Mocha Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #600
Ranked #1,971
4.2 | pDev: 6.9%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Notes: "I don't think these aliens are thaaat bad. What's that you ask? They don't like you? They keep trying to abduct you? I mean maybe we've all just been brainwashed by Hollywood alien invasion movies and the Pipeworks Abduction series into thinking aliens just want to abduct us. Has anyone even tried to talk to them? Here, I'll go bring them a Pipeworks Mocha Imperial Stout with coffee and rich chocolate. This beer is amazing. Yeah, and then I'll make small talk about the new Star Wars trailer."
- Jeff's last words before being encased in choconite.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2014; drank 5/13/14 @ the Palace.

Black liquid.

Khaki head; decent lace.

Chocolate & espresso nose; hint of chili pepper spice.

Thick mouthfeel.

Chocolate syrup, milk, espresso & mild chili & hop bite.


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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours almost black with a small tan head.
S: Roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and toffee.
T: See above, ad some sugar.
F: Medium body, minimal carbonation.
O: Way too sweet, another dessert beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 577-580
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a foamy/bubbly khaki colored head that quickly reduces to leave just a ring around the edge

S- smells of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, mocha coffee, whipped vanilla cream, toasted marshmallow

T- opens with dark roasted malt mixed with mocha espresso, followed by dark chocolate & vanilla, toasted marshmallow and caramel. The finish gives a hint of dark fruit with a linger of coffee and vanilla

M- medium body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly creamy finish

O- all of the elements are there and pretty drinkable, nice stout

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Photo of MurphDog14
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with a dark head. It smelled of light chocolate and not too much else. The beer tastes very similar to the smell. The beer is carbonated and does not linger. Overall the beer wasn't as chocolatey as I thought it would be, but it was good.

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Photo of larryi86
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to bstyle for this
22 oz bottle poured into a teku

A- Black with a two finger dark mocha head.

S- Cocoa, chocolate, roasted coffee, touch of dark fruits, some caramel.

T- Rich, creamy chocolate, roasted coffee, espresso in the finish, dark chocolate, some vanilla and hints of dark fruits.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- A good Imperial Stout. A lot of big chocolate and coffee flavors. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great edition in the abduction series.

The appearance is pitch black with a tan head that dissipated quickly and left a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is big chocolate and coffee along with some dark fruits. Also espresso comes through.

The taste follows the nose with espresso coffee and chocolate up front along with some roasted bitterness.

The palate is medium plus with a lingering bitterness that lingers well.

Overall this is another excellent entry in the abduction series.

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Photo of DVMin98
2.27/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Nice deep brown color. Smell is roasted malts and off smell. Taste is almost vegetal. Souring. Obviously infected. Couldn't drink more than 2 oz. Poured bottle. Wasted beer.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice jet pitch black, a pencil thin head around the top, great looking beer
S: Big chocolaty, whipped cream, roasted coffee, roasted malts, creamy smell, marshmallows?
T: Big chocolate taste, not to much mocha, more chocolate, creamy mocha is the second big flavor behind the chocolate. Not complaining about that.
F: Smooth, low carb, good thickness
O: A great beer that's perfect to watch a movie with, didn't pick up big mocha flavor but its definteley there

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Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

super awesome vanilla on the first several huge whiffs.....! 2014 bottle! very smooth, very subtle and subdued chocolate and vanilla flavors; not getting any coffee. slight roastiness. really easy to drink. nice subtle flavors are the standout feature of this. i'm surprised the vanilla hangs in there so well being a couple years old. this is soooo delicious.....

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one was pretty "meh" for me. It had a nice coffee nose, but the taste was lacking for me. Lots of bitter coffee on the finish, but not overly complex or balanced.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Justdoit1234 (thanks buddy!). No bottling date but the label has a 2015 copyright. Served in a goblet.

Pours jet black with a finger and a half of deep tan head. The froth settles to a consistent veneer of froth and a full ring. Despite its persistence that retention fails to yield any lacing.

Smells of sweet creamed coffee, brown sugar, cocoa, caramel, subtle vanilla and some vague roasted malt. There may not be any surprises here but it smells great.

Taste follows the nose pretty closely. The coffee shines through quite nicely followed by dark chocolate, roasty malt, seared caramel, brown sugar, faint vanilla and a nip of alcohol. The cocoa and vanilla add some pleasant, subtle layers beneath what is ultimately a delicious coffee stout.

Smooth, silky, medium full body with understated carbonation. The lingering, bittersweet finish exhibits qualities of dark chocolate infused coffee, sweet cream and a pleasant mix of heavily kilned malts.

Pipeworks again expands upon their successful line of Abduction variants. The already great base stout is treated well with the addition of cocoa and vanilla along with the coffee, taking Mocha Abduction to a level that Coffee Break Abduction couldn't quite reach. Arguably my favorite Abduction so far and highly recommended for my fellow coffee stout fans.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Mocha Abduction is a solid stout. It leans more towards coffee than chocolate and I did not pick up much vanilla as the label suggests. The beer poured an opaque black with tan head that left a spotty lace. The scent was roasty with a semi sweet hint. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was quite tasty.

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Photo of mothman
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Black color.

Thick and rich. Lots of chocolate and molasses. Vanilla and cacao show but the coffee doesn't show much. It is fairly roasted and very bitter however.

Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

Too bitter and roasted for me, but otherwise decent.

