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Last Kiss | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TotallyHosed on 11-09-2012

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Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours placidly into a tulip glass, a finger or so of foam rises and falls quickly, leaving behind a scant amount of random spotty lacing. Dark and murky mahoghany brown, a patchy veil of skim parts across the surface.

Rich caramel and english toffee aromas, dry roast, brown sugar, subtly blended and wafting slowly off the glass as it warms.

Tastes like tiramisu, straight up. Pretty impressive. Hints of roasty malt, espresso roast, fried plantains in caramel sauce, and a very light trace of peat. Smooth and full bodied with a mellow feel, lightly carbonated. Treacly molasses, sticky on the lips, a warming hint of alcohol, but well integrated. Some light residual bitterness in the aftertaste. Reminds me a little of another favorite Scotch Ale, Kuhnhenn A Few Schillings Too Many.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass.

Man, there's a lot of really bad music out there, apparently. Thanks a load, VDubb... Anyway, this is about beer, and this one pours a brackish black-brown topped by a finger of wan tan foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, maple syrup, and light vanilla. The taste brings in more of the same, with even more vanilla, this time in full bean form. Maltiness reigns supreme here, sugarlumps! The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a very nice brew, something any malthead would likely drool over.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Murky brown, but not quite pond water. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Buttery scotch ale aroma with caramel and molasses. Spicy, though. CInnamon, I think.

Taste - Again, scotch ale buttery caramel. Very intense molasses. Deep molasses. Even bitter. Very spicy in the finish, which seems a touch out of place.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Spicy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Tasty combination of flavors. Took me a while to get used to the spices.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled shared by Jason. Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and tiny specks of lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - The aroma is a touch strange. While the expected notes of treacle, bread, brown sugar, and caramel were present there was an odd corn tortilla aroma that muddles things up. There's also a hint of alcohol, but it's not inappropriate for the style.

T - The taste is an improvement, with more sweetness and less flatbread. Burnt sugars, caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate. There's almost no smoke or peat, which isn't entirely unwelcome but is a bit unexpected in comparison to other American-made Scotch Ales.

M - Medium body, with a smooth, slightly chewy, texture. Light stickiness in the finish, and only mild alcohol warming. Surprisingly easy to drink for a Scotch Ale.

D - The aroma is a bit odd, but otherwise this is pretty solid beer. The lack of smoke and peat has this verging into barleywine territory, but that's not a negative in my book. I'll revisit in a few weeks to see if the corn tortilla flavor has dissipated as I think there's a really good beer waiting to come out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch 47
A- Pours a dense walnut brown body with a thin tan head that soon fades to a thick ring and has a gentle carbonation pushing through the murky body.

S- The full deep brown malt aroma leans only a fraction toward the sweet side with some nice molasses notes and dark nougat hints blended in.

T- The dark taste of rich brown malt has some molasses notes but not metallic or iodine and a nougat note in the finish and some vinous pot caramel character that isn't tannic. There is a gentle black bitterness that hints in the after taste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a thick texture in the finish and no real alcohol heat.

D- The delicious big malt flavor has some nice caramel notes without being sweet but it is a bit one dimensional to drink several glasses of.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours dark brown with a thin, tan head that fades to a foam atop the ale. Aromas are plenty of molasses and very malty with peat, earth, caramel, kind of woodsy. Tastes are again, plenty of molasses, cream, peat, earthy, smoky. Mouth-feel is full bodied; super creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation. Overall, a nice Scotch ale that teeters on being too heavy on the molasses, but everything is just held in check with a nice balance of flavors. This was my first experience with Pipeworks, and I have to say that I'm impressed.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #47, shared at a tasting (thanks to whomever brought this one along). Pours a deep brown with some light ruby highlights, a dark-beige, nearly tan head forms and settles to a thin skin atop the brew for at least half of the pour. Aroma is packed with deep, sweet, dark fruits; apple skins, red grapes, plums - almost as much on a bitter "rind and pith" side as it was on the sweet and candied side. Some light spice on the nose, although it's a bit too faint for me to start calling out actual spice names. Something's definitely in there, though.

The taste is full of a blast of sugar-coated plums and more red grapes. Nice sweetness and a smooth maltiness with a bit of toasted caramel and toffee. That damn spiciness is back again and still ambigious to me as to what exactly it may be, but it certain provides a different flavor. Halfway though, I start tasting a sweet and sugary flavor, very similar to "sugar in the raw" (that brown, granulated stuff). Lots of dry, dark malts everywhere. Some light booziness throughout, with a very faint hint of smoky flavors, most noticeable near the tail end. Finish is sweet apple skins and plums. Medium body with average carbonation.

