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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 93
Gots: 111 | 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: Treebs on 10-18-2012

This was the very first Abduction - the first time the extraterrestrials got a taste of a rich, roasty, chocolatey Imperial Stout with subtle bittering hops. This specific batch is an overhaul of the original recipe. We've upped the roasty character, and brewed it bigger, and richer with a slight kiss of orange peel at the end of the boil. Be Warned: the little green men will be quick to beam this off of shelves to enjoy on their home planet.
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Ratings: 352 | Reviews: 50
Photo of larryarms847
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown and sits black as night in the glass. Has a very thick two finger head of light khaki foam that leave sticky and thick lacking.

Chocolate, nuts, roast, and some piney/earthy hops.

Tons of chocolate malt and roast flavor, subtle citrus note, some vanilla, and some light coffee flavor as well.

Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, roasty, chewy.

Overall, this pours beautifully and includes a smooth and semi-chewy body, but aroma and flavor were lacking something.

Photo of Way2drunk
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good, actually taste like an coffee stout.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.01/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Meh. I've had better. Like for real.

Photo of cubs943
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was pretty good I thought.

Photo of Getalegup
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Smells chocolatey w/some coffee. Taste is coffee forward w/some chocolate, vanilla, bitterness on tongue. Not bad. Would be even better with more chocolate and/or vanilla, so I added vanilla! Even better!

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Thick and dark. Light beige head,
S: Molasses, coffee, malt, slight vanilla
T: Chocolate coffee, toffee, caramel, hazelnut.
M: Silky, light carbonation, sandy finish
O: Solid, I really enjoyed it! 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%

From 08/19/14 notes. 22 oz bottle into a snifter, batch 414-415. Thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one.

Pours a dark mahogany color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of dark chocolate, some soap, cream, vanilla. Taste has sweeter chocolate than the nose had. Medium body and low carbonation. Easy to drink and doesn't feel like 10.5% ABV.

Overall a very good American stout. Not too much going on but it is well made. Would pick it up again and somewhat frequently if it was easy to get.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours jet black. Somewhat sticky, leaving some brown behind as I swirl it around. A small centimeter tan head that sticks around for ages and leaves a lacing on the sides. Completely opaque and dark.

Smell: strong coffee and rich dark chocolate. Lots of dark malt complexity, ranging from roasty, to dark caramels to dark fruit. Small alcohol bite.

Taste: opens up with bold espresso flavor. Quickly expands into a rich dark chocolate flavor. Roasted malts and burnt caramel. Small amounts of dark fruit. End has some strong but not over powering booze.

Mouthfeel: on the heavy side but not quite the heaviest. Lots of bitterness coming from the coffee and burnt flavors. Some alcohol astringency and heat. All the said it is very drinkable

Overall: even though I think the coffee is overly strong, I still think this is a very good almost great beer. Lots of bold and harsh flavors. I can't imagine what coffee break abduction is like though

Photo of Qbdoo
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A big, creamy imperial stout. Pretty straightforward in smell and taste. Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate, and contrary to what I've seen in other reviews, only a touch of alcohol in the taste. The beauty of this is the rich, creamy mouthfeel. Very dense. Not the most unique imperial stout, but an outstanding version with all the classic characteristics.

Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter. Thanks to JulianC for this one.

A: Pours a thick inky black color with a half-finger of bubbly dark brown head that faded into a faint scum.
S: Slight anise, slightly metallic, notes of volatile booze, and faint chocolate. Booze is a bit harsh. There is a mild roasted quality overall.
T: Much smoother than the nose let on. I get creamy and rich flavors of deep roasted malt, chocolate milkshake, sticky caramel and brown sugar, and a touch of anise and vanilla ice-cream in the finish. The aftertaste is roasted and lingering, but I also get some of the harsh booze from the nose. There's a bit of char smoky char in there is well.
M: Full body, fairly chewy mouthfeel, fluffy carbonation, and a shot of harsh booze. Booze isn’t warming or alcoholic, its more harsh and acetonic, but it does die down a but as the beer reaches room temperature.
O: Flavors are very rich and smooth, but the booze is slightly distracting. Good, but could be smoother.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #414/415 printed on the label. The newest batch of this one from the guys over at Pipeworks; my first encounter with their regular Pipeworks Abduction stout, after trying nearly all of the other variants of this beer, I am finally excited to have the original.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Its pours an inky black body, sludgy, with only about a finger of dark mocha head that leaves behind thick bubbly lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - The smell carries a musty, buttery sort of yeast aroma up front, alcohol fumes, dark bitter roastiness, cocoa / chocolate, coffee, cream / lactose, notes of dark fruits - cherry, dates, raisins.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter chocolate / coffee bean roast, cocoa, notes of char, light tart dark fruit presence.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, sugary, and sticky. Light warming alcohol, but not hot. This thing drinks exceptionally smooth, I can only imagine how it would taste with some serious time on it.

