Coconut Almond Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Coconut Almond AbductionCoconut Almond Abduction

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Toasty Nut Abduction

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you want to drink a dark, rich, delicious coconut and almond flavored beer. (Let's be honest, for us it's both...all the time.) We took our base Abduction and added cacao nibs, vanilla bean, toasted coconut and almond. The result is a deeply complex brew that will linger with you long after you're done drinking it. Delicious now but also a prime candidate for a prolonged rest in your temperature controlled catacomb of choice.

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Photo of stortore
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/5/16, had 10/7/16.

Pours dark, near black and quite opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some lacing. Smell is malt, vanilla, cocoa, some chocolate, kind of a nutty aroma, some caramel. The taste is similar, with the malt and vanilla leading, then chocolate, less cocoa than the nose, caramel. The coconut shows here, not strong, a general nuttiness to the flavor. Smooth. creamy, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

A good effort, with good aroma and flavor, but I had this the first time back in early 2014. and remember it being just a little bit better. Still well worth a purchase, like all Pipeworks Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of brewskis
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 22 oz. bottle. Bottled 9/5/16.

Pours black as night with a two finger reddish mocha head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is filled with tons of coconut, but I also get lots of vanilla, carmel, molasses, some chocolate, and slight roastiness. I also get that almond nuttiness, which is unique. It is very sweet and dessert-like.

Taste brings more balance than the sweet aroma would lead you to believe. Although it still is very sweet and definitely a dessert beer, the roast and dark chocolate qualities of the base beer come through more. Get tons of coconut, vanilla, and carmel up front. Also get that almond nutty quality. Finishes with a good dose of roast, coffee, and slight bitter dark chocolate to counteract the sweet notes.

High medium to full body. Smooth, creamy, and slightly chewy.

A very nice adjunct stout. This ranks very high in comparison to the other Abduction variants. The coconut and vanilla make this one very sweet, but very good. Other reviews have mentioned that the coconut isn't that strong, but I get the opposite.

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Photo of mschrei
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pipeworks NvU snifter. Slightly active stout, good color and activity. Strong coconut scent over the roasty stout, but the chocolate and vanilla don't pop out until the taste with a strong sweetness following the roast and coconut. Not sure where the almond comes in, but it's a very flavorful and balanced beer. Slightly oily feel, alcohol is present but not overpowering. Very good beer.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was so excited to try this beer because of the coconut and almond but, I was disappointed. Maybe it's my taste buds but, I didn't taste the coconut and only a hint of almonds. Oskar Blues Death by Coconut still is my favorite Coconut beer.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this a year ago when it was toasty nut abduction and I'm happy to have it on tap.
The appearance is the expected pitch black with a tan head that dissipated quickly.
Aromas are chocolate, vanilla, boozy sweetness, and a toasted nuttiness. Not really picking up any coconut.
The taste follows the nose as it is chocolate forward along with vanilla, spicy alcohol heat and a toasty almond and coconut note. Some dark fruits are present as well.
The palate is full with a lingering alcohol heat and some boozy sweetness. Some bitterness lingers as well.
Overall this is another nice variant in the abduction series that would be good to age and see how it changes.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to like this one but it was just not well balanced. It was too alcohol and chocolate forward and I could not discern the almond or coconut at all. But it's still a decent imperial stout just doesn't seem true to its label.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jerry for this one. 22oz. bomber into a Grrrz teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours pitch black. Viscous, heavy and menacing. 1 finger mocha colored head with low retention. Thin legs that really stick to the side of the glass. Spotty lace with little stick. Very good.

Nose is fudge, mocha, chocolate, vanilla, cream, coconut and a touch of sweet soy sauce. Rich, deep and with good complexity.

Opens chocolate, fudge and sweet soy sauce. Coconut is apparent in the middle with some vanilla, cream and molasses. Ends cocoa powder, more sweet soy sauce and dark fruit. Aftertaste of syrup, leather and molasses. Nice complexity. Pretty unique!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and oily in the mouth and goes down smooth and rich. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste that sticks around. Luscious, really.

