Chai Dog
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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English Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #720
Ranked #29,686
3.76 | pDev: 14.1%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Chai Dog, a spiced Imperial Milk Stout with vanilla and chocolate, is our answer to the chai tea. It's a rich, silky brew with a fragrant kick from the green cardamom, ginger, and anise. It's been a while since we've made this complex and balanced milk stout, and it's returned is like receiving a visit from a globe-trotting friend.
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Photo of ccg
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labels says batch #680, which is from April, 2015 ( 22oz bottle opened late March, 2016 -- so it has almost a year of age on it -- and poured into Pipeworks snifters.
It has a tiny amount of head, no lacing, and a gritty look to the legs.
Smell is spicy, full of ginger and cardamom.
Flavor is similar, but with a sweetness alongside. Even with a year of age on it, the spice has a bite to it. There's plenty of chocolate and some vanilla, but the spice is still dominant.
Mouthfeel is good, despite the low carbonation. It's soft and creamy.
Overall, it delivers well on what it promises: it's a chai-spiced, sweet milk stout.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. This imperial milk stout from Pipeworks features the unique chai spices integrated into a delicious milk stout base. After drinking, I was shocked to learn this brew was 10% ABV. The warmth is very well hidden. Great beer!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Batch #680. My first time trying this one from Pipeworks. "Imperial milk stout with cacao, vanilla, and spices added".

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark chocolate, opaque in the glass, with one finger of dark dark mocha head. Leaves scattered spotty lacing behind.

S - The aroma definitely has a very authentic chai spice to it. Herbal, earthy, & leafy, with some notes of licorice / anise noticeable.

T - The taste is very fudgey, cakey, and chocolatey. The vanilla mostly melds with the cacao. Creamy, but the spicing isn't my favorite. Not sure I would know there was cinnamon in this if I wasn't told beforehand.

M - The feel is very smooth & creamy. Slightly on the thick side of things; medium-full bodied with good carb.

Overall, not the best stout I've had from Pipeworks, but still very good, and I would definitely say they achieved what they were going for, but the spicing doesn't really do a lot for me.

Pipeworks Chai Dog -----4/5.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.3/5  rDev -38.8%

Batch 180 from a year ago, thanks to maddogg for the taste, enjoyed from a pipe works snifter.

Pours thick rich black with a thin foamy bubbly head that fizzled away fast with no lace.

Nose is crazy. Big spicing...cross of craft store and old bay.

Taste follows suit with an overwhelming smack of spices. There are hints of chai in there but it is so overbearing that it misses the mark in my opinion. You can feel the stout in the body but the finish is even a wash of craft store spice. Misses the elegance and balance of a good cup of chai, a bit of a chore to drink. Interesting beer, but not my thing, sadly not finishing this bottle. Not sure if this was better fresh bunt after a yr, fairly meh.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep muddied black/brown with half a finger of caramel head, poor retention, no lacing.

S - Chai overload, tons of spices, hint of graham cracker/chocolate.

T - Pretty much as it smells, decent chocolateyness initially but the spices dominate majorly. Fortunately an underlying sweetness remains throughout. Not awful but wouldn't bother with this again.

M - Medium bodied/semi thick, smooth, minimal carbonation.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours an inky obsidian body with a rigors pour resulting in a thin head of large bubbles. There is gentle carbonation that can't maintain the head.

S- The aroma is full of green cardamom with hints of other dry warm spices falling behind.

T- The green cardamom has an almost minty quality to it with some some anise flavors pulling up behind it. There is a cinnamon vanilla note in the finish that takes on a tangy flavor. The roasted malt bitterness and alcohol bite kicks after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with an alcohol warmth at the finish.

O- The spice really dominates this beer with the malt bill hidden somewhere in there. The spices and tangy flavor are at odds with each other and the alcohol seems to make it more medicinal as it opens.

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Photo of ThisGirlLovesBeer2
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice treat after a hard day. It has all of the qualities that I love in a stout. It was chocolatey but not sweet, had a bit of a coffee bitterness, and then it also had a cinnamon spiced note to it as well; which makes it memorable. And at 10% was surprisingly easy drinking. I've never heard of this brewery before, but I love trying local beers! This was worth it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Not a lot going on.

Smell - Huge tea aroma. I'm no tea freak, so I dunno if it's chai, but it's got a ton of spice to the nose. Faint caramel.

Taste - Still loads of spicy tea flavor. Some chocolate. Cinnamon is super strong.

Mouthfeel - Thin for a stout. Medium high carbonation.

Overall - Just didn't dig this. Too many adjuncts.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick dark black with a thin fizzy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell has big notes of cinnamon nutmeg anise and a mild sweet vanilla. Malt is hard to detect though all the spices going on and there is a slight earthy tang that smells similar to cola. There is also a fair amount of detectable alcohol.