Decent wee heavy, lots of flavors althought the sweetness was a touch unbalanced. Still pretty drinkable and overall easy-going for a 9.5%-er.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle picked up last time i was in chi-town...batch 77 (although could be any number or letter) enjoyed from my pipeworks snifter.

a - brew poured a deep mahogany purple with a thin to no head that was gone as soon as the beer settled in the glass.

s - sniffed the collar of the bottle and this one has everything i look for in a scotch ale. love me a good wee heavy and this one is lush with caramel and toffee.

t - flavor is spot on and matches the nose. rich, lush, nougat...vanilla, caramel...toffee.

m - full and rich. if anything a bit sweet.

o - overall, homerun wee heavy. this one NEEDS to be aged in a barrel. loved it.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Thanks to jconrick1 for this lovely surprise.

Bottle

Pours a rich, near mahogany. 2 fingers of frothy malt o'meal colored head in my Bruery tulip.

Nose is sublime. No peatiness that I assumed would be present, instead I have a rich, slightly burnt sugar with hints of cocoa that are sweet with a tease of bitter.

Taste is graceful. Starts with the charred sugar in the fore, then rounds out into a meld of chocolate, brown sugar, dried fruit (maybe date, maybe raisin). This is where I start to hear bagpipes and taste the fog lifting from the Loch. Just kidding. Love this drink!

Mouthfeel is fine, if I'd change anything this would be it. It could have a hint more heft. But not complaining at all.

Finish is more of the meld carried mostly by a gentle blend of malt, chocolate, date, and a hint of warmth.

Overall: WANT AGAIN.

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, not quite black. Still slightly translucent. Forms a very small, light tan head doesn't stick around for very long. No lacing. Aroma is very malty: dark caramel, molasses, and raisin. Taste is similar, but not quite. Mild caramel
Sweetness, molasses, and then there is a rather metallic fenugreek flavor that dominates. Overpowers really. Finish is rather thin. Body is medium light, lower carbonation, very mild syrup quality. Eh, not a bad beer, but not a great one either. The fenugreek really throughs this off for me.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with thin white head. The nose features heavy caramel goodness, typical of Wee Heavy's. The caramel is joined by maple, vanilla, molasses, and a ever so slight hint of peat smoke. Taste is a bit sweet up front with caramel and molasses. This is met by a wave of deep peaty smokiness and finishes with grainy bread. Lots of nice flavors here and good balance. Mouthfeel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is a nice take on a Wee Heavy, all of the traditional flavors are there, all of the additives help elevate the flavors. Worth a try.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Used to hate this style. Can't imagine why.

I picked this up at a Binny's in Naperville.

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown, not too thick, and with a head, which is unusual for a Scotch Ale.

S: Sort of black cherry with added caramel + molasses.

T: Ahhhh. How refreshing. I never thought I would say that about this particular style. Not too spicy, and I could definitely tell it was in the style Pipeworks stated it was. Molasses in spades!

M: Molasses even permeated the mouthfeel on this one. Chewy, like a Tootsie Roll, but with a greater fruit component.

O: This brew is just flat out awesome. I've had some great Pipeworks brews now, and this one ranks up there with the best of them!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

A: murky coffee body, trace khaki head,
solid lacing

S: big toffee, nut, leather, tobacco, mild grassy
sweet malt

T: tobacco, vanilla, toffee, nut, mild boozy
smoky finish

M: med, smooth body and mouth

O: Enjoy this style, but wish mouth
was little heavier/smooth. ABV is well hidden.
Well done, Pipeworks. They continue
to explore everything.

VERY GOOD; SEEK IT OUT!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch 143, 8/27/13
Deschutes TEKU

A: Pours a deep ruby brownish color. Only a collar of light tan head. You can hear the carbonation bubbling away. No real lacing. Some alcohol feet.

S: Sweet toffee and vanilla. Some spice hints. Light booze. Maybe some licorice and tobacco.

T: Nice rich maltiness greets the tip of the tongue. Some vanilla, toffee, light caramel, black licorice notes. The light prickle of carbonation. Little spice blend in there. Finish lingers. Thinner than I was expecting.

M: Fuller side of medium. Not as thick as other high abv beers.

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Photo of Brabander
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this bottle in my beerfridge for quit some months here so that i completely forgot in which trade i got this bottle. Thanks anyway!

Poured in a small Westvleteren chalice the beer gets no head, not even with a heavy pour. Pity. Only a small ring . Colour is deep darkbrown.

Taste is quit good, not spectacular, just good. Some hints of coffee far away. Mouthfeel is a bit flat but not disappointing.

Good to drink.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a murky dark brown with a 1 finger tan head. Some trails and blotches remain on the glass.

S- sweet toffee, caramel, dark fruits, bread.

T- sweet dark fruits, toffee, candi sugar

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick and syrupy and drinks very well.

O- good beer but different from a typical wee heavy. More sweet dark fruit characteristics then smoke, toasted malts.

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Photo of Etan
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 52. 22oz, red wax, into a tulip.

A: Pours a brown-tinged black with a small light tan head.

S: Caramelized grain, roast, slightly burnt molasses, subtle vanilla, raisiny sweetness.

