lasts for longer than I'd like.

O: This is an OK beer, but it strikes me as a one trick pony...coffee, coffee & more coffee. The flavors that are present are good; what this beer does it does well. I would have preferred a more complex flavor profile, but if you're looking for a pure coffee-flavored brew, this might be the one for you.

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Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love milk stouts and been eyeing this in my fridge for past month.

Pours a deep chestnut/brown with a creamy mocha colored head holding good retention. Some chunks floating aimlessly.

The milk sugars show through nicely on the nose with chocolate and vanilla bean mingled in nicely. Black cherry fruit underlies everything and leaves an almost sour cherry aroma.

Very nice. Velvety smooth on the mouth yet only slightly thin. Bitter cocoa tannins in the middle and long into the finish. Milk sugars flow through nicely on the finish as well with a hint of coffee leaving thoughts of latte. Vanilla riddled throughout with more milk chocolate on the palate as well. Nice milk stout, can't wait to try some of the other versions.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Arbitrator
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

From notes. Batch 9.

A: Pours a pitch black body with a finger of mocha-colored, fine-bubbled head. Retains poorly, leaving milky swirls and a moderate ring around the edges. Curtains during a sip, but no lace.

S: Sweet milk chocolate, coffee (not the darker notes of espresso, but something medium-roast and berry-heavy), and mild anise (could be lactose).

T: This tastes very similar to the nose, with a grainy aftertaste that reminds me of oatmeal. But the body doesn't feel like it was brewed with oats; it lacks that rich back-end fullness. Milk chocolate leaves a mild aftertaste and dominates over the lactose content; I would have liked to see the milk part of the stout played up more. It becomes even less pronounced in flavor as the beer warms.

M: The finish becomes a bit astringent as the beer warms. Otherwise, it's medium-bodied and appropriately carbonated.

O: Pretty enjoyable beer. Like I said, I'd love to see the milk aspect enhanced in future batches, but I was pleasantly surprised by what this turned out to be.

EDIT: In looking at the beer description, I'm surprised I never picked up on any vanilla characteristics, unless I was taking the combination of cacao and vanilla to be milk chocolate-like. Who knows....

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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 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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