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Toasty Nut Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Toasty Nut AbductionToasty Nut Abduction

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you want to drink a dark, rich, delicious coconut and almond flavored beer. (Let's be honest, for us it's both...all the time.) We took our base Abduction and added cacao nibs, vanilla bean, toasted coconut and almond. The result is a deeply complex brew that will linger with you long after you're done drinking it. Delicious now but also a prime candidate for a prolonged rest in your temperature controlled catacomb of choice.

Added by xdtfx on 01-03-2014

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 328
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jerry for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black. Viscous, heavy and menacing. 1 finger mocha colored head with low retention. Thin legs that really stick to the side of the glass. Spotty lace with little stick. Very good.

Nose is fudge, mocha, chocolate, vanilla, cream, coconut and a touch of sweet soy sauce. Rich, deep and with good complexity.

Opens chocolate, fudge and sweet soy sauce. Coconut is apparent in the middle with some vanilla, cream and molasses. Ends cocoa powder, more sweet soy sauce and dark fruit. Aftertaste of syrup, leather and molasses. Nice complexity. Pretty unique!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and rich. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste that sticks around. Luscious, really.

Pretty impressive for my first Pipeworks Imperial Stout. If the other variations are as good as this, I'll be looking forward to them!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with an off white bubbly head that subsides to leave some residual bubbles. Smells like Toast, graham crackers, creamy chocolate, coconut cream, almond essence, hint of hazelnut, generally like nutty s'mores. Tastes like chocolate covered almonds, roasted malt sugars, creamy nougat. Big candy bar flavor without being extremely sweet. Pretty smooth feel leaves residual flavors hanging around. Great tasting beer.

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Photo of brennan813
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 661/ 662 . Not gettin any coconut. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt bc it leaked 1/4 cup in bag in the box albeit it should only compromise carbonation (which it did, minimally I might add).

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with ksecler. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

Pours rich and viscous midnight black with a massive tan head that sticks around for a few sips leaving thick coats of lacing in my glass from start to finish. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, burnt toast, molasses, toasted hazel nut, coconut and a hint of booze. The flavor is on point with the aroma - this bad ass beer tastes like a stout soaked Ferrero Rocher chocolate - so decadent! The body is big with a creamy mouthfeel, a mellow carbonation works extremely well with the style - it's like a chocolate milk soda.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Andersonville Wine & Spirits. Served in a New Belgium snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a wispy, partial cap, thin collar, and a few specks of lace. Body is a solid, opaque, black.

S - Yep, it's toasty nuts all right, with a plethora of toasted coconut and almond. Some vanilla bean, and a bit of the anise and chocolate profile that the base beer has. It's got that Mounds viibe without smelling 'fake'.

T - Taste has less of the adjunct and more of the base, although there's still a good deal of toasted almond and shaved coconut in the finish. Less sweet, with more anise and bitter dark chocolate. Well-hidden booze, and good balance of roast, bitter, and sweet flavors.

M - Full-bodied, chewy, with lingering stickiness. Pleasant, lower carbonation, light alcohol warmth. Surprisingly creamy considering the adjuncts used; more silky and soft.

D - Nice beer. Probably my favorite of the series actually, including The Abduction. It'd be hard to tackle a bomber, but it paired really well with cake for Mara's birthday. Hopefully they put this one in some bourbon barrels too.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my IPA glass...
A - Pours black with small tan head.
S - Smells of coffee mostly.
T - I taste coffee, vanilla, maybe a little chocolate and a hint of coconut.
M - I would call this chewy with low carbonation.
O - I agree with a previous reviewer that I wanted a bit more coconut flavor. But this is a very good beer, well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with nice layer of tan foam
S- Sweetness and rich roasted malts.... maybe a hint of coconut
T- Just a hint of coconut, but mostly overpowered by sweetness from the malts.
F- Medium to full
O- I wanted a bit more out of this beer. I love coconuts and would have loved for this thing to be jam packed with that flavor. The hints of it brought me back, but this doesn't stack up to the coconut flavor of Coconut Hunter (18th st).

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (many thanks!). Batch 383-385 (I believe bottled early 2014). Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours dark, near-black brown with a full finger of tan head. The lasting healthy collar deposits some large islands of lace.

Sweet and smooth aromas greet my nostrils as soon as I pop the cap. Cocoa, coconut, caramel, vanilla and some semi sour dark fruits.

I detect some slight oxidation in the taste, as should be expected after about a year. Coconut, toasted nuts, cocoa, roasted grains, dark fruits, mild coffee, vanilla, faint almond and a light dusting of alcohol.

Smooth, creamy body on the fuller side of medium with light but active carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter with a little more oxidation, toasted nuts, vague coconut and hints of vanilla.

