Murderous | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Batch #107
(Served in a globe snifter)
A- This beer pours a murky deep dense caramel brown body with a thin ring of beige and some short legs show up with each swirl. There is a sluggish carbonation and some lumpy trub in the second class.

S- The clean aroma has faint hints of deep toasted malt when it warms up but not much else.

T- The watery taste leads to spicy malt notes with a slightly dry finish and some bittern notes lingering in the aftertaste. There is a slight woody oxidized malt note in the finish when it opens up. The tart hops note pushes through in the finish aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel finishes thick with a velvety fizz and a nice alcohol warmth.

O- The doesn’t really have much malt flavor and the fizz and alcohol are the dominating flavors. They are nice but not enough for a barley wine.

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Poured into a large 20 oz. mug. Murky light brown, off white foam rises and forms a compact layer of foam on the surface. A wispy halo of lace forms in the glass, and not much thereafter.

Aroma is grainy sweet specialty malt, slightly acidic with a twang from the yeast.

Bitter and sweet with overt alcohol, not much hop flavor other than the bitterness. Specialty malt gives it a somewhat one dimensional taste, booze is present, sweet honey graham cracker aftertaste. Medium bodied and sticky on the lips. Slowly sipping on this over the course of an hour, probably best shared.

2017: seems drier and less bitter with a multigrain bread crust and dried date and fig sweetness.

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Poorer from a bottle. Dark burnt toffee flavor. Lacks lacing or head. Ex cells in flavor and nose. Sweet real caramel flavor unlike any beer I have ever had. A fantastic take on the English style where malts lead the way and hops are there to balance

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