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Orange Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 76
Gots: 94 | FT: 11
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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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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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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.

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Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.