Orange Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 74
Gots: 97 | FT: 12
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: bcm75 on 06-24-2013

Earth, both rich and refreshing, the bright juices of your primordial civilizations quench even the coldest desires of deep space. Succumb and offer us the sweet orange flesh of your humanity and the chocolate longing of your young will. This batch is rich, and chocolatey with a delicate orange tang.
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Reviews by williamsgodfrey:
Photo of williamsgodfrey
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Orange Truffle Abduction pours a very dark brown into the glass with about a quarter finger’s worth of a dark tan head that doesn’t stick around for very long. After a minute or so the head recedes to a thin hoop of bubbles around the edges of the glass. The beer sits very plain.

The smell is interesting, I was expecting a giant nose full of roasty, dark goodness but instead was greeted with this rather complex, citrusy-chocolate smell. There is this almost musty layer to the odor, but musty in a good way. Musty like the way wine barrel houses smell musty, except instead of barrels of wine, maybe these barrels are filled with orange juice. I don’t want to overstate the orange smell however, it is quite faint, there but not THERE. As the beer continues to warm up the smell reminds me a lot of the way shisha can smell as it’s being packed into a hooka bowl; earthy, fruity, sweet, subtle.

The taste, at first, is a lot of roasty malt, as to be expected. The roast then transitions to a faintly chocolate-orange flavor (which totally had me thinking of those Terry’s Chocolate Orange candy things that always seemed to find their way into my parents’ house around the holidays), a sweet and earthy chocolate. Finally there is a tad of malty sweetness that gives way to a boozy heat as you swallow.

The mouth on this beer is very good, quite smooth or velvety with a certain amount of thickness. The beer coats the tongue and mouth without making me feel like I needed to go brush my teeth. The booze heat, again, is also a clear component and rounds out the taste.

I am impressed with the beer and consider it very good. My notes show that I initially jotted down an overall 4.5/5, I guess you need to leave plenty of room at the top.

Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Co. is a great beer albeit a bit on the expensive side. I think it’s a very good example of the direction Chicago beer seems to be headed and suggests that the young Pipeworks Brewing Company is headed in the right direction. I would buy and enjoy it again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the few awesome traders who sent me some bottles of this... much appreciated. Basically black, with only the faintest shimmer of deep brown trim near the top of the brew. Sitting on top is a mild, dark-beige or light-tan head that hastily drops itself down to a chunky collar and measly skin that's stretched across the beer. Not much to speak of in terms of lacing.

One whiff and it's like I'm sitting in a hipster diner, filled with creamy, brew-house quality coffee, sweet half and half creamer, a moderate hint of roasted malt, a very faint dusting of orange zest, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate to finish things off. The orange aspect is nicely done... It's much more mild than, say, the raspberry in Raspberry Truffle Abduction, but I'm starting to think it's a good thing. This smells like a sweet-ish roasted coffee stout with a *touch* of orange zest.

Hmmm... tasty. The first sip reminds me of some expensive, cool iced coffee drink that you'd get from a place like Starbucks... only, in a more beer-y way. Creamy, mildly sweet coffee beans backed up with that little bit of orange zest - noticeable, but far from intrusive. Top it all off with a bit of mocha drizzle, just for good measure. I'm sticking with my original notion - this is a "coffee" stout first, and an "orange" stout second. I'm okay with that.

A good finishing touch of cocoa beans, lightly roasted malt, and a kiss of creamy sweetness leaves your palate a little on the dry side; moderately coated and thirsting for more. The aftertaste contains almost no orange, due to the coffee and roast dominance... The orange is more of a cameo that peaks its head in and scoots out early. Medium mouth feel... not as deliciously creamy as Coffee Break Abduction, but still pretty nice. Ample carbonation for a stout.

Reminds me of a slightly more sweet, less roasty version of Coffee Break Abduction with the little extra bit of orange zest thrown in. I thought it was done quite nicely... Too much orange runs the potential for a messy brew, but this one turned out very tasty. Enough orange to make an impact without stealing the show. Makes for a very nice and somewhat unique coffee stout when all is said and done.

Photo of timc100
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown, sits black in the glass with a creamy mocha head - looks like an abduction. The aroma is interesting - orange zest, rich chocolate, fresh coffee, and some musty-ripe orange at the end. Some orange vanilla sweetness comes through as it warms. Taste is dominated by chocolate - then coffee and fresh orange zest.

Another great fruit abduction beer. The orange is fresh and blends very well with the base beer and cocoa. A sweet desert beer for sure, but an intense aggressive one.

