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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 90
Gots: 103 | FT: 14
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:
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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Ratings: 342 | Reviews: 49
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.