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Raspberry Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 589
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 33.17%
Wants: 170
Gots: 174 | 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: MasterSki on 03-07-2013

Humans. Dear sweet, sweet, precious humans, with all of your hopes and dreams and fears, and blah blah blah. Enough of your earthly babble. We've come for your rich, velvety, Raspberry Truffle Abduction Imperial Stout. It's so luscious, and brewed with so many raspberries, and cacao, and vanilla...we have found nothing like it on any other planet...WHICH IS WHY WE MUST GET ALL OF YOURS. End alien transmission.
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Photo of mschrei
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 12 oz Pipeworks NvU snifter. Dark, very light reddish head on edges of glass. Get the usual chocolate stout notes I always get from the Abduction series. Fruit also present on nose and taste, light mouthfeel and aftertaste. Another good experiment with their stouts.

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Photo of Roland7792
3.62/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Well brewed stout in terms of look and feel. Aroma is full of raspberry. Taste is overly sweet and raspberry with a chocolate finish. Too sweet for me but if you like pdub stouts and rasberry, you should give a try

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was black with a modest tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose is a pleasant wave of raspberry.

Taste - My initial impression is chocolate and seedy raspberry. The raspberry is fairly realistic. The raspberry does fade quickly, but leaves behind a chocolate coating

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level of on target for the style and allows the taste to linger.

Overall - This is probably my third favorite abduction behind mocha and coffee.

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Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good to great beer that is probably really great if you like tartness and raspberry flavor in your stout. Certainly a tasty stout that was a little more carbonated and tart then I would have liked but it did have a good raspberry flavor with a lighter bitter chocolate taste in the blend

If you are in Chicago, certainly a brewery to check out offerings from

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @Kevinpitts for this Chicago gem.

Well I was excited to try my 2nd in the Abduction line from Pipeworks.

The pour was opaque and luscious. Dark, tempting, mahogany.

OOhhh the raspberry comes leaping out of the glass as the pour begins.

Taste, raspberry leads the charge. Tart, juicy raspberry. Hmm what else? More raspberry, a hint of sweet and roast, and...more raspberry. Now I love raspberry. One of my absolute favorites blended in strong ales. But, I'm still seeking chocolate. Where's the chocolaty truffle characteristics? Finishes with a tongue to pallet scraping of raspberry. MMmmmm raspberry.

The finish is more of the same, dominated by the raspberry tartness. Feel is medium weight, fine. But the raspberry even comes through in the "feel" of this one. Alcohol is not noticable.

Overall, I like it, but since it's called Raspberry Truffle Abduction, I would've liked a hint of chocolate. Still a damn good beer. Would gladly drink it again, but knowing i might not get any chocolate.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pipeworks Brewing Raspberry Truffle Abduction.

Poured from a bomber into my trusty CBS snifter. Served at cellar temp, and enjoyed by the fire on my patio.

A) A black colored brew as expected. The pour generated a big tan head. The head settled to a thin dusting. This has some legs.

S) Man am I loving the raspberry on the nose with this brew. I've always enjoyed the combination of raspberry and chocolate, and this brew is definitely bringing it.

T) As stated above.... This stout has such an incredible combination of raspberry and chocolate. The flavor reminds me of this candy bar I ate while walking around in Mannheim Germany. It's also worth noting the alcohol is amazingly well hidden.

M) Full bodied and smooth. If it were a tad thicker, I'd be fine with that, like say the mouthfeel of their Coffee Break Abduction. Love the raspberry aftertaste.

O) Absolutely loved this beer start to finish. I mean not the kind of love that a man has for their wife and kids, or even a professional football team, but the kind of love you have for a beer. If you enjoy raspberry and chocolate, you need to try this beer.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with ksecler and poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

An amazingly smooth, tart, and fruity imperial stout. Pours midnight black with a fat fluffy tan head that lingers with decent lacing. Aroma is tart raspberry up front - you can tell they put a shit load in this beer - dark chocolate and just a hint of booze. Flavor is similar to the aroma - a lot of dark chocolate, nutty, toasted malt, with a big dose of tart raspberry that lingers on the palate. Hardly any trace of the high abv - as it warms you start to feel it though. Mouthfeel is soft and velvety, medium bodied, with a fairly dry finish. A great balance of flavors that layer one another perfectly. This would be so amazing barrel aged.......just sayin!

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A: porter-black ale with a couple of fingers of tan foam

S: dark roasty malt chocolates sparkling with bright berry notes

T: dark juicy berries pop right through; as you drink, smoother chocolaty flavors settle in; left impressions of creamy cocoa with bright red berries on top

M: smooth, almost light and fluffy; sparkle of tart berry on the tongue; no cloying sweetness at all; bittersweet chocolate is subtle...

