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Orange Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 352
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 26.45%
Wants: 70
Gots: 99 | FT: 13
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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Photo of harrymel
2.74/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -27%

Pour is black with a tight caramel colored head. Nose is heavy roast light up front, orange citrus liquor, faint notes of chocolate malt, more lingering almost burnt roasted malts. Taste is a bit messy, lots of booziness throughout, orange citrus liquor, roast isn't quite as over cooked as the nose, not acrid which I thought it would be, malts are a bit richer mid palate, but lots of sugar and sweetness through the back end mixing with the orange citrus. Full body, a bit slick, moderate carbonation, semi dry finish with some bitter chocolate through the finish.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Flight317
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

This one was unique to say the least. I haven't tasted so.ething like it before. I struggled the entire time to decide if I liked it or not. The orange flavor came through pretty decently and went pretty well with the sweetness this beer has but it tasted a bit generic of a flavor. It was good beer and (to me) not a flop like passionfruit was but it is a very hate it or love it flavor to me. Glad I got to try it but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Batch # 145.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and subtle orange aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slight orange flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the orange presence is very subdued all around.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
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 actually...orange, chocolate and roast...like 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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of ScotNH
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Attribute: Pours a fudge brown color with a bit of a bubble show that creates a modest head and dots of lace

Smell: Chocolate fudge, sugary caramel and a vague hint of orange (although I probably wouldn't have picked this up absent the label)

Taste: Sugary chocolate fudge, up front, with some vanilla and orange flavor (much more pronounced than in the aroma) developing; the finish is like a chocolate covered creamsicle, packed with a sugary finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation, though the sugar almost bothers my teeth

Overall: I wish I could have enjoyed this more than I did, but I am finding all of the PIpeworks stouts to be too sweet for my tastebuds

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Photo of Treebs
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of jokemon
3.77/5  rDev -5%
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!!!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.85/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is ok, but probably my least favorite in the abduction series. The orange comes through on the nose and the finish, but I don't know if it pairs very well with the stout flavors.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

A-dark brown black color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-dark malt, orange, cocoa, coffee

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, orange cream, coffee, slight char

F-medium to full body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-decent stout variation, but not as enjoyable as some other flavored varieties

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of williamsgodfrey
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of timc100
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.