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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 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 jeonseh
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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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 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 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 Powderhornphil
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Black and slick. Khaki head two fingers from a moderate pour. Little lacing.

S- tart raspberry is most prominant. You have really got to get your nose in there but some chocolate is present. Perhaps some earthy hop notes.

T - Again raspberry is most prominant. Followed by bitter dark chocolates. Nice enough but really not finding it all that complex beyond the two flavors mentioned.

M- O- Comes across as sticky and sweet. Medium body with carbonation on the lower side. Enjoyable but would not seek out as it is not available in my market.

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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 KFBR392
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours above average heavily bodied with some dark red accents on a dark color. Head is a tan darkness that got to about half a finger at most. No lacing, heavily drags down the glass. Low carbonation.

Smell: Some dark chocolate accents with faint raspberry presence. Smokey maltness with some chewy molasses. Overall the aroma is very subdued.

Taste: The raspberries jump out on the front of this brew. Very well done, some sweetness without losing the characteristics of an imperial stout. The middle is a medium bodied very smooth sticky molasses and dark chocolate kiss. Some roasted coffee accents hit toward the end of the body and carry through to the aftertaste. A sticky malty aftertaste lingers in a very traditional imperial stout flavor. The sweetness/bitterness of this stout comes off a little on the red wine level. Overall, I could use a little more character here, a lot going on but nothing is on an elite level.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly drinkable, medium body makes it go down very smooth.

Overall: I enjoyed the regular abduction and coffee break abduction more then this one, but I am definitely glad I got to try this one. I think this beer struggles to really identify itself as a flavored stout or a more traditional stout. Props to Pipeworks for being such a young brewery that is willing to try some unique things.

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

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.

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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 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 MCain04
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Waxed 750ml bottle from 4/30/13, served about 50 degrees into Half Acre snifter.

Dark walnut body with a thin light cream head which dissolves quickly, riming retention around the periphery of the glass.

Heavy roast with alcohol on the nose, some earthiness, raspberry is surprisingly subdued.

Flavor is much heavier on the raspberry and is present from start to finish. No sour overtones which is nice. Roasty chocolate character lends itself well to the raspberry notes. Not as hot as I would have expected. The truffle is pretty subdued but is present in some earthiness which is present. Definitely enjoying this.

John: "straight raspberry up the asshole on this." He is really drunk at this point.

Mouthfeel is fuller than the first release of this which is an improvement. Still medium-full body though and could be fuller. Carbonation is medium and pretty appropriate. Sticky finish.

Overall, I enjoy this and am very glad to have tried it. It could be better, but is great as it is.

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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 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 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 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 inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, Batch 117
Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip

A: Pitch black in color. Lower carbonation. Basically a collar of light tan. Some lacing bits.

S: Smells of raspberry for sure. Dark chocolate. Not roasty at all. Sweet bomb, but I like it.

T: Really interesting brew. Really forward raspberry flavor. Covers up any roast. Dark cocoa and raspberry. Creamy. Finish is dry. Lingering flavors.

M: Full bodied. Creamy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Figured since the folks on "Chopped" were rocking some crazy food combinations, the best beer for viewing would also include some interesting additions. This is the best we could come up with. Right on. It pours a straight onyx topped by about a half-finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises bright and slightly dank raspberries and dark cocoa. Yup, it's definitely raspberry truffle. This is echoed in the taste, though the finish adds a touch of mildly-earthy tartness to the proceedings. There's a hint of very light coffee throughout, but it's rarely anything worth noting. The body is a hefty-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a pretty tasty stout, one of the few out there that lives up to its own advertising.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a tulip when the party started to turn towards debauchery.

A - A finger-plus of tan foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lacing. Very dark brown body.

S - As you'd expect, there is a good dose of chocolate and raspberry jam, but there's also an odd peanut butter note that gives this a Reese's kind of vibe. Roasted grains, light anise, some mild savory truffle, and sugary Tootsie Pop vibe as well.

T - The taste has a little more in the way of raspberry to it, with roast and anise mid-palate before moving to a dark chocolate finish. Loses the odd peanut butter cup vibe to it (which I actually liked), but pops a bit less as well.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, lower carbonation, silky smooth, with minimal alcohol warmth. Much mellower and creamier than regular Abduction.

D - Good stuff, and probably the best Abduction variant I've had so far. I wasn't a big fan of the base beer, and here the raspberry and chocolate helps blunt the flavors I found off-putting. We had no problem drinking the whole 750ml bottle.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours placidly into a tulip glass, black with a significant buildup of tan foam and subsequent rings of lace forming in the glass. Smattering of a skim across the surface as well.

Chocolate aroma, sweet milk chocolate, not a whole lot of distinctive fruit in the nose. Some light ashy roast, seemingly dry when swirled.

Raspberry is present in the flavor, though it's fairly subdued and second to the big roasty base stout of Abduction. Some dry bakers chocolate emerges in the long lingering aftertaste. Raspberry tootsie-pop flashed across my frontal cortex. Body is full and somewhat chewy, (meaning it makes your mouth go through the motions of chewing, in case you're dim-witted enough to start a thread about it). Not sweet at all, the raspberry is an accent and compliment to Abduction, though it's mellow and not a wildy different variation.

Love the bottle art (heavy Communion/Whitley Strieber vibes), and look forward to future batches.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 2" mocha head. Big blotches and trails of lacing.

S- chocolate, coffee, pine and big raspberry juice notes.

T- roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet raspberries, and bitter pine finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter feel, drinks very easy.

O- nice first batch of this. Love the raspberry flavor and aromas. Thicker mouthfeel would make this a amazing beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is dark but not opaque brown head that leaves minimal retention and lacing. The nose is somewhat acidic with notes of tart raspberry up front followed by heavy cacao notes. Taste has a strong raspberry presence up front with bitter chocolate to follow and some remnants of berry on the finish. Mouthfeel is big with a touch of stickiness and moderate carbonation. Overall' a tasty fruited imperial stout with nice essence of raspberry. I wish the chocolate played a bigger role here, but that is just ersonal preference.

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Photo of Duff27
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Short head reveals a mocha cap and collar. Dark brown/black body.

Raspberries come out in the nose as it warms. Perhaps some milk chocolate.

Good raspberry taste, very little chocolate. Heightened hop presence for a stout. Would guess around 11%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, high carbonation for the style.

Reminiscent of Lindley Park to me. Thanks egrace84!

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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 tectactoe
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Raspberry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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