Abduction Coffee Break - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
01-06-2014 06:48:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-29-2014 18:03:02 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
03-15-2013 23:20:34 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
01-08-2013 00:47:36 | More by TMoney2591
4.36/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
01-27-2013 23:58:29 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
01-07-2013 06:53:09 | More by MasterSki
2.84/5 rDev -33%
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.
06-25-2014 14:22:15 | More by Rifugium
Abduction Coffee Break from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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