Raspberry Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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4.16/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-12-2013 12:10:25 | More by tectactoe
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
03-26-2013 00:44:28 | More by jeonseh
4.48/5 rDev +7.7%
(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.
06-17-2014 21:09:30 | More by rhoadsrage
4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
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.
07-06-2013 17:58:06 | More by timc100
4.08/5 rDev -1.9%
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!
09-30-2013 03:24:11 | More by joeseppy
4/5 rDev -3.8%
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black with a nice khaki head. Good surface wisps and a thick collar.
Smell - Raspberry and dark chocolate. Slight tang to it. Cuts the sweetness.
Taste - Dark chocolate. Lots of well incorporated raspberry. Bitter coffee roasted malts. Not as sweet.
Mouthfeel - Not as viscous as the others. Roasted and the burnt character comes out more.
Overall - I enjoy this more than the others. The raspberry cuts a lot of the sweetness and helps round out the flavor.
08-27-2013 01:59:09 | More by Alieniloquium
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Dark brown color with a noticeable red hue on the edges. Small brown head.
I just love the aroma. I'm a huge fan of chocolate raspberry desserts and this nails it. The raspberry scent is slightly jammy and the chocolate sweet. I'll admit it's two dimensional, but the aroma is huge.
Tart and bitter play well of each other. Raspberry truffle is right. Nice roast flavor to go along.
Mouthfeel was a tad light, but still smooth.
I thought this was a great beer and can't wait for them to bottle it again, if they do.
04-10-2013 01:01:48 | More by Vonerichs
Raspberry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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