Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 799
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 217
Gots: 155 | FT: 19
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerMeFitz on 01-02-2013

Think yourself entitled to some brief respite human? Think again! Our coffee version of Abduction Imperial Stout, uses local craft roast coffee from our friends at lpsento and whole vanilla beans, to take your away once more. Which, depending on your penchant for a probing may be just what you need. Beware the skies for this robust, richly flavored Latte Imperial Stout may. just. scoop. you. up...
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Photo of mynie
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I didn’t very high hopes for Coffee Abduction, so I figured I’d just go ahead and crack it open. That was dumb of me. This is capital-A Amazing.

Tastes eerily simliar to the first few vintages of Darkness: definite coffee nodes, overall pretty vinous,but mostly you’re just floored by the audacity of the dry and aggressive American hop profile.
I drank this right after a Speedway–there was still some Speedway in my ladyfriend’s cup–and it was intense enough that I absolutely could not taste the Speedway after just a sip of this. Yet it never gets cloying or stupidly intense. It’s just a rough, hoppy imperial stout with some slight coffee nodes. Excellently done.

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Photo of Ryanster8
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice and dry finish. Coffee, vanilla and subtle berry scent in the nose. Heavy coffee and roasted qualities in the taste with nice layering of vanilla. Very well balanced and almost no booze in the taste for being 10.5%.

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Photo of wpqx
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Real coffee flavor without an overpowering alcohol taste. Smooth body with a very pleasant aroma. This single-handedly changed my opinion of Pipeworks Brewing. I had it in a bottle poured into a tulip. Jet black color, very smooth finish, and distinct coffee flavor. This is truth in advertising and a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Jet black body with minimally visible carbonation. The lack of a head is my only gripe with this brew. I poured pretty vigorously and still barely anything.

N - Magnificent. Vanilla, Chocolate, Roasted Coffee.

M - Light, but with creamy deliciousness.

T - Up front you have sweet roasty coffee followed by vanilla and cocoa hints with a smoother than smooth finish.

O - The best stout I have had to date. Took Stones IRS's place. Again I wish the appearance was a little more pleasing but hey with the nose and taste being so outstanding I can deal with it.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 165

Pours molasses in consistency with a pitch black color and a half finger fine frothy tan head.

Nose has a nice creamy roasted malt character with big fresh brewed coffee aromas, mild vanilla and a hint of dark fruit. Alcohol is hidden well but detectable.

Taste is unbeleivable. follows the nose, with a creamy roasted malt and smooth coffee. A great vanilla sweetness overlays the whole beer but is balanced perfectly with a faint tart dark fruit note.

Mouthfeel is great for an imperial stout, thick as molasses feel with a nice mild tartness to balance it out.

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Photo of Karl_M
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of TriageStat
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass. Batch 66.

A: Poured a deep dark chocolate color, almost black. Had a two inch mocha colored, creamy head with lacing that began as soon as you started drinking.

S: Roasted coffee, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Same as the smell. Overwhelming coffee flavor, with chocolate and vanilla that lingers.

M: Smooth and creamy, almost like velvet. Minimal amount of carbonation.

O: A delicious beer, will definitely seek it out again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown that becomes opaque. Little to no head

S - Good amount of coffee on the nose, but smells deeply of dark fruits and raisins. A tinge of licorice. FInishes with sweet mocha.

T - Wow. Incredibly full taste. Full mouth of coffee. Sweet fruits keep it from being overpoweringly bitter. Incredibly complex taste. Wow. Delicious.

M - Very robust, well carbonated.

Overall - I wasn't blown away by the look or smell, but the taste...phenomenal. A truly great beer here.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown color but appeared pitch black in glass. Thin head which dissipated quickly to a slight ring on outside edge. A thick creamy lacing crept down the glass as I enjoyed this brew.

Smell: Smells like a light roasted cup of coffee. Probably due to the role of the vanilla evening out the heavier coffee accents. Some dark chocolate aroma hidden in the balanced coffee/vanilla body. You can almost feel the hops but seem to get lost in the other aspects here.

Taste: Yeah baby! The front is a smooth coffee presence which then combines with the vanilla beans and this beer takes off and takes this beer to another level. The lighter coffee accents come back toward the end of the beer as the vanilla backs off. A pleasant hop dryness settles in toward the end of this brew. The chocolate presences lean toward a milk chocolate taste over the darkness that was found in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied lacing covers the palette. Not overly heavy but still makes the touch feel a bit heavy. The flavors linger but none outshine the other, creating a very balanced mouthfeel.

Overall: Pipeworks has continually impressed me. This was my favorite of what I've had so far. There is no doubt there is a ton of coffee and vanilla in this beer but at the same time does not have a gimmicky feel to it. I could drink this beer a lot, and I just might.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at cellar temperature.

A) Coffee black with a nice tan head. The head had better retention than I anticipated, as this slowly settled to a collar. This has some feet.

S) Fresh ground coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, and a splash of milk. Very nice aroma...