Pretty impressive for my first Pipeworks Imperial Stout. If the other variations are as good as this, I'll be looking forward to them!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with an off white bubbly head that subsides to leave some residual bubbles. Smells like Toast, graham crackers, creamy chocolate, coconut cream, almond essence, hint of hazelnut, generally like nutty s'mores. Tastes like chocolate covered almonds, roasted malt sugars, creamy nougat. Big candy bar flavor without being extremely sweet. Pretty smooth feel leaves residual flavors hanging around. Great tasting beer.

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Photo of brennan813
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 661/ 662 . Not gettin any coconut. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt bc it leaked 1/4 cup in bag in the box albeit it should only compromise carbonation (which it did, minimally I might add).

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber in a trade with ksecler. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

Pours rich and viscous midnight black with a massive tan head that sticks around for a few sips leaving thick coats of lacing in my glass from start to finish. Aroma is sweet milk chocolate, burnt toast, molasses, toasted hazel nut, coconut and a hint of booze. The flavor is on point with the aroma - this bad ass beer tastes like a stout soaked Ferrero Rocher chocolate - so decadent! The body is big with a creamy mouthfeel, a mellow carbonation works extremely well with the style - it's like a chocolate milk soda.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Andersonville Wine & Spirits. Served in a New Belgium snifter.

A - Dark tan foam settles to a wispy, partial cap, thin collar, and a few specks of lace. Body is a solid, opaque, black.

S - Yep, it's toasty nuts all right, with a plethora of toasted coconut and almond. Some vanilla bean, and a bit of the anise and chocolate profile that the base beer has. It's got that Mounds viibe without smelling 'fake'.

T - Taste has less of the adjunct and more of the base, although there's still a good deal of toasted almond and shaved coconut in the finish. Less sweet, with more anise and bitter dark chocolate. Well-hidden booze, and good balance of roast, bitter, and sweet flavors.

M - Full-bodied, chewy, with lingering stickiness. Pleasant, lower carbonation, light alcohol warmth. Surprisingly creamy considering the adjuncts used; more silky and soft.

D - Nice beer. Probably my favorite of the series actually, including The Abduction. It'd be hard to tackle a bomber, but it paired really well with cake for Mara's birthday. Hopefully they put this one in some bourbon barrels too.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my IPA glass...
A - Pours black with small tan head.
S - Smells of coffee mostly.
T - I taste coffee, vanilla, maybe a little chocolate and a hint of coconut.
M - I would call this chewy with low carbonation.
O - I agree with a previous reviewer that I wanted a bit more coconut flavor. But this is a very good beer, well balanced and enjoyable.
2016 version - Same beer, coconut and almond nowhere to be found.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with nice layer of tan foam
S- Sweetness and rich roasted malts.... maybe a hint of coconut
T- Just a hint of coconut, but mostly overpowered by sweetness from the malts.
F- Medium to full
O- I wanted a bit more out of this beer. I love coconuts and would have loved for this thing to be jam packed with that flavor. The hints of it brought me back, but this doesn't stack up to the coconut flavor of Coconut Hunter (18th st).

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (many thanks!). Batch 383-385 (I believe bottled early 2014). Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours dark, near-black brown with a full finger of tan head. The lasting healthy collar deposits some large islands of lace.

Sweet and smooth aromas greet my nostrils as soon as I pop the cap. Cocoa, coconut, caramel, vanilla and some semi sour dark fruits.

I detect some slight oxidation in the taste, as should be expected after about a year. Coconut, toasted nuts, cocoa, roasted grains, dark fruits, mild coffee, vanilla, faint almond and a light dusting of alcohol.

Smooth, creamy body on the fuller side of medium with light but active carbonation. The finish is slightly bitter with a little more oxidation, toasted nuts, vague coconut and hints of vanilla.

Toasty Nut Abduction is a tasty spin on the base. I'm relatively certain that my experience is just a shadow of how this was a year ago when it was fresh but it's better to taste this late than not at all.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark motor oil pour. Little head. Little worried about the smell because it is slightly sour. Other hints of chocolate and cocoa. Very sweet. Slight fruit taste. Might be on the verge of going bad. Lots of cocoa flavor. Mild almond. Not getting much coconut. Maybe that is the slight tart fruity taste and aroma.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

after having the passion abduction as well I think the cocoa being used creates a bitterness that doesn't blend the flavors well. I get the toasty nuts, then I get a lot of chocolate, but then there is a lingering bitterness that doesn't mesh well. fun series, but I wanted a more balanced beer.

