Raspberry Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 162
Gots: 163 | FT: 21
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black, brown finger of head, very murky, bits of brown lace. Aroma is very chocolaty, with slight raspberry fruitiness, coffee backing, roast, light smoke. Chocolate taste, bitter finish, though I think that's the cacao. Raspberry adds a fruity layer, balances nicely. Body is full, rich and silky. Not much to complain about.

Hard to say whether I liked this better than coffee break...but it's delicious!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Lucnifter
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown verging on black in the glass. Delightful raspberry aroma. Taste is of chocolate and raspberry. A bit thin. Overall a nice fruited stout.

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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle (1 pint 9.4 fl oz.) batch #182 handwritten on the bottle. Super stoked to have gotten a bottle of this finally. Expectations are high based on Pipeworks Brewing Co.'s reputation for great beers, and since I loved the Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two and a half fingers of beautiful mocha colored froth for a head. Body color is an opaque black; no light shines through. Looks pretty sexy. Some nice thin stringy lacing.

S - Smell is pretty promising also. Deep dark creamy chocolate, and tart juicy natural raspberries. A simple aroma, but hits it's mark indefinitely.

T - Taste follows the nose: silky milk chocolate, tart juicy chocolate covered raspberry, some powdery cocoa, and some warming alcohol presence on the finish. The authentic raspberry - chocolate combination is truly delicious.

M - Feel is silky smooth, a bit dry, with some lingering raspberry tartness and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Overall, while it might not be as ridiculously complex and amazing as Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction, this beer is good enough to stand on it's own. Delicious natural raspberry smell and taste is nice, maybe even on par with Founders Rübæus, and is complimented so very well by the creamy milk chocolate. Another winner from Pipeworks; it seems these guys can do no wrong. I can't wait to try Pipeworks Orange Truffle Abduction.

Pipeworks Raspberry Truffle Abduction ---4.5/5

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.

Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev +1%

Tasty but a little too heavy on the berry for me.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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.

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!

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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Raspberry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.