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Cherry Truffle Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 53
Gots: 87 | FT: 15
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-14-2013

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Ratings: 310 | Reviews: 26
Photo of DESK_SMASH
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

520 batch (22oz bomber)
l: almost opaque black, some cola-brown on the edges, some light coming through. poured aggressively ended up with about a finger of tan head, tight bubbles, great looking beer.
s: not very pungent, getting roasted malt and chocolate, did not detect much cherry on the nose, just a hint of sweet booziness. thinking the 6mo aging left some cherry behind.
t: starts sweet but not cloying, middle of mouth i get roasted chocolate malt, oakiness, very faint cherry sweetness (not tart), the cherry puree probably faded as this bottle is 6 months old. as it warms you get more back of throat/chest heat from the booze, but is hidden fairly well when first poured out of the fridge.
f: i can see where people think this is too thin for an imp stout, but i still get a decent big stout mouthfeel, just enough carb to make the flavors pop on the tongue.
o: overall great drinkable imperial stout, not much of a fruit imperial stout as i could not detect much cherry, would like to have tried it fresh. the base abduction is great, excited for more from pdubs.

Photo of joeseppy
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 517-520
Dark brown pour with minimal wispy flat cola top.

Aroma of charred oaky vanilla. Scant sourball cherry candy. Dark chocolate.

Bitter charred vanilla on the arrival. Dark chocolate. Sour cherry juice on the finish.

Light effervescence. Medium body. Dark cocoa bitterness in the mouth.

Overall decent enough. Not just Pipeworks but these cherry stouts with little influence are tiring. It says cherry-the guy has a cherry for a brain-give me cherry dammit. Drink it for the ABV and again, a decent enough stout.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tried the Coffee Break Abduction a few months back and loved it. Finally got another one from the series to try out.

A: Looks pretty great. Slightly thin looking on the pour, but still looks solid in the glass and yields a one finger khaki colored head.

S: Has some good things going on and some not good things. A nice, mellow and roasty smell with some cocoa powder and roasted malt. Just a touch of fudge in there as well. But the cherry note is a little strange. Sour and almost cherry soda like on the nose. No real vanilla here that I can get at all.

T: Just not feeling this one. Sour cherry to the point of being bitter, roasted malt and a very thin mouthfeel do not a happy boy this drinker make. Everything about the name screams dessert in a glass, but the sour/bitter aspect here just overwhelms everything else in here.

Photo of cheesy26
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, with a sour cherry taste.

Photo of larryarms847
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours midnight black with a slight red hue out of the bottle and a thick two finger head of khaki foam.

Dark chocolate, cherry, vanilla, roasted malts, and slightly nutty,

Heavy toasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cherry notes.

Heavy-boded, medium carbonation, fruity, sweet, rather thin.

Overall, smells wonderful, but the mouthfeel is unfortunately thin.

Photo of maxcoinage
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good roasty stout, chocolate and cherry flavors.

Photo of Ri0
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into chalice.

A - Coffee colored with a 1.5 finger wheat bread colored head. Fair retention that leaves a collar and some lacing on the glass.

S - Fudge, cocoa, vanilla and some cherry. I pick up mostly chocolate and vanilla notes with only a hint of cherry and some roasted malt.

T - Starts off with some fudge and milk chocolate. Vanilla creeps in and brings with it slight cherry notes. The roasted malts give it a slight bitterness to keep it from being overly sweet. I pick up far less cherry than other reviews suggest.

M - Medium bodied and not as smooth and creamy as I would like. Carbonation is decent.

O - My first of the Abductions series and it was decent. I like that it was more chocolaty and less cherry. It was also not overly sweet like some fruited stouts.

Photo of Lucnifter
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown, verging on black in the glass. Moderate head that recedes rather quickly to bubbles lining the glass. Some alcohol on the nose. Cherry flavor is just enough to be nice and not overwhelming. Medium body. A nice cherry stout.

Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Another solid Pipeworks beer. Light cherry flavors blended well with the abduction stout base. I liked it. I am glad that I have more...

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pipeworks Brewing Cherry Truffle Abduction.

Poured from a bomber into my trusty CBS snifter. Served at cellar temp. That means whatever the temperature is inside of the closet in my basement.

A) Dark brown... My four year old says it's black. A nice big dark tan head. The head settled to a thin dusting. This has some legs.

S) The cherry is pretty subdued. There is a little tartness on the nose. Faint chocolate and vanilla.

T) Please refer to the aroma. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, given an 11% ABV. There's a little heat.

M) A bit thin for my liking. Finishes up dry with some warmth.

O) A decent sipper, and it took the edge off after a long work week. Although I have to say this has been my least favorite of the Abduction series.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Deep black. Nice khaki head. Thick collar.

Smell - Cherry and chocolate. Kinda milk chocolatey. Not very dynamic.

