Mint Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.08%
Wants: 20
Gots: 47 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: koutkid41 on 03-20-2014

-Begin alien transmission-
"Foolish humans! You're doomed! Doooooooomed! Doooooooooooooooooooooooomed! Even more dooooooooomed than we hoped! You can't resist the universally delicious combo of fresh mint and chocolate! Muhaha! It's time to ad-mint that there is no escape! Ok, now I'm getting charched for 'roaming' so I have to go. You hang up. NO! What am I saying? I'll hang up. Doom!"
-End alien transmission-
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Reviews by Circles413:
Photo of Circles413
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is big, but not too big. It has a great minty Smell but not so much in the taste. The first sip is like a slap to the face but as it warms up & breathes, the true nature of this beer comes out. It's has amazing notes ranging from; chocolate, mint, oak, tobacco, toffee, coffee & hops.

well done, Pipeworks!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kopextacy
4.96/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

All the brews in this series are worth picking up if you can get your hands on em.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, dark , dark with think tan head
S- Straight up thin mints. Seriously, this beer smells amazing to me.
T - Wow, cream de menthe. Sweet base beer blends well with a bit of an artificial mint, but the girl scouts should watch out for this shit.
F- Nice thickness to the body like all of the abduction series
O- I wasn't expecting much due to the low scores, but I was impressed. Creamy, minty, coco.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thick and viscous looking. Nice mocha head. Leggy with a medium collar.

Smell - Mint, but not peppermint. More of a leafy fresh mint. Chocolate. Lots of caramel.

Taste - The mint flavor is very herbal. Definitely the most dominant. Milk chocolate. Nutty caramel malts. Finish is a leafy mint aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy and chewy. Substantial stout. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I thought this would be more of a peppermint. The mint flavor doesn't work great, but it isn't bad.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, nearly black. Aggressive tan head, huge and frothy. Good retention.

The mint is barely detectable in the aroma, which is a disappointment to me. Light herbal tones, but doesn't have a fresh mint smell. Chocolate and a musty smell as well.

The mint barley shows up. More leafy than a fresh, clean mint, and with the roast makes it more earthy than the chocolaty mint dessert I was hoping for.

As with all the abductions, nice smooth and thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

The least likable of the abductions to date, in my opinion. I was hoping for so much more but was just meh.

Photo of larryarms847
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown/black with a thin, but lathery light khaki half finger of foam.

A blast of chocolate and mint explode at first whiff. Some roast, vanilla, and burnt sugar to note as well.

Roasted chocolate malt, green mint, vanilla, kind of like an Andes mint.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, roasty bitterness, rather thin for my taste.

Overall, I wasn't really quite sure I'd be a fan of this since mint isn't necessarily my thing, but it was surprisingly toned down in comparison to what I had anticipated. An interesting brew and mighty tasty, just a bit thin for my liking.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #353/54/55 printed on the label. My fourth variant of this stout from Pipeworks. Expectations are high based on this knowledge; these guys have quickly become one of my favorite breweries, if not my favorite altogether.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark chocolate; opaque black in the glass with just under a finger of mocha head that dies down quickly. Some thin sticky lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The cool breeze of mint hits hard right away. Almost perceived as "medicinal" in the beginning just because I'm not used to smelling it in beer, but this thing smells like a chocolate covered peppermint candy. Silky chocolate, cream, and vanilla notes are layered underneath.

T - The mint isn't as apparent on the taste as it was on the nose, but it is still nicely integrated. Dark roasty chocolate, cream, lactose, vanilla, and the herbal spicy mint leaves. The high 10.50% abv isn't noticeable at all.

M - Smooth and creamy. Sugary and sticky. Lightly roasty and bitter.

Overall, another wonderful stout from Pipeworks, and a nice dessert beer. Definitely drinks like the beer equivalent to a chocolate-peppermint candy. Definitely a unique and interesting variant, worth seeking out.

Pipeworks Mint Truffle Abduction ---4/5.

Photo of Etan
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a snifter.

