Pistachio Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,058
Ranked #3,550
4.15 | pDev: 6.51%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Pistachio AbductionPistachio Abduction
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Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black with a thin layer of dark tan head

S-dark roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, some light salt, and an overall nuttiness

M-full body and moderate carbonation

Overall very tasty imperial stout with nice chocolate, salt, and nutty flavors

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Photo of Captain69
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of omnimatty
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, anything with pistachios and abductions is ok by me. It is so dark and so flavorful, it doesn't taste like anything i have tasted before. It is very strong alcohol-wise and well, super dark. I am not a beer-word-guy. Just try it, you will like it if you like dark beer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color with tan head. Aroma has some salted caramel and sweet, sugary malt. Taste follows with the salted caramel, some creme brulee style burnt sugar on the finish with a light bitterness. Medium body, quite smooth on the palate. Overall it's a quite good flavored stout.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I freaking love this beer. Yet another great entry in the abduction series.

Prours pitch black with no light at all coming through. Tons of alcohol legs as well.

The aroma is big chocolate, vanilla and roasted coffee and a hint of nutty salinity.

The taste is really big sweet chocolate and vanilla. Also a nice roasted coffee malt. Some nuttiness and a nice salinity. Such big flavors mixing well. Big malt sweetness that really asserts itself.

The palate is full with a really pleasant salinity to help dry it out to an extent. Also has a nice lingering malt sweetness. Some alcohol spiciness as well.

Overall this is an awesome beer and probably my favorite beer in the abduction series. An underrated brew from the peeps at pipeworks. There's a reason I bought multiple bottles.

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Photo of boom_boom_basil
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black coffee color with a very thin caramel colored head that fades in a few seconds.

Forefront of the nose is boozy accompanied by earthy vanilla and chocolate notes. occasionally faint nutty traces come through.

Taste is very similar to an imperial stout, but less bitter. mainly taste of chocolate and coffee, with notes of vanilla and a tiny trace of salt and nuttiness that might just be my mind playing tricks on me. the strength of this beer comes through with a boozy taste that resembles a barrel aged beer, but not in a way that i find entirely pleasant.

full bodied and a little syrupy if it hasnt warmed up

overall this is not a distinct tasting beer. pipework tries a lot of unusual combinations and they usually hit it out of the park. this beer however is not one of those. it's the second worst pipeworks beer ive had next to mint truffle abduction.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown to black with a thin ring of carb.

Smell is almost funky, mossy, salty pistachio with chocolate, coffee and dark malts.

Taste is really roasty coffee and malt with dry cocoa and a slight salty, mealy, nutty element from the pistachio ensuring this is as unique an entry in the Abduction series as possible.

Full bodied and frothy.

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Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle enjoyed at a bottle share. Dark and roasty with bittersweet chocolate, with some saltiness coming in the finish of the beer. Not a whole lot of pistachio, but still a solid beer.

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

You are definitely going to want to let this one warm to get out all the listed flavors and layers. At first the overwhelming feel is cream, chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The nuttiness and salt comes through very gradually. As always the base beer provides a great canvas for the brewer to experiment. Probably one of the more nuanced variants of this beer. Nonetheless a fine sunday sipper.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, can't believe this stout is only at 88 right now. Not that this is a bad score, but I just had my first Pistachio Abduction tonight and I think it's amazing. I love stouts, but a lot of them taste very similar. The pistachio flavor though gives this one a very unique taste. Really balances out the stout well and almost makes it too easy to drink. All together this is a superb stout.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours pitch black, maybe a hint of mahogany around the very edges. a centimeter of a tan head with weak retention. slight lacing and a small viscosity.

Smell: nutty and pistachios. chocolate and mocha. some vanilla and cream.

Taste: opens with some pistachios along with some cream, adding to the smoothness of the nutty flavor. chocolate comes through along with some malts that boarder on roasted but don't quite develop into a full burnt malt flavor. mocha flavor comes through with a mixture of a light coffee and a shot of vanilla. slight alcohol.

Mouthfeel: heavy, but with some slickness/smoothness from the pistachios and vanilla. nice balance, ends slightly sweet with some lingering nutty flavors.

Overall: one of my favorite abductions so far. way above the fruited ones and finds a really nice balance with the added ingredients.

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Photo of bigjsempire
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet black with little head, lacing does not stick to glass
Smell: Initial salty character, but overwhelming pistachio (like a kick in the face)
Feel: Amazing smooth frothy mouth feel like you are drinking a thick coffee frothed
Taste: Classify almost as a desert beer, a little on the sweeter side, pistachio takes the forefront characteristic and the stout chocolate, vanilla is in the background.
Overall: Good beer, was not expecting much and hesitant of the pistachio. Defiantly a beer to share with multiple people, I can only handle so much sweetness.

