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Orange Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

252 Ratings
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 77
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bcm75 on 06-24-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.3%

spycow, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Thorpe429, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Texasfan549, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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

brentk56, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Knapp85, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

emerge077, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev +3%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 27, 2013
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.

jlindros, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -6%

imperialking, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +0.3%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +0.3%

orangesol, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Gonzoillini, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

KAF, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +0.3%

liamt07, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Sep 26, 2013
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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

tobelerone, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev +0.3%

xnicknj, Aug 28, 2013
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Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.