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Orange Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

Orange Truffle AbductionOrange Truffle Abduction

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BA SCORE
89
very good

219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%


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:
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(Beer added by: bcm75 on 06-24-2013)
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interkin3tic

American Samoa

4.64/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 02:49:21 | More by interkin3tic
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost solid dark black. There is a thin quarter finger dark tan head that retains nicely. There is a lot if nice lacing left all around the glass.

Smell has deep notes of roasted coffee and creamy dark chocolate along hints of fresh crisp orange. Malt is very rich with great toffee notes and a light sweetness.

Taste is awesome. Rich creamy notes of chocolate is forward with roasted malt and lightly roasted coffee. A slight orange sweetness is somewhere near the middle of the sip before a nice light char bitterness which persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great. Really thick and velvety. Moderate small bubble carbonation over a juicy sweet sticky feel gives it a smooth creamy body. A very mild char bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:24:05 | More by Fcolle2
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DmouthCaliBrewz

New Hampshire

4.48/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 01:56:01 | More by DmouthCaliBrewz
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bcm75

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost jet black with just a finger of fast dissapating head.

S - Mostly chocolate. I'm getting a hint of orange citrus as well.

T - Sexy. Malty chocolate backbone gives way to faint orange flavors. Not really any citrus tartness at all, mostly sweet orange flavors.

M - Rich and luxurious. Silky smooth as it goes down. Seductive drinker that hides the relatively robust 10.5% ABV.

O - I was a tad worried about this one. Oranges could have easily dominated the flavor profile and made it an overly-sweet, fruity mess. It's not - just like the name implies, I get the impression of a luxurious orange truffle.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 23:19:54 | More by bcm75
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:00:50 | More by Vonerichs
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 22:07:43 | More by joeseppy
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carmike813

Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from a Pipeworks bomber with the Orange wax seal.

Appearance - Black tar with a soft tan head that dissapated after the first drink, almost no lacing visible. Maybe that is due to the acids used in the Orange, but keaves alot to be dsired from an appearance standpoit

Smell- Light chocolate, hint of orange peel. Not much else, thought the chocolat truffle scent would rise but it wasnt overwhelming but still smelled good

Taste- Dark chocolate up front with a good tint of orange peel citrus toward the finish, get a small alcohol burn at the finish as well. Very drinkable for 10%, not a "big" beer one bit

Mouthfeel- Sticky feeling body, that isnt overwhelming

I think that Pipeworks does some very creative beers, this is one of them. It is a definate desert beer much like RTA, but not on the same level.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:09:04 | More by carmike813
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 04:49:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Received this in a trade. No wax. Batch # Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brownish black hue with a half finger mocha head thanks to a rather higher pour. Fades to leave some light wisps and faint sudsy mocha bubbles. Solid appearance for the ABV.

S - Aroma is basically what I expected, though I do wish there was more orange. This smells like..well..one of those chocolate oranges you smash down on the counter top to break into segments. Rich milk and dark chocolate, thick and creamy, faint vanilla, orange peel/zest. Almost extract like, this really smells like a chocolate orange confection and with a hint more orange this would be perfect.

T - Taste is delicious. Just delicious. More of that rich, creamy chocolate. The vanilla is very muted almost replaced with a little bit of booze. The orange extract type intermingles wonderfully with the chocolate. The taste is like I am letting an orange truffle melt across my tongue. As it warms though the alcohol comes out much more and becomes prevalent on the finish. Its not really hot, but its clearly an alcohol finish. That alcohol really, really hurts this beer for me. Taste is a 4.5 maybe even a 4.75...but the finish is way too strong.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit more carbonated than I would typically like. Want it a bit more silky, the alcohol is noticeable too, which is a bit of a shame.

O - Overall, this started out very, very well. Loved the nose and that initial sip was great. As it warms though this becomes basically a booze bomb. I do feel like the orange aspect comes though better here than in fresh Hill Farmstead Daybreak. With this much alcohol though a 22oz bottle is a chore to get through, wish it was masked effectively.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:42:28 | More by rudzud
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mecummins

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark black brown; very cola like in color. A one finger tan head that fades to patchy, shallow film for most of the drink. Minimal lacing that leaves a ring around the glass.

S- very coco centered in aroma. Lots of bitter dark roasted chocolate. I got more of an impression of the orange than a distinct note on the nose. There was a brightness to the chocolate (and it was the citrus brightness that I attribute to the orange note.)

T- heavy dark chocolate notes with some sweet milk qualities. The orange flavor kicks in on the tail end of the swallow. I think I was initially expecting a sort of Jaffa Cake (Irish orange & chocolate cookies) experience. Once I realized that the orange note was passive, I was able to enjoy the beer for what it was. I found a bit of pine towards the back of the beer, but it was more of a background player.

M- a medium mouthfeel, lighter than your usual imperial, but great for summer drinking. The finish was medium with the orange note coming out slightly more as the stout warmed.

