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Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 207
Gots: 141 | FT: 19
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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: BeerMeFitz on 01-02-2013

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%

Out of a bottle into my tulip. Picked up in trade from Kevinpitts (Thanks Kevin!)

A – Deep and dark brown on the pour with a finger of milk chocolate lacing that settles down nicely.
S – Roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and cream. Nice.
T – Just a nice roasted malt character out of the gate. Follows up with flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, cream and molasses. Touch of trace bitterness that mixes with a cream like sweetness that balance each other nicely. Breathy alcohol at the end.
M – Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Leaves a nice click creamy taste on the palate.
O – So this beer is all in my wheelhouse so I may be bias. I love beer and coffee and this mixes it very well. Nice strong coffee flavor that doesn’t overpower the beer. Even the person who doesn’t dig coffee will find something to like here. Just a fine brew all around. Pick this up if you can. You will not be sorry.

Photo of tectactoe
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mateuszkxxpl for this one - I've had a few things by Pipeworks and I've really enjoyed all of them. Pours a deep black color with a halfway beige colored head that appears pretty creamy and starts leaving lacing right as it starts receding.

From the first whiff, I'm reminded of a deep, French roast coffee, very light on the cream and sugar. We're talking coffee beans that have been double or triple roasted; so deep, rich, dark, and bitter. The malts in the background are present and roasted as well, although they bring a very small bit of sweetness to the table, too. The sweetness gets eaten up pretty well by the burnt-ass coffee, but it does what it can to provide a counter-point. I'm a big fan of coffee-forward stouts, and even more so, ones that ride on the bitter and heavily roasted side, so I'm digging the nose on this one.

I take my first sip and even more than the flavor, the mouth feel on this one really catches my attention. Super creamy, silky, chewy, velvety... Wow. Very impressive, welcoming, and inviting to the coffee explosion that lies ahead. Heavy coffee flavor right away - shocking, right?! Big, bad-ass roasted coffee beans, borderline espresso-like with a surprisingly balanced mix of "bitter-roast" and "creamy-sweet". I say surprising because the aroma led me to be believe it would be leaning far towards the bitter side, but the influx of sweetness from the malt cuts through nicely and gives incredible balance. But.... in the end, the dry and bitter roast wins out and lasts longer.

Though this is entirely coffee-heavy, that's not to say there aren't other flavors bumbling about. A mild booziness comes to life, especially upon warming of the beer - somewhat expected at 10.5% ABV. A light licorice and very dark plum sweetness squirts in occasionally, alongside a dark-cocoa flavor profile that also seems to flash in and out sporadically. This beer actually gets a little bit sweeter as it warms up but still retains that nice dry and roasty flavor compound. Though the flavors are definitely intense, they work together pretty harmoniously to provide an easy going and manageable drinking experience.

I'm a big fan of coffee stouts, and this one definitely did not let me down. Good roast, good sweetness, great balance, and just all around tasty. If I could get this all the time, I probably would.

Photo of Jagen
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black, as expected. the tiniest of white-brown head forming a very thing film on top. light lacing on the side. looks like a standard pretty stout. very opaque.

S - very nice, sweet chocolatey roast. cocoa...almost a slight dark fruit aroma.

T - very similar to smell. vanilla at the front with coffee overpowering at the end. this is really delicious. very complex, hard to describe. taste is a better version of the smell + more.

M - thick and viscous. coating. creamy.

O - very awesome, going to go back to the store and hope there is more.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color, not quite black, just as much in common with an imperial brown or porter as an imperial stout.

Aroma was lacking in the coffee department. It was there, but it was kind of an old coffee left in the pot for half a day kind of coffee, and it wasn't anything special.

Taste, was nicer than the aroma, minimal chocolate, the coffee was completely non descript. It did hide the alcohol well and had no off flavors. There was some vanilla to it as well. The coffee just was average at best. The malt bill seems more akin to a brown ale as well, just in a much larger proportion. The chocolate is of a lighter, milk chocolate variety. It can be enjoyable and chewy in the mouthfeel, that is until you think about the price for it, and that it is supposed to be an upper echelon coffee stout. Its a good, not great beer.

