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Raspberry Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 161
Gots: 141 | FT: 14
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:
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.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-07-2013)
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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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...

Photo of tectactoe
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to MCain04 for this one. I enjoyed the Coffee Break Abduction quite a bit, so when I heard about the Raspberry Truffle, I had to try and get my hands on some. Did a back-to-back with this and Lindley Park with Mike. This one pours a deep and dark brown color out of the bottle, appearing almost completely black when grouped together in the glass. A dark-ish tan head slowly grows on the pour and is easy to conjure up just by swirling it around a bit.

The aroma is pretty solid right from the start - lots of roasted malts to lay out the foundation. I can definitely draw similarities between this beer and the Coffee Break Abduction after just one whiff. Chocolate and cocoa nibs are strongly reinforced with a blanket of sweet raspberries. The raspberry character is light and mellow at first, but it becomes evermore dominant as the beer gets warmer. It smells pretty robust once it has the chance to warm up a bit, too - lightly boozy without being overpoweringly so.

After one sip, there's no mistaking the raspberry character at all. The first thing I get is a nice handful of boozy raspberry. Fields of roasted malts and light cocoa beans stand behind the raspberry and give it a solid base with which to build upon. A second or two after taking the sip, the raspberry your palate with a slight tartness; not quite sour, not quite sweet. Just a solid level of tart. It quickly transitions into an almost juicy sweetness which meshes well with the chocolate and roast, but some more mild tartness makes it's way back into the finish. The aftertaste is also full of dark, DARK-ass chocolate, raspberry jam, and a tiny bit of molasses. Body is thinner than I would expect, lightly sticky and slick with less than average carbonation.

Pretty damn good raspberry stout. It's hard to mesh roasty flavors and fruity flavors elegantly, but Pipeworks pulled it off here. The best thing about this is how easy it is to drink, especially considering the 10.5% ABV. Goes down like a champ with a nice and fresh raspberry tartness.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jeonseh
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by leftyhyzer

A - Dark chocolate brown with milk chocolate head that sits on the sides of the glass.

S - Roasted chocolate with slight burnt malt. There is only a slight raspberry presence to it as not much comes through.

T - Milk chocolate up front with a roasted dark chocolate and espresso. There is also a slightly smoky malt presence to it. The raspberry comes through in the middle to give is a slight tart and fruity aspect to it. The roasty and chocolate aspects are definitely the main aspect as you only get a light hint of the raspberry.

M - Medium body with light syrupiness to it. The finish is slight bitter coffee astringency

O - Overall a decent raspberry stout but there is not as much raspberry as I was hoping for. The smoky and roasted aspects of it really take over and prevent the raspberry from shining through.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of timc100
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 181

A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Sits like midnight in a glass with a beautiful mocha head - incredibly cream, leaves an enticing full film on the sides of the glass.

S: More-tart-than-sweet natural and fresh raspberry jam dominates the foreground along with lush milk chocolate sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness, fresh roasted coffee beans in the background. The more it warms up to room temp the more complex the raspberry becomes, a greater variety of fruit appears - light orange and blueberry

T: Very fresh tart raspberry, some sweetness as well. It's a very natural fruit flavoring. Some bitter dark chocolate and rich milk chocolate, roast, and very subtle coffee. Less complex than the aroma.

P: Fuller side of medium, very creamy, velvety carbonation.

O: A much improved batch from 94. I am not the biggest fan of fruit infused beer, but this was done excellently. The raspberry was very dominate but it was fresh and natural tasting, and more tart than sweet.

Batch 94

A: Pours like regular abduction with a dark red hue. Sits pitch black in the glass with a nice, dark mocha head. Looks delicious

S: Big roasted coffee beans, dark bakers chocolate, smooth and sweet milk chocolate with a little bit of raspberry jam sweetness. Not nearly as raspberry forward as I had expected, but a nice nuance for sure.

T: Much like the nose. The base beer is almost completely dominant until the end when a big, sweet, jammy wave of raspberry comes through with a tart kick. There is more sweet milk chocolate and deeper dark chocolate than the base which pairs well with the raspberry. For my tastes, the raspberry is too jammy than tart.

P: Medium body - thinner and smaller than a 10.5 imperial stout ought to be, but it doesn't detract from the taste much at all. However, I think a more viscous body would have rounded out the beer overall

O: Very interesting varient. This was their first batch and I am certain it will get much better the more they toy around with the recipe.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of joeseppy
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Raspberry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.