Passion Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,090
Ranked #32,013
3.74 | pDev: 15.24%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Our big, rich, chocolaty invader has returned once again, this time teeming with passionfruit. The result is like drinking a dense chocolate tart with notes of coffee, vanilla, cacao and bright, punchy passionfruit.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled summer 2014; drank 8/313/14 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/purple hue.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

Raspberry syrup, fresh marijuana & mocha notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Passion fruit forward; a dry raspberry/marijuana combination to this palate.

Mocha sweetness emerges as this warms.

Flavorful & easy to drink.

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Photo of jws7968
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Open Bottle. I thought it was one of the better Pipeworks beers I have tried. Smells a little bit better than it tastes, but overall a very nice product.

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Photo of Coorsy
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This was not anything like the others in the series. I barely got any fruit instead this dominating note of what seemed to be burnt tobacco. Also like charred hazelnuts. Some members of my grouped enjoyed it, but i simply could not.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell - The nose is a fantastic bouquet of fruit.

Taste - I am not entirely sure what to expect in passion fruit, but I do taste fruit. My impressions include raisins, grapes, and deep malts. The bitter of the fruit really matches the aroma with the malts taking over the aftertaste.

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

Overall - This should not work, but it actually kind of does.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Batch #743. The latest imperial stout variant from the masters at Pipeworks, acquired a bottle from the local beer store. 'Imperial stout brewed with cacao, vanilla, passion fruit'.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a thick sludgey black body. Inky, with about a finger of thick creamy chocolate-mocha head. Looks thick, luscious, and inviting. Lots of sticky spotty lacing leftover on the glass.

S - The juicy, citric fruitiness of the passion fruit just barely overrides the musty, chalky cacao presence. You can definitely tell this has fruit in it. The silky vanilla bean only appears afterwards.

T - Taste follows the nose: the juicy citrus of the passion fruit overrides the bitter cocoa and the silky vanilla, but all three are apparent players. Definitely the most fruity and least sweet / sugary of all these stout variants. No real roast or char sticks out.

M - The feel is smooth, sticky, & creamy. Some bitter chocolate and passion fruit citrus is leftoer on the palate. Full-bodied with good carb.

Overall, one of the more unique variants on the base stout. Definitely the most fruit forward of all of them. Would be interested to see how this concept would apply when using other fruits. Looking forward to trying more.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.24/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got this one from Masterski this past summer. Not sure how passion fruit and imperial stout will work together. I guess we’ll find out.

From a bomber into a snifter
Batch 477/478

APPEARANCE: A transparent black pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy tan head with great retention. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Passion fruit is plainly obvious. That’s basically it. Maybe a bit of roasted barley if I close my eyes, think about roasted barley, then smell the roasted barley in my basement instead of the beer, but still, the memory of passion fruit is so etched in my head that this trick doesn’t even really work.

TASTE: Passion fruit up front with hints of passion fruit underneath, then lots of passion fruit at the swallow. Big, bold finish of passion fruit and a hefty layer of passion fruit rounding it all off. Honestly, this must have been a big mistake. Either that, or they thought the base stout sucked so much that this was the “fix” to the problem. A hint of bitter dark chocolate comes out if you let the glass sit for a while, but there are no real roasted or caramel flavors at all from the grain base. Lots of sweet passion fruit with a touch of sourness at the far end of the finish.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth enough and finishes sweet and sticky. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: I’m pretty sure I know what they were going for here. They probably thought they’d brew a mundane base stout, then overload it with whatever adjunct and make it “awesome.” I will admit that this can work, but only if the adjunct’s character compliments the stout as it is. Coffee, chocolate, molasses, etc., these are all flavors that imperial stouts tend to show anyways, so these adjuncts can work if used in excess. Passion fruit and stout, however, don’t really seem to match, so if you want to use fruit in a stout, it needs to be more restrained. Perhaps overloading a fruity DIPA with passion fruit would work really well, as these types of flavors are often already found in a DIPA. In any case, this attempt sucked. Perhaps their coffee or truffle versions are much better. Thanks again Masterski. Happy to try some of this series.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a slight red hue that's definitely notice in light, little to no head.

Smells heavy on the passionfruit! Chocolate and toasted nuttiness are present as well.

Very abundant passionfruit and vanilla on the front are follow up by dark chocolate and fruit that sits on the tongue for a while.

Mouthfeel is very well carbonated and in your face, but vanilla gives it a very creamy smooth backend.

Overall, another interesting brew, good for a try but only on occasion.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3/5  rDev -19.8%

after having the toasty nut abduction as well I think the cocoa being used creates a bitterness that doesn't blend the flavors well. I get the passion fruit, then I get a lot of chocolate, but then there is a lingering bitterness that doesn't mesh well.

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Photo of Flight317
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Do people rate things based off of what brewery made it? This is another beer I've had recently that I have no idea how it's ratings are even decent. If 3 is "okay" and something I might recommend this one doesn't make it there. The appearance is the only thing I'd say is ok for a stout. The smell is very fruity... this is a stout. The taste starts out like it will be a decent stout and then it changes QUICKLY to a tart taste that does NOT mesh. I would not recommend this and not drink again. I am beginning to wish people would rate beer from taste, smell, apperance instead of who brewed it. I do like pipeworks a lot but this was a flop

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle graciously shared by RussianDragon. Thanks broseph. The beer is opaque and appears a deep, dark, chestnut brown with a half inch of beige cap. Aromas of fruit punch, tropical fruits, fruit cocktail. Chocolate with mango, pineapple. Sweet, yet not cloying, per se. Fascinating beer, yet, the tropical fruits overwhelm the stout character. Totes.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Beer clashes at first. Starts with passion fruit flavor and then stout jumps in. As it warms though, the flavors blend together better. Good overall, but different. Not for everyone.

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Photo of NickyPogs
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

I was a little disappointed by this beer and was my least favorite in the series. I just did not feel the passion fruit flavors agreed with the chocolate and cocoa nibs that went into this. Both the smells and flavors were immensely dominated by the passion fruit.

This beer greatly needed to warm up before the sharp tart passion fruit flavors subsided and things started to blend together. All in all, this was just an okay beer that didn't really work for me.

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Passion Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 144 ratings