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Photo of Flight317
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Wasn't a big fan of this one. I did not pick up a lot of the flavors it has to offer. Also, from semi chilled to nearly room temp I got a boozy taste that many other stouts on the level manage to hide much better. I would easily drink it again but not over a lot of the beers I can find on the shelf near me.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Nice black malted pour with a hazy mocha froth you'd love to scoop out with a spoon and eat it.

Aroma upfront is prominent cocoa nibs, which I'm a fan of and eat out of a bag for snacking. Malt balls covered in dark chocolate and a lingering cola. Chocolate covered raisins come to mind. A palatable toastiness of coconut. Vanilla and almond extract.

Taste is rich. Raisin purée and dark bitter cocoa. Can't say I'm picking up on coconut but the toasty component is evident. Cola vanilla ice cream float. Coffee and malta (a spanish drink).

Body is lush, luxurious, slick, and velourish. Heavier texture and sugar residues keep you licking your lips.

The entire experience is so enjoyable. Olfactory nerves are tantalized. Taste buds are comforted with the tasty chocolate treats in life. What I love about this beer is that alcohol is not disturbing it. Today I needed just that. Bang up brew.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with what almost looks like a red hue to it, but could have been the light I'm in. Very thick, looks delicious.

The aroma of roasted malts and light fruity coconut is a real treat!

Perfect amount of roasted malts upfront, soon followed by some creaminess from the coconut, and a little bit o' booze to finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, thick, and freaking delicious!

Overall this one of my favorites thus far from the Abduction lineup!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours pitch black with minimal tan froth.

(S)- Mild roast meets some raisin and cocoa. Subtle coconut in there as well.

(T)- Again, some mild chalky roast meets some subtle raisin and cocoa with an almond/coconut sweetness on the finish.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level with a pretty good balance to it. Not overly sweet but the kick of coconut adds a nice layer of complexity to this.

(O)- One of their better versions of abduction for me. Good coconut flavors with a good stout base.

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Photo of untitledeuphoria
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank 7.5.14. Poured from a bomber, batch #383-385, into a tulip glass.

After months and months of reading about and following Pipeworks, I finally made it back to my hometown of Chicago, and made sure to purchase a few choice bombers. Having already gotten rave reviews from friends about their DIPA offerings, I wanted to start my experience with PW by tasting a few of their stouts. First up, Toasty Nut Abduction.

A: Pours jet black with a very dark, slow rising, mocha head visible only after a hard pour. Head fades quickly, leaving zero cap whatsoever, just a minimal ring to complement this completely opaque beer. Leaves no lacing, but coats the glass like motor oil, lingering long after the last movement. A great looking stout.

S: Sweet dark chocolate, strong almond notes, and a smooth vanilla underlay. Maybe I pick up a smidge of coconut, but with how sweet this beer smells, its hard for me to single it out. Of course it has coconut, but no need for that to scare you off if you don't like coconut (I don't)

T: Heaps of sweet dark chocolate, earthy almond/coconut flavors, vanilla accents and finishes with a strong, dark fruit bitterness from the cacao nibs.

M: Thick and sweet. Goes down like oil, clinging to your teeth and tongue long after tasting. Mild carbonation at first, quickly supplanted by a full/creamy body, with a snappy bitter finish.

O: Two words can be used to describe this beer. A lot. A lot to look at, a lot to smell, a alot to taste, and a lot to handle. Big, sweet, and thick... but hides its 10.5% ABV extremely well behind a mountain of sweetness and a scent you can pick up from across the room. A definite recommend to any Stout drinker.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- motor oil black with a tan head

S- toasty almonds, coconut, coco.

T- beautiful coconut flavor, coco, toasty almonds, vanilla and hints of coffee. Mild bitterness to balance the sweetness out.

M- medium-full bodied with a bit more carbonation than I expected for an imperial stout. Not a bad thing tho!

