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Abduction Coffee Break - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Abduction Coffee BreakAbduction Coffee Break

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

614 Ratings
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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 170
Gots: 145 | FT: 19
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:
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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ThatsThatDude

New York

2.25/5  rDev -46.9%

02-11-2014 00:52:11 | More by ThatsThatDude
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -41%

03-09-2014 01:19:12 | More by BrownAleMale
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.84/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

2013 vintage consumed June, 2014.

Medium brown-black color, like an English stout or darker brown ale, topped with a small tan head. In the aroma, old coffee and dry dark malts. Roasty bitterness in the taste, flavors were kind of thinned out, dark malts, old coffee grounds, vanilla just barely coming through as more of a sour cream sensation. Mouthfeel was way too light and thin for the style, and somewhat chalky, alcohol was neutral. This beer was pretty messy, and I had no desire to have more than a small sample. Maybe it's better fresh, but I can't imagine a beer starting out good and then turning into this in a mere year's time.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 14:22:15 | More by Rifugium
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -29.2%

04-10-2014 01:10:10 | More by chippo33
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -29.2%

04-16-2014 10:52:49 | More by mothman
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siege06nd

Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.2%

11-23-2013 23:24:09 | More by siege06nd
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -29.2%

02-12-2013 02:35:38 | More by kscaldef
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Willcook

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.2%

06-20-2014 20:47:42 | More by Willcook
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NRo

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

05-29-2014 18:27:46 | More by NRo
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Eighty

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

07-23-2014 23:10:03 | More by Eighty
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is cola colored with caramel colored head. Nose is heavy coffee roast, light vanilla and a strange mix of olive and chocolate that doesn't go well together. Taste is a little better. More balanced, stronger chocolate fudge note with balanced coffee and hint of vanilla. Medium body and gentle carbonation with a linger coffee roast.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 14:58:33 | More by cpetrone84
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blankenhoney

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 336-338, bottled 2/28/14. Poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark with some browning around the edge. Nice foamy brown head. Looks great.

S: Sweet milky coffee; light baker's chocolate; a very faint cinnamon or brown sugar spice is in there, too.

T: Very sweet on the front end, like coffee with too much cream and sugar. Approaching the flavor of a vanilla latte. Milk duds and malted milkshakes. Milky sweetness was dominant, with coffee almost as an afterthought. Nice and boozy as it warmed up.

M: Substantial; coats the mouth nicely without being too viscous.

O: Too sweet for my palate. I like my coffee beers somewhere between Coffee Bender (which is like an unsweetened ice coffee (and awesome!)) and this one. Terrapin WnB is probably the finest non-BA coffee beer I've had. Mouthfeel on this one was a winner, and smell was quite pleasant. But I'd like a stronger coffee flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 13:55:36 | More by blankenhoney
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (don't recall what batch, may have been 89) split with a friend, in my Bell's snifter glass yesterday 4/13/13.

Aroma: Cold coffee, hints of vanilla. Not a whole lot else. I don't get any roast barley malt. Not a particularly pungent nose, very thin on the scent. Not a beer that smells pleasurable at all to me. (2)

Colour: Definitely a nice looking beer, nose not withstanding. Pours a jet black body, illuminates dark cola brown just ever so subtly with a very nice looking 2cm beige head that settles down quickly. The lacing is there with a decently sized collar, but it all disappears back into the beer quickly. (4)

Flavour: It's.. interesting. Unlike the nose, I can get more flavour profiles out of it. It however tastes like oxidation, a bit of wet cardboard flavour in it that's not the most pleasant but it is just another flavour in the midst of others including coffee which has the most presence here. There is some roast malt that makes me think of some burnt sugar, but not a ton. A little bit of what my tastebuds think is dark chocolate. And a definite presence of vanilla, especially as the beer warms up. It's a complex hodgepodge of flavours that go together decently well, but the oxidized wet cardboard component definitely detracts away from really enjoying this beer. (4)

Mouthfeel: This beer is definitely thick bodied and feels smooth and thick in my mouth. It's smooth and creamy and easy to swirl in my mouth and swallow. Carbonation is somewhat flat as expected for a RIS. Aftertaste is mostly wet cardboard and some vanilla, with a smooth, clean finish that isn't dry or bitter. For the most part, the feeling of drinking this beer is great. (4)

Overall: This just didn't come together well. I don't know if its because of the oxidized flavours that I got in this bottle or if all the flavours just didn't meld together. There wasn't much of a recognizable nose either. But it does look great and feels great in the mouth- its just that the smell and taste- which are the most important parts of the beer- are not very impressive. Not Pipeworks' best effort, but well you can't always bat 1.000 anyway. (3)

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 21:01:18 | More by Stevedore
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 22:28:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

11-04-2013 08:22:28 | More by beergorrilla
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jackieT

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

11-29-2013 00:32:49 | More by jackieT
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Mplsmetro57

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

07-07-2014 20:49:48 | More by Mplsmetro57
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sbxx

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

09-18-2013 23:56:33 | More by sbxx
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Mikeypnh

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

01-15-2014 23:07:33 | More by Mikeypnh
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bcerv-ca

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

03-30-2014 04:18:25 | More by bcerv-ca
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Farnswurth

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

02-03-2014 02:19:07 | More by Farnswurth
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Batch # 248 250 252.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the coffee presence is somewhat mild all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 06:48:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brock125

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 16:38:52 | More by brock125
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to LSMroz, appreciate it. Inky black, standard imperial stout appearance. Aroma is pure coffee grounds, wet ones at that. Flavor is slightly bitter coffee and a hint of sweetness, not much else. This was a pretty decent beer but very one dimensional and I'm not sure the coffee flavor was to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:56:49 | More by ArrogantB
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 248 250 252

A - Pours black, doesn't seem thick, with a light khaki head. Not really any retention.

S - Coffee (not huge), roasted malts and vanilla sweetness.

T - The coffee notes aren't huge and take a back seat here. Good amount of roasted malts and sweet vanilla. There's some hints of dark fruits and licorice.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Really creamy body. The sweetness is a little cloying to me.

O - Not overly impressed with this one. Coffee notes are weak and the sweetness is a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 16:01:17 | More by cvm4
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Abduction Coffee Break from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.