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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

292 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 79
Gots: 82 | 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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

largadeer, Sep 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

slavall, Nov 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Captnlhook, Jun 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

djmichaelk, Jan 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

AleWatcher, Jan 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Davihaw, Dec 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -20%

jw1978, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Jaycase
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Jaycase, Nov 17, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

cpetrone84, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of MaximalC
3.49/5  rDev -14%
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.

MaximalC, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

warnerry, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

GRG1313, Jun 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mendvicdog, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

krl2112, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

AgentZero, Nov 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

IrishColonial, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Hoozierdaddy, May 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Lare453, Mar 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

sjrodriguez, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mocar, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

sidetracked, Jan 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jb3304, Jan 20, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Batch #41, served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a collar, wispy near-completely cap, and spotty lacing. Near-black body that only reveals a hint of brown when held to the light.

S - Lots of anise, a mixture of dark and red fruits, some roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate. There's something evocative of candi sugar, but I don't think that's an ingredient here. Some definite alcohol presence that suggest a beer closer to 12 or 13%.

T - The taste is quite similar, with roasted malts, anise, dark fruits, berries, and some charry notes in the finish. Again, it's got that European-esque mixture of fruitiness followed by char and burnt malts, and lacks the intense sweetness of the more popular American offerings. The comparison to Black Albert isn't that far off the mark, although this has more of a fruity English yeast character rather than a phenolic Belgian one.

M - Medium-full body, moderate and active carbonation, very dry texture on the palate before giving way to some lingering stickiness. Some definite alcohol warmth.

D - 22oz is a tough serving for this sort of beer; I'd gladly have a snifter, or if motivated drink a 33cl bottle (like Black Albert), but I found this a bit boozy and fatiguing due to the bitterness. Might mellow with time. Oddly enough, this drinks like a bigger version of Spiteful's G.F.Y Stout.

MasterSki, Jan 07, 2013
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Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.