Taste - Much more chocolate, but the cherry cuts into the richness of it. Makes it taste a bit artificial. Again, not all that interesting.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not as tasty as other Abduction variants. Cherry really doesn't work.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 2.20.14
Batch # 204/5

A - Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A smaller dark tan head forms, but fades pretty quickly.

S - Chocolate covered cherries is all I can think of.

T - Swwet and bitter cherry, dark chocolate.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body. Bitter finish.

O - Cherry is there, just not that pleasant.

Photo of Stevedore
2.72/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle, batch #204, thanks Doug for bringing this one over. Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 2/5/2014.

App- Dark opaque black body, 1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly, leaves some lacing and a nice collar.

Smell- Faint tart cherries and that's it. Not particularly interesting. I don't pick out any cocoa or vanilla despite the label saying it was brewed with these.

Flavour- Disappointing. Tart cherries, on the verge of being sour. But I don't get any of the base beer even as it warms up. No roast malts, no espresso, no chocolate. It's just fairly tart cherries. Disappointing even though I expected the beer to be cherry forward. I at least expected to have some more going on.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin body, fine carbonation. Might be slightly watery actually. Aftertaste is a faint tart cherry flavour.

Overall- If I want cherries, I'd rather spend the money on Wisconsin Belgian Red. This doesn't taste like a stout at all, and is very cherry forward. Definitely one of Pipeworks' weakest offerings in my opinion. Their DIPA bombers are fantastic, but everything else I've had from them have been at least a bit underwhelming.

Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark black color.

The aroma has tons of chocolate, cocoa, and dark dark cherries. A bit of tart of those cherries coming through too.

The flavor follows of roasted malt, sweet cocoa, milk chocolate, and a cherry note. The slightly tart somehow just doesn't exactly meld perfectly with the chocolate and roasted malt flavors, but still a fine beer.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black in color with no light making it through and moderately thick. Tan head is a thin film that has great retention

Smell is great. Lots of semi tart ripe red cherry aromas are forward and followed by a chocolate malt and cacao. Slight vanilla aromas one the end. Also a big alcohol aroma.

Taste follows nose and is good. Semi sweet tart cherries come in first along with some roasted chocolate malt. Big alcohol presence and sweet malty flavor are midway before a very faint vanilla flavor finishes.

Mouthfeel is good. Thick body is cut with a moderate small bubble carbonation. Good sticky malty feel.

Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apperance is a deep cola brown with minimal head and no lacing. The nose starts with deep dark cherries which bring some acidity to the nose. This is followed by notes of vanilla and some brighter candy like cherry notes. Hints of roast and cocoa come through, however they are largely overshadowed. The taste is opposite of the nose, chocolate and roast comes through first, and then the tart cherries build up some tartness and a touch of sweetness towards the end. Mouthfeel is medium for Style and light in carbonation. Overall, the cherry is pronounced in this beer, but unfortunately it overshadows the delicious Abduction base. A tasty beer no doubt, probably the weakest of the variants IMO.

Photo of DrippingI
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch # 259 260

A: Almost pitch black with ruby highlights; thin head upon pouring, but it quickly dissipates.

S: Very rich coffee , milk chocolate, and pleasant cherry undertones. It's like eating chocolate-covered cherries for breakfast with a mug of premium coffee.

T: As soon as a single drop plummets onto the tongue, you get hit right away with cherries. In fact, even after swallowing each sip, the cherries remain the dominant factor in the taste of this beer. When it slides down your throat, it leaves a thin layer of cherry juice to sprawl across the taste buds like an accountant stretching on a warm, comfy bed after a long days work. I should note that the coffee and chocolate are obscured by the cherry notes, though the coffee is still somewhat present and swirls alongside the cherries, culminating in a subtle mixture that seems to fit pretty decently. Unlike the coffee, the chocolate has simply fanished into nothingness.

M: Medium/medium-full body with low-medium amount of carbonation.

O: I thoroughly enjoyed this, though I think that the lack of chocolate in the taste ended up being this beer's downfall. I would drink this again, but I think that for future batches, I would like to see a much more chocolate taste to it than it is now.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Batch #259 260 printed on the label. The fourth variant of the signature stout from the masters at Pipeworks; expectations are fairly high since I've enjoyed the hell out of the others and because Pipeworks brews one hell of a stout. My bottle lists an 11.00% abv.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours just over two fingers of thick creamy mocha head on top of an opaque black colored body. Small streaks of lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is dark and roasty: chocolate, cream, tart cherry juice, with some indistinct spice character, some alcohol fumes, and some earthy / grassy / vinous smells going on as well. Cacao is apparent, so is the cherry, but I'm not picking up on any vanilla.

T - Taste follows the nose: dark roasty chocolate, mildy tart dark cherry, almost a dark chocolate raspberry taste. Again, not pulling any vanilla through on the taste.

M - Feel is smooth & creamy, with some powdery cacao bitterness on the finish. Light fruity sweetness / tartness lingering.