A. Pours a blackish brown with a small light tan head that quickly recedes.

S. Leafy mint, dry cocoa. Very minty, even to the point of being a bit vegetal.

T. Chocolate, mild mint, light roast, a bit dry.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. This was ok. The mint was a bit too herbal for me. Not something I would drink a whole bottle of.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma and color suggests this is going to be a big, fresh minty blast - like drinking an imperial stout with a mouth full of orbit gum. However, there is a lot more restraint here. The mint and cocoa notes both come in rather more subdued than you might expect, which isn’t a bad thing. Mint oils and a creamy texture make this a good attempt at a mint stout. Would be interested to see whether this gets more complex with a few months on it.

Photo of KFBR392
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured aggressively and got half a finger of tan head which very quickly dissipated and was only present on the edges of the grass. Sits black in the glass. Very light carbonation for the style.

Smell: Lots of mint and chocolate on the front. Smells just like a york peppermint patty. The chocolate tones come off with milky lactose sweetness. Mint is balanced perfect with the chocolate. After that though, not really much else you would expect from an imperial stout.

Taste: The front is sweet milk chocolate. That front is then quickly interrupted but a mint body. An initial blast of mint yields to a mesh of continuing mint and some darker chocolate tones. Sweet lactose flavors pop up on the back end leaving a lingering sugary texture behind. Some roasted malt felt on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Mainly sweet sugary feelings left on the palate. No carbonation on the mouthfeel contributes to the outright sweetness of this brew.

Overall: This is definitely something different. The aroma and taste are filled with awesome chocolate and mint tones, but that's about it. Drinker like a gimmicky flavored stout instead of an imperial stout with mint and cacao. If you are a fan of mint things no doubt this is a must try, but don't expect a balanced or overly complex stout.

Photo of vic21234
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 353/54/55.

A- Pours a dark brown, basically black. I only say brown because some light can be seen along the top sides of the glass. A small amount of off-white head quickly fades.

S- Mint and chocolate on the smell, not much else here as they both dominate.

T- Starts with heavy mintiness before the chocolate and dark malts come through. This is also a rather hopped stout as the Abduction line is, as I get some hop presence at the back of the taste.

M- Heavy, medium carbonation, easy drinking sipper.

Another nice Abduction variation, the mint is there but not overwhelming in my opinion like some reviews have said.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Thick oily black, wood-toned head that forms reluctantly, silent pour. Few blots of lace. Artwork is seriously comical (- IMO) but neat and unique (+).

S: Mint, roasted malt that could be perceived as chocolate. Something smokey?

T: Exactly as advertised, it's as though a mint chocolate bar was melted and then chilled and now I'm drinking it. Sweet. Retro-olfaction reveals some alcohol, and more smokey chocolate. Damn well realized, but something about it is too indulgent/non-classical 'beer' for me. Sorry MTA, it's not you, it's me.

F: Nicely thick and tastefully oily, yet not mouth-coating. Strong prickles of carbonation.

O: I want to love it, I should love it, it definitely deserves my love, and yet... something is wrong. The chocolate and mint is balanced very well, and yes it's sweet but it should be- and I also do not mind moderate sweetness in my beers- but something about this brew is too cloying for me. Maybe I'm afraid of how great it is. Maybe it's just too minty and sweet. Either way, Pipeworks has my attention.

Photo of cubs943
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer.

Photo of koutkid41
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:.Pours a thick black color with a small light tan head that doesn't stay long.

S: Some subtle mind upfront not overpowering, delightful. Fades into some chocolate, and coffee.

T: A nice amount of mint upfront with some chocolate, light roast and caramel.

M. Medium-full bodied with some sweetness and alcohol. Nice and slick on the tongue.

O: Right when I saw mint truffle this was exactly what I was hoping for nice addition of the mint in a really nice balance.

Photo of Gloryinthechi
4.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'm not much of a stout kind of guy but this one in my opinion is just delicious. Great job pipeworks. Chicago stand up!

Photo of yourefragile
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Thanks Jeff.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin tan head. Mild nose, bitter chocolate, vegetable, light mint leaf. Moderate thick body, smooth and silky. Sweeter flavor than nose suggested, sweet chocolate, earthy mint, light spice, roast.

