Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 94
Gots: 112 | FT: 15
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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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Reviews by MaximalC:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jagen
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter...national stout day!

A - pours with a very nice looking tan 2 finger head. black with an ever-so-slight ruby hue. Can't really see through it at all, but you can still see a slight reddish hue around the edges. I think the head is retracting much slower than other imperial stouts I have drank. it is leaving the smallest amount of lacing on the glass

S - yum! nice and chocolately. roasted malts for sure. has a sweet smell in the background that beckons you to sip. Hints of coffee all around

T - a surprise....the aftertaste is very reminiscent of the scent.vanilla and dark chocolate right at the front accomonied by a mild hot alcohol burn. Is that a piney aftertaste? Is this a stout with hops (almost) boldly coming out? I think so! Very interesting mix to have the sweetness of a stout accomponied by an alcohol burn AND a slight hop character. I think I like it. I'm going to buy another and see what happens when you give it some time to mellow out. I think the hops work well to keep it not too sweet

M A bit of a lighter feel than other stouts. Still nice and slick. Good amount of carbonation but I would like even less...think I will change my mind when it warms up a little more...kept it in the fridge 15-20 min too long, I think.

O Pipeworks makes some great beers. This is no exception! I look forward to trying more from this brewery. I like the character of hops here but I think it is almost too much (and I love my hops)...I think this will go from being a good-great beer to being an amazing beer after some aging

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 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 Vonerichs
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with shades of brown around the edges. Little head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of coffee, wet leaves, earthy hops, and wood stain.

Sting flavor of coffee with a heavy earthy hop bite. Dark berries then a finish that's musty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with adequate carbonation for the style.

Overall, a really good stout. The coffee version blows it away and I think it covers up the musty aftertaste in the regular version, but still good and I'll definitely buy again.

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 Jaycase
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 41

a: black. slight khaki colored head.

s: chocolate most prominent. some roasted malts.

t: Like drinking dry chocolate powder. The mention of powder is not meant to be complimentary. It's a bit off putting.

m: medium body, slightly oily. finishes slightly dry.

o: Disappointing. Imperial stout is a highly competitive style and this didn't fare well against the competition. Perhaps it was an off bottle. Big supporter of Pipeworks....absolutely love NvU. This one just didn't deliver.

Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black viscous pour into the glass, huge billowing head of dark tan foam. The head is slow to settle, leaving a ton of lace stickage in drippy sheet patterns. Second pour generates a more compact layer, but long lasting all the same.

Big blackened malt aromas, light essence of green hops, hints of coffee chocolate covered dried fruit sweetness.

Rich roasty black malt, light coffee and dry bitter chocolate and a light to moderate hop bitterness. Huge burly malt with an ample bit of resinous green hop flavor bleeding through adding some nice complexity. Creamy and viscous with a lower carb level that suits it well. Traces of coffee, chocolate, and more hop bitterness in the aftertaste. A great imperial stout that i'd seek out again and again. Pipeworks doin' thangs.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color, with a mocha colored near finger of head. Some lace. The aroma has a touch of alcohol, roast, slight anise, cocoa, light coffee beans, hint of vanilla. Slightly bitter piny hops on the taste, cocoa powder, coffee, roast vanilla bean
, anise and a root beer note. Full body, creamy, slick and coating.

Fine Imperial stout, flavorful and drinkable.

Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to blastbeats for this one!

Lively dark brown coffee body with a fizzing finger of khaki head... tons of wispy lacing, some legs.

Smells pretty tame... brown ale type mineral characteristics, milk chocolate, some dessert sugars, plenty of balance... not as sharp as you'd expect.

Bitter dark chocolate, coffee grounds, some thin vanilla notes, brown sugar, minty booze, dry finish.

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 rlee1390
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger tan head, clear when pouring

S-Good deal of roasted coffee and roasted malt, tad burnt, dark chocolate.

T-Nice balance of roasted malt, coffee with tad bit of burnt notes, slight chocolate as well. Semi sweet.

M-Medium to heavy in body and nicely carbonated.

O-Huge thanks for the extra. Glad I was able to try it. Will be stopping at Pipeworks next time I am in Chicago.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from chanokokoro (awesome extra!). Batch 41, bottled sometime in 2012. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with a half finger of mocha head. Head fades to a thin layer that sits on top and leaves ocassional small patches of lace.

Smells of roasted cocoa beans, licorice, cherries and burnt coffee. Very different and I like it.

Flavors hit with a big dose of roasted malts and huge bitter earthy hops up front- almost black ale territory but cranked up to 13! Bitter dark chocolate, licorice, burnt espresso, cherry skins, smokey tree bark, earth, a little caramel towards the end and a noticeable through line of alcohol bite. It's a great mix.

Creamy, medium heavy, thick feel with moderate carbonation. Long lasting, bitter roasty finish.

What an interesting stout. Very hoppy but with enough roasty, cocoa, coffee and dark fruit notes to keep it "stouty". If I ever see this available in my travels I plan to grab a couple to sit on because I think this would be a very different and still great imperial stout after a year or two.

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 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 AgentZero
3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found out today is National Stout Day. Had this in the fridge, popped it open.