O- another fantastic brew from pipeworks. This is a local brew for me and I love it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #383-385 printed on the label. Another new variant on the beloved Pipeworks Abduction stout. Expectations are excellent based on this knowledge, and since pretty much all the other variants I've had were amazing.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a thick syrupy mahogany colored body; opaque in the glass with three big creamy fluffy fingers of dark mocha head. Leaves behind nice thick lacing. Looks amazing.

S - The aroma is truly wonderful; this thing smells like it spent time in a barrel. Decadent roasty chocolate / cacao, silky vanilla, cream, fudge / cookie dough, some earthy woodsy qualities, and some mild alcohol content. Not pulling out any distinct coconut or almond aromas, but they are usually hard to detect anyhow. Some subtle indistinct sort of 'nutty' aroma does begin to creep out as the beer warms.

T - Taste follows the nose - creamy chocolate / cacao, silky vanilla, roasty coffee / chocolate bitterness, & mild alcohol heat.

M - The feel is smooth, silky, and creamy. Medium-full bodied with excellent low lying carbonation. Sticky and lightly bitter on the finish, with some lingering warmth.

Overall, another excellent variant on the landmark stout from Pipeworks; and I continue to look forward to many many more of these, as they have all been excellent and well worth drinking. Highly recommended if you can get this; and I would definitely be interested to see what some age would do to mellow out some of the warmth in one of these bottles.

Pipeworks Toasty Nut Abduction ---4/5.


Re-reviewed as Pipeworks Coconut Almond Abduction, 09/14/2016

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date or batch number, but just released. "Imperial Stout Brewed with Cacao, Vanilla, Coconut, and Almonds".

Poured into an Ardmore Station Liquors snifter.

A - Pours a dark thick opaque black with a quick-lived finger of dark chocolate-tan head. Appears as a thick sticky dessert beer, with low lying carb. Doesn't leaving much lacing to speak of.

S - Very nice aromatics: huuuuge aromas of toasted coconut, toasted marshmallow, cacao, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, sugar. The toasted coconut definitely appears to stand out much more than it did the last time i tried this beer when it was simply called Toasty Nut Abduction.

T - Taste follows the nose: wonderful blend of toasted coconut, nutty almond, cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, cacao, & sugar. A beautiful liquid dessert. Reminds me a lot of how i felt about the release of Pipeworks Coconut Jones Dog.

M - Feel is smooth, silky, creamy, very easy-drinking for the high abv. Wonderful stuff.

Overall, another great beer, though i definitely feel this should have had it's own separate listing on this site, as it feels and drinks like an entirely different beer to me at this point (though maybe i'm just jaded and can't remember anything correctly). Very nice stuff, but why change the name?? [I slightly upgraded my review from a 4 on mouthfeel to a 4.5]

Pipeworks Coconut Almond Abduction -----4/5.

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Photo of koutkid41
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a thick texture. Comes out the bottle black and sits in the glass as so. Light dark brown head on just the edges of the glass. Very light active carbonation in the glass while drinking.

S: Upfront you get some of the coconut and almonds then you get some chocolate and roasted coffee. Very sweet aroma.

T: At first I get the vanilla character then fades into some of the coconut and almond. It is then followed by some chocolate. Pretty sweet on the tongue. Enjoyable tasting beer.

M: Really sweet, thick body. A little oily, but that's perfectly okay with me.

O: Do really enjoy this one, wish I drank a little sooner to get more of the coconut.

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Photo of Florida9
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black in color. Fully opaque. Forms a moderate sized deep, dark mocha colored head. Head slowly reduces to not much more than a patchy surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is mostly sweet, dark malts and dark fruit. There is a little bit of nutty coconut and more than a little bit of alcohol.

T: The taste is where this one shines. Starts off with a smooth chocolate flavor. A mix of milk and dark chocolate. Lightly sweet. Molasses. Chocolate syrup. Then there is a strong hint of coconut. It's faint, but noticeable. Finishes with a blend of light chocolate, deeply roasted malts, and alcohol.

M: Full bodied. Lower-medium carbonation. A very smooth beer (though it does leave a slightly gritty feel in the mouth long after the swallow). Mild bitterness.

O: A nice blend of flavors. This one works well with the base beer.

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