O- a nice, light summer imperial stout with a bit of orange flavor. Not very complex, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:26:16 | More by mecummins
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:38:18 | More by mfnmbvp
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csparace

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 05:12:49 | More by csparace
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 06:54:29 | More by KFBR392
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.11/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 20:06:11 | More by tectactoe
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the June release, Batch #146 I guess? Served in a pint glass at Lily LeBlanc's birthday.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Pitch black body, with perhaps a hint of color at the edges of the glass.

S - Reminds me of those chocolate oranges you get at Christmas; as you'd expect there is a good deal of orange and chocolate truffle. Base beer imparts characteristic anise, dark fruits, and a dollop of caramel. A tad boozy still.

T - Very roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, vanilla, anise, and dark fruits amid the more charry and burnt flavors. Orange shows up in the finish, and alcohol is better concealed at this juncture.

M - Silky smooth medium-full body with pleasant carbonation. Lightly sticky finish with some tannins from the orange addition. Again, a bit of alcohol warmth; I always feel like this Abduction variants are closed to 12%, but who knows.

D - I liked this better than the Raspberry and Coffee versions, and I like all them all better than the base beer. Still, I'm a much bigger fan of what Pipeworks is doing with their Milk Stouts than I am of the Abduction lineup. Could use a bit more time to mellow, although I'm concerned that will be at the cost of orange flavor. Definitely a beer you'd want to share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:45:24 | More by MasterSki
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:45:27 | More by emerge077
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch 217-218 (fall 2013)
DFH signature glass

A: Pours deep dark black. Thin spotty collar of medium tan head. Some lacing bits.

S: Big orange zest character. Really comes up first. Milk chocolate. Some malt ball notes.

T: Dark chocolate with that bitter orange zest is there. Chocolate malt ball flavors, as with the nose. I will be marking this higher than others, because I found it to be more pleasant than expecting.

M: Medium side of full. Not epically thick.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 16:24:55 | More by inlimbo77
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timc100

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:54:37 | More by timc100
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 06:01:17 | More by homebrew311
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz orange wax bottle into snifter.

Pours black, 1 finger cola head, minimal lacing.

Chocolate, pine, not a lot of citrus maybe just a little citrus/orange.

Chocolate, roast, decent amount of bitterness, mostly pine and a little orange peel.

Medium, medium. Fairly smooth

Nice beer but doesn't hold a candle to raspberry truffle. Orange is very faint but to sure how this would be with it more prevelant either.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:35:04 | More by kawilliams81
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williamsgodfrey

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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.

Aroma:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Overall:
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.

Conclusion:
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:08:50 | More by williamsgodfrey
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Florida9

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Fully opaque black in color. Forms a moderate sized dark tan head that sticks around for a little while before reducing to a thin, but stable, ring around the edge and some patchy surface coating. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is pleasant. Mostly deep, dark chocolate and dark malts, with some lighter notes of bright, sweet orange.

T: Taste is very similar to the aroma. Loads of dark chocolate flavors. Mildly sweet. Chocolate and cocoa dominate. Then there are some mildly sweet dark malts. Somewhat roasty, but more sweet than roasted. On the finish, there is a hint of orange, but it quite subtle.

M: Full bodied, but the heavier carbonation ligthens this up a bit. Mild chalky mouthfeel. Mild bitterness.

O: A nice Imperial Stout. Not a whole lot of orange, but then again I prefer not having a lot of orange to having an annoying artificial orange taste. Never-the-less, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:55:26 | More by Florida9
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:47:25 | More by Alieniloquium
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Treebs

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #146.

A: Pours a dark black color with a khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some mild splotches of lace down the glass.

S: Not much orange on the nose. I'm getting a nice char with some solid roasted malts. That light chocolaty sweetness with a minimal dark fruit character. Very light vanilla notes as well.

T: The orange comes in on the finish with a nice zest, but it dissipates rather quickly. It does almost have an underlying twang throughout the sip, but you couldn't pick the flavor profile if done blind. Lots of normal Abduction char and roast with some minimal bitter baker's chocolate. Finish has more dry roasted malts.

M: Medium carbonation with a roasty finish. Medium body leaning towards the heavy side. Nice slick coating on the mouth

O: I would have liked more of the orange in this one. Too much twang, not enough orange flesh/juice character. I actually like regular Abduction more than this. Still a solid beer though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:41:52 | More by Treebs
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jokemon

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle

pours black with a minimal head, brown toasty colored foam that dissipates quickly.

taste is bitter chocolate, like a really dark chocolate with very little orange. I was expecting a lot more orange sweetness from this but instead its really just a bitter chocolaty dark beer with a roasted malty oat taste to it.

Overall I was expecting more orange, so I was pretty disappointed with the beer. It taste of for a plain stout but I wanted orange.

Use more orange!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:50:49 | More by jokemon
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Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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