A - Really nice looking beer. Black, opaque, with two fingers of tan head. Decent retention

S - Dark chocolate, bit of booze, touch of fusel alcohol, some bitter coffee. Nothing stands out here.

T - First thing I noticed was that this beer is exceptionally bitter. Hop bitterness, unsweetened cocoa, dry roast. Bitterness was a bit overwhelming at first, but flavor got sweeter as the beer warmed up. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Decent flavor profile, very full flavor as well.

M - Full bodied, lower carbonation. Pretty creamy.

O - Not a bad beer, very big. Slight touch of booze, may mellow a bit with age and get better. Fans of bitter stouts may appreciate this one a bit. Solid.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed a bomber at Binnys Orland last weekend... I now find myself in need of something to sip while reading A Memory of Light, and this guy fit the bill.

Batch 60. Served in founders snifter.

Very dark body. Deep tan head of roughly the thickness of an orange peel.
Wow is this thick. Oily and viscous. Big hoppy oily residue on the finish with a bit of a gritty feel on my teeth. This is thick like cough syrup.

Smells roasty-- dark bitter cocoa, heavily roasted malts, little sweetness, big bitterness.

Overall-- this isn't blowing me away. It is certainly improving as it warms up, but it isn't near the benchmark of the style. Not entirely unpleasant, but not exceptionally enjoyable either. I actually find the body to be too hefty... It is actually rather distracting.

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

22 oz bomber, batch number 60 with red wax, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with an inch of khaki head, recedes to a wispy layer, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Very fruity and sweet, lots of figs, dates, and a bit of anise, which is thankfully not too strong. Some roast and chocolate in the background along with a mild hint of booze.

T- Has a much more significant roast character than in the aroma, lots of charred grain, dark chocolate and fruit. The fruitiness is sweet with fig/date flavors, again the anise isn't that noticeable, which again is a good thing IMO. Has some lingering cocoa sweetness.

M- Full-bodied, has a smooth feel, a bit dry, some alcohol warmth on the end.

O- A very tasty beer, Pipeworks has been rocking the IPAs and pale ales so far, but this is my favorite stout that they've brewed to date, has a nice balance of char and fruity/chocolate sweetness, definitely pick up a bottle or two of this if you see it.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemless snifter.

Man, do I love the fact that Pipeworks now distributes out to the 'Burbs... This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dank earthy hops, dark chocolate, and light molasses. The taste brings in more of the same, with the earthy hops balancing surprisingly well against the roast and whatnot. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a nice mildly hoppy stout. 'Nuff said, if you ask me.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a waxed 22 oz. bottle labeled Batch #41 into a Pipeworks Brewing Company branded snifter

Pours an opaque black with a two finger fluffy beige head. Excellent retention and significant splotchy lacing present. The aroma of bakers chocolate, dark fruit, and booze on the nose. Opens with dark chocolate and hints of caramel and a bit of molasses, joined by black cherry and plum. Finishes with continued dark fruit, dark chocolate roasted malt, and pleasant alcohol warmth. Lighter side of full bodied, slick but creamy on the palate. A very impressive brew and a must buy for any stout lover in the Chicago area.

Photo of KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a very dark brown color coming out of the bottle over a pitch black color. Razor thin head with a light carbonation presence. A touch of lacing on the edge of the glass as I drank this brew.

Smell: Really had to dip to get much out of this. A sugary front makes me think of black licorice. Smokey malt with some very dark hops are present. Coffee and a touch of tobacco sit on the backend.

Taste: Very surprised here after the lack of aroma. Dark malt and hops hit right away. Sugary licorice comes toward the body and waves of rich hops continue to flow. Coffee, dark chocolate, exotic spices, leafy greens, and molasses linger around all night after taking a drink. Really delicious, so many layers of depth that make the taste of this brew outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Hits the palette hard but seems to lack some body that really makes a brew stick around. A flavor punch is what is left over a more traditional stout heaviness.

Overall: Another elite brew from Pipeworks. Tremendous depth and quality. Pipeworks continues to assert its case as one of the best breweries in Illinois.

Photo of vic21234
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottle lists it as Batch 44. This will be my first beer by Pipeworks.

A- Pours a dark black but with some reddish hue towards the bottom of the glass, unlike most imperial stouts. A half finger of a caramel colored head fades to a thin film along the top.

S- Real nice smelling stout. First thing that comes to the aroma is hops. Not kick-in-the-face DIPA type hop smell, but its definitely prevalent. The other dominating aroma to the beer is of a chocolate/ coffee maltiness. Some roasty malts are in there too before you get the sting in your nose from the alcohol. Overall quite a bit going on in the smell.

T- Taste continues on much like the smell. A hop bittering comes through before leading to the roasty malts. Chocolate and coffee are big on the back end of the taste. The alcohol burn/ warming feeling is there and becomes more prevalent as the beer warms toward room temperature.

M- Medium bodied, on the lighter side for an Imperial Stout. Very hoppy for the beer style. This one drinks nice and tastes better as it warms in my opinion. The alcohol is there and noticeable.

A good intro to Pipeworks Brewery for me, I really enjoyed this one. I have one more in the basement to sit for awhile. I'm very interested to see how the hops mellow with some age. Nice stuff.

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.

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 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.

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Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.