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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

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of blankenhoney
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of sully11277
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- jet black with a very little head that goes away pretty fast.

S- You get a lot of a roast and sweetness. When cold you get more sweetness then as it warms that nice coffee roast comes through. You get a lot of vanilla, chocolate, roast, and coffee.

T/M- You get a nice sweetness upfront you get milk chocolate, vanilla, and a nice coffee taste that last for a long time. It is very smooth you can not even taste the 10.5 % ABV.

O- A great stout that I am aging 2 of them. I can not wait to try the rest of the abduction series.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle that was in a generous box from Jaycase. Phenomenal trader and all-around BA. I love my coffee stouts, so we will see how this holds up. From a 2014 batch, so it is quite fresh. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard snifter.

A- Pour yielded a small, light brown head that doesn't last long at all. Not the most light-resistant stout I've had. Browning around the edges. Hardly any lacing to speak of, though this beer does have legs.

S- Not getting nearly as much coffee as I had hoped. Dominated by vanilla and lactose sweetness. Milk chocolate comes through as it warms. Faint roast and coffee aromas peek through. However, I could definitely ask for more. Alcohol is masked really well, and that helps this beer a lot.

M- Best part of the beer. Very smooth on the palate. Subtle warming from the alcohol. Real nice.

O- Coffee stouts must have coffee. Flat out. This beer was certainly tasty, but undoubtedly needed more influence from the coffee and roasted malts. Enjoyable, but not worth the ratings it gets on here. To each their own! Cheers.

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Photo of Karl_M
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Toasty. Long chocolate finish.

Deep cherry nose and big vanilla on the palate- not that sweetened vanilla but the vanilla extract flavor.

Very warming at 10+%

Take your time with this and have a friend to enjoy it with.

Perfect for Chicago Spring 2014.

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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 cvm4
3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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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 FreshHawk
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown leaning toward black. Slight tawny hues. Thick, creamy, smooth, cafe head. Decent retention with a nice lacing.

S - Good amount of coffee, more of a cold brewed medium roast. Roasted and earthy aroma. Touches of sweetness but it pales to the roasted aroma. Slight herbal/pine hop aroma.

T - Not nearly as much coffee as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, there is coffee flavor but it lacks that big, bold dark roast or the coffee bean aroma. Get some of the typical stout flavors of roastedness and earthiness. A hint of anise or dark fruit but not much. A bit more creamy/vanilla sweetness than the nose on the back of the tongue. A touch of herbal/pine on the finish.

M - Medium body. Good carbonation though it feels a bit on the thin side (that might just be because most other coffee beers I've had are either big, thick barrel-aged ones or have oat).

D - Easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden and no flavor is too dominant or off-putting. That said, I'm not exactly amped to get another sip.

Notes: Batch 248, 250, 252, reviewed from notes on 11/21. Good, albeit slightly disappointing beer. Not as strong on either coffee or vanilla as I had hoped. The flavors are there, and balanced but it seemed like just a slight addition to a regular stout. I guess this should be expected since it is not a barrel aged beer, nor is it a big oatmeal stout like many coffee beers. I enjoyed it, but for the price I probably won't get another.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Roasty dark brown. Nothing jet black. Thin lacing with poor retention.

S- Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, burnt wood, char

T- Probably the highlight of this beer. Just the right amount of carbonation to not fk it up, unlike other pipeworks that I have had. Coffee, malt, chocolate, toffee.

M- Just the right amount of carbonation for this. Just about the right amount of viscosity for this beer. Maybe a little thin of that.

O- The best Pipeworks I have had. I don't really seek their stuff out. Its pretty good.

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Photo of brock125
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waxed 22oz bottle from Beer Temple (Chicago, IL). 9.99. Batch 112; no bottling date but I bought this back in April. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours near black with a finger and a half tan head that forms a thin halo around the glass and laces fairly well.

Aromas of sweet creamed coffee, vanilla and chocolate malts. Simple and nice.

Taste follows the nose well. Creamed coffee, milk chocolate malted milk balls, vanilla, caramel, faint burnt sugar, a little molasses and a dollop of booze. Delicious interplay between the roasty coffee and sweet vanilla.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bitter coffee and mild vanilla aftertaste.

Far from the most complex stout I've had but really tasty. I may not go hunting for it but I'd probably buy another bottle if I came upon it.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours near black with half a finger of light chocolate head, medium outer ring with minimal lacing. Retention is a bit weak.

S - lots of roasty coffee, tons of sweet chocolate, licorice, lots of great coffee aromas. Almost a bit of boozyness

T - Exactly as it smells, sans the booze

M - smooth thick with minimal carb

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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 portia99
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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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 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 mhksuccess
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a bottle in russian river glass
dark no head and no lacing
smell is heavy roasty coffee
and the taste follows very similar roasty and heavy coffee
not acidic coffee but smooth mountain blend (LOL)
it is pretty one dimesional but has a lot of flavor
mouthfeel is not thick/thin but a nice medium body making it very drinkable
overall a nice offering

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Photo of Rope
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Good void factor of complete darkness. Thing faded tan head.

A creamy vanilla floats in the back of a peppery coffee smell I have come to associate with the coffee stout genre.

A sweet vanilla meets you at the tip, and then a bold coffee flavor follows. These two flavors dangerously mask most beer and alcohol taste. Is that a good thing? Depends on the person, but I am enjoying it.

Slick and oily until the the astringent coffee bitters help clear the coating and leave a rich aftertaste.

This coffee stout is unique, in that I do not taste the aforementioned pepper like any other I have tried. As previously mentioned, it really is all coffee in flavor.

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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 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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Photo of Fcolle2
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Batch 165

Pours molasses in consistency with a pitch black color and a half finger fine frothy tan head.

Nose has a nice creamy roasted malt character with big fresh brewed coffee aromas, mild vanilla and a hint of dark fruit. Alcohol is hidden well but detectable.

Taste is unbeleivable. follows the nose, with a creamy roasted malt and smooth coffee. A great vanilla sweetness overlays the whole beer but is balanced perfectly with a faint tart dark fruit note.

Mouthfeel is great for an imperial stout, thick as molasses feel with a nice mild tartness to balance it out.

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Photo of wpqx
4.74/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Real coffee flavor without an overpowering alcohol taste. Smooth body with a very pleasant aroma. This single-handedly changed my opinion of Pipeworks Brewing. I had it in a bottle poured into a tulip. Jet black color, very smooth finish, and distinct coffee flavor. This is truth in advertising and a very pleasant surprise.

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