Abduction Coffee Break - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
big thanks to mjohnson17 for hooking up the pipeworks love (and yeahnatenelson for the pipeworks glasses!!!)
a - poured a deep ominous black with a finger of creamy tan head that was gone relatively quick but left a thin skin of head and a foamy ring on the surface. lacing was spotty.
s - WOWSERS!!!! fresh creamy gourmet coffee. milk stouty. smells outrageous. good milk chocolate notes. smells like a little slice of heaven.
t - big milk chocolate notes with gourmet coffee and cream and then a slap of hops and a burst of alcoholic heat on the finish. some dark fruit soaked in booze. lots of roast on the finish.
m - fairly hot...some bitter coffee roastiness.
o - overall, the flavor doesn't match the magic in the nose, but the taste is nice. fairly big beer. this bomber might be a bit of a chore, but i'm up for the challenge.
01-12-2013 02:57:24 | More by cosmicevan
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4.21/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
03-18-2013 03:04:15 | More by tectactoe
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
01-31-2013 22:08:35 | More by Jagen
3.48/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
08-08-2013 22:28:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev -5.7%
(Served in a globe glass)
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.
06-04-2013 10:51:40 | More by rhoadsrage
Abduction Coffee Break from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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