Photo of joeseppy
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark pour with cascading effervescence into a one inch mocha head. Recedes in a short amount of time and decent lacing compared to other quality stouts.

Now if I didn't know there was orange in here I never would of nailed it. But since it is an orange truffle, there it is. Seriously though folks, bittered orange blended with milk chocolate. Sweetened aroma with faintish hop. Quality coffee roast. Long enough, more dark cocoa pulls through. All in all I'd say it holds it's own among many fine stouts.

Nice syrupy Hershey style milk chocolate and torte. It's very hard to find orange. Bittering agent is present. I'm getting so impressed with the milky chocolate presence more so than any orange truffle. I'm ready to dip strawberries in this. And yet 70% dark cocoa is there on the finish.

Creamy and silky all in one. Luxurious mouthfeel and thick.

I thought the raspberry stout by Pipeworks was so one dimensional with that tartness kick, but this has impressive levels of chocolate. Orange more of a bittering agent but scant. Turns out to be a fine stout and one of the finest mouthfeel experience since GI bourbon counties. This is a chocolate lovers dream and the stout for the adult kicker. A number of poo pooers holding this down but this is a real freakin' treat. Get over your orange craving and accept that it rounds out this fine stout. Put this in bourbon barrels and fuugetaboutit. Outstanding!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black and kinda viscous. Khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - Dark chocolate. Bright aroma that isn't overtly orange-y, but I get it. Sweet caramel.

Taste - Dark chocolate, the orange flavor lends a brightness to the flavor that I appreciate, but it isn't really a strong orange. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I was hoping for more orange. It's really an afterthought.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown color with minimal sandy colored head that quickly reduces to a surface ring.

The nose is mostly coffee and fudge. There are earthy notes with a faint whiff of orange.

The orange really pops in the flavor, and I'm glad it does. It doesn't overtake the base and is the perfect dose. It tastes like an orange tootsie pop and I fucking love orange tootsie pops. Light leathery flavor in the middle. The finish is a bitter coffee.

Super creamy mouthfeel. Spot on carbonation. The 10% abv isn't noticeable at all.

I absolutely love this beer and is my favorite abduction variant to date.

Photo of larryarms847
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as night with a finger layer of thick tan foam.

Heavy oragne/citrus, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee notes.

Heavy roasted notes, coffee, vanilla, and orange.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, roasty bitterness, fruity, thin.

Overall, the orange aroma and flavor is off, just something odd about it, the thin mouthfeel doesn't help either.

Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into a perfect pint glass. 12/4

Pours jet black, very still, no bubbles. Liquid tar. Thin ring of foam. Rich roasted nose, hints of orange. Mild. Taste is an astringent bitter, a little syrupy. Barkeywine like bitter. Boozy. Subtle citrus fruit blended in. The oranges for sure. Good. Heavy.

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black body and dark tan foam results from a vigorous pour into a dimpled mug. Some lacing here and there, a patchy skim on the surface, and a lasting ring around the edges.

Aroma is chocolatey and vaguely roasty. Very much like standard issue Abduction, even when allowed to warm to room temperature. No orange to speak of.

Very vague orange in the aftertaste, like a dried up shriveled orange peel, just the barest hint of any essence of it exists, and then it seems more like the power of suggestion. Big roasty notes of Abduction overtake it, chocolate, coffee, roasty blackened malts. Very smooth and creamy, drinkability is it's strong suit. Full bodied and slightly sticky on the lips though dry in the finish. A pleasant bitterness, and some light dried orange peel is noticeable with bigger swig. Double digit abv is expertly hidden. Could use more orange aroma and flavor to live up to it's name, but it's still a tasty beer.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Handwritten Batch # 146 written on the side of the bottle. Super excited to try this, the third and final variation of the original beer, Pipeworks Abduction, which I have not yet tried.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a thick viscous oily black colored body; no light shines through this bad boy. First pour yields basically no head whatsoever; second pour yields a luscious creamy one finger of mocha foam which dissipates quickly.

S - Smell is entirely tame compared to what I was expecting here. Some big roasty notes happening, chocolate cake, some cream, maybe a hint of vanilla, and some alcohol fumes on the back end. Not smelling any orange, to my disappointment, but it is still a great smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose: big roasted coffee bean presence, rich creamy dark chocolate, powdery cocoa nibs, hint of smooth vanilla, slightest touch of alcohol warmth, and perhaps just the faintest hint of citric zest, although I could just be imagining it. A fabulous tasting beer, even without the orange presence.

M - Feel is creamy, sleek, & smooth. A delicious beer, with perfect low lying carbonation.

