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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

301 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 301
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 83
Gots: 78 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

zach60614, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of sidetracked
3.5/5  rDev -14%

sidetracked, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
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.

MasterSki, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

jplopez21, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Davihaw
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Davihaw, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of NSK79
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

NSK79, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of yamar68
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.

yamar68, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Florida9
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.

Florida9, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Zaphog, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of jsulko
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.

jsulko, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Teleweizen2, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of johunnic
4/5  rDev -1.7%

johunnic, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of sliks96
4/5  rDev -1.7%

sliks96, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of shadytony
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

shadytony, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

KingCharles, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jacewg, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bryang002, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

kevanb, Dec 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

SCZ, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

C2H5, Dec 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

sgoro, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

joedevivre, Nov 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Detlef90
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!

Detlef90, Nov 25, 2012
Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.