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Abduction Coffee Break - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 7.75%

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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:
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...

(Beer added by: BeerMeFitz on 01-02-2013)
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Photo of wpqx


4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 08:32:30 | More by wpqx
Photo of Fcolle2


4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:47:18 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of Karl_M


4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:06:24 | More by Karl_M
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4.6/5  rDev +8%
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 Abduction Coffee Break ---4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 23:08:29 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 03:31:47 | More by emyers
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Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 14:47:18 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 16:10:25 | More by TriageStat
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 01:26:40 | More by BeerBuckeye
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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 07:26:47 | More by KFBR392
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4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber that I scooped up today
Nice dark color with almost no head. Smells like fresh roasted coffee beans. Nice mouth feel. Taste is just like the nose...Roasted coffee and its a bit sweet at the end with a hint of vanilla. Nice work PIPEWORKS keep cranking out the goodness. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:00:12 | More by BeerMeFitz
Photo of AleWatcher


4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:51:27 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of WillCarrera


4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 05:46:35 | More by WillCarrera
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:57:59 | More by MacQ32
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:09:36 | More by joeseppy
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4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 22:55:30 | More by brewcrew76
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 00:36:02 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of Jagen


4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 22:08:35 | More by Jagen
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4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:58:29 | More by emerge077
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 15:55:35 | More by inlimbo77
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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.20.13
Batch 72

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one inch dark tan head with good retention.

S - Strong coffee, hard to pick up anything else since the coffee is so strong.

T - Strong coffee, silky milk chocolate, roasted-burnt malt.

D - Good carbonation with a heavier body and super smooth.

O - Lots of coffee and really smooth. Silky and nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 05:48:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 07:41:09 | More by jegross2
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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into my Pipeworks tulip glass.

A - Pours very dark brown / black with almost no light getting through. A small brown head forms, but is minimal. Nice lacing on the glass as I sip this one.,.,.,

S - Right away the roasty espresso flavors hit you and I can smell a little bit of alcohol too.

T - Mmmm... dark roasty espresso upfront, with a creamy dark chocolate finish. The 10.5% abv is hidden nicely and this is dangerously drinkable. If you are a coffee stout fan, this is a must try. Great espresso flavor provided by the Ipsento espresso beans.

M - The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but it could use a little bit more body and viscosity, but all in all it's very nice.

O - I liked the regular Abduction, but it didn't knock my socks off. This did. If you're a big imperial coffee stout fan - seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 19:44:16 | More by cnbrown313
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4.3/5  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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 15:33:48 | More by timc100
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an obviously viscous, very dark brown, if not entirely black. Forms a moderate sized mocha colored head that reduces fairly quickly to a skim of surface coating and a thin tan ring. Some very light lacing.

S: Very aromatic. Strong notes of coffee, espresso, chocolate, cocoa, and deeply roasted malts. There is a hint of sweet vanilla in the background. Very appealing.

T: Taste is similar. Very strong notes of coffee and dark roasted malts. Bitter dark chocolate, espresso, and a little dark black-strap molasses. Slight sweetness, that is mostly balanced out by an appreciable coffee-based bitterness.

M: Thick, viscous, and full bodied. Moderate bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: Got to say, this is a very nice beer. I recently had a CCB Moat Water (which is a coffee-vanilla stout) and, while not quite at that level, this one is reminiscent of that wonderful beer. Not nearly as hoppy as the original, but the coffee and vanilla certainly make up for that.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:21:15 | More by Florida9
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 once bomber poured into a 2 tulip shared with my girlfriend
My first Pipeworks beer
batch 169 i think its hard to read the handwriting

Pour is black with small brown colored head

Smell is of dark malts and strong roasted coffee with a slight vanilla presence

Taste of strong coffee hint of chocolate and lots of dark malts and some hops, a good amount of vanilla in the end round it all out quite well.

The mouth feel is perfect for a big stout, smooth and full

Over all we loved this beer,often coffee stouts don't balance out right or the coffee taste weak.
This gets almost everything right just a little bit too hoppy, really strong flavors that all complement each other well

I have heard a lot about Pipeworks and they did not disappoint.
Thanks to my brother for bringing me this from Chicago, can't wait to try more

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 19:42:48 | More by thinkinflicka
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Abduction Coffee Break from Pipeworks Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.