Overall, I thought this was a fabulous beer, although disappointing in the sense that I was expecting some intense bursts of chocolate covered oranges, and there is basically none of that here. The flavors that are present however, are mighty delicious. Big 10.50% abv is hidden expertly well, this beer goes down way smooth for being so big. Definitely a beer I would try again, but some improvements could be made.

Pipeworks Orange Truffle Abduction ---4/5.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The orange zest did not dominate but was over powering. The chocolate was there as well with a little bit of roasted malt. But the coffee and vanilla flavors present in the base beer were not to be found.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber courtesy of robbiemoy13 pours a dark brown with a small cap of tan head. Spotty lace and retention is ok.

Nose is not really very appealing, chocolate and one of those Terry's Chocolate Oranges at holiday time.

Taste is better than the aroma as orange flesh meets spruce tips and roasty coffee. Some lighter cocoa as it warms and a sharp lime peel. Not bad, but I dont really get much chocolate truffle action...more of an earthy, musty orange mixed with old coffee.

Photo of interkin3tic
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I feel like these Pipeworks pints change from beginning to end, both in terms of temperature and in terms of how drunk I am while drinking them. So with this one and the other two I've tried, I liked them at least a little more once I was done with it than when I started.

It's a bit warm for a stouty beer like this. At first it tasted a little too stout, a little burned, but sipping it, it felt a little smoother. The orange aftertaste rather than the spicy aftertaste of End of Days was better for warmer weather I suppose. Cacao nibs are evident.

I put it in my top five beers.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

December 25, 2014

22 oz bomber, snifter

A – Pretty much black, with only the faintest brown highlights. Barely a trace of some light tan head, what’s there has zero retention. Slightly thin in appearance.

S – Roasted, bitter malt. Maybe a hint of fruit but hard to pick out much orange or anything specific. Some dark chocolate comes through as the beer warms. A bit of earthy hops far, far in the background.

T – Definitely picking up some of the orange peel here, though I would not consider it prominent. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors, some sweeter chocolate flavor, are the stars. Hops are hidden.

M – Very thin, with low carbonation, though a certain silkiness is there throughout. A decent balance of sweetness and bitterness.

O – Not a bad beer at all, but a bit thin for the style. A bit more carbonation and a little stronger on the orange peel, and this would have satisfied the expectations I had coming in and brought the beer as a whole up a notch. As is, it doesn’t differentiate from similar offerings.

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch no. 146 written in sharpie :)

A: Pours that I99% of the way to opaque, but still maybe brown" color with a finger of mocha head that instantly recedes to a ring around the edges with moderate lacing.

S: Mellow coffee, dark fruits, cocoa and orange zest.

T: At first sip I get equal parts mellow coffee and sweet dark fruits. The body and higher sweetness give it an almost lactose-like sweetness, making this drink almost like a spiced latte. After a moment the orange zest comes to life and bathes the palate in citrus and a slight tartness that is backed by subtle notes of chocolate, coffee, and a heavy sweetness. Finish slightly cloying and tart from the oranges, with a hint of coffee. MMM its just like a truffle.

M: The mouthfeel of this was perfect. It was thick but yet velvety, full bodied yet not viscous. Almost reminded me of nitro carbonation - it was soft yet heavy at the same time. Great carb, and deliciously sticky. Mouthfeel definitely made me think "orange truffle."

This is my first pipeworks beer. I'm a believer, to say the least. This would have been all too easy to fuck up, but they hit it spot on. Can't wait to try the ninjas I have in the fridge.

Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 217/218, thanks to rudzud for sharing.
Nice dark colored smaller head covering fades pretty quickly, light lacing and decent legs, just about pitch black with yeast chunks.

Nose dark choc, cocoa, roast, booze, weird orange cream aroma in the background, weird peanut butter like nutty aroma, little candied orange.

Taste rich and creamy, quite creamy and fairly lush, lots of dark choc and milk choc, velvety melting choc, little cocoa dust, hint of roast, little mint note and nutty flavours. Little orange cream in the background but not a lot. Fair amount of booze but not too bad, little solventy and oily, little Oreo cookie too. Finish is semi sweet and sticky, quite boozy and solventy more cocoa and mild orange cream.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little creamy and lush, mild carb, fairly boozy and solventy.

Overall not bad, interesting dark malts, orange has faded a lot, mouth is nice, other unique characters like nuts and mint, interesting but not amazing.

Photo of csparace
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've been looking forward to this one for quite a long time. Shout out to D&D finer foods in Evanston for stocking awesome beer.

Smell (4.25) – Warm and chocolaty from the start. Coffee notes are present. Smell is bright and orange starts to come out as the beer warms up – chocolate and coffee come out even more.

