Barrel Aged Coffee Break Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

Barrel Aged Coffee Break AbductionBarrel Aged Coffee Break Abduction
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #426
Ranked #2,882
4.32 | pDev: 11.57%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Barrel Aged Coffee Break AbductionBarrel Aged Coffee Break Abduction
Notes: Aged in Elijah Craig Small Batch and Old Fitzgerald barrels for 16, 18 and 20 months with Dark Matter Coffee added.
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Photo of stortore
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. 2018 issue, had 1/25/19.

Pours an opaque dark brown, thick looking, with no head And some spotty cling. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, coffee, tobacco, raisins, chocolate, light oak, char, molasses, some figs. Really smells great. The flavor is similar- bourbon, coffee, chocolate, malt, figs, raisins, molasses, some tobacco, light oak and char. Smooth, a little creamy, a great full body, well carbonated.

Terrific flavors and- especially, aromas. Barrel forward, but doesn’t overwhelm or compromise the base beer. The coffee could be stronger, but it’s not a negative. Every sip is very enjoyable. Another outstanding barrel aged beer from Pipeworks.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished marble black with a short tan ridge around the glass.

Solid dark roast coffee pairs with a strong bourbon char, and even a hint of firewood on the exhale. There's certainly some warmth, and a syrupy peppery bourbon, as a hint of maple comes out after the semi-dry finish. The thin bubbly carbonation brings out a hint of marshmallow as it warms.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. 2018 release. Snifter glass. Dark black body, oily legs, one finger mocha head, fair retention, no lacing. Again, super oily legs. Smell is a beautiful blend of oaky whiskey aromas, milk chocolate, hefty chocolate fudge, brown sugar, tempered by a mild black coffee presence, light marshmallow. Really, really nice barrel-forward aroma that is on par with the big names out there. I enjoyed smelling the fudgy presence; lots of complexity and zero heat. This is a fun beer to sip on. Big sugary chocolate fudge, a touch of caramel, big sweet and marshmallowy bourbon oak, bit of sugar. Coffee is not quite an afterthought, but it is in the background and doesn't seem to contribute much to the overall profile. Still, a delicious barrel-aged stout on its own merits! Medium full bodied, nice chewiness, fudge and caramel on the finish.

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Photo of darktronica
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Winter 2018 batch. A big barrel-aged coffee stout from Pipeworks, which generally seems to get very nice barrels and use them to their full effect. That is certainly the case here, with this batch leaning on Heaven Hill barrels for the substantial boozy bourbon and oak character. That said, I'm a big coffee fan but hit or miss on Dark Matter contributions to beers. The result, for me, is a boozed-up coffee stout that is still quite hot on the nose, but gets smoothed out a little by the earthy coffee notes once they hit the palate. Also strong notes of honey and chocolate muffins in the flavor profile. Moderately full body, but thinner than expected for a 13% ABV bruiser.

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Photo of pagriley
2.04/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Latest release bought directly from brewery

Pours oily and thick with no head at all no matter how hard I poured it.
Soy sauce and heat on the nose. Autolyzed.
Same on the palate with coffee intertwined
Feel is good, smooth and rich

Pretty poor. nothing worth bothering with. The excessive 'meaty' soy flavor is ultra off-putting. Drain pour

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Photo of maximum12
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to HIGHPA for this highly anticipated 22 oz. bottle. My wife drank a small child’s body weight in this at Huna Day, so I’m splitting it with her. Or I’d be killed.

Black, with little evident life on top. The nose is just as advertised, with heavy bourbon & roast. Anticipation, along with other things, rises.

Coffee Break Abduction – Barrel Aged touched me inappropriately, & I liked it. Bourbon for miles is backed up with strong, aggressive roast that brings just a touch of the fruited bean. Mild notes of chocolate & a healthy dose of alcohol. Thick, sticky, filling, this is a stout that I could drink an entire bomber of, & still want more.

Unsubtle, uncomplex, everything beer isn’t about in 2018. It’s also insanely delicious, with the bourbon & coffee pinballing off one another in beautiful unison. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of addicted2thebarrel
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coffee bomb in taste and smell. It reminded me of Red Eye November but I feel I enjoyed this one more. Barrel came through just enough. I found myself drinking it faster than I wanted to. First Pipeworks brew, and I’m impressed.

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Photo of mothman
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap. Tan head. Black color.

Massive bourbon flavor. Warming and smooth. Light roast with the coffee. Bourbon dipped fudge is an accurate description. Coffee is nice but it does add a touch of roasted flavor. Full bodied. This is a really nice offering and I’m glad I could find it on tap.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body with dark brown head that quick disappears. Lots of oak, bourbon, chocolate, & coffee which all balance nicely in both aroma & flavor. Medium body & low yet adequate carbonation. Another example of an extremely well dialed in barrel program from PW.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled February 2018; drank 3/10/18 @ the Yarchives.

Motor oil black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small, noisy dark khaki head; almost no lace.

Dark chocolate syrup, cream, dark roast coffee bean & mild coconut notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Sweet bourbon heat & dry oak flavors up front; mild chocolate syrup, coconut & dark roast coffee bean notes on the finish.

A bourbon soaked stout with no balance now; I'd like to revisit this in a year (luckily, I can).

EDIT: after 9 months, this was less boozy & much improved. Not changing my scoring, as I think how they released it is how it's intended, but making a note.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the local option 666 minutes of beer event. Pours a still black with no light passage and no head. The nose starts with a swift kick of heavy bourbon and wood. A bit of mellow coffee peaks through as it warms. The taste is very bourbon forward which brings on notes of vanilla, coconut, and chocolate. Coffee is present but is overshadowed by the barrel character. The body is medium with low carbonation. Overall, this brew would have benefitted from some back blending of the base beer.
It tastes good and all, but doesn't quite live up to what it is billed as. I much prefer the non barreled version.

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Barrel Aged Coffee Break Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 52 ratings