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Orange Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: bcm75 on 06-24-2013)
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Photo of Fcolle2
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost solid dark black. There is a thin quarter finger dark tan head that retains nicely. There is a lot if nice lacing left all around the glass.

Smell has deep notes of roasted coffee and creamy dark chocolate along hints of fresh crisp orange. Malt is very rich with great toffee notes and a light sweetness.

Taste is awesome. Rich creamy notes of chocolate is forward with roasted malt and lightly roasted coffee. A slight orange sweetness is somewhere near the middle of the sip before a nice light char bitterness which persists into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is great. Really thick and velvety. Moderate small bubble carbonation over a juicy sweet sticky feel gives it a smooth creamy body. A very mild char bitterness in the finish.

Photo of BullBearHawk
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AaronBurr
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of rudylaw
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of CTJman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Arsenal0328
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of BigDaveLB
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.2/5  rDev +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.

Photo of Benny3000
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of SHerninko
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sliks96
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CityofBals
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Florida9
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of THATGUY_BIGMIKE
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of KWMiles
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of xnicknj
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Kaveman
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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4/5  rDev 0%

Orange Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.