Taste (4.25) – Slightly roasty. Minor coffee tastes. Definite chocolate presence that lasts throughout. Citrus flavors come out more on the finish. They're very mild and you have too look for them.

Appearance (4.00) – The pour is not too thick at all. Dark mocha head that fades super fast. Super super dark. Gets slightly red towards the edge of the glass.

Mouthfeel (4.00) – Warming. Lips are mildly sticky afterward. Pretty drinkable – not too thick or heavy at all. Medium sweetness.

Overall (4.25) – Not quire what I was expecting but still very good. To me this falls between the coffee break and the raspberry truffle. The taste is not insanely mind blowing, but is still super good. Another really solid beer from pipeworks, they know what they're doing. A lot of my experience might be circumstantial – im sitting in a hot room.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to TATURBO for sharing this brew!

Poured into tulip/snifter hydrid glass.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with 2 fingers of medium khaki head that slowely drops to thin and uneven cap. Spotty lace on the glass.

Smell: Chocolates, cocoa, and more chocolates! Hint of fudge brownies and hot cocoa. On the backend a nice mellow, but assertive note of orange zest.

Taste: Chocolate, cocoa, and fudge. Orange zest and spiciness on the backend of the beer. Simple yet very effective. Very well balanced. I dont think that I would want much more orange flavors in this stout, its just right!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Really smooth brew with well hidden ABV. Slightly chewy and silky. Thick and rich flavors that coat the palate.

Overall: Fantastic brew! It exceeded my expectations. This is the best varient of Abduction Stout yet to date! Bravo Pipeworks! You guys did it again with another stellar beer!

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe a hint of citrus zest and orange liqueur. Not much chocolate. Dry and medium thin mouthfeel. Little bit of sweetness. Pretty good.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Second bottle opened on 3.24.14
Batch #146

A - Pours a dark brown with a small light brown, fine head with good retention.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, some subtle orange.

T - Lots of orange and chocolate. Good.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Great flavors, orange and chocolate both shine through.

Photo of KFBR392
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour with a medium bodied heaviness. Very light head on the pour, dissipates and is not present while drinking. Dark brown accents on the edges of the glass but sits with a pitch black body. Pretty average overall.

Smell: Sweet malt front. Charred oaky body which mixes very well with the brighter accents. Dark hoppy body, again leaning on the lighter side of the imperial stouts. The hops and malt really make this beer pop. The orange is very faint in the aroma, can be detected on the back but more the most part is not a major player.

Taste: The front drinks like the regular Abduction from Pipeworks. Clean chocolate bitterness with some dark accents of fruit, coffee, and tobacco. The carries into the body of the beer, providing for a very tasty imperial stout. The finish is where you get the orange in this brew. The end brightens up, but still carries many of the traditional stout accents found earlier. The finish is slightly dry from the sweet fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't weigh the palette down too much. The orange fruity accents dry off the palette.

Overall: I really liked this brew. I could really use some more depth and complexity but this beer hits many of the checkpoints I look for out of an imperial stout. Good dark malt character and hop presence. I was surprised how well the orange played along in this beer. It was not a major player, instead was a very pleasant addition. Can't get enough of these Pipeworks beers, thrilled to have such easy access to them.

Photo of ScotNH
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall this seems like a pretty standard stout. I'm picking up only the slightest hint of orange. There is a decent amount of chocolate flavor, and a pretty heavy alcohol burn. There's nothing that really stands out as spectacular, but nothing bad, either.

Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottled: unk
Batch 145

It's black with some light tan foam sheet with some breaks. Smells of lots a cocoa, coffee, a little coffee, and as it warms the orange zest comes through a bit. Flavor is leather, robust bittersweet coffee and quite a bit of cola flavors. Don't really care for the flavor. really dry beer with lighter than usual body and moderate carb. I'm none too impressed with this particular beer; flavor is too much cola character, body too thin and the nose is a little lackluster.

Photo of curbmusic
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer, it delivers on what it promises in the title & is DEEE-licous.

Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is cola brown and black when it collects into the glass. Thin collar of head present. Nose starts with huge cacao presence with dry roast and carob present. I do get some orange zest towards the back along with some vanilla. It is mild but definitely there. Taste feature predominantly cocoa and cream with heavy roast and chocolate. Orange is less present on the tongue than the nose and comes across as a mild citric note at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick with light carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid imperial stout, but it doesn't quite deliver what the label promises. I look forward to a future batch with the orange addition tweaked. I think this could be a absolute home run if the orange component is fully realized.

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Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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