Coffee Break Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 789
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 3.16%
Wants: 211
Gots: 158 | FT: 21
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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 AleWatcher
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of emyers
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (950 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.41/5  rDev +7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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! (611 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into my Pipeworks tulip glass.

A - Pours very dark brown / black with almost no light getting through. A small brown head forms, but is minimal. Nice lacing on the glass as I sip this one.,.,.,

S - Right away the roasty espresso flavors hit you and I can smell a little bit of alcohol too.

T - Mmmm... dark roasty espresso upfront, with a creamy dark chocolate finish. The 10.5% abv is hidden nicely and this is dangerously drinkable. If you are a coffee stout fan, this is a must try. Great espresso flavor provided by the Ipsento espresso beans.

M - The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but it could use a little bit more body and viscosity, but all in all it's very nice.

O - I liked the regular Abduction, but it didn't knock my socks off. This did. If you're a big imperial coffee stout fan - seek this out. (838 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a reddish hue to the edges. There's a 1/4 inch of tan head.

The nose is robust coffee and it dominates. It has a great fresh ground smell to it. Light notes of sweet vanilla pop through.

The taste is, well, coffee. There's a pinch of cocoa and a touch of earth hop bite. It finishes with a stale coffee ground and vanilla aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is spot on.

I've had this a few times now and the first time I remember a pretty one dimensional coffee stout, but the latter two have had much more play with the vanilla. Either way, If you like coffee stouts this is one of the more coffee forward ones I've had. (665 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours pitch black with a 1 finger tan head. Thick amoeba lacing covers the glass.

S- big roasted malts and coffee, along with some light pine.

T- huge roast and bitter coffee, some acidity and dark fruits. Bitter coffee and pine at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O- nice first attempt of a coffee stout by Pipeworks. The coffee is definitely there but is very bitter forward. (473 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,289 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Pipeworks Snifter. Batch # 66

A: Pours a jet black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes a quickly to a thin ring. Sheets of lace are left behind.

S: The usual Abduction flavors come through with a great blast of coffee. Espresso, milk chocolate, roasted malts and light dark fruit presence as well.

T: The coffee comes through much heavier and richer in the taste. Deep waves of coffee beans, sweet espresso, and vanilla beans. The taste slowly subsides to some dark fruit, fruity yeast and some roasted malts. The finish is sweet with a hint of vanilla as well.

M: Drinks wonderfully. Heavier bodied with a medium-low carbonation level. A great mix of roasty and sweet on the finish. Drinks very smooth.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Better than the regular Abduction for sure. I like how the coffee flavors complimented the regular base instead of overpowering it. Definitely a winner that I hope gets put out again. (970 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois.
Score: 94

January 2013 vintage bottle served in a Half Acre snifter and enjoyed on 01/04/12.

Appearance: Ink black in color. Pours a minimal layer of tan head that settles to a thin ring around the glass. Above average lacing, excellent retention. 4/5

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, bakers chocolate, roasted malt and a little bit of brown sugar and plum. 4.5/5

Taste: Strong coffee flavor throughout, bakers chocolate backbone. Good amount of roastiness on the palate. Heavy "coffee flavor" finish. Bittersweet overall, with a nice balance. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Dry on the palate. 4/5

Overall: A great example of a beer that makes up for it's lack of complexity with smooth, robust and appealing flavor.

Recommendation: Fans of coffee and stouts (e.g., Peche Mortel) should seek this one out immediately, before it flies off the shelves.

Pairings: Vanilla almond biscotti.

Cost: $11.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (1,051 characters)

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Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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