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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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226 Ratings
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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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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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jsulko

Illinois

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

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a very dark black with a slightly brown off white head

Smell is sweet roasted malts with a hint of a chocolate note.

Taste is slightly sweet with some of the slightly bitter chocolate on the finish.

A more than solid stout from a local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:31:06 | More by jsulko
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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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Detlef90

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:16:28 | More by Detlef90
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Jaycase

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 03:48:33 | More by Jaycase
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vic21234

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 01:55:13 | More by vic21234
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Jagen

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 04:12:05 | More by Jagen
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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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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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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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AJacob81

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:12:55 | More by AJacob81
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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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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 04:18:25 | More by chanokokoro
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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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