Overall, clearly a winning successor to all of the variants. A nice stout, but I'm glad that they decided to add onto this base beer. I guess after trying all the others, I am just spoiled at this point. Delicious, but not as memorable as some of the other incarnations.

Pipeworks Abduction ---4/5.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a very dark brown with a tight light brown head. Nose is a light roast, some chocolate and vanilla notes, with a fair bit of sugary malt sweetness and berries. Body is thick and decadent. Roast is heavier, notes of chocolate and vanilla. Faint bitterness and the berry and slightly sugary malt accompany a semi dry finish.

Photo of koutkid41
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really dark and black, strong creamy light brown head with nice two finger head. Nice lacing that sticks.

S: First hit of aroma was espresso with some dark chocolate, and figs. Really pleasant smelling. Some alcohol

T: Again begins with the espresso and chocolate then moves to bittersweet cocoa, molasses, and some piney notes. A touch of alcohol at the end.

M: medium to full-bodied with a really nice creaminess that I enjoy.

O: Really nice beer, cant wait to try the fruit variations of this beer.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch 247 11/14/13 bottling date into a teku glass

Pours a pitch black with a very nice creamy beige head. Smell is quite chocolately and sweet...nice! The taste is extremely creamy and very sweet. a lot of caramel but the most dominant flavor is creamy milk chocolate. this is a real treat to drink...its not overly sweet though like say creme brule its just perfect. creamy body..but almost full. correct carbonation.

overall im shocked at how much i like this. extremely recommended.

Photo of MaximalC
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Batch #247*

Pours a dark cola color with a thin cap of mocha foam that persists indefinitely. The aroma is simultaneously sweet and roasty, featuring dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is substantially more powerful than the already substantive aroma would suggest. It takes a second, but your taste buds are soon bombarded by molasses, cherry cough syrup, and booze. Earthy, herbal hops only serve to heighten the ferocity. The chocolate that was suggested by the nose is nearly impossible to decipher in the taste. The cough syrup or booze alone would be about as much as I could handle, but together they're pretty overpowering. The tongue is nearly beaten into submission before the assault yields to what is actually a pleasant, warming haze of roasted malt that lingers admirably. The medium-to-heavy body lends a smooth, rich mouthfeel. It coats the palate and leaves substantial stickiness in its wake, practically gluing your lips together between sips.

Overall, this is a bombastic and characterful beer, if a little unwieldy. Worth trying for the experience, but there are far more deft imperial stouts out there.

Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Founders snifter. Batch #247.

Appearance: Pours black with thick, 1 inch medium brown head. Great head retention.

Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa powder, followed up by a strong caramel malt presence. Ever so slight oxidation. No alcohol presence at all in the aroma.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. Quite a bit of caramel malt, actually, and it comes off as very sweet. No real alcohol presence. I would probably give it a bit more bitterness if I could, but overall it's very rich and well done.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and smooth. Low carbonation level. Excellent.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Pipeworks. Definitely on the sweeter side of the imperial stout spectrum

Photo of Fcolle2
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, pretty much black in color with a thin quarter finger head that dissipates quickly

Smell has some fresh blackberry aromas forward that fade into nice chocolate malt, Cocoa and roasted coffee aromas. Slight bitter sweetness on the end

Taste is good. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors along with a moderate amount of roasted bitterness. Very mild sweet chocolate malt in the finish

Mouthfeel is good, medium body and mild carbonation give this a soft sticky feel.