Photo of sully11277
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black with little to no head.

S- You get that nice cacao sweetness that hits also a slight roast with a light herbal mint.

T/M- It taste a lot like it smell. A nice cacao sweetness a nice roast and the herbal mint. It is so smooth you can not taste 10.5% at all. It is amazing how a beer can be so rich and smooth.

O- It is a great beer that I can't wait to see how it ages. It can not get any smoother but I hope the mint comes out more.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a tasting glass at stout day in Pittsboro

dark pour with a nice head. smell is of chocolate and mint leaves...very strong on the mint aroma actually. taste is much the same with a good amount of sweet chocolate but just a ton of mint flavor. if you are a fan of mint you will love this, if you arent then you need to avoid it. thick body .. maybe thicker than any other abduction. carbonation on point.

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

L - Black like my ex wife's heart

S - Chocolatey with a hint of Andee's mints

T - If you've had Perennial 17, you're going to be thinking about staining your white sink, then pouring this garbage down the drain.

F - After swallowing, then swallowing a sip of this mess, I had to make sure I wasn't drinking crem de menth.

O - Not undrinkable but definitely not a contender for a good minty stout.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pipeworks Mint Truffle Abduction

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a CBS a snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Black brew with a small head on the pour. This settled to a collar quickly. This had a little traction.

S) What a pleasant aroma. Mint and chocolate. Like those mint fudge brownies that I don't have the recipe for, but they turn up at birthday parties and potlucks, and then I eat a shit load of them.

T) Where the hell did the chocolate go? The mint really dominates the flavor. It's just a little too much mint and not enough chocolate. Could have been a touch sweeter. I will say the 10.5 ABV is really well hidden.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. A minty mouth coating experience. Light tingle on the finish.

O) A nice dessert beer.... Another unique, well done offering from Pipeworks.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, pretty much black in color and solid, no light makes it through. Head is thin tan and retains nicely.

There is a bi amount of chocolate and mint that both smell relatively nicely balanced. More chocolate malt is detectable on the backend and there is a lingering presence of more mint and a slightly herbal and spicy hop presence that is almost undetectable.

Taste is pretty good. Mint, chocolate and a decent rich malty sweetness work well in unison in the front end of the beer. They work well to give the beer a more dessert feel that helps soften the aggressiveness of the mint.

Mouthfeel is rich creamy smooth and fairly sticky with sweetness.

Photo of roger617
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into snifter at 55 degrees.

A: Color is near pitch black, with just a hint of brown. Pours with 1 finger of off white head that reduces fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.
S: The mint has a strong presence in the aroma. Comes across as fairly hot. I also get a bit of chocolate.
T: At the front of each sip there is a good balance of chocolate and mint. After-taste the chocolate gives way and I'm left with a lot of mint. The flavor reminds me of something, I just can't put my finger on it. It's almost like liquified thin mints, with a lot more mint.
M: Fairly low card, fits the flavor well. The pour gave the appearance of being a bit thin, but the mouthfeel tells otherwise.
O: This is a very unique beverage by the good people at Pipeworks. At first I had a hard time deciphering if I was enjoying drinking it, or just enjoying analyzing it. I'm not sure if my palate adapted and didn't detect the mint as much throughout, or if it changed as it warmed. Either way, the later in the glass(es) I got, the more I enjoyed it. The is the first of the abduction series I've had the pleasure of enjoying, and I will certainly be looking to try more.

Photo of A4thGrader
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 22 oz bomber
Glass: Delirium's tulip snifter

A: 3.00 Dark, rich looking - color is great. Pours poorly. Little to no head, even on the second glass with a hard pour.

S: 3.00 Slight hint of mint. Grainy aroma.

T: 3.50 Sweet, crisp and minty to start. Finish is just "meh".

M: 4.00 Smooth and velvety.

O: 3.50 Good, but not great. I'd drink a glass again in a few months - but it's not something I'd seek out.

Mint Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.