O: an excellent stout - impossible not to enjoy - makes me think of what Bourbon County Bramble and Backyard Rye ales might taste like without the rye or bourbon...

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a very dark brown almost black with small tan head.

Smell- raspberry, chocolate, and roasted coffee.

Taste- tart chocolate covered raspberries, nice roasted coffee and some faint smokey and saltiness. I love the roastyness to this beer.

Mouthfeel-med-full bodied, silky and just enough carbonation.

Overall-another fantastic one by pipeworks. I really love this local brewery.

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Photo of sportstsar
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Bottled ordered online from Craft Beer Temple in Chicago. Poured into a snifter after being warmed up a few minutes. Batch #487-490

A: Pours dark brown but not quite black. Small ring of foam makes and appearance and then fades away.

S: First thing that hits you is an INTENSE raspberry smell. If I didn't know any better, I would have thought I was smelling a very fruited sour. After the initial rush passes, a more chocolatey aroma makes its presence known and sticks around.

T: Just the perfect balance between the raspberry and chocolate. Couldn't ask for anything more. Neither are overpowering. Super smooth.

M: Since it's not barrel aged, the mouthfeel is not that heavy. More roasty than bitter. Surprisingly easy to put down given the bold flavors in a 10.5% imperial stout.

O: This definitely exceeding expectations and might have been the best "fruited" stout I have ever tried. The raspberry and chocolate are there in just the right amounts and work in perfect harmony. My biggest problem with beers like this are that their components usually punch you square in the mouth, but this one is just a pleasure to drink all the way til the end.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a nice dark brown with a very noticeable raspberry red hue.

Smells heavy on the raspberry, easy on the chocolate.

Wow, this is something sweet to say the least. Lush chocolate paired with a refreshing tart bite from the plentiful raspberries.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, and dessert like a perfect stout feel.

Overall, a little too sweet for my taste, but delicious either way.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a big bubble mat of cocoa colored head.

S- The fresh tart raspberries mix with an earthy rich chocolate malt aroma even during the pour.

T- The fresh bright tart raspberries leads to a mellow dark roasted malt flavor that grows as the beer opens. There is a dark cocoa flavor in the finish that has just a touch of sweetness to it. The berry tartness lingers for a moment with some raspberry leaf tea that could be just some soft hop character but adds another dimension.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly slippery texture and no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a great fresh raspberry flavor and some delicious chocolate flavor with no chocolate nougat character typical of beers with nibs added. Really balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.26.14
Batch #94

A - Pours a dark brown with a fluffy light brown head that fades very slowly.

S - Lots of raspberry and chocolate malts.

T - Tons of raspberry through out, bitter-dry chocolate keeps it from being overly sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Nice raspberry and not super sweet. Best of the series for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml shared at the Swamp Head Bottle Drop. Pours dark brown to black with a small khaki head. Aroma is huge chocolate covered raspberries, really nice, with just a hint of roast. Flavor follows as expected with big raspberry flavor, some dark chocolate, and more raspberry. This almost drinks like a fruit beer with a little extra heft. Not too sweet, and tastes like raspberries rather than cough syrup, but just touches the border onto the medicinal side. Very very sweet nonetheless. Medium plus body, adequate carbonation. Don’t need much of this to get the gist, and definitely one to share. Very glad I got a chance to try it.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter

dark black pour with a slight whitish head. smell is huge on raspberries with a tad of smokiness. taste has a ton of raspberry flavor even after about a year, and is very smooth especially for the ABV. there is some chocolate thrown in at the back end as well. body is not that thick but not too thin either, hard to get a huge body with no barrel. carbonation is mild and appropriate.

overall probably the best fruit abduction...not world class or anything though.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is dark brown, almost black with a bubbly light brown head. Nose is heavy raspberry purée. A hint of roasted malt and chocolate but not much else and dominated by raspberries. Taste has a bit more malt, still loads of raspberry. Hint of chocolate, and roasted ashy malt. Body is creamy, light carbonation and medium body. Sweet towards the back and lingers through the finish.

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Photo of bcerv-ca
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not sure when this was bottled, but handwritten batch# 120 (any help on the bottling date would be much appreciated).

Pours midnight black. The edges have a beautiful black-purple flow. Dark brown head also has a purple hue.

Smells like a bag full of raspberry tootsie pops. Backed by dark chocolate.

Tastes like a tart raspberry tootsie pop. Raspberry is not as prominent on the palate as on the nose. Also get hints of milk chocolate, like a milk stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly sour at the same time. Good carbonation helps keep beer from being too oily or sticky.

This is a must try if you enjoy stout variants. If/when it is released again I will abducting some from Chicagoland.

