Orange Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
10-28-2013 16:31:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-29-2013 02:45:27 | More by emerge077
4.11/5 rDev +3%
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.
11-27-2013 03:45:24 | More by MasterSki
3.71/5 rDev -7%
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.
01-26-2014 00:01:38 | More by jlindros
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Second bottle opened on 3.24.14
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.
09-26-2013 17:29:04 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.79/5 rDev -5%
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.
08-27-2013 01:47:25 | More by Alieniloquium
3.64/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
12-07-2013 01:56:30 | More by twiggamortis420
Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.