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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 272
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 78 | FT: 8
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Treebs on 10-18-2012)
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Reviews by MaximalC:
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3.49/5  rDev -14%

*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.

01-12-2014 02:05:27 | More by MaximalC
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-11-2013 18:29:50 | More by danthehopslamman
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-14-2013 02:16:02 | More by warnerry
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Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-10-2013 08:45:23 | More by jaminjohnson
Photo of Jagen


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

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

11-09-2012 04:12:05 | More by Jagen
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-04-2013 17:38:53 | More by deuce9259
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

(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.

04-24-2013 14:49:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-01-2012 01:08:12 | More by brooklynbrews
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

12-07-2012 22:06:03 | More by shadytony
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-05-2014 19:51:49 | More by acurtis
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-21-2013 22:13:39 | More by woodchip
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-24-2012 00:44:21 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.74/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

08-27-2013 01:27:37 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of Vonerichs


3.96/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

03-28-2013 00:36:18 | More by Vonerichs
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-22-2014 04:38:38 | More by bbsaur
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-17-2014 04:01:51 | More by JamLand
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-27-2014 06:34:00 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-15-2014 01:33:56 | More by bmurray10
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

08-21-2013 15:19:59 | More by Okisailor
Photo of Jaycase


3.3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

11-17-2012 03:48:33 | More by Jaycase
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

11-28-2012 03:50:04 | More by joedevivre
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

03-16-2014 16:34:02 | More by sahd-1
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-20-2013 01:15:51 | More by awdturboiv
Photo of emerge077


4.1/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-31-2012 01:46:14 | More by emerge077
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

02-13-2014 12:26:34 | More by blue-dream
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Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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