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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

226 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%


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:
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(Beer added by: Treebs on 10-18-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:21:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:44:51 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 06:45:57 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:46:14 | More by emerge077
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 14:49:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:44:55 | More by wordemupg
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:27:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 03:50:43 | More by AgentZero
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:29:59 | More by cpetrone84
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:14:31 | More by homebrew311
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:45:22 | More by Chaney
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Florida9

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 03:58:27 | More by Florida9
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.06/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:32:27 | More by EgadBananas
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 13:25:25 | More by inlimbo77
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 23:41:36 | More by rlee1390
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:57:21 | More by AleWatcher
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Treebs

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:03:42 | More by Treebs
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:36:18 | More by Vonerichs
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with red wax, into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Leaches nice trails of lacing criss crossing the glass.

S- dark chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and pine.

T- semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruits, bitter coffee and big pine bitterness at the finish.

m- Medium body and carbonation. Nice smooth, semi-dry feel.

O- nice hoppy imperial stout. Has all the elements of a good RIS along with a nice bitter pine punch!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 02:50:21 | More by kawilliams81
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:00:06 | More by barnzy78
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:02:26 | More by Axnjxn
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 08:35:06 | More by WillCarrera
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yamar68

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:28:59 | More by yamar68
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 04:21:02 | More by ThickNStout
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kevanb

Illinois

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

22oz bottle poured into a Lost Abbey Teku glass. Batch 44.

The beer pours an intensely deep black color, hues of brown at the rim of the glass where the light hits. This beer has a massive tan colored head, very tightly packed bubbles that lasts for a good few minutes before turning into a thin layer atop the beer that never goes away and is easily resummoned with a quick flick of the glass. Spotted lacing sticks to the glass during the session. The aroma is of nice dark barley, mild chocolate and light roasted coffee and a touch of alcohol. The flavors are just as the nose lead on, lots of dark barley, light smooth and sweet chocolate, a touch of coffee and a touch of something I can't quite put my finger on, but it gives a touch of tang and a touch of spice, perhaps the hops are showing their colors here, very bizarre but really enjoyable. The body is perfect, really big and rich, just enough carbonation to prop up the flavors, super smooth finish that coats the mouth really well.

Verdict: Very pleasant imperial stout from Pipeworks, nothing too special or provocative, but just a really well made beer that satisfies on all levels.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:38:41 | More by kevanb
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Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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