Overall, this was probably my least favorite of the variants of this beer. I was hoping for more of a cherry tartness like I experienced in the Bell's Cherry Stout, and definitely at least some some semblance of vanilla. Well enough for what it is, but it's more of a dark chocolate cherry taste than tart, which is the route I was hoping this beer would take. Still delicious; another great stout from Pipeworks, well worth the money. Glad to have tried it.

Pipeworks Cherry Truffle Abduction ---4/5.

Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split 3 ways, ended up with at least 12-14 oz.

Brownish black when poured, creamy mocha goam billows up on the initial pour. A small amount of lace, tiny flecks around the edges. Surface is glassy and still after a few minutes.

Aroma is roasty, with a subdued hint of dried cherry.

Taste is a little more fruit forward, the cherry comes across as dried fruit, lending a mellow tartness and natural flavors, tied up nicely with the roasty, chocolatey imperial stout base. Low carbonation, cherry lends a light acidic tartness which is expected.feel is smooth and not really boozy at all. In the series this may be the better of the fruited versions, though the coffee still gets my vote.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque brown with a small lasting tan ring lacing. The aroma shows chocolate-covered cherry fruit and pit notes, heavy chocolate and toffee, alcohol, nuts, tobacco and leather. The taste is quite sweet, nearly cloying with heavy fruity overtones. The base Abduction is almost lost this beer, I wished for a somewhat cherried version of the Coffee Break Abduction where the coffee bitterness could offset some of the sweetness and fruity overtones. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, a tad disappointing.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 204/5

A - Deep brown, black with a ruby tinge and a thin brown head with spritzy looking bubbles.

S - Espresso, vanilla, roasted malt, light sweet cherry, fudge.

T - Vanilla, sweet cherry, a strong medicinal flavor that passes quickly, dark chocolate, cacao nibs, the cherry turns tart but then finishes sweet with a long lasting rich chocolate covered cherry note.

M - Medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Feels almost acidic in the middle but finishes with a lingering sweetness.

D - The cherry isn't as smooth as I would like but a solid beer overall.

Photo of csparace
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smell (4.50) – Chocolates, coffee, and a touch of cherry. Really awesome smell that has me excited.

Appearance (4.25) – Thin pour. Flat black color with a fluffy chocolate head of tiny bubbles.

Taste (3.50) – Coffee at the front. Cherry is hard to find but there – kind of like the OTA. Chocolates really come out in the body. The finish has the hints of cherry but is almost overcome by coffee.

Mouthfeel (3.75) – This is where I think the cherry comes out. There a somewhat acidic feel that reminds me of cherry consumption. Seconds, even a minute or so after the sip it feels light and potentially fruity. It even feels slightly boozy – but I'm not sure if that's the cherry speaking or the 11%.

Overall (3.75) – I thought this one would lean on the RTA side of the spectrum but tended to be much more like the OTA. You can hardly get the cherry – which for this beer series seems to be the draw. It is nothing like the in your face awesome raspberryness that is RTA.

Batch 204/5

Photo of Vonerichs
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a huge fluffy mushroom cloud of a head that threatens to overflow but somehow keeps it together.

I use this comparison with all the abduction variants so why stop now; it smells like a cherry tootsie pop. Sweet artificial cherry and fudge. Light coffee.

Sweet cherry, bitter chocolate, coffee, and anise. There is an off putting aftertaste that's both tinny and cardboard.

Medium body if not light for the style. Mild carbonation. Sweet.

Another solid abduction variant but probably my least favorite of the bunch.

Photo of KFBR392
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a medium to heavy body. Thin light brown head. Sit black in the glass. Little to no carbonation active in the glass while drinking.

Smell: The front is a dark espresso, vanilla, and roasted malt. The cherry is faint but brightens up the aroma. The vanilla continues to open up as this beer warmed up. Bitter dark chocolate is present plentifully in the body as well.

Taste: The front is a creamy vanilla bean flavor. Some of the cherry sweetness picks up in the body and has a slight synthetic/medicinal flavor. Not much but enough to be noticed. The cherry and bitter chocolate provide an interesting finish which leaves a slight funk on the palate. The aftertaste is dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: The front is creamy and smooth and the finish is slightly funky and spicy on the palate.

Overall: These abductions continue to be quality brews. The cherry is subdued and sweet but can definitely be found. I loved the vanilla bean accents, really rounded out the overall flavor of this brew. Some slight hiccups still here, but these abductions continue to improve.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a 2 finger dark tan head. Lots of small bubbles speckle the glass.

Sweet chocolate, vanilla, light cherries, some roast.

Bitter chocolate, vanilla, light tart cherry, light coffee and roasted malts. Something about the roast/coffee and tart cherries leaves me with a slight metallic, rust flavor.

Another good abduction beer, but was hoping for much more. Like I said the cherries leave a weird metallic flavor for me. Was hoping for more of a clean cut cherry flavor with chocolate.

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Cherry Truffle Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.