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Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 794
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 3.16%
Wants: 217
Gots: 157 | 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

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 JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was black with a modest tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose is strong coffee.

Taste - My initial impression is that this beer has pleasant coffee notes with hints of vanilla and a certain level of creaminess. The aftertaste is a slightly dry coffee impression.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level of on target for the style and allows the taste to linger.

Overall - This is probably my second favorite abduction after mocha. (459 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a modest bubble show that creates a one inch layer of foam; spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate, vanilla, roast and coffee tones; surprising how strongly the vanilla comes through

Taste: Vanilla and chocolate, up front, with some roast and coffee tones developing; there is an underlying sweetness that builds through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body; low to moderate carbonation

Overall: There are so many PIpeworks beers out there I have given up keeping track; I have had some pretty decent ones but it has been awhile since I have really been impressed by one; this is no different (633 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: black ale body, darkly stout in the snifter, coupla fingers of mocha head left some motes down the glass

S: aromas suggestive of old hot coffee sitting on a burner, chocolaty malts charred bittersweet and dry, something herbal and vanilla

T: tasted a little green on the open, but warmed into a smoother drink; the vanilla has a taut edge that cuts into some of what I'd expected to be a mellower coffee; coffee flavors are mild and semisweet, backed by a bittersweet and slightly tight dark malt

F: medium-bodied, modest carbonation - rather smooth, but with a crisp edge of bitter vanilla and coffee char

O: delivers what you'd expect - straightforward Imperial stout supplemented by coffee at work; the vanilla flavors present in different ways over the course of the drink. Very enjoyable. (800 characters)

Photo of StinkyFishBoys
2.62/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This is another classic pipdubs mistake. kinda makes you miss a 13 dollar bill and wonder "how does this keep happening to me." smells better than it tastes, again classic pip town. if you love coffee stouts save your money for a coffee whale and pass on this tuna fish. (270 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Ryanster8
4.74/5  rDev +15%
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%. (220 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from ScottO in a recent box. Had just tried the passion fruit version a week before and then this one shows up on my doorstep. The passion fruit was awful, so couldn’t wait to try this one out.

From a bomber into a snifter
Batch 347-348
Imperial stout with coffee and vanilla added

APPEARANCE: A transparent black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy tan head with great retention. Black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of coffee all over the place. Raw coffee beans with hints of vanilla and some dark chocolate as well, but the roasted coffee beans definitely take center stage here. It’s rather enticing as well.

TASTE: Roasted flavors and black roasted coffee beans up front. Medium strength beginning with more roasted flavors, some caramel sweetness and vanilla notes at the swallow. Bold finish of burnt and roasted malts, bitter black coffee, some pure dark chocolate and sweet vanilla cream linger on the palate. The coffee takes the lead here for sure, but it’s complimentary to the base stout and some other nuances creep through as the beer lingers on the palate. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A touch lighter in weight, semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth enough and finishes sweet and sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This was the same idea as Passion Abduction. Let’s brew a stout and then adjunct the crap out of it. Well, while passion fruit is obviously a terrible choice for that type of game, coffee will certainly work great, and it did. The coffee addition was perhaps a touch overdone, as I’d expected going into this, but coffee is a character that we see in stouts as it is, so it meshed well with the base grains. Moreover, the vanilla lent its own part to the brew, meaning this variant had a nice balance of roasted and sweet flavors, creating a multi leveled profile rather than simple one-dimensional domination. Would like to try some of the other variants in this series, but since these guys seem to over-adjunct, I would probably seek out variants with adjuncts that mesh with the imperial stout style and avoid those that clash. Thanks again for the brews ScottO. This was enjoyable and emptied far too quickly. (2,400 characters)

Photo of Lucnifter
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown, verging on black in the glass. Thin head recedes quickly to bubbles lining the glass. Assertive coffee aroma with alcohol as co-star. Mouthfeel is medium. Solid coffee stout. (181 characters)

Photo of KevSal
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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! (446 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of oatmeal, coffee, sweetness from lactose, sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, coffee, sweetness from lactose, hint of liquor, and a hint of hops. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma, body, and blend. (484 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Bottle shared by Rob and Lisa, thanks for the opportunity.
Huge coffee and brown sugary roasted grain goodness. The sweetness compliments the coffee flavor very nicely. Great brew! (180 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.45/5  rDev +8%

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. (931 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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. (418 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not simply relying on the roasted character of common stout to carry its flavor, a heaping helping of coffee and vanilla is injected into the Abduction Imperial Stout for even greater depth, complexity and a special latte type of charm.

