Passion Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,101
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #32,544
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 15.24%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
144
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  10
Gots
  28
SCORE
86
Very Good
Passion AbductionPassion Abduction
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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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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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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Brown/purple hue.

Dark khaki head; decent lace.

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

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

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