Murderous | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A variation on Santa vs Unicorn, but with English yeast, much less hops, a bit sweeter with more caramel, and just a hint of Nelson Sauvin.

Added by MasterSki on 04-19-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,534
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
154
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 154 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Zeeck
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - This pours a nice, rich reddish brown color. It has light bubbles noticeable on the pour and a think, wispy head. The beer itself looks very thick.

Smell -The smell is predominantly caramel and dark chocolate. It also has a slight nutty smell and a slight saltiness to it interestingly.

Taste - This beer is full of caramel and vanilla bean. The caramel really smacks you in the face. It also has a certain woody tone, close to a cinnamon flavor, that dries it out a bit and is actually pretty good. As it came to room temperature, these flavors all blended together for a nice baked apple flavor that was really enjoyable!

Feel - This doesn't feel as thick as it looks. It's actually quite more refreshing than expected (I don't exactly consider barleywines "refreshing"). It still has some of those syrupy qualities of a barleywine, and still had me smacking my lips after each sip.

Overall - This is very well done and very good! After so many bourbon barrel aged barley wines, it was nice to go back to a non-BA one.

Pairs Well With - Getting the Sunday scaries on a Tuesday night.

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Photo of CoreyC
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 3/20/17, had 5/17/17.

Pours a dark amber, a little red in the light. Somewhat opaque, with a short head and light soapy lacing. Smells of malt, caramel, plums, figs, dates, some brown sugar and white grapes, light yeast and cherries. The taste is also malt forward, then caramel, cherries, dates, toffee, some plums, light brown sugar. Mostly smooth, a good body, well carbonated.

Second time having this (2013), and it’s good and enjoyable, but doesn’t have the depth of flavor and aroma as the next tier. But, at a good price point, certainly worth a purchase.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Someone put out an a.p.b on Pipeworks Brewing because they are killing it. Rearranging their famous hoppy beer into a yeasty English influence and reappropriating hop character, a new beer is born.

The Murderous pours with a mostly bright ruby and garnet hue, slightly lighter in color than twany port but with all the visual density. Its aromas are jam packed with toasted barley malt- sweet on the nose and remiss of cooked caramel, baking cake and a fruitcake-like medley of dried fruit and booze spice. Lavishly sweet on the tip of the tongue, the sweetness of brown sugar, toffee, caramel and maple hit the sweet tooth just right.

The superior malty beer applies layers upon layers of flavor on the middle palate; its sweetness seeps deep into each and every tastebud along the way. Toasty with nutty pecan and praline, caramel, maple and jam soon lead into a dark fruit flavor of apple, date, fig, sultan, cherry and grape, all seemingly soaked in wine. Modestly bitter, the ale trails into a malty sweet late palate of white wine, gin, vinous spice and sweet earthy tobacco.

Full and oily in texture, the beer's light carbonation allows the ale to apply a firm pressure on the tongue leading to a richer experience and a more candied culinary experience. A long, sweet, nutty, earthy and lightly cloying character allows the beer to become a slow and sipping affair, more like an after dinner digestive, rather than anything meant for drinkability or refreshment.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle on February 5, 2018. I really enjoyed this. Tastes like a barleywine should and goes down incredibly smooth for a beer of this strength.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice depth of color to it. Dark brown with cherry cola accents. Head seemed to be a light tan, but don't blink or you'll miss it.

Not too sweet on the nose. Honestly I'm getting the essence of a pickle, or at least weedy, grassy dill. Malt is caramel mostly although there is a tropical nuttiness...lychee maybe.

Low carb. Lighter in body than I figured. Just has no warmth.

White grape, raisin fruitiness. Caramel and molasses malt presence. Ultimately, I'm left thinking of a caramel granny smith apple.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a murky, dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel and toffee. Some piney notes. Sweet but not overly sweet with a rich malty backbone. Mild bitterness adds balance.

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BSiegs
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely muddy ruby to dark brown in color. Some light gets through, but not much. One finger of dark khaki foam with decent retention. Aroma is excellent. Rich molasses, dark brown sugar, caramel, earthiness. Big bready, toasty malt presence. Slight nelson hop presence, with mild notes of white wine. Light hop bitterness of the finish. Medium full body, low moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Very enjoyable barleywine from PW.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruddy brown color. Appears clear when held to light. Thin off white head dissipates steadily leaving no residual head or lacing. Smell has notes of dark fruits but also notes of white wine and green grapes ... hello nelson sauvin. Taste follows the nose with notes of dark fruits, white wine, green grapes, a hint of green apple. Interesting profile. Its within the broad expectations of an English Barleywine - not overly hoped, rich caramel malts, dark fruits. But the nelson hops really provide a unique flavor. Feel is smooth, light bodied, and pretty drinkable. Overall this is a nice middle ground between the malt forward classic English examples and the overly hopped American versions.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bartleby91
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NappyB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

April 2017 batch, which I've long awaited after enjoying two batches of Cherry Murderous. Can't say this is quite as good, but it's still an interesting and different interpretation of the English barleywine style. Prune and raisin with a strong malt backbone and a slightly bitter finish. Hints of smoke and papaya, along with subtle vinous tannins and green grape astringency from the Nelson Sauvin hops. Would love to try the vaunted BA releases, but for now, I still prefer the cherry variant.

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rhyzy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wyatt13
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tanktizzo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Murderous from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 154 ratings