Its incredibly dark brown pour is somewhat intimidating in its hazy depth. But once its sultry aromas captivate the nose, the scent of dark chocolate, espresso and burnt sweetness make the first taste alluring and inviting. Coaxed with bold mocha latte flavor, its vanilla cream and singed caramels further reinforce its decadence.

As the creamy roast wraps around the tongue, a milkshake taste ensues- woven together with bittersweet chocolate, walnut, campfire and an earthen chicory root thread. Its creamy texture is like silk against the tongue and is only balanced by its own coffee-type bitterness.

Its warm and gently rolling finish is somewhat like Kahlua as its high roast flavor and dryness continues to be held in check by enduring vanilla and malt structure. Its an effortless taste, however its viscosity lends itself to after dinner sipping sessions rather than high rate of consumption. (1,142 characters)

Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, opaque, red / amber tones at the edges as you tilt the beer. An inche or so of mocha head fizzes out quickly leaving the beer ultimately flat in appearance. Not all that appealing. Aroma has a definite alcohol presence and a rather green, vegetal coffee note that I get from a lot of Pipeworks stouts. Taste is sweet, flat, the vegetal note dissappears but your left with flavor that is pretty generic coffee with a lot of vanilla. Coffee stouts like this make me think that the people making them don't really respect coffee - they think of it as something simple. Imagine how beer people would feel if someone said "this is beer flavored." They'd retaliate .... "what kind of beer? not all beer tastes the same!" This is a coffee flavor that seems to evoke what non-coffee people think of as "coffee flavor." It's like an extract. Not a lot of depth, a subtle savory / umami (soy sauce) element in the finish.

It's drinkable but far from outstanding. (972 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dense black color with a one finger cream colored head. The head drops down fairly quickly, but this definitely looks pretty solid.

S: Earthy, dark roasted coffee laced with just a hint of cherry. Espresso, dark chocolate and fudge. Faint when it's cold, but the smell really starts to shine once this warms up.

T: Coffee and cream, a light nuttiness, caramel and very faint vanilla. Steady roast note throughout and some chocolate syrup and dark chocolate on the finish with a lingering roasted coffee note. Very good stuff. (538 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at cellar temp

A - pours an opaque jet black, finger of dark head which fades almost immediately

S - honestly not much here, little bit of coffee, tiny bit of vanilla, and some stale crackers

T - wow, this beer really redeems itself here from the aroma. Coffee forward, subtle vanilla, chocolate, solid maltiness

M - smooth. Goes down waaay too easy for 10.5%

O - aside from an almost off-putting aroma, this is fantastic. not sure of the disconnect here, but the rest definitely makes up for it. another great brew from Pipeworks. (556 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: midnight body, finger oatmeal head, solid lacing

S: big coffee roasted, strong vanilla, hint of chiles, boozy

T: same as the nose, very nice malt middle
mild spice bit, rather boozy vanilla finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy/smooth mouth

O: Another extremely strong offering from Pipeworks.
I should lay down a bottle and share with worthy friends.

AMAZING; TREAT YOURSELF! (380 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Coffee and vanilla? Did I get the wrong beer?

This stout's primary flavor is of chilies.

Aside from the switcheroo, this is a very tasty Imperial stout. I was hoping for something a little sweeter and more mellow but the surprise was not a let down.

Overall- It's very good- certainly above average. And I might buy another bottle or two, depending on what else is available, but it's not one I'd pick up on every trip to the store. (435 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of blankenhoney
3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (895 characters)

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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.