Much more vanilla sweetness comes out in the taste. There are also some mild chocolate notes before a sweet and slightly sour tang that fades into big nutmeg, cinnamon spices and the alcohol on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, super thick body and medium carbonation work well with the bold flavors.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #180

a: black as night. thinner than razor thin head.

s: Spices galore - cardamon, pepper, cinnamon. some vanilla and bits of cocoa.

t: primarily gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon. pepper spiciness lingers in the finish.

m: Creamy, light to medium body. smooth. low carbonation

o: Aroma on this is amazing but the taste fails to live up to the smell. A bit astringent and the taste gets fatiguing & harsh after a while as well. I really wanted to like this beer but ended up being slightly disappointed.

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Photo of glenviewjeff
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is probably one of the worst beers I've tasted in a long time. I was actually quite excited by it. I've tried many styles of beers, and the only types I don't like are pilsners, lagers, and ryes.

Poured half a 22 oz bottle into a goblet. This beer was far too sweet and syrupy combined with plain odd flavors. The spices reminded me nothing of a chai tea--instead what came through was a combination of root beer or cola, but not in a good way. I actually really like the new alcoholic root beers.

I tried hard to like this beer; it was a very tough drink. There was a slight improvement as it approached room temperature, but there was never any point where I actually enjoyed it.

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Photo of Treebs
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #180.

A: Pours a solid black color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace.

S: The spices really dominate this nose. A ton of cinnamon and peppercorn with some light vanilla sweetness. Mild chocolate underneath, but this is mostly the spices here.

T: As with the nose the spices dominate the taste, but thankfully it's a tad more balanced. Cinnamon with the clove and some light citrus. Light lactose, some roast and a little chocolate. A little ginger bread to it. ABV is well hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with a little bit of prickly carbonation bubbles. Would be pretty nice if the taste wasn't so harsh.

O: I see where they were going with this, but the base beers gets lost with the dominating cinnamon and clove spices. Not that well executed in my opinion. On it's own it doesn't really work, but if paired with another heavily spice food or treat it would be really nice. I could sip a few ounces of this around Christmas time while eating some ginger bread cookies.

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Photo of Florida9
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black in color, though there is a slight translucency around the edge. Forms a smallish dark tan colored head. Little retention. Little lacing.

S: Unsurprisingly, this one smells like Chai. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, tea, cinnamon, and green cardamon. Spicy and aromatic.

T: Taste is quite similar to the aroma, though the malts are a bit more present in the taste than they are on the nose. Moderately sweet with a distinct milkiness to it. Lots of sweet spices: mostly cardamon and cinnamon, but there is a bit of black pepper in there as well. Dark malts. Chocolate. Residual milkiness on the end.

M: Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Not flat, but not far from it either, though the lack of carbonation doesn't distract from this beer. Smooth, creamy. Lower bitterness.

O: Well, I've got to admit, I think Pipeworks nailed it on the head with this one. Tastes just like Chai in beer form. However, I'm not sure I need a beer that tastes like chai. I guess it's a successful novelty, but it's not a novelty that I see the need to revisit.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into snifter.

Pours black with 1 finger dark cola head. Small spots of lacing.

Holy spices! Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and there is some faint chocolate.

Chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg (reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie), I do get some anise and pepper spice but in the background.

Nice beer. I think PW will tinker with this like all their beers and improve it, although its damn good now.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Oak Park Micro Brew Review. Pours an opaque blackish brown with a somewhat murky apperance. Brown head present initially, quickly dissipates to nothing. Nose is straight chai tea, notes of all spice, cinnamon, chocolate, and cream present with the chai qualities very well represented. Taste doesn't quite deliver what the nose promises as the spices present hints of astringency when on the palate. Cinnamon and cocoa are present as well with a creamy finish from the milk sugar. Mouthfeel is heavy and has moderate to low carbonation. Overall, another solid Pipeworks brew with a nice incorporation of chai flavors.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Try as I might, I couldn't get a lasting head on this... oh well. Jet black with a thin surface layer of audibly fizzy foam. Razor thin crescent of tan foam around one edge. No lasting lace or surface coverage.

Lightly spicy aromas, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, ginger cookies. Flavors also impart cinnamon, gingerbread, and more blended chai spices. Very unique and tasty, not overly sweet at all, the spices add a pleasant light bitterness. Creamy feel, light to medium bodied. Replicates a chai tea very well, this said as a frequent chai drinker. Seems like it would be great for cool autumn nights.

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Photo of timc100
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 180

A: Pours a dark, dark brown. Has a very minimal dark beige head that lingers slightly as a ring around the glass.

S: Very, very interesting. Smells like spicy green tea infused stout. Minty dark chocolate and tea spice dominate. Some vanilla sweetness comes through and cinnamon.

T: Much like the nose. Very spicy, decently bitter with little sweetness from the chocolate and vanilla.

P: Thinner than I was expecting and hoping for at 10%, but it is smooth.

O: Odd. Wanting more out of this, but I suppose it's what it's supposed to be. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Jimbobebop
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color.

S: Smells like Vanilla, Coffee, and Chocolate

T: Starts out with flavors of coffee and milk chocolate fades into a more cinnamon and spice flavor.

M: medium body

O: A very unique beer and a nice twist on the Milk Stout. The old adage comes to mind cinnamon and spice and everything nice.

Serving type: Three Floyds pint glass.

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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 138 ratings