Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 364
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 2.76%
Wants: 92
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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Photo of koutkid41
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of vic21234
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of Detlef90
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good beer. One of the better stouts I've had from the Chicago area. A perfect example of the black IPA/ American stout style. If you like a strong hop presence in your stout than this beer will make you happy.

Drink it up and support your local Chicago brewery! (277 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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 (206 characters)

Photo of AJacob81
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red-waxed bomber, Batch 41, served in a stemless red wine glass.

A - Pitch black, impenetrable, crowned w a finger of sand-colored foam. Decent legs with spotty lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, figs, and espresso and a hint of earthy, grassy hops. As w other Pipeworks offerings, the nose hits all the right notes, but isn't as strong overall as i feel is possible.

T - Opens up identical to the nose, but as the drink continues, the flavor profile becomes more complex, w dried berries and cherries emerging, along w more bittersweet cocoa, blackstrap molasses, and just enough citrus and piney hops to provide a bit of needed balance. Everything is held in balance as the brew warms, and the finish is long, roasty, and a bit sweet without being cloying.

M - Thick, oily, and sticky. Everything i look for in the style, in other words.

I really hope to get my hands on another bottle or two for cellaring purposes. I can only imagine this improving w time, and it's already a monster. Don't sleep on this one if you're in the Chi. (1,032 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (826 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (796 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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 (529 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Fully opaque black. Forms a creamy swirly bi-colored light tan/mocha colored head. I've never seen a beer do that before. Pretty cool. Eventually reduces down to a thin surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. Very light lacing.

S: Hoppy, malty, and alcoholic. Heavily roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Then the hops: mostly citrus. Grapefruit. Maybe a touch of pine. A bit of alcohol in the mix.

T: Similar to the aroma, but the malts dominate. Heavily roasted malts and chocolate are the main players. Then cocoa, molasses, grapefruit, and some light pine resin. Finish is dry and chalky.

M: Heavy bodied. Viscous, but not syrupy. Moderate bitterness. Lower carbonation. Dry. Chalky on the finish.

O: Well, I'll admit, I am a fan of the hoppy stout and this one doesn't disappoint in that regards. Dark, chewy, and packing both malts and hops, this is a fine beer to sip on a cold Xmas Eve. (922 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours opaque black with a tall, creamy, tan colored head that holds excellent retention and leaves some lace at the top of the glass on its way down. Aromas are sweet stout-like with cream, chocolate, slight roastiness, very sweet though. Tastes are sweeeet! Milk chocolate, rich, decandent, dark fruits, slight smokiness, some roast; really nice chocolatey flavors. Full bodied and very smooth, creamy, ample carbonation; alcohol is warming. Overall, very solid American Imperial Stout but the sweetness gets to be rather cloying at times. (574 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. waxed bomber served in a Deschutes snifter. Batch #41

A: Pours an opaque black color with a two finger tan head forming on the pour. It has great retention throughout the whole glass. It recedes very slowly down to heft cap that leaves sticky and soapy lace down the glass.

S: Dark chocolate, some sweet booze and fruity yeast with a nice roasted malt presence as well. Another layer of coffee bean is present giving it another layer of flavor.

T: Sweet boozy notes with a touch of fruity yeast and some milk chocolate. Great roasted coffee bean with a light toffee malt presence.

M: Medium + bodied with a slick and oily mouthfeel. Medium to low carb really gives it that nice stout feel with a touch of dryness on the finish.

O: The booze sweet in nature with some slightly fruity yeast, but there is enough complimentary roasted flavors along with an unsweetened chocolate to balance it out. I'd love to see this with a year or two on it and I'm glad I've got some for the cellar. (995 characters)

Photo of Getalegup
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

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! (204 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%

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. (528 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (624 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (1,290 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with loose brown head. The head fizzles out quickly. The beer is opaque and looks to be viscous. The nose is intensely roasty with heavy chocolate, char, coffee, and an assertive green hop profile to follow. The taste is incredibly roasty up front with chocolate and more chocolate. This is countered nicely by an earthy hop profile that takes this imperial stout into a decidedly "hoppy stout" realm. The mouthfeel is big and heavy with mellow carbonation. I am impressed with Pipework's execution of both this and the coffee break variant. Both are worthy big time stouts. (594 characters)

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