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Abduction Coffee Break - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 179
Gots: 144 | 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:
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

sliks96, Feb 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Rempo, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Gonzoillini, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark brown color but appeared pitch black in glass. Thin head which dissipated quickly to a slight ring on outside edge. A thick creamy lacing crept down the glass as I enjoyed this brew.

Smell: Smells like a light roasted cup of coffee. Probably due to the role of the vanilla evening out the heavier coffee accents. Some dark chocolate aroma hidden in the balanced coffee/vanilla body. You can almost feel the hops but seem to get lost in the other aspects here.

Taste: Yeah baby! The front is a smooth coffee presence which then combines with the vanilla beans and this beer takes off and takes this beer to another level. The lighter coffee accents come back toward the end of the beer as the vanilla backs off. A pleasant hop dryness settles in toward the end of this brew. The chocolate presences lean toward a milk chocolate taste over the darkness that was found in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: A medium bodied lacing covers the palette. Not overly heavy but still makes the touch feel a bit heavy. The flavors linger but none outshine the other, creating a very balanced mouthfeel.

Overall: Pipeworks has continually impressed me. This was my favorite of what I've had so far. There is no doubt there is a ton of coffee and vanilla in this beer but at the same time does not have a gimmicky feel to it. I could drink this beer a lot, and I just might.

KFBR392, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Retail1LO
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Retail1LO, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Jagen
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours pitch black, as expected. the tiniest of white-brown head forming a very thing film on top. light lacing on the side. looks like a standard pretty stout. very opaque.

S - very nice, sweet chocolatey roast. cocoa...almost a slight dark fruit aroma.

T - very similar to smell. vanilla at the front with coffee overpowering at the end. this is really delicious. very complex, hard to describe. taste is a better version of the smell + more.

M - thick and viscous. coating. creamy.

O - very awesome, going to go back to the store and hope there is more.

Jagen, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle marked Batch #66

Pours the darkest brown possible capped with a bone white fluffy head. Good retention and some lacing. Big roasted espresso, light vanilla, and roasted malt on the nose. Opens with roasted coffee, hints of charred malt, creamy milk chocolate and light vanilla. Finishes with some lightly sweet vanilla cream and bitter coffee. Full bodied and smooth. A good beer, but not as complex as the original Abduction. The base beer has a hard time fighting through the added ingredients here. Am I getting burnt out on coffee stouts with the occassional vanilla bean addition? Possibly...

chanokokoro, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of sleuthdog
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #74 poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Black with no light penetration. Head maybe 1/4 finger size and beige-light brown. Surface appears as though like an oil slick.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee with a hint of vanilla. Bitter chocolate, caramel, but the coffee is where its at as it dominate the smell in a great way.

Taste: One of the best up front clean tasting coffee stouts I have ever had. Again this one is all about the coffee. Very rich almost gourmet tasting coffee with vanilla, cocoa, some caramel sweetness. Vanilla is present as a great compliment to the coffee. This is one rich tasting imperial coffee stout.

Mouthfeel: More so on the heavy side with some mild carbonation. A slick, oily beer that coats the entire mouth with coffee goodness. I actually think a bit more carbonation would be nice but just a touch and this is actually picking it apart.

Overall: If you do not enjoy coffee do not, I repeat do not try this beer. It does not disappoint as a coffee forward stout. Outstanding clean, fresh tasting coffee in this one. Really well done Pipeworks! You guys have done it again!

sleuthdog, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

MordorMongo, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Billakowski, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

sbricker, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

emerge077, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, batch 72 with green wax, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, some spotty lacing.

S- Very fresh, pungent coffee bean aroma, dark chocolate, roasted malt and mild fruit are also present, but the coffee definitely dominates the aroma.

T- Starts out with huge bittersweet coffee flavor, very fresh and earthy coffee bean flavors. There's also a nice amount of dark chocolate and vanilla, some hints of fruit and some roasted grain. The coffee flavor on this is really, really awesome.

M- Medium-full body, smooth, creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

O- Awesome stuff, this is seriously one of the best coffee stouts around, easily up there with Peche Mortel / Beer Geek, the coffee flavors are huge and vibrant and work well with Abduction, another great beer from Pipeworks.

WillCarrera, Jan 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

briiguy, Jan 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Stevie_Janowski, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of hannydawg
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

hannydawg, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of OPSippin
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

OPSippin, Jan 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

RichH55, Jan 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

rsuske, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

eorwar, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of AleWatcher
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into founders snifter.

Very weak head... Perhaps 1/4 finger managed to bubble up before disposing into a collar with a slight oil slick film in the middle. Very dark body, looks much less viscous than the regular Abduction-- which is certainly a good thing.

Lots of bitter cocoa, some sweet malt, big roasty notes, and coffee. The beer is MUCH better than the regular version. The body has thinned out from the non-coffee version, and the coffee adds a great element to the flavor profile.

This is quite well done. Very enjoyable.

AleWatcher, Jan 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kubrickx, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of emyers
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Batch #66. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Black with a very thin beige head dissipating almost immediately into a thin lacing.

Smell: Freshly brewed coffee. Vanilla makes a strong appearance. More coffee. A bit of caramel, cocoa, and a very slight touch of citrus hops. And more coffee. This is really all about the coffee, and it's damn good.

Taste: Wow. Intense, rich coffee flavor up front. One of the best pure coffee flavors I've ever experienced in a beer. Definitely vanilla in there along with caramel and some cocoa. Again, this is all about the coffee. And it's flat out incredible.

Mouthfeel: Heavy-bodied, medium carbonation. My only complaint with this beer is the carbonation level - I feel a lower carbonation level could be magical, but it's a minor complaint.

Overall: Phenomenal. Flat out phenomenal. If you're looking for a coffee stout that will punch you in the mouth with coffee, look no further.

emyers, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of brewcrew76
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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.

brewcrew76, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a big brandy snifter. Mocha head which recedes and holds neatly onto the edge. Batch 66

Huge whafts of cocoa nib, black coffee, pine needles, raw vanilla and toffee.

Big series beer with bold flavours that hide any alcohol. Sweet black coffee, chocolate, blackstrap, pine resin, and grapefruit in the back.

The body is a tad thin but yet creamy and sticky sweet. An aggressive brew with coffee lasting in my nose well after. The flavours intensify as it comes up in temp.. This is a great sipper that packs a pleasant punch. I'm glad I scored 2btls while I could. Great job by Pipeworks!

joeseppy, Jan 19, 2013
Abduction Coffee Break from Pipeworks Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 649 ratings.