Expensive and overpriced for what you get.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
Batch 112
A- This beer pours an inky black body with a thick cocoa tan head that last a god bit with a top layer of thick bubbles.

S- The aroma of cold espresso ground has a slight capsicum note with some earthy dark roasted malt notes to follow.

T- The rich espresso has a slight spicy capsicum note to it with a black roasted malt flavor to follow. There is some chocolate nougat flavors that start to come through then a dry finish with some fruity ester hints leading to a mellow inky black malt flavor that lingers a bit.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a soft alcohol bite in the finish.

O- The coffee flavor does a very nice job of enhancing the stout. Very drinkable with a nice alcohol note complementing the dark black malt.

Photo of timc100
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch 113

A: Very dark brown with a minimal foamy beige head

S: Not too aromatic. Fresh medium roast coffee, subtle vanilla, and bitter dark chocolate. A little bit of heat

T: Tastes like chocolate cake donut with chocolate drizzle frosting dipped into a fresh, rich cup of coffee. Incredibly smooth - great balance between sweetness and bitterness. The vanilla is there and enhances the chocolate, adds a rounding out sweetness.

P: Incredibly smooth - drinks wonderfully. Medium to full in body, soft carbonation. Lingers a long while

O: A fantastic coffee stout - great breakfast stout

Photo of joeseppy
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a big brandy snifter. Mocha head which recedes and holds neatly onto the edge. Batch 66

Huge whafts of cocoa nib, black coffee, pine needles, raw vanilla and toffee.

Big series beer with bold flavours that hide any alcohol. Sweet black coffee, chocolate, blackstrap, pine resin, and grapefruit in the back.

The body is a tad thin but yet creamy and sticky sweet. An aggressive brew with coffee lasting in my nose well after. The flavours intensify as it comes up in temp.. This is a great sipper that packs a pleasant punch. I'm glad I scored 2btls while I could. Great job by Pipeworks!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black without looking as viscous as the regular. Decent khaki head.

Smell - Nice coffee aroma. Chocolate malt. Sweet caramel.

Taste - The coffee flavor is quite good. Gets brighter and fruitier throughout. Chocolate malt. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, medium carbonation. Kinda heavy, but the coffee seems to cut it.

Overall - Nice coffee, really improves the base.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a reddish hue to the edges. There's a 1/4 inch of tan head.

The nose is robust coffee and it dominates. It has a great fresh ground smell to it. Light notes of sweet vanilla pop through.

The taste is, well, coffee. There's a pinch of cocoa and a touch of earth hop bite. It finishes with a stale coffee ground and vanilla aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is spot on.

I've had this a few times now and the first time I remember a pretty one dimensional coffee stout, but the latter two have had much more play with the vanilla. Either way, If you like coffee stouts this is one of the more coffee forward ones I've had.

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours heavy and thick with not much head to speak of, but a thin golden brown.

Smells like a coffee house, some roasted malt, earthy, and sweet.

Tastes like a dark chocolate infused dark roast coffee blend, very sweet, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, definitely a dessert brew.

Overall, I'd be happy to pick this up again! Would love to try this on draft once they open their taproom here in Chicago.

Photo of brock125
3.54/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 248 250 252

A-dark appearance with very little carbonation.

S-the coffee is strong along with the chocolate. only a tiny bit of vanilla was present.

T-the coffee stands out. it's sweeter than i expected compared to other coffee stouts. the chocolate is the other dominating flavor.

M-not too thick, not too thin. it was hotter than expected. i liked the minimal carbonation.

O-this beer was somewhat of a disappointment. i expected a great beer based on the past reviews but it was just another coffee stout to me. this was the second Pipeworks beer i've tried (the other being Imperial End of Days) and this is the second disappointment. this beer is decent but didn't live up to the hype. i'm not sure if i'd purchase it again.

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This presented a glowing black appearance with a good stiff thick head that laced in a sheet.

The nose is a strong coffee and roast with a little chocolate but the coffee is pleasurable and simple.

The flavor is spicy with near raw habenero chilies. The coffee flavor then comes through with a dry smoky roast, chocolate malt and a peppy spiciness.

The feel is dry but velvety, smooth and easy.

This was a bit surprising as there was no mention of chilies, and I got huge spiciness, and a mention of vanilla, and I got none. None the less I loved it.

Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #66

Dark brownish black into a tulip glass, nice reverse cascade effect as the head settles. Soft halo of lacing and spotty bits that cling to the sides of the glass.

Coffee aroma is dominant, though mellow. Mild roasted beans and dark toast.

Creamy and smooth feel with well-intertwined rich flavors of silky chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Light coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Sticky on the lips, though the coffee overrides the minimal chocolate/vanilla sweetness. Overall very nicely put together, it's pretty seamless and a tasty beer.

Photo of Rutager
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coffee and vanilla bean stout? Yes please! Big thanks to Liamt07. Batch 169 is the best I can make out the handwritten #.

Appearance. Pours quite black and a bit viscous but not that deep oily black you sometimes see with this type of beer. It's topped with a half finger of orangy-khaki head that fades to a ring fairly quickly.

Smell. Slightly astringent dark roasted coffee with a small shot of rum and hints of vanilla. Smells appealing but not knocking it out of the park.

Taste. Sweetened coffee, light burnt sugar and molasses. Slight bitterness in the end from the dark roasted coffee and some lingering vanilla notes (though I wouldn't have guessed it as an ingredient). Alcohol pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Full body, creamy low carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. A good coffee stout I'd happily drink again. Would make a fantastic breakfast beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this bottle. Batch #74.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of light to medium brown head.

S - Bitter dark roasted coffee, sweet vanilla and a touch of roast. A slight piney hop profile int he background.

T - Espresso up front giving way to a piney a slight citric hop bitterness. Some roast and a light vanilla presence that adds a layer of complexity without dominating as vanilla often does.

M - Full body. Some sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation. A great mouth feel.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a nice medium mocha colored head. Lace was pretty and had really great retention. Aroma was all up In your face with coffee. Roasted malts, cocoa, slight vanilla too. No surprises in the taste: coffee bomb. Nice fresh roasted coffee at that, plenty of chocolate too. Creamy mouthfeel, full body, nice and rich and substantial on the palate. The regular had a touch of booze to it, but this didn't have any signs of alcohol, masked very well by the hearty flavors and aromas. Drinkability is high.

Can't argue with this one. Further prof coffee makes anything better.

Photo of jegross2
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois.
Score: 94

January 2013 vintage bottle served in a Half Acre snifter and enjoyed on 01/04/12.

Appearance: Ink black in color. Pours a minimal layer of tan head that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Above average lacing, excellent retention. 4/5

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, bakers chocolate, roasted malt and a little bit of brown sugar and plum. 4.5/5

Taste: Strong coffee flavor throughout, bakers chocolate backbone. Good amount of roastiness on the palate. Heavy "coffee flavor" finish. Bittersweet overall, with a nice balance. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Dry on the palate. 4/5

Overall: A great example of a beer that makes up for it's lack of complexity with smooth, robust and appealing flavor.

Recommendation: Fans of coffee and stouts (e.g., Peche Mortel) should seek this one out immediately, before it flies off the shelves.

Pairings: Vanilla almond biscotti.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost completely black with a small thin looking beige head receding to a wisp after a few minutes. Little lacing.

A moderate amount of coffee on the nose. I get a lot of milk chocolate as well as some stone fruits and licorice as well.

Similar flavors although I wish the coffee were a tad bit stronger. Leans toward the sweet side of the palate despite the presence of coffee. Dark fruits are a little too heavy for my taste in stouts. Also some anise and a bit of smokiness are evident in the background.

A little bit thin bodied although not horrible. Lowish appropriate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden very well. Would not have guessed the ABV from the taste.

Not too bad, but at the same time doesn't really wow me in any regard. Better than I remember the base being, but still wish there were a bit more roastiness and coffee to balance out some of the sweet fruity flavors. It's close to being something good so I'm curious to re-visit this with a future batch.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. (1 pint 6 fl oz) bottle, batch #113, bottled sometime in 2012. I have only tried two beers from Pipeworks so far, and this is my first bottle that I bought for myself. Expectations are fairly high, I've been looking forward to drinking this beer for a while now.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours an opaque oily black, with a small tan coffee colored fuzz. Hint of cola caramel brown near the top.

