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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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289 Ratings
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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 76
Gots: 81 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

johunnic, Dec 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sliks96, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of shadytony
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

shadytony, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of KingCharles
4/5  rDev -1.5%

KingCharles, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of jacewg
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jacewg, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of bryang002
4/5  rDev -1.5%

bryang002, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%

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
Photo of SCZ
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SCZ, Dec 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

C2H5, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of sgoro
4/5  rDev -1.5%

sgoro, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of joedevivre
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

joedevivre, Nov 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

JALIEN, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Detlef90
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

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
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

slavall, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

mjohnson17, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TotallyHosed, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of vic21234
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

vic21234, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

mkennedy119, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

sbricker, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Jagen
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

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

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

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
Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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!

kawilliams81, Nov 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Picodegallo87, Nov 07, 2012
Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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