Photo of MacQ32
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours as close to black as you can get, half finger of dense milk chocolate head with fantastic retention a thin layer covers the surface 20 minutes later. Nice this outer ring around the perimeter, great lacing.

S - Super sweet chocolate with hints of licorice and kind of am offputtomg yeasty funk

T - Exactly as it smells. Definitely a hint of an of putting skunky yeast but mostly delicious sweet chocolate, a hefty bit of licorice and minimal rosary malts.

M - great, super smooth minimal carbonation, thick and silky

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black and viscous. Good khaki head. Retains well with a thick collar.

Smell - Sweet caramel. Coffee roast. Slightly bit of licorice.

Taste - Roasty malts. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of caramel. Sweet and roasty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and viscous. Medium high carbonation.

Overall - A little unrefined, but good flavors. Just rough around the edges.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and drinkable but pretty basic for the style in my opinion.

Photo of Chaney
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up at a Binny's while I was back home in Chi-town back in December 2012. My mouth is watering.

Batch #60. Yep, I let this one chill for 2 hours +.

Served in a 3 Stars snifter.

A: Poured about as black as it could possible be with no translucence from any angle imagined. A bit of mocha around the edges.

S: Smelled hoppy and infinitely dangerous actually. To say that this is malty and then such would be overkill.

T: So bright and fruity in its disposition. Sure, the darkness was there, but this one reminded me infinitely of Sweetwater's "Happy Endings" in the taste regard.

M: Much sweeter than most IS, a bit of roast but not much, and the ABV was to die for... dangerous in that regard.

O: I now believe the hype. Pipeworks means business. This was a truly great IS.

Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml red waxed bomber batch 100 poured into tulip 3/6/13, thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A looks black sitting in the glass but I can see nearly half way to the other side under the short lived two finger mocha foam, just a few random patches of lace

S burnt coffee, coco powder and dark chocolate, some citric hops shinning through all the dark roast, faint licorice and booze with some chocolate liqueur and earthy notes

T the coffees not burnt, still some hops but not as strong, more booze then the nose and some charred wood I wasn't picking up on the nose, I'm liking it but the nose was better

M silky at first and slightly creamy in a medium body, bitter bite, sticky on the lips but slick in the mouth with some heat on the way down with char and hops lingering on the finish

O a nice hoppy stout that's heavy on the charred dark roast, as the hops would fade with age I'm sure the booze would too, something I'd drink again for sure

one of those beer that I'd like try the day they bottle it and again 2+years down the road, worth drinking for sure

Photo of inlimbo77
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Batch 100, Bottled 3/21/13
Brandy snifter

A: Pours a nice dark brown color. Looks slightly oily. Initially a thin layer of tan head. Forms a collar of tan. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Some creamy milk chocolate. Lactose maybe. Some light roast. Really isn't as aggressive as I thought it would be. Liked it.

T: Some hop bitterness up front. Piney. Then it's some milk chocolate and lactose like flavors. Slight roast. Dry finish. Lingering milk chocolate creaminess. I really quite enjoy this one.

M: Big medium leading to full bodied. Not a full as I was expected.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)
Batch 100
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a rigors pour only producing an oily sheen that pushes to a sticky thin sheet of tan cream.

S- The aroma of new sneakers turns to a black roasted malt aroma with some berry esters in the back ground.

T- The chocolate malt tastes blends with a chalk taste and it is full and rich with some lactose flavors coming through and a fruity berry ester note in the finish. The slightly dry inky finish has some dark cola malt notes to it.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a soft alcohol heat and a thick texture in the finish.

O- This is a big stout with an intense inky black chocolate flavor with a nice bit of sweetness to it and a good lactose character to add some depth. I could see this as a nice canvas to add other flavors to in the future.

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #100

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a scant one finger of tan foam.

Smell: Strong initial hit of bright, fresh oak with notes of pear, bourbon and vanilla.

Taste: Pine, coffee, roasted malt, and like the nose, a little bourbon and vanilla creep in on the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy and velvety smooth. Low carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

Overall, this was a nice imperial stout. Its not super complex and flavorful but it makes up for that with its insanely creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. It's hard to believe that this is 10.5%. Drinks very easy. A tasty stout that would probably be great after some barrel aging.

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Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.