Toasty Nut Abduction is a tasty spin on the base. I'm relatively certain that my experience is just a shadow of how this was a year ago when it was fresh but it's better to taste this late than not at all.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark motor oil pour. Little head. Little worried about the smell because it is slightly sour. Other hints of chocolate and cocoa. Very sweet. Slight fruit taste. Might be on the verge of going bad. Lots of cocoa flavor. Mild almond. Not getting much coconut. Maybe that is the slight tart fruity taste and aroma.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

after having the passion abduction as well I think the cocoa being used creates a bitterness that doesn't blend the flavors well. I get the toasty nuts, then I get a lot of chocolate, but then there is a lingering bitterness that doesn't mesh well. fun series, but I wanted a more balanced beer.

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Photo of Flight317
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Wasn't a big fan of this one. I did not pick up a lot of the flavors it has to offer. Also, from semi chilled to nearly room temp I got a boozy taste that many other stouts on the level manage to hide much better. I would easily drink it again but not over a lot of the beers I can find on the shelf near me.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%

Nice black malted pour with a hazy mocha froth you'd love to scoop out with a spoon and eat it.

Aroma upfront is prominent cocoa nibs, which I'm a fan of and eat out of a bag for snacking. Malt balls covered in dark chocolate and a lingering cola. Chocolate covered raisins come to mind. A palatable toastiness of coconut. Vanilla and almond extract.

Taste is rich. Raisin purée and dark bitter cocoa. Can't say I'm picking up on coconut but the toasty component is evident. Cola vanilla ice cream float. Coffee and malta (a spanish drink).

Body is lush, luxurious, slick, and velourish. Heavier texture and sugar residues keep you licking your lips.

The entire experience is so enjoyable. Olfactory nerves are tantalized. Taste buds are comforted with the tasty chocolate treats in life. What I love about this beer is that alcohol is not disturbing it. Today I needed just that. Bang up brew.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with what almost looks like a red hue to it, but could have been the light I'm in. Very thick, looks delicious.

The aroma of roasted malts and light fruity coconut is a real treat!

Perfect amount of roasted malts upfront, soon followed by some creaminess from the coconut, and a little bit o' booze to finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick, and freaking delicious!

Overall this one of my favorites thus far from the Abduction lineup!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black with minimal tan froth.

(S)- Mild roast meets some raisin and cocoa. Subtle coconut in there as well.

(T)- Again, some mild chalky roast meets some subtle raisin and cocoa with an almond/coconut sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level with a pretty good balance to it. Not overly sweet but the kick of coconut adds a nice layer of complexity to this.

(O)- One of their better versions of abduction for me. Good coconut flavors with a good stout base.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 7.5.14. Poured from a bomber, batch #383-385, into a tulip glass.

After months and months of reading about and following Pipeworks, I finally made it back to my hometown of Chicago, and made sure to purchase a few choice bombers. Having already gotten rave reviews from friends about their DIPA offerings, I wanted to start my experience with PW by tasting a few of their stouts. First up, Toasty Nut Abduction.

A: Pours jet black with a very dark, slow rising, mocha head visible only after a hard pour. Head fades quickly, leaving zero cap whatsoever, just a minimal ring to complement this completely opaque beer. Leaves no lacing, but coats the glass like motor oil, lingering long after the last movement. A great looking stout.

S: Sweet dark chocolate, strong almond notes, and a smooth vanilla underlay. Maybe I pick up a smidge of coconut, but with how sweet this beer smells, its hard for me to single it out. Of course it has coconut, but no need for that to scare you off if you don't like coconut (I don't)

T: Heaps of sweet dark chocolate, earthy almond/coconut flavors, vanilla accents and finishes with a strong, dark fruit bitterness from the cacao nibs.

M: Thick and sweet. Goes down like oil, clinging to your teeth and tongue long after tasting. Mild carbonation at first, quickly supplanted by a full/creamy body, with a snappy bitter finish.

O: Two words can be used to describe this beer. A lot. A lot to look at, a lot to smell, a alot to taste, and a lot to handle. Big, sweet, and thick... but hides its 10.5% ABV extremely well behind a mountain of sweetness and a scent you can pick up from across the room. A definite recommend to any Stout drinker.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- motor oil black with a tan head

S- toasty almonds, coconut, coco.

T- beautiful coconut flavor, coco, toasty almonds, vanilla and hints of coffee. Mild bitterness to balance the sweetness out.

M- medium-full bodied with a bit more carbonation than I expected for an imperial stout. Not a bad thing tho!

O- another fantastic brew from pipeworks. This is a local brew for me and I love it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #383-385 printed on the label. Another new variant on the beloved Pipeworks Abduction stout. Expectations are excellent based on this knowledge, and since pretty much all the other variants I've had were amazing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a thick syrupy mahogany colored body; opaque in the glass with three big creamy fluffy fingers of dark mocha head. Leaves behind nice thick lacing. Looks amazing.

S - The aroma is truly wonderful; this thing smells like it spent time in a barrel. Decadent roasty chocolate / cacao, silky vanilla, cream, fudge / cookie dough, some earthy woodsy qualities, and some mild alcohol content. Not pulling out any distinct coconut or almond aromas, but they are usually hard to detect anyhow. Some subtle indistinct sort of 'nutty' aroma does begin to creep out as the beer warms.

