Big Smokey P | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Big Smokey PBig Smokey P

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Smoke Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 09-11-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to my cousin Sonny for the bottle.

A- Pitch black like a big stout, perhaps at 10.5% it is as big as any stout. Frothy, light brown head forms to a finger and eventually falls to a small ring after decent retention. Lacing seems hard to come by with just a few spots on each of our glasses.

S- Peat smoked malts atop a nice malty base. Malts bring some chocolate, caramel and toasted notes.

T- Again smoke forward with some yeast and malts in the background. The smoke is big but doesn't smack you upside the head and overshadow the rest of the brew. Seems like peat smoke, reminds me of Scotch a bit. Some seaweed salty scotch hints. Porter base of caramel, cocoa, toasted nuts and some dark fruits.

MF- Silky and somewhat creamy moderately thick body overall. Carbonation is at a semi-low to medium level but fine for the flavors presented. Finishes with some smoky feel lingering on the palate.

Smoke first and foremost with a good porter base. This doesn't feel even 7%, never mind 10.5%. If you like Islay or smoked brews in general, give it a shot.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big Smokey P

I actually had the opportunity to compare this to the regular smoked porter (batch 86) that I found recently lying in waste on a shelf. Made for an interesting comparison – I definitely like this one. I'd be interested to find out how the imperial quality changes the taste.

Smell (3.50) – Sweet on the front. You get definite hickory and other smokey notes. Not much else going on.

Appearance (4.00) – Pretty light pour, not as light as smoked porter. It is a littler darker in color, but you can still see through it a little on the pour. Creamy chocolate head fades fast. Color is a dark nutty brown, not quite black.

Taste (4.25) – Solid. This is much less overwhelmingly smoky than the regular smoked porter was. There is much more of a woody and earthy presence – making it a better porter in my book. Mild coffee and chocolate notes. Also mild bitterness. The body of this last much longer and simply has more going on than the regular smokey.

Mouthfeel (4.25) – Decently smooth. Good mouth presence. Not incredibly thick – just about how it looked coming out of the bottle. Quite drinkable. Abvs come in on the finish but are not bad at all.

Overall (4.25) – I think this is a better beer than the original smoked porter. There is less smoke to me and more flavor. More earth notes while retaining a good mouthfeel and easy drinkability. I wish it had a bit more weight to it but that would be it.

edit: interestingly enough, this review comes out lower than my review on smoked porter, though I definitely like this one more. The smoked porter was written at the beginning of the summer, and I think I overrated the taste by a good bit.

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Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

God help me, I'm having flashbacks to some junkie dealer yelling "Chili P, yo!" Anyway, this stuff pours an impenetrable black-brown topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, light cocoa powder, and a vein of cherrywood smoke along one of the sides. The taste paints a picture of bold smoke backed by a placid scenery bedecked in rich cocoa and molasses. I think it's Romantic, but the diagonal composition and dynamism of moment suggests late Italian Baroque (though the chiaroscuro isn't quite as bold as, say, Caravaggio's work). The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid-ish feel. Overall, I find most smoked porters that opt for lots of smoke underdo it on the base, and those that focus on the porter underdo the smoke. Here, there's plenty of smoke, but there's also a bold enough base to support it. I'd expect nothing less from the Pipworks people 200+ batches in.

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Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

Pours black with a half finger dark tan head. Some blotches and trails of lacing.

Dark chocolate, nice smoke aroma, fudge

Roasted malts, dark chocolate, smoke, very light vanilla.

Really like this beer, great move PW to bump up the abv. Very smooth and no heat at all.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Naperville during the holidays.

Served in a "Game of Thrones" snifter.

A: Poured a burnt, black-brown color (or lack thereof) with a few bubbles posing as a head.

S: Smells good: A good bit of bacon with a sweet, milk chocolate-like quality in there to boot. Chocolate-covered bacon, huh? I can dig it.

T: Something was a bit weird and off on the aftertaste here. I totally lost the delectableness and got sort of a mallow-creme with booze flair.

M: Nice and thick, but not snot-like. Nice prickle.

O: I'm totally glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't seek it out.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: very dark brown in color. Almost black. Forms a smaller sized dark tan colored head. Little retention. No lacing.

S: aroma is primarily smoke and cola. Some roasted malts, dark fruits, and even a slight hint of vanilla.

T: Taste starts of with a blend of cola and roasted malts. Smoke, char, and campfire. Then a saccharin sweetness emerges - artificial and cloying - which I do not care for in the least. Finishes with notes of dark chocolate and more smoke.

M: on the heavier side of medium. At first, the beer is creamy and smooth and reminiscent of Jones Dog, but the smokiness adds an acrid, somewhat gritty feel to the beer. Mild bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: not a bad beer, but I feel it needs some tweaking. The smokiness seems to be adding some off flavors.

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Big Smokey P from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 31 ratings