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Photo of Bung
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bit becalmed in appearance, nice oily dark. Aroma also nice espresso, dark chocolate, roast malt. Taste matches though more pitent. Thankfully didn't get any of the off fruit flavors.
Nice near creamy carbonation/mouthfeel.
Fantastic coffee stout. Reminded me a bit of Mocha Machine.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark black color with two fingers of mocha head. No real lacing left behind.

Aroma of mocha chocolate, molasses, coffee, dark fruit and fig.

Tasted of coffee, mocha chocolate, vanilla with a bit of dark ripe fruit and fig in the finish. The 10.5% abv was well-hidden.

Medium bodied and sticky with a lighter carbonation.

Had two bottles. One was heavy on dark fruit side while this one was more mocha, chocolate and coffee-focused. Really glad I gave this one a second chance.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Thick pouring out of the bottle. Deep truly mocha dark head, but can't quite form even half a finger, and manages to settle for a fine nice thin but creamy and noticeable collar. Top is whispy and light with excellent dark mocha streaks, resting on a very dark nearly black, walnut brown and totally opaque head.

Nice chewy and husky dark roasted grains on the nose. Creamy sensing as well, and oily coffee beans come along for the ride as well. The coffee angle seems to have a bit of acid to it, just giving it a little sour twinge. Chocolate and candy bar wrapper like aromas come along as well. Pretty nice aroma on the brew.

Fun palate. Sharp front bit of prickly like carbonation on first sip, with a very noticeable mouthfeel. Washes quite creamy thick if a bit milky tasting but manages to give some classic roast body in the mid palate. The aftertaste manages to some good coffee but also some oily acidic bean as well. Twinge of sour even gives some nice fruit angles, hints of cherry and raspberry like red fruit seem to meld in nicely while drinking as well. Soft marshmallow and somewhere between milk and dark chocolate comes with repeated sips.

A pretty nice stout flavored and balanced nicely, very tasty indeed.

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Photo of darktronica
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with minimal cocoa-brown head. Plenty of luscious chocolate and coffee on the nose, but also a bit of yogurt tanginess that distracts from the experience. This is less prominent in the flavor profile upon taking a sip. Overall, this is excellent and close to the top-tier coffee stouts (Treehouse's Double Shot with Sumatra Mandheling was the one that this immediately reminded me of), but the aroma is not quite as alluring, and it's not quite as smooth.

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Photo of Umassgrad98
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

After the initial bitter taste it gives your tastebuds a nice ride. Was pleasantly surprised at first but the more I drank the more I enjoyed this nice sipping stout.

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Photo of mschrei
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, minimal head. Very strong chocolate on the nose. Sweet up front on the taste, accompanied by mild bitterness further back. Very little burn from the alcohol for a 10.5abv. Not a big bold stout, but not a watery thin one either. Just right.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body with a small, brief bright brown head that withered quickly into faint ring around the edge of my glass. Delivers as advertised, with lots of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla woven sinuously through the malt base, mildly roasted and bittersweet. Slim on the feel, but smooth and slick. Not a bad abduction at all...

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass.

Very light carbonation, and thick syrupy black old motor oil like appearance. Sweet mocha on the nose. Taste is thick and sweet with mostly mocha, strawberry and coffee. Feel is thick and syrupy. Overall a decent dessert stout but too sweet for my taste.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kevinpitts to thank again for this one. Poured into my tulip.
A – Root beer brown pour with about a finger of creamy, tan head. Settles down quickly but left nice lacing.
S – Vanilla first with traces of chocolate, coffee and mocha.
T- Espresso like big coffee up front. Bold. Tasty. Roasted malts and a deep chocolate taste follows. Nice touch of vanilla and cream. Nice bitter bite at the end.
M – Smooth and creamy on the palate. Low carbonation.
O – Wonderful. Pipeworks needs to distribute to Florida or I will be driving my man Kevin nuts. This is right up my taste alley. Love the coffee and chocolate taste. Despite the ABV I drank this down like a Dos Equis on a hot summer day.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was black with a modest tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - The nose is sweet coffee.

Taste - My initial impression is that this is a sweeter version of coffee abduction. It is syrupy, with hints of molasses, and baker's chocolate. The coffee impression dries slightly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation level of on target for the style and allows the taste to linger.

Overall - This is definitely my favorite in the abduction line

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Black body, fizzy mocha head that fades to the perimeter.

S: Cream, chocolate, coffee-based acidity, sadly perceivable alcohol. Something almost fruity, like strawberry.

T: That unannounced but distinct strawberry is on the forefront, followed by some chocolate, mild coffee, alcohol, and... more strawberry on the finish? I swear that's strawberry. It has a good balance of sweetness, bitterness, and acidity, but really more alcohol than I'd expect, even though it is high. Also more strawberry than I'd expect. Why strawberries? WHO PUT STRAWBERRIES IN THE MOCHA STOUT?

M: Medium bodied, again, the balance between bitterness, sweetness, and acidity make this somewhat salivating, somewhat astringent.

O: A good stout, but not what was advertised. Seriously, this was strawberry stout, not mocha stout. Still great.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black body with a half inch of thick, beige collar. Aromas of chocolate, roast, char, coffee, dark chocolate, cacao. Coffee and vanilla. Chocolate milkshake. Medium to full bodied. Moderate carbonation with lingering sweetness and light bitterness. Lots of vanilla character. Tasty.

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