T - Taste follows the nose - creamy chocolate / cacao, silky vanilla, roasty coffee / chocolate bitterness, & mild alcohol heat.

M - The feel is smooth, silky, and creamy. Medium-full bodied with excellent low lying carbonation. Sticky and lightly bitter on the finish, with some lingering warmth.

Overall, another excellent variant on the landmark stout from Pipeworks; and I continue to look forward to many many more of these, as they have all been excellent and well worth drinking. Highly recommended if you can get this; and I would definitely be interested to see what some age would do to mellow out some of the warmth in one of these bottles.

Pipeworks Toasty Nut Abduction ---4/5.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a thick texture. Comes out the bottle black and sits in the glass as so. Light dark brown head on just the edges of the glass. Very light active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

S: Upfront you get some of the coconut and almonds then you get some chocolate and roasted coffee. Very sweet aroma.

T: At first I get the vanilla character then fades into some of the coconut and almond. It is then followed by some chocolate. Pretty sweet on the tongue. Enjoyable tasting beer.

M: Really sweet, thick body. A little oily, but that's perfectly okay with me.

O: Do really enjoy this one, wish I drank a little sooner to get more of the coconut.

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Photo of Florida9
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black in color. Fully opaque. Forms a moderate sized deep, dark mocha colored head. Head slowly reduces to not much more than a patchy surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly sweet, dark malts and dark fruit. There is a little bit of nutty coconut and more than a little bit of alcohol.

T: The taste is where this one shines. Starts off with a smooth chocolate flavor. A mix of milk and dark chocolate. Lightly sweet. Molasses. Chocolate syrup. Then there is a strong hint of coconut. It's faint, but noticeable. Finishes with a blend of light chocolate, deeply roasted malts, and alcohol.

M: Full bodied. Lower-medium carbonation. A very smooth beer (though it does leave a slightly gritty feel in the mouth long after the swallow). Mild bitterness.

O: A nice blend of flavors. This one works well with the base beer.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle (Batch #284) into snifter

Appearance - pitch black beer with thin mocha colored head

Aroma - absolutely love it! Chocolate, toasted coconut, nutty, vanilla

Taste - sweet start, flavors match the aroma. some hop bitterness comes through, finish is almost like a dark chocolate bitterness

Mouthfeel - decent body but thinner than I'd expect at 10.5%. lower carb, smooth

Overall - a very tasty beer, especially as dessert! A great addition to the abduction series. Wish I could have grabbed another bottle, hopefully they'll brew this again soon.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black pour. No head, minimal lacing. Smells sweet. Coconut, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is sweet, as well. With all the flavors from the nose. Smokey malt and coconut on the after taste. There is so much coconut. Medium mouthfeel. No carbonation. Overall a good beer, although it is pretty sweet. Glad I split it with a buddy.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown like a chocolate tootsie pop. Slow rising head, thin, and little retention.

Cocoa, light toasted coconut, and almond.

The toasted coconut really pops in the flavor and makes for a great combo with the sweet cocoa and slightly bitter nutty flavor.

The mouthfeel is vet smooth with low but appropriate carbonation.

Another great addition to the abduction series. The coconut addition is spot on, not overpowering but still comes strong.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark brown with razor thin head, no lacing and minimal head retention. The nose starts with cacao nibs and roast followed by mild coconut and nutty notes. Some cream comes in as well with notes of vanilla pairing up with the nutty notes. The taste has heavy coconut and cacao character. Bold flavors, leans a hair towards the sweet side, notes of cream and vanilla mellow everything out. The finish features some toasted and roasted notes. Mouthfeel is heavy with light carbonation. Overall, this is my favorite of the Abduction series. The coconut and almonds bring a nice level of toasted notes and elevate the chocolate and vanilla notes. Very well balanced and quite tasty!

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Photo of KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a thick texture. Comes out the bottle black and sits in the glass as so. Light dark brown head on just the edges of the glass. Very light active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The lighter tones of coconut and almonds are noticed first, probably for being more unique tones in a stout. Cacao nibs, vanilla, and sweeter malt closely follows. Aroma is very, very, sweet, but is held in control before going too far.

Taste: Tons of sweet coconut and rustic, earthy almond tones. The vanilla and chocolate accents that come through next are familiar from other Pipeworks Abduction beers. A lingering oaky taste carries through the body with some bitter dark chocolate as well. Dry finish from the sweetness earlier in the brew and the nuts.

Mouthfeel: Really sweet. Sugary sweetness left on the palate which dries out gradually.

Overall: Probably the third best of the Abduction line after the coffee and regular one. The nuts add earthiness that meshes well. The coconut is bold, much more then I expected but stays within the bounds of reason. Solid stuff.

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Toasty Nut Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.