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Abduction Coffee Break - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Abduction Coffee BreakAbduction Coffee Break

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BA SCORE
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511 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:47:36 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 06:53:09 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:20:34 | More by Knapp85
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 10:51:40 | More by rhoadsrage
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.48/5  rDev -18.1%
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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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 21:36:21 | More by twiggamortis420
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:38:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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FosterJM

California

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1743rd Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

Thanks to KevanB for sharing

App- When this poured out it was a bit like coffee mixed with some Hersheys syrup. A little brown. A little black and a bit thick at times. A dense center with some lighter edges make it a bit of anamoly. The head was a nice 1/2" off tan head with a couple lines of cling.

Smell- The coffee on this was just right. Not too overbearing but created a nice smell with a bit of fresh pressed with some rich bitter on this nose. Balanced malts with a bit of chocolate syrup and sugars rounded out the nose.

Taste- This was a good coffee stout. Well layered without being WAY to coffee forward as some are. This balanced well with the chocoalte and the malts and even brought a little of the bitter from the aroma to the party. The smoothness of the malts is what got me the most.

Mouth- A bit of thicker medium with a medium carbonation. Thicker bubbles dance across the palate with a merryment of a morning cup of joe. The coffee is really what remains with touches of cream, sugar and grainy bakers chocolate.

Drink- I think it was a very well done stout. The addition of the coffee was good, but as mentioned, was not overdone and in your face. Would to me be a good choice to BA and put against BCBCS. Just a Chi-town throwdown. Why not?

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:08:46 | More by FosterJM
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 04:52:11 | More by maximum12
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:48:58 | More by rudzud
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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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cosmicevan

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

big thanks to mjohnson17 for hooking up the pipeworks love (and yeahnatenelson for the pipeworks glasses!!!)

batch #66

a - poured a deep ominous black with a finger of creamy tan head that was gone relatively quick but left a thin skin of head and a foamy ring on the surface. lacing was spotty.

s - WOWSERS!!!! fresh creamy gourmet coffee. milk stouty. smells outrageous. good milk chocolate notes. smells like a little slice of heaven.

t - big milk chocolate notes with gourmet coffee and cream and then a slap of hops and a burst of alcoholic heat on the finish. some dark fruit soaked in booze. lots of roast on the finish.

m - fairly hot...some bitter coffee roastiness.

o - overall, the flavor doesn't match the magic in the nose, but the taste is nice. fairly big beer. this bomber might be a bit of a chore, but i'm up for the challenge.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 02:57:24 | More by cosmicevan
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep brown with ruby highlights. Nose heavy with bitter coffee and mild vanilla character. Chocolate and roast sit underneath the coffee. Taste is intensely coffee forward with mild vanilla and a decent level of booze. Roasted barley and chocolate take center stage with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, very nice coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:08:48 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a nice medium mocha colored head. Lace was pretty and had really great retention. Aroma was all up In your face with coffee. Roasted malts, cocoa, slight vanilla too. No surprises in the taste: coffee bomb. Nice fresh roasted coffee at that, plenty of chocolate too. Creamy mouthfeel, full body, nice and rich and substantial on the palate. The regular had a touch of booze to it, but this didn't have any signs of alcohol, masked very well by the hearty flavors and aromas. Drinkability is high.

Can't argue with this one. Further prof coffee makes anything better.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 12:12:32 | More by EgadBananas
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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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rlee1390

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass but clear brown around the edges when pouring and not much carbonation or head.

S-Lots of coffee, good deal of vanilla roasted malt and some chocolate.

T-After letting it warm a little bit it is wonderful. Lots of coffee and vanilla wonderfully mixed. Some chocolate and roasted malt round it out.

M-Heavier but not much carbonation. Really the lack of carbonation is the only knock on it.

O-A really good beer. The coffee and vanilla go together greatly.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 00:29:28 | More by rlee1390
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Phelps

Arizona

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pitch black, but a little thin-looking. One finger of oak-colored head fizzles away pretty quickly.

Heavily burnt beans are a little acrid, though smoother espresso comes out upon deeper inspection. Toasty wood, a little smoke, peanut skins, some dark chocolate, a touch of vanilla. Dark, roasty stuff.

Very green, woodsy flavor, for a stout. Tons of pine, bitter espresso, campfire smoke, a little toast, some chocolate mixed with vanilla bean. Behind the major pine and coffee flavors, a nice bit of sweet s'mores.

Much thicker mouthfeel than I expected from the appearance. Oily. Medium-full, mild but peppery carbonation. Some tang settles into the sides of the tongue while big bitterness sets up in the back.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 23:11:27 | More by Phelps
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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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portia99

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (batch 16??? - handwritten and hard to decipher with any certainty) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - A firm pour into the center of the glass yields an opaque black body with a short finger of dense foamy mocha head with a minute or two of retention before dropping to the surface and leaving a sparse lace trail behind and a thick collar.

S - Rich coffee roast up front with a good intensity. Creamy vanilla smoothes out the coffee a bit, revealing some dark chocolate and hints of booze. Coffee is showcased really nicely here.

T - Strong coffee flavor from the first sip...intense, bitter, roasty. A little bit astringent, very reminisient of black coffee. A slightly off-putting aspect of the flavor is a rather strong metallic taste that comes on the back end of each sip. A slight cherry-ish fruity flavor accompanies the metallic, confusing the issue a bit. No trace of alcohol or vanilla in the flavor.

M - Medium body, foamy mid-level carbonation. Nice roasty black coffee up front moving towards highly metallic in the middle thru to the finish. Metallic nature makes this a little bit tough to take.

O - Looks good, smells great. Plenty of coffee up front started the flavor off well. Really fell apart in the middle with the heavy metallic flavors. This had all of the makings of a great coffee beer, except for the metals.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:30:42 | More by portia99
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Abduction Coffee Break from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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