Barrel Aged The Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #255
Ranked #750
4.39 | pDev: 7.29%
Jan 26, 2022
Feb 03, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Raj from Illinois

2016 vintage. Pours very dark brown, low carbonation, dark red highlights. Fudge, vanilla, marshmallow, dark cherry and raisin. Very smooth and essentially no alcohol burn. A little bitter roast on the back end , medium thick mouthfeel.

Jan 26, 2022
4.42 by mush from Illinois on Aug 07, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer was black with a modest tan head crowning the glass. It was a surprising head for a barrel aged selection.

Smell - The nose is was boozy, but the chocolate malts were definitely detectable.

Taste - At the front, bourbon was very detectable. It was followed by notes of chocolate and sweet licorice. Having been cellared for over a year, they beer was not overly hot. There was just a touch of heat in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The body on this beer was very full. While the base beer was not thin, this beer was almost tar-like.

Overall - Believe the hype on this one. Assuming you have a non-infected version, this is elite.

Oct 18, 2020
4.43 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on May 29, 2020
4.4 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Mar 14, 2020
4.44 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Feb 29, 2020
4.5 by Jangoon24 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2020
4.31 by loganburgh from Michigan on Dec 30, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

The last bottle, I think, from our visit to the lair of Al Capone in September. 22 oz. bottle split with the wife while chatting with our daughter visiting from her first semester of college. She cute!

The pour is black, with a mild head that audibly snaps. Smells like bourbon & vanilla & sugar. Add in baseball & this would be perfect.

The Abduction – if ET served this, I’d volunteer for an alien probe or two. Heavy bourbon right between the eyes, with a chaser of vanilla. Light char, much booze. Full & dry. Probably too sweet to take down an entire bottle, but damn, I’d like to get the canker sores trying.

This charms on first sip & never lets up – it’s the epitome of a straight-up barrel aged stout created with skill & aplomb that proves complexity is overrated. Pure top shelf.

Oct 27, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

First stout from Pipeworks. Thanks Greg for the trade! This beer is a contender in the stout arena. Nearly zero head on black opaque oil in the glass. Thick and smooth on the palate. Wholesome and rich chocolate fudge and bourbon with a touch of vanilla quality. Required either more carbonation, coffee, or bitterness to balance it better and a touch more aging on my part to reduce the booziness a bit. Solid.

May 13, 2019
4.31 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Mar 22, 2019
4.54 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Mar 18, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled May 2017; drank 6/10/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; no lace.

Oak, milk chocolate & bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Oak, milk chocolate & bourbon notes in the nose.

Thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Oak & milk chocolate flavors up front; mild cream & strong booze heat notes on the finish.

These need some time; I've learned 6 months really helps a Pipeworks barrel aged beer; this is too hot.

Feb 18, 2019
4.25 by brn9000 from Illinois on Jan 25, 2019
4.4 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Jan 04, 2019
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 28, 2018
4.4 by vande from Illinois on Dec 24, 2018
4.41 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Dec 22, 2018
4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 21, 2018
4.46 by TheBrewsky from California on Dec 20, 2018
4.34 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa on Nov 19, 2018
4.26 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Oct 24, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lloydboss from Illinois

Winter 2017 release, enjoyed October 2018

Oct 08, 2018
4.43 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Sep 29, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by darktronica from Indiana

2018 Winter release from a bomber. BA The Abduction is a big, boozy joyride through Flavor Country. Thick and viscous, long-lasting legs when swirled. Fudge, bourbon heat, vanilla, very mild soy and wine tannins.

Sep 08, 2018
4.65 by ellswrth from Oregon on Aug 27, 2018
4.59 by TylerJ from Iowa on Aug 25, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

On draft. Dark black body. One finger mocha head. Smell is dark chocolate, big whiskey, oak, light smoke, milk chocolate, touch of espresso. Boozy and sweet. Tough to drink more than a few ounces at a time. I think tempering this one with adjuncts such as coffee helps a lot. Medium in body, not as big and fudgy as I expected it to be. Good carbonation. Solid BA stout, but just not enough going on in the back beyond the boozy heat to do this any favors.

Aug 12, 2018
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4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by colby600 from Connecticut

L: black with no head on a hard pour.
S: big bourbon
T: bourbon and small chocolate
F: medium body
O: I really enjoyed this as I like to be smashed in the face with bourbon. Not overly complex, but I'd be very happy to revisit.

Edit: Was able to get more head on last half of bottle as it warmed. Giggity

Aug 08, 2018
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4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ktr5010 from Illinois

L: Pours a very dark black. Virtually no head.
S: Lots of bourbon and vanilla smells.
T: Delightful. Rich, complex. Some coffee taste even in the regular. Roasty. Boozy.
F: Good thickness. Great taste lingers. Small bubbles are great.
O: I really really like it. This is my first one and cannot believe I've been waiting around this long to get one.

Aug 05, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Badger2121 from Illinois

Jet black on the pour with little head. Get a bunch of vanilla on the nose. More vanilla on the front. Gets very boozy on the backend with hints of chocolate. Overall great beer.

Aug 05, 2018
4.5 by SteveTheBrit from Illinois on Jul 24, 2018
4.31 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 17, 2018
4.44 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jul 07, 2018
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2.52/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5
by pagriley from Illinois

Overly Autolyzed -soy and 'meaty' with alcohol heat. Not a lot of compexity coming through as it's overwhelmed by bittering hops, boozy heat and some off BBQ / soy undercurrent

Had this with the coffee version and both had the same problem. feels very much like stressed yeast that detonated trying to get the high ABV (or just hard quit somewhere along the way)
I expected much better from pipeworks

Jun 28, 2018
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4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by addicted2thebarrel from California

Another damn good brew from Pipeworks. It’s honestly criminal how good the beers I’ve had from them are. Quickly becoming a favorite.

Jun 11, 2018
4.37 by Egotist from Illinois on May 08, 2018
4.18 by Eman17 from Illinois on May 05, 2018
4.06 by MNBeer1017 from Minnesota on Apr 26, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by thfreedumb from Illinois

It has a fantastic balanced coffee/chocolate taste without much bite. I had this on draft at forbidden root.

Apr 26, 2018
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