T) Follows the nose... This beer has a pleasant sweetness, but the fresh coffee and perhaps a little hops give it enough balance for my tastes. The drinkability is off the charts. The 10.5% ABV is ridiculously well hidden.

M) A soft supple full bodied brew with lighter carbonation. This is so smooth. You combine the smoothness with the hidden alcohol, and this goes down with dangerous ease. Nice aftertaste too.

O) Quite frankly.... I need more Pipeworks beer in my life. Enjoyed this start to finish.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.43/5  rDev +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!

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Photo of emyers
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #66. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Black with a very thin beige head dissipating almost immediately into a thin lacing.

Smell: Freshly brewed coffee. Vanilla makes a strong appearance. More coffee. A bit of caramel, cocoa, and a very slight touch of citrus hops. And more coffee. This is really all about the coffee, and it's damn good.

Taste: Wow. Intense, rich coffee flavor up front. One of the best pure coffee flavors I've ever experienced in a beer. Definitely vanilla in there along with caramel and some cocoa. Again, this is all about the coffee. And it's flat out incredible.

Mouthfeel: Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation. My only complaint with this beer is the carbonation level - I feel a lower carbonation level could be magical, but it's a minor complaint.

Overall: Phenomenal. Flat out phenomenal. If you're looking for a coffee stout that will punch you in the mouth with coffee, look no further.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into founders snifter.

Very weak head... Perhaps 1/4 finger managed to bubble up before disposing into a collar with a slight oil slick film in the middle. Very dark body, looks much less viscous than the regular Abduction-- which is certainly a good thing.

Lots of bitter cocoa, some sweet malt, big roasty notes, and coffee. The beer is MUCH better than the regular version. The body has thinned out from the non-coffee version, and the coffee adds a great element to the flavor profile.

This is quite well done. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 72 with green wax, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, some spotty lacing.

S- Very fresh, pungent coffee bean aroma, dark chocolate, roasted malt and mild fruit are also present, but the coffee definitely dominates the aroma.

T- Starts out with huge bittersweet coffee flavor, very fresh and earthy coffee bean flavors. There's also a nice amount of dark chocolate and vanilla, some hints of fruit and some roasted grain. The coffee flavor on this is really, really awesome.

M- Medium-full body, smooth, creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

O- Awesome stuff, this is seriously one of the best coffee stouts around, easily up there with Peche Mortel / Beer Geek, the coffee flavors are huge and vibrant and work well with Abduction, another great beer from Pipeworks.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 66

A - Near black with a thin mocha head and stringy, wispy lacing everywhere.

S - Big coffee, milk sugar and vanilla aroma. Roasted malt & milk chocolate. Very appealing.

T - Strong coffee and vanilla. Bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts with maybe a touch of char and creme brulee. The vanilla makes it seem fairly sweet but the roast and bitter chocolate balance it somewhat.

M - Thick and fully bodied with lower carbonation. Creamy.

D - Very tasty. A great dessert beer. Nice combo of coffee and vanilla.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours near black with half a finger of light chocolate head, medium outer ring with minimal lacing. Retention is a bit weak.

S - lots of roasty coffee, tons of sweet chocolate, licorice, lots of great coffee aromas. Almost a bit of boozyness

T - Exactly as it smells, sans the booze

M - smooth thick with minimal carb

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Photo of sleuthdog
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #74 poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Black with no light penetration. Head maybe 1/4 finger size and beige-light brown. Surface appears as though like an oil slick.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee with a hint of vanilla. Bitter chocolate, caramel, but the coffee is where its at as it dominate the smell in a great way.

Taste: One of the best up front clean tasting coffee stouts I have ever had. Again this one is all about the coffee. Very rich almost gourmet tasting coffee with vanilla, cocoa, some caramel sweetness. Vanilla is present as a great compliment to the coffee. This is one rich tasting imperial coffee stout.

Mouthfeel: More so on the heavy side with some mild carbonation. A slick, oily beer that coats the entire mouth with coffee goodness. I actually think a bit more carbonation would be nice but just a touch and this is actually picking it apart.

Overall: If you do not enjoy coffee do not, I repeat do not try this beer. It does not disappoint as a coffee forward stout. Outstanding clean, fresh tasting coffee in this one. Really well done Pipeworks! You guys have done it again!

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Photo of Jagen
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. More than held it's own for flavor against big Coffee Stouts including some well known BACSs in a blind side by side. The base stout, the coffee used and the vanilla were absolutely top notch. Remarkably better than most coffee stouts.
Seek this one out.

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Photo of emerge077
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Batch 112
8oz Tired Hands fluted glass (consumed with friends at brewpub in Ardmore, PA)

A: Dark black. Creamy light tan head. Some alcohol feet. Not a lot of lacing. Good carb.

S: Definitely getting that coffee. More coffee grounds. Some soft vanilla. Really subdued. Chocolate, like bakers dark chocolate.

T: Sharp coffee up front. Vanilla sweetness for sure. Sweet roasted malts. Long finish.

M: Full bodied. Creamy.

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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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