Barrel Aged The Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #154
ABV:
13%
Score:
96
Ranked #732
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 7.24%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
140
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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SCORE
96
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Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

black bodied beer with small head that drops quickly down to no head at all. Smells of heavy bourbon and is also boozy smelling. Milk chocolate and minimal roast. Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of bourbon character that is pretty nice. Milk chocolate and a little bit of bitterness as well. Pretty darn boozy. medium bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer comes across as kinda thin. This is definitely a sipping beer. Overall this beer is really riding the hype train chugging at full speed. This is a good stout, but if it was thicker and less boozy it would make a big difference.

Apr 26, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.32/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous and inky. No head. No collar.

Smell - Boozy. Bourbony. Good lord it's bourbony. Nutty and chocolate malts.

Taste - And it tastes like bourbon. Nutty. Fudgy malts. Kinda sweet. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and extremely boozy. Low carbonation, almost flat.

Overall - It's so boozy.

Apr 14, 2015
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very tasty stout, nothing that really stood out but still great in every way. If I could get this in 4-packs every week, I would never need a BCBS again.

Jun 10, 2015
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ellswrth from Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aug 27, 2018
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Sammy from Canada

3.14/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Alex's bottle. cloying sweet. not so much mouthfeel. barrelling ok. soso drinkability. Aspects of the barrelling there but just a sweet bomb, certainly not worth taking in sugar at 13% abv.

Apr 12, 2018
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 18, 2015
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Jaycase from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 440-441

Nice underlying chocolate flavor. Still a good amount of oak in the flavor (and aroma as well). This is the best BA offering I've had from PW. Having said this, it's essentially a facsimile of Bourbon County Brand Stout in most every facet. Please note this is a compliment in that BCBS imo is the preeminent barrel aged stout. However, given that BCBS is so much easier to find than this beer I would recommend BCBS just from an availability standpoint. Cheers to PW for a quality BA stout nonetheless.

Feb 19, 2017
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vande from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 24, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisited this on tap. 3/2018.

No head. Motor oil black. Thick. Reminds me of bcbs. Thick and fudgey. Vanilla and bourbon are heavy. Chocolate, oak, dark dried fruits. The bourbon is in your face. Warming. Smooth. Full bodied. Very enjoyable.

Nov 07, 2017
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madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin

4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 19, 2015
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and the aroma is booze (lots of it), wood, vanilla and hint of spice (standard fare). Sticky, hot, boozy, warmed me up on a snowy night in NYC and has a touch of spice on the finish. Thick/full-bodied, it's a slow sipper that brings lots of heat (in this case a good thing) with a touch of spicy sweetness underneath to keep from being a complete booze-bomb.

Dec 19, 2017
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CPAles from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 12, 2017
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spycow from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mar 22, 2015
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mattmarka1 from Minnesota

4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Mar 18, 2019
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Vonerichs from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark mohagany with nice looking dense head, cinnamon color, excellent retention.

Lots of anise in the aroma. Deep roast, coffee.

Really sweet, black licorice, coffee, leather, oak. Great integration of the barrel.

Smooth and heavy body that really holds it all together. Spot on with the carbonation. Cuts the sweetness well.

Very well put together. Great integration of the barrel and not too boozy.

Feb 04, 2016
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 01, 2016
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krome from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rather smooth for a 13% er. A little boozy, with notes of caramel and vanilla.

Mar 03, 2015
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mtbdonn from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 15, 2015
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ystazi from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nov 22, 2015
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 26, 2015
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 20, 2017
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mychalg9 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 30, 2015
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Wowcoolman from California

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 13, 2015
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funkel81 from Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 13, 2015
Barrel Aged The Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 140 ratings