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Mocha Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 266
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 1.69%
Wants: 66
Gots: 74 | FT: 14
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: BRami127 on 05-05-2014

"I don't think these aliens are thaaat bad. What's that you ask? They don't like you? They keep trying to abduct you? I mean maybe we've all just been brainwashed by Hollywood alien invasion movies and the Pipeworks Abduction series into thinking aliens just want to abduct us. Has anyone even tried to talk to them? Here, I'll go bring them a Pipeworks Mocha Imperial Stout with coffee and rich chocolate. This beer is amazing. Yeah, and then I'll make small talk about the new Star Wars trailer."
- Jeff's last words before being encased in choconite.
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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was black with a modest tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose is sweet coffee.

Taste - My initial impression is that this is a sweeter version of coffee abduction. It is syrupy, with hints of molasses, and baker's chocolate. The coffee impression dries slightly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level of on target for the style and allows the taste to linger.

Overall - This is definitely my favorite in the abduction line (471 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black body, fizzy mocha head that fades to the perimeter.

S: Cream, chocolate, coffee-based acidity, sadly perceivable alcohol. Something almost fruity, like strawberry.

T: That unannounced but distinct strawberry is on the forefront, followed by some chocolate, mild coffee, alcohol, and... more strawberry on the finish? I swear that's strawberry. It has a good balance of sweetness, bitterness, and acidity, but really more alcohol than I'd expect, even though it is high. Also more strawberry than I'd expect. Why strawberries? WHO PUT STRAWBERRIES IN THE MOCHA STOUT?

M: Medium bodied, again, the balance between bitterness, sweetness, and acidity make this somewhat salivating, somewhat astringent.

O: A good stout, but not what was advertised. Seriously, this was strawberry stout, not mocha stout. Still great. (825 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black body with a half inch of thick, beige collar. Aromas of chocolate, roast, char, coffee, dark chocolate, cacao. Coffee and vanilla. Chocolate milkshake. Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation with lingering sweetness and light bitterness. Lots of vanilla character. Tasty. (287 characters)

Photo of Stater
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to Pipeworks form, right on the brink of over the top but great in an in your face way. Sweet chocolate milk with a little coffee poured in. Leaves me craving a little thicker mouthfeel. Otherwise, very good. (213 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A sticky, sweet, boozy imperial stout with heavy coffee and chocolate notes. The coffee dominates the nose. Pours a deep dark, mocha color. Definitely amps up the sweetness to offset potential coffee bitterness. An excellent coffee imperial stout. (247 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 577-580. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thin light brown head.

Smell: Coffee, molasses, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Lacks the depth of coffee/chocolate aroma of, say, a FBS, and honestly comes off just a tad bit artificial at times, but overall still very solid.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt up front. Undertones of caramel malt. Nice bitter bite from the coffee on the finish. While the smell was a little lacking in depth, the flavor is definitely not. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, smooth, nice bit from the coffee on the finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While I wouldn't put this in the world class tier of coffee stouts, it's still very, very good. (734 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. Dark brown opaque beer with a 2 finger khaki head with very nice lacing.

S. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Smells inviting.

T. Backing up the nose i get roasted malts cocaine and vanilla not totally getting any coconut.

M. Medium to heavy body but not motor oil. Smooth. Light carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

O. A nice stout. Flavors come out as well as the smell. Nice mouthfeel. Definitely a nice stout. (475 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 577-580

A- Pours black with a creamy khaki colored head, maybe a half finger's worth.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate the smell.

T- Starts off with dark chocolately malts. Tons of chocolate and cocoa flavors overall. The coffee is also very noticeable, but the vanilla seems drowned out by everything else going on.

M- Thick and chewy, great sipper or dessert beer.

Very nice addition to the Abduction family for Pipeworks. (474 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 6/6/14

Got this and barrel aged Jones Dog for a trade of central waters 16. Pours black with very minimal carbonation. Smell is mostly coffee. Very sweet chocolate tasting. Really tastes like a mocha. Some alcohol flavor comes through, but very well balanced. (274 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a diesel thick opaque black with a very thin caramel brown head.