T: The taste brings molasses, boozy heat, raisin, brown sugar, vanilla. There's some earthy, lightly peaty, mildly bitter malt notes as well.

M: Medium-bodied, almost no carbonation.

O: This tastes really good, although some more carbonation would be nice (probably just a matter of fixing up the bottle conditioning). I have a feeling that putting this in bourbon barrels would make something magical.

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Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Batch # 47

A: Pours a dark brown color with semi clear edges where the light hits. A thin tan head forms on the pour and dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Nice roast with some smokey peat as well. Malty sweetness as well.

T: Creamy, smokey and sweet. Light chocolate with some nice bitter roast. Incredibly smooth and rich. There is a slight underlying fruitiness as well. A little alcohol to boot.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Creamy and oily mouthfeel.

O: Great mouthfeel with nice complexity in the flavor department. Definitely one of the best Non-BA Scotch Ales I've ever had. Will enjoy again!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brown color with a modest mocha head.

Smell - The malts are most notable in the aroma with a certain measure of sweetness.

Taste - On the initial taste, I detect vanilla and raisins. Chewy malts follow, matching the sweetness before turning dark. On the aftertaste, I sense the malts turning chocolatey in nature. Seemingly like dark chocolate, the aftertaste seems a little dry.

Mouthfeel - This is a sipper, though I would like it to be slightly thicker. It is great with griller meats.

Overall - Amid the greatest of Pipeworks, this gem is often forgotten.

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened by bottle from last Xmas and had it cellared for the year. Everything about it is phenomenal. A little boozy on the taste but well worth the 1 year wait!

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a wax topped 22oz bomber into a snifter glass

A - The color is a deep caramel brown color with a small off white head

S - Smells of vanilla, caramel, and spice

T - I should start by saying that I think Scotch Ale's can be real "hit or miss" (in my opinion) and this one was a hit. All of the flavors come together nicely and make this a very enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable beer. The taste is a lot like the nose - lots of sweet caramel flavors and hints of other spices. Nothing is overwhelming though and the beer is surprisingly not overly sweet either.

M - For the style, I thought that the mouth feel cold have been a little thicker, but all in all I have no complaints. The carbonation was nice for such a big beer as well. I'd bet this ages nicely.

O - This and Scotty Karate are my favorite Scotch Ales.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #52. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Pours a very dark reddish brown, nearly opaque. Half finger head that dissipates quickly. Tiny bubbles.

S - Raisins, figs, tons of dark fruits here. Really sweet on the nose like cherry or cranberry juice. Caramel and brown sugar. A little hop bitterness & booze on the back end.

T - Massive malt sweetness at the front of the mouth. Ends with a really surprising spicy note that I can only assume is from the fenugreek. Very complex stuff here. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Rather thick mouthfeel with a pleasant sticky quality that trails it down the throat.

O - Very drinkable stuff for 9.5% & the spiciness at the end of the taste keeps making me go back for more of the sweetness that is at the beginning of the taste. Not a typical scotch ale, but good stuff. Another solid offering from Pipeworks.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a light to medium bodied thickness. No head on the pour. Carbonation is extremely low. Have to put it to light to get a dark amber color.

Smell: Sweet maple syrup, malt, and cognac aroma hits right away on the nose. Some cinnamon, brown sugar, dark fruits, and molasses really carry the aroma well. The fenugreek really makes the aroma pop.

Taste: Very smooth molasses and malt front. A little lighter then I expected, but there is some nice subtle flavor. Notes of the vanilla and some smokey malt pop up in the body. Syrupy sweet finish rides this brew out. The malt accents are the highlight in this taste, adding a lot of bright tones.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and Smooth. The low carbonation makes this an easy drinker. Goes perfectly with the malty tones.

Overall: A really solid scotch ale. I could have use some more complexity in the flavor but everything else was top notch. I may purchase another one of these and cellar it for even longer. I certainly love me some Pipeworks!

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Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour with no head until agitated.

Aromas of dark Karo syrup, malts, vanilla and mild peat.

Mmm Mmm! Candied dates, caramel malts, vanilla and sweet flat cola. Booze is there to keep this real.

Just enough carbonation to tingle the tongue. Full-bodied and sticky.

Wee Heavys have been intriguing me lately because they are not overly boozy or syrupy. I can pretty much well chug this. Delicious cold or up in temperature. So far my favorite Wee Heavy to date.

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Photo of vic21234
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 47.

A- Pours a dark brown with literally no head to speak of and a few lonely bubbles. Lacing is noticeable along the sides of the glass.

S- Dark fruits, mostly raisins, are big on the smell for me. I also get an overall spiciness and some booze.

T- Initially I get a spicy malt presence. Dark fruits and some vanilla is also noted.

M- Little to no carbonation, rather boozy.

Not really my favorite style, but a nice beer. It could use some more carbonation.

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Last Kiss from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.
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