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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

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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 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 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 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 MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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 dcmchew
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown with a small light mocha string, leaving pretty lacing on the glass.
Slices of sweet oranges smothered in chocolate on the nose, a really nice contrast, backed by rich roasted malt, light dark fruit, extra cocoa powder with a light alcoholic kick. Faint vanilla and coffee.
Rich chocolate and raw cocoa beans in the taste, with a really nice citrus zestiness. A bit of boozy plum and raisin. Roasted malts, kept from being too heavy by the orange zest, but bringing nice coffee notes. Vanilla, licorice and some American hop to close it up. Light roast, not ashy.
Aftertaste has cocoa and coffee powder, overripe orange pulp, hop. Medium bodied, medium carbonated, slightly smooth.
A surprisingly refreshing imperial stout, great zesty-chocolatey mix, really tasty, really complex.

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Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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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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 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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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 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 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 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 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 bcm75
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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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 mfnmbvp
4.2/5  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.

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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 Vonerichs
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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