S - Bitter, dark roasted coffee bean goodness. A simple nose, but to the point.

T - Wow, mind-blowing authentic brewed coffee goodness paired with the natural creamy vanilla bean. Smooth, creamy vanilla coffee. No alcohol presence, considering this beers intense 10.50% abv. Light hop presence is buried and subdued, but it is in there.

M - Feel is smooth and milky, yet finishes with a strong bitter coffee bean finish. Very appealing.

Overall, highly palatable and drinkable, even with this beer's intense 10.50% abv. Well-balanced, and well-rounded. A beer I want to session. This is one of the tastiest imperial coffee stouts that I've ever tried, one I hope I can try again and again and again. Here's to hoping that they brew this beauty again.

Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction ---4.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass but clear brown around the edges when pouring and not much carbonation or head.

S-Lots of coffee, good deal of vanilla roasted malt and some chocolate.

T-After letting it warm a little bit it is wonderful. Lots of coffee and vanilla wonderfully mixed. Some chocolate and roasted malt round it out.

M-Heavier but not much carbonation. Really the lack of carbonation is the only knock on it.

O-A really good beer. The coffee and vanilla go together greatly.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waxed 22oz bottle from Beer Temple (Chicago, IL). 9.99. Batch 112; no bottling date but I bought this back in April. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours near black with a finger and a half tan head that forms a thin halo around the glass and laces fairly well.

Aromas of sweet creamed coffee, vanilla and chocolate malts. Simple and nice.

Taste follows the nose well. Creamed coffee, milk chocolate malted milk balls, vanilla, caramel, faint burnt sugar, a little molasses and a dollop of booze. Delicious interplay between the roasty coffee and sweet vanilla.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter coffee and mild vanilla aftertaste.

Far from the most complex stout I've had but really tasty. I may not go hunting for it but I'd probably buy another bottle if I came upon it.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a light tan head. Fine bubbled head sticks around a fair amount and leaves just a bit of lace.

Nose is mocha coffee with a few pirouette rolled wafers in it. Pretty good smelling brew.

Wow, taste is really nice, great coffee flavors without being overly bitter. Sweet chocolate helps that and provides some nice complexity. Hops are there a bit and dry things out on the back end. Overall a very nice coffee beer.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown leaning toward black. Slight tawny hues. Thick, creamy, smooth, cafe head. Decent retention with a nice lacing.

S - Good amount of coffee, more of a cold brewed medium roast. Roasted and earthy aroma. Touches of sweetness but it pales to the roasted aroma. Slight herbal/pine hop aroma.

T - Not nearly as much coffee as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, there is coffee flavor but it lacks that big, bold dark roast or the coffee bean aroma. Get some of the typical stout flavors of roastedness and earthiness. A hint of anise or dark fruit but not much. A bit more creamy/vanilla sweetness than the nose on the back of the tongue. A touch of herbal/pine on the finish.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation though it feels a bit on the thin side (that might just be because most other coffee beers I've had are either big, thick barrel-aged ones or have oat).

D - Easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and no flavor is too dominant or off-putting. That said, I'm not exactly amped to get another sip.

Notes: Batch 248, 250, 252, reviewed from notes on 11/21. Good, albeit slightly disappointing beer. Not as strong on either coffee or vanilla as I had hoped. The flavors are there, and balanced but it seemed like just a slight addition to a regular stout. I guess this should be expected since it is not a barrel aged beer, nor is it a big oatmeal stout like many coffee beers. I enjoyed it, but for the price I probably won't get another.

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Been holding onto this for a while, its stout day, figured why not. thanks to iadler!

vintage 2013, figured to drink it before the coffee and vanilla dissapear, great choice. holy crap, is this beer delcious, everything comes together just right, coffee and vanilla fully present. Reminds me of founders breakfast stout buy im digging this more. vanilla teqlly brings it home. pipeworks is killing it, check this one out, even with a year on it!

Photo of Karl_M
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Toasty. Long chocolate finish.

Deep cherry nose and big vanilla on the palate- not that sweetened vanilla but the vanilla extract flavor.

Very warming at 10+%

Take your time with this and have a friend to enjoy it with.

Perfect for Chicago Spring 2014.

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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.