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Mocha Abduction | Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Mocha AbductionMocha Abduction

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by BRami127 on 05-05-2014

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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 +6.7%
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 -2.4%
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 -14.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +1.9%
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 +2.4%
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 +1.2%
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 +3.4%
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 +5.3%
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 +1.9%
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 -6.3%
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 +7.2%
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 +6%
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 -5.3%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of Stater
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

True to Pipeworks form, right on the brink of over the top but great in an in your face way. Sweet chocolate milk with a little coffee poured in. Leaves me craving a little thicker mouthfeel. Otherwise, very good.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A sticky, sweet, boozy imperial stout with heavy coffee and chocolate notes. The coffee dominates the nose. Pours a deep dark, mocha color. Definitely amps up the sweetness to offset potential coffee bitterness. An excellent coffee imperial stout.

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

Batch 577-580. 22 oz. bottle poured into a Great Lakes snifter.

Appearance: Pours black with a thin light brown head.

Smell: Coffee, molasses, milk chocolate, roasted malt. Lacks the depth of coffee/chocolate aroma of, say, a FBS, and honestly comes off just a tad bit artificial at times, but overall still very solid.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt up front. Undertones of caramel malt. Nice bitter bite from the coffee on the finish. While the smell was a little lacking in depth, the flavor is definitely not. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, smooth, nice bit from the coffee on the finish. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While I wouldn't put this in the world class tier of coffee stouts, it's still very, very good.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

A. Dark brown opaque beer with a 2 finger khaki head with very nice lacing.

S. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Smells inviting.

T. Backing up the nose i get roasted malts cocaine and vanilla not totally getting any coconut.

M. Medium to heavy body but not motor oil. Smooth. Light carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

O. A nice stout. Flavors come out as well as the smell. Nice mouthfeel. Definitely a nice stout.

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Photo of vic21234
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch 577-580

A- Pours black with a creamy khaki colored head, maybe a half finger's worth.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate the smell.

T- Starts off with dark chocolately malts. Tons of chocolate and cocoa flavors overall. The coffee is also very noticeable, but the vanilla seems drowned out by everything else going on.

M- Thick and chewy, great sipper or dessert beer.

Very nice addition to the Abduction family for Pipeworks.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From notes on 6/6/14

Got this and barrel aged Jones Dog for a trade of central waters 16. Pours black with very minimal carbonation. Smell is mostly coffee. Very sweet chocolate tasting. Really tastes like a mocha. Some alcohol flavor comes through, but very well balanced.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a diesel thick opaque black with a very thin caramel brown head.

Heavy on the dark chocolate, roasted malt nuttiness, and espresso.

A little too heavy on the chocolate, roasted malts are lacking, and coffee is dull.

Mouthfeel is thick on the heavy, like sipping a chocolate malt.

Overall this is decent, but I feel could have been better.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black this a thick frothy head that lingers a bit.

S: Rich coffee and dark chocolate upfront then you get some of that vanilla aroma in the backend that is sweet. Really appealing aroma.

T: Really sweet upfront like a milk stout then get some dark chocolate and coffee roast and bitterness, like a mocha espresso. Finishes with some alcoholic bite but really nice tasting beer.

M: Solid carbonation with a thick sweet body. Maybe would be slightly better with less sweetness but it was nice and slick.

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Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (Batch# 435/36/37) poured into a CBS oversized snifter.

A - Pours a super dark brown/near black color in the glass, brown highlights at the edge of the glass. A short 1/2 finger of pale tan/grayish head lingers briefly and leaves a short, foamy collar on the edge of the glass.

S - Mild aroma, plenty of chocolate, roasty coffee, a bit of licorice, a bit of booze.

T - Very coffee forward, deep and roasty. Fair amount of booze/alcohol with a bit of a warmish burn to it. Milk chocolatey smoothness/sweetness.

M - Rather full bodied with a lower carbonation that is a bit foamy and rather creamy overall. Roasty and coffee heavy throughout. A bit boozy - shows the 10.5% alcohol content - slows the pace of drinking on this, but isn't really distracting.

O - Overall, I like this imperial stout. One of the better in the Abduction series...having tried several of them now. This almost makes me think of it as an amped up Founders Breakfast Stout. Not as smooth as drinkable as the FBS, but I find the coffee character quite similar with more of a boozy kick.

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