Heavy on the dark chocolate, roasted malt nuttiness, and espresso.

A little too heavy on the chocolate, roasted malts are lacking, and coffee is dull.

Mouthfeel is thick on the heavy, like sipping a chocolate malt.

Overall this is decent, but I feel could have been better. (348 characters)

Photo of koutkid41
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black this a thick frothy head that lingers a bit.

S: Rich coffee and dark chocolate upfront then you get some of that vanilla aroma in the backend that is sweet. Really appealing aroma.

T: Really sweet upfront like a milk stout then get some dark chocolate and coffee roast and bitterness, like a mocha espresso. Finishes with some alcoholic bite but really nice tasting beer.

M: Solid carbonation with a thick sweet body. Maybe would be slightly better with less sweetness but it was nice and slick. (513 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch# 435/36/37) poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pours a super dark brown/near black color in the glass, brown highlights at the edge of the glass. A short 1/2 finger of pale tan/grayish head lingers briefly and leaves a short, foamy collar on the edge of the glass.

S - Mild aroma, plenty of chocolate, roasty coffee, a bit of licorice, a bit of booze.

T - Very coffee forward, deep and roasty. Fair amount of booze/alcohol with a bit of a warmish burn to it. Milk chocolatey smoothness/sweetness.

M - Rather full bodied with a lower carbonation that is a bit foamy and rather creamy overall. Roasty and coffee heavy throughout. A bit boozy - shows the 10.5% alcohol content - slows the pace of drinking on this, but isn't really distracting.

O - Overall, I like this imperial stout. One of the better in the Abduction series...having tried several of them now. This almost makes me think of it as an amped up Founders Breakfast Stout. Not as smooth as drinkable as the FBS, but I find the coffee character quite similar with more of a boozy kick. (1,076 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a lighter texture and a dark brown color. Thin head on even an aggressive pour which dissipated almost instantly. Low amount of active carbonation especially for the thinner body.

Smell: coffee grounds and dark chocolate hit first. Lactose sweetness and vanilla combine together on the body in an undefined manner. Overall sweetness continues into the finish with a touch of roasted malt.

Taste: lactose sweetness and vanilla blasts on the palate immediately. Milk chocolate with light roasted coffee warm up on the body. Like the aroma, a muttled onsomble of sweetness finishes thus off.

Mouthfeel: extremely low carbonation really let's the sweetness blast through. Thin body.

Overall: this seems to be the flavor and Mouthfeel profile Pipeworks is going to stick with. Its okay in the end but I certainly wouldn't put it close to an elite stout profile. That lactose is just so potent. (917 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Aaron for sharing this one!

Inky black with a naturally mocha tan tint to the foam on top. Flecks of spotty lacing around the edges.

Big vanilla and coffee aromas, slightly sweet with a coffee brownie impression.

Similar flavors, flavored coffee, mocha and vanilla notes are spot on. Light coffee bitterness, fudgy chocolate, lingering charred malt. Sticky on the lips. Body seems a little thinner due to the coffee addition. Overall it tastes great, definitely worth a try. (489 characters)

Photo of DrippingI
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark as night with a razor thin, dark tan head.

S: Huge creamy vanilla notes swirled with rich espresso and dark chocolate.

T: Matches the nose. The huge vanilla slaps you at the front of the tongue. The dark chocolate soothes your pain from the slap, but then gut-punches you in the middle. Then, to round things out, the rich espresso acts as the angel of no mercy and knocks you down on the ground in the back of the mouth, all the while the vanilla and chocolate stand there above you and watch in delight as their friend toasted graham cracker walks passed you without even breaking his step.

M: Medium/medium-full body with light-moderate carbonation.

O: Damn, this hit me like a ton of bricks! It is extremely tasty and makes my mouth salivate for more after each sip. The only thing to make this better is if it had a bit of a thicker body to it. (861 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber
Route 6 Liquor's - Channahon

Mocha Abduction sports your standard black as the ace of spades imperial stout body. A stiff pour produces a Guinness-like cascade effect and the bubbles continue replenishing the head throughout. The foam, appropriately, is mocha colored and although it falls to a skim coat over time the ring around the glass is thick and quick to leave lace.