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Photo of jscheuf
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I Fucking Love this beer. Insane amounts of chocolate with rasberry tartness to round out the flavors.
I still think the cherry is fantastic but this is defiantly my favorite out of the abductions so far
Defiantly an after dinner dessert beer! Enjoy with good friends

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Photo of Beerisheaven
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cracked open a bottle in advance of the upcoming snow storm. Another of the Abduction series from Pipeworks.

A-pours dark brown with a fairly modest head that settles quickly into the glass. Slightly oily.

S-T - Fits the profile of the flavor abductions in that you have to search long and far for the flavor. It is there like a piece of chocolate that has some fruit background but the base abduction dominates with only a slight hint of raspberry behind it.

M- Not overly thick, decent but not noteworthy.

O - I have had all of these and by far the best is the coffee. Given the popularity of the flavor ones, I would not search out and trade much for them. They need to figure out what they want from these beers. Not saying they need to be fruit bombs, but they need to consider some recipe change to take them to the next level.

Cool bottle artwork, but when that might be the best part of the beer, probably tells you something.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of the most recent batch. Don't remember the batch number, but its definitely in the last 2 months or so. Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 11/2/2013.

Pours a standard imperial stout, looks just like Abduction except its a bit more effervescent and foamy. Dark black body, opaque with a nice dark mocha head, good retention.

Smells quite tart- I wasn't sure at first if it was infected or not, but I think its just that chocolate covered raspberry character. Smells somewhat sweet, tart with a bit of underlying roast sweetness.

I'm not a fan of how this actually integrates into the flavour profile. Its dark chocolate with a non-descript fruit flavour that borders on the verge of buttery and thin. I think this is what Pipeworks intended, but it just doesn't do it for me.

Medium bodied, on the thinner side. A bit watery. OK carbonation. Smooth and silky and not that hard to drink. Got a bit of fruity dark chocolate on the back end which is nice.

Its just not my jam, to be honest. Orange Truffle was a lot better in how the orange zest complemented the base imperial stout. This one is what its purported to be- chocolate covered raspberries- but it kind of suffers in the flavour and mouthfeel for that reason.

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Photo of cvm4
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch #181

A - Pours pretty black, doesn't seem "thick" and has a tan two finger head to it.

S - Raspberries are prominent with powdered cocoa on the backend.

T - Raspberries are tart and to the front at first. Followed by a healthy dose of cocoa. It's not complex, but the flavors are well melded together and definitely work.

M - Light bodied for a stout with low carbonation. Has a wet finish to it.

O - Like I said, it's not complex. But, it's very fruity with the raspberries. For a guy who likes sours, this stout really hits the spot for me.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch # 181

Pours very black and a noteworthy head.

Definite raspberry aromas with nuances of cocoa.

Taste is fruit tarty raspberry and chocolate. The taste of raspberry is very genuine and delicious.

Not thick at all but leans towards the lighter side with mild carbonation lingering around.

Not complex if your looking for more. It is exactly what it says it is. Quality product put forward and might I add--noteworthy!

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml waxed bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Pours a mostly opaque body that shows brown highlights around the edges. A finger of foam sits on top for a short time and falls leaving a medium collar and light lacing on the glass.

S - Raspberries are noticeable up front over the top of cocoa powder. Not really all that complex, but what is there does smell really nice.

T - Tart and fruity raspberry flavor with some roasted malt flavors and cocoa powder. Again, nice if not very complex.

M - A touch thin in body only managing a light/medium level. Lower carbonation level that just shows some life to the beer. Dry and powdery feeling.

O - Good...not great. Fruity and berry filled in aroma and flavor. Chocolatey and cocoa-y. Not much complexity. This is nice, but really pretty lacking in dimension in both aroma and flavor. Enjoyable, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get this again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to snifter. Batch #117.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Intense roast aroma with semi-sweet chocolate and a nice fresh raspberry aroma.

T - Raspberry comes to the forefront in the palate without tasting artificial or jam-like as many raspberry beers tend to turn out. Cocoa and roast play secondary roles with a bitter finish that helps to balance out the sweetness.

M - Medium to full body. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter bottle number 182 out of ?

A- Pours a pitch black color, no light gets through whatsoever. One finger brown head, dissipates to a think brown ring around the glass. Lacing is very sticky, coats the glass.
S- The aroma is very nice, cocoa, chocolate upfront, slight roast, the raspberries come out as it warms up, really like the fruit notes combined with the cocoa roast.
T- The taste is really nice as well, chocolatey sweetness upfront, the raspberries are subtle but are present in the back end. Roasty bitterness as it goes down, pretty rich.
M- Big mouthfeel, coats your palate, smooth as it goes down, and filling. The alcohol is no where to be seen. Dry finish.
O- Im very impressed with this beer. My first pipe works beer wish i would of grabbed more while i was in Chicago, love he chocolate and raspberry in this stout, great dessert beer.

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Raspberry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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