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Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 812
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 221
Gots: 152 | 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:
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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours out as a black colored brew, very little head on top with a thin retention and no lacing. The smell of the beer has a bit of coffee on the nose with some roasted malts. Te taste of the beer has a little bit of coffee but not nearly as flavorful as I expected. The mouthfeel is drinkable, pretty smooth with a soft carbonation. Overall this beer is decent, I don't think its as flavorful as it should be. It's decent but not as good as the rating shows.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong dry bitter coffee notes with some roasted malt is dominant. Taste is also dominated by strong dry coffee notes that also veered into astringency territory. Some black chocolate notes are also perceptible. Body is about average with nice level of carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but coffee notes are almost too powerful for the overall balance of this beer.

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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 TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sweetwater mini-snifter.

I know I like to take short coffee breaks during my invasions and abductions... This stuff pours a deep, dark black-brown topped by a half-finger of tan foam. The nose comprises sweet coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, and light earthy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with those elements that can coming through a touch more bitter. Still, everything comes together well. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice stout, one where the coffee doesn't o'erwhelm the base, but rather compliments it well. Good times.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.86/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/14/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle purchased for $12 at Top Hops that day in NYC. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident
Coffee, milk, vanilla, cream, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

Overall I thought this was really good; I'll buy it all the time if I can find it on the shelves.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in a small snifter, consumed next to regular Abduction.

A - Less foam on this one, with a thin tan head settling to a collar, wisps, and a few specks of lace. Near-black body that may also be a shade darker than the base beer.

S - Big coffee with milk and sugar aroma, with dark fruits and anise pushed into the periphery. Roasted intertwines with coffee, and the alcohol seems to be blunted here; not sure if it was the coffee or this batch was just a bit more restrained in general.

T - The taste is also a step up from regular Abduction, with a nice blend of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruits, berries, and and fruity yeast. Moderate anise and char bitterness in the finish, but the latter seems better integrated thanks to the coffee flavors mid-palate. The base gets a bit overwhelmed, but that's not really a bad thing in my opinion.

M - Similar feel to regular Abduction, but with a tad less carbonation. Not as boozy either.

D - A definite improvement from the base beer, although still not the easiest stout to drink in large volumes. Roast bitterness and alcohol still make this a sipper that is best consumed in 6-8oz servings. Perhaps as they dial in the recipe this beer will make the same leap forward that End of Days did.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black without looking as viscous as the regular. Decent khaki head.

Smell - Nice coffee aroma. Chocolate malt. Sweet caramel.

Taste - The coffee flavor is quite good. Gets brighter and fruitier throughout. Chocolate malt. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, medium carbonation. Kinda heavy, but the coffee seems to cut it.

Overall - Nice coffee, really improves the base.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

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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 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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a globe glass)
Batch 112
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.

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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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Bottled only nine days ago...11/15/13!

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown nearly black hue with a thin one finger head that faded awfully quick to leave a thin blanket. Not much lacing either.

S - Aromas of a fair amount of bright dark coffee. nice and black and rich, though relatively one note. Not getting any chocolate, malts, or whatnot. Do get some alcohol though. I also don't get much, if any vanilla. Think it is overpowered by the coffee.

T - Taste is better than the nose, much more rounded out. Good light chocolate, almost faint sweet dark fruits, lots of coffee here which is front and center. The vanilla is there dancing around throughout which is nice. Glad to see it. Malts are a bit on the sweeter side.

M - Mouthfeel is really nice for the ABV. Lower carbonation, smooth.

O - Overall, this was a good beer. Appearance is relatively average for the style, and the smell is pretty one dimensional. Taste is pretty good with a solid mouthfeel. Maybe its TOO fresh? Was expecting more.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of clewis901 pours a rich black color with a light tan head. Fine bubbled head sticks around a fair amount and leaves just a bit of lace.

Nose is mocha coffee with a few pirouette rolled wafers in it. Pretty good smelling brew.

Wow, taste is really nice, great coffee flavors without being overly bitter. Sweet chocolate helps that and provides some nice complexity. Hops are there a bit and dry things out on the back end. Overall a very nice coffee beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SuperTraderDeluxe beerisheaven for this bottle, which might be my first Pipeworks, & I'd remember that if I didn't drink to much. Lots of that I blame on b-heaven. Someday I'm going to tally up the ounces he's forced me to drink. Meanwhile, I'm gonna open this 22 oz. bottle & split it with my wife.

Pour is black with a spitoon of carbonation. Nose is spot on: lovely chocolate, & there is a balance of coffee that's cut just enough with vanilla. Coffee in the name of a beer sometimes leads to alarming cold Folgers: doesn't look like that's where we're headed.

Coffee Break Abduction Gets the Balance Right (I'll take 80s songs for 400, Alex). Plenty of advertised coffee, pressed & steamed, but the vanilla was a very good choice, balancing it out nicely (I felt like I just wrote this). Roast in the middle if distinct from the coffee & I like it. Closes with a cutting bitterness. Drinks lower than 10.5%, I'd have believed this was a porter if you'd told me so.

Nice coffee stout that's solid. Nothing otherworldly or out of the ordinary, but well made & hits the spot. Good beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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