The nose shows strong coffee grounds off the bat but quickly following is a, not totally off putting, artificial hazelnut creamer sweetness. A drizzle of cream hits in the middle before freshly brewed, roasty coffee takes over, which is more of what I was hoping for along with cocoa powder Roasty barley pulls through toward the back and there's a touch of honey sweetness on the backend. The coffee dominates while the other aspects are simply compliments.

Freshly brewed coffee, again, dominates. It's big and rich upfront, fading slightly but managing to make it through the finish. That artificial hazelnut creamer comes through again mid-palate and I can't say I'm too fond of that aspect. Cocoa powder and roasty barley bring up the finish, managing to make up for the artificial aspects. I like the flavor, the coffee and roast work well. It's a little overly sweet though and I could do without that hazelnut creamer.

The body has a weight just above moderate and a frothiness I enjoy. The carbonation is near prickly, keeping any residual sugars from sticking around for too long. A whisper of alcohol rises through the back of the throat and nose. The long finish is a bit chalky after the swallow.

Mocha Abduction is a solid beer from Pipeworks. It's a little sweeter than I'd appreciate, like most Pipeworks beers, and the hazelnut, lactic note seems artificial but the coffee and cocoa notes are spot on. I don't think I would pick this up again but I'm glad to be drinking it now. (1,896 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours viscous and pitch black in color. Thin tan creamy head dissipates to a tan ring around the glass.

Smell is malt forward mostly chocolate aromas with some faint coffee like aroma and a big rich vanilla aroma. There are also fleeting hints of dark fruit aromas mix in as well.

Taste follows the nose with loads of semi sweet chocolate malt and a creamy vanilla flavor. There is slightly more coffee flavors present in the taste then in the aroma and it adds a nice amount of charred bitterness to balance out the sweet.

Mouthfeel is great. Rich creamy medium carbonated. Velvety smooth with a little bit of warming alcohol. (630 characters)

Photo of kevanb
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a Pipeworks snifter. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a deep jet black color, thick and rich in texture with a thin, caramel colored head, barely a finger high, that has moderate retention and yields little lace. The aroma is big in chocolate and coffee, rich grain and vanilla but little else, a bit simple and sugary after the coffee fades. The flavors are similar, big notes of sweet and lightly bitter chocolate, freshly roasted coffee, bitter but not overly so, sweet grain, light vanilla with a bit of stone fruit. Again, the adjuncts are super in your face, that there is little in the way of complexity, that being said, the adjuncts are delicious. The body is fairly rich, although its a bit lively and zippy at the finish, although it coats the mouth nicely.

Verdict: A very nice stout from Pipeworks, very much in line with the Coffee Break Abduction, but I don't really see how it's really that different. It's simple, with a heavy focus on the highlighted ingredients and very sweet, but still delicious as a desert type option. (1,072 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #435/36/37 printed on the label. The latest Abduction stout variant from the masters at Pipeworks. Expectations are amazing based on this knowledge. Good thing I'm here to pick up the slack for all these non-reviewers.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a dark fudgey chocolate brown, nearly opaque in the glass with some brown hues showing around the edges. A finger and a half of mocha head that thins to a ring rather quickly. Scattered sticky spotty lacing on the glass. Definitely looks like a coffee beer, very nice.

S - Freshly brewed coffee / spent coffee grounds are very apparent on this one. Cacao, vanilla, cream, mild lactose, & mild alcohol fumes are also noticeable.

T - The taste follows the nose - delicious authentic roasted coffee beans / coffee ground bitterness, powdery chocolate / cacao, creamy vanilla / mild lactose, and some mild alcohol presence. Delicious.

M - The feel is creamy , sticky, and smooth with good roasty coffee bitterness clinging to the palate.

Overall, another delicious stout variant from Pipeworks. Not the greatest rendition of this beer, but very delicious nonetheless. Very coffee forward, almost Surly Coffee Bender status. Highly recommended.

Pipeworks Mocha Abduction ---4/5. (1,263 characters)

Mocha Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.