Friday, August 30, 2013

Pipeworks Close Encounter Hoppy Double Stout

Pipeworks Brewing company Presents….Close Encounter Hoppy Double Stout. Alc. 8.5% by Vol. Batch #93. Pipeworks Brewing, Chicago, IL.

I like blue-skined, pointy-eared ladies from space riding a beer bottle rockets in a sexy red one-piece. It's the four eyes that are throwing me off. Enough about that, let's open the brew up.

Black as night, under a solid, lasting dark tan head with random dotting.

Aroma: Hops aplenty in the nose, grassy notes meshing with chocolate malt. Sometime I like this, sometimes I don't. So far, I like it.

Taste: From the start, the palate is greeted with alert and lively hops, blended with dark malts. Deep and full-bodied. And remarkably smooth. Flavors of coffee, cocoa, and charcoal mix well in the mouth, under a blanker of bittersweet hoppitude.
Long finish, hangs hard on the palate, warm, bittersweet, delicious, and satisfying.

"Close Encounter is a bold venture into depths unknown. The best of both worlds co-exist between rich roasted malt character and an aggressive hop presence that will probe your taste buds like nothing you have experienced before. Don't fear the unknown, embrace it! you never know who or what you many encounter…"

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