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Photo of ccg
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A full finger of foam when poured, more than usual for an Abduction. Totally opaque black.

Smell: Nice nutty or peanut-buttery smell on top of the usual Abduction scent. I thought "peanut butter," but maybe that's the pistachio and my nose just can't tell the difference.

Taste: Somewhat standard Abduction stout taste with a bit of chocolate and vanilla and a noticeable saltiness on top. I can't say that I pick up a lot of pistachio flavor.

Feel: satisfying viscosity.

Overall: I've read mixed reviews, so I went in with tempered expectations, but I think this is actually one of the better Abduction variants. Raspberry and Mocha are probably still at the top for me, but this one could be #3.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and sits black in the glass with a finger of dark brown foam.

Chocolate, vanilla, roasty, and nutty.

Definite nutty flavor, but pistachio not so much. Chocolate and vanilla seem to take front and center with a nice roastiness.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, semi-chewy, sweet, and sticky.

Overall, while this is pretty straightforward, the pistachio could have stood out more, the only advantage is that this had a thicker and chewier mouthfeel than others in the Abduction series.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Huge fluffy creamy darker color, fades semi slowly with tons of lacing everywhere, pretty much pitch black color. Long legs.

Nose brings mild dark choc cocoa and roast, a hint of a salty nut pistachio thing, big caramel and fluffy nougat, bit of spice, some vanilla.

Taste is sweet and caramel candy, fluffy nougat, tons of vanilla, tons... Mild milk chocolate and creamy, with vanilla all over, hint of nutty note, touch of salty. Toasted nutty flavours, toasted stout and choc mild biscuit toffee cookie wafer. Finish little sweet sticky, creamy choc and caramel, mild toffee and nougat with tons of vanilla lingering.

Mouth is heavier bod, nice creamy but thicker, decent carb, no real booze.

Overall pretty nice.

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

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a one finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of roasty stout, nice little vanilla, little nuttiness and faint salt. Little acrid roast. Light alcohol.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Rich chocolate, nice vanilla, light nuttiness, super faint salt. The roast it's nice, solid vanilla presence. Loads of it infact. More generic nuts than anything. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, nicely carbonated, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was really tasty, wouldn't call it pistachio, however, this was a delicious nutty stout.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, batch 729-730, into a Pipeworks snifter.

Pours dark, thick looking. Small head, foamy, clingy lacing throughout. Smell is roasted malts, chocolate, some vanilla. Taste follows the nose on the roasted malts and chocolate, more vanilla than the nose. Some saltiness, maybe a little general nuttiness, but no definite pistachio. Creamier than the usual Abduction entry, maybe the pistachios are showing here. Smooth and full bodied.

Not my favorite of the Abduction series, but even though the headliner doesn't hit the stage, it's still a good beer overall thanks to the strong base. While the pistachio addition has little impact, it's not a detraction. Certainly worth a purchase, but you may want to temper your expectations.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought 3 of these. Drank one right away and was not real impressed. Rated it @ 4.16.

Just a few months added so much more! Bumped my rating to 4.38.

We'll see what another 3-6 mos. can do.

In my experience, this is not typical for PW stouts.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Batch #729 - 730. The latest Abduction variant from Pipeworks, this one brewed with vanilla, cacao nibs, pistachios and salt.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark inky black body with about a finger of mocha head that fades to ring quickly. Lots of sticky strands of lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is sweet & sugary, the vanilla and cacao nibs are both apparent. Has a pretty typical imperial stout aroma. No aroma of pistachio or salt.

T - Taste is the same really: mostly all chocolate, vanilla, and cacao nibs. Tastes along the lines of a regular imperial stout to me. There is perhaps a vague pistachio / nuttiness / salt aftertaste that begins only to really creep out as the beer warms toward room temperature. The chocolate and vanilla dominates.

M - A smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Silky. The salt presence imparts a salty sort of dryness on the finish, but it is mostly suggestive. Nothing salty about the flavor. Milky, chocolatey, and creamy above all else. Superior drinkability for a 10.50% abv beer.

Overall, another excellent stout variant from Pipeworks, although I don't find pistachio and salt to be particularly powerful ingredients. Tasted more like a regular imperial stout to me more than anything. Recommend, however.

Pipeworks Pistachio Abduction ----4/5.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not going to belabor this one because it's pretty simple... The base beer is strong and delicious as usual. The pistachio and salt is unmistakable. Plays well with the sweetness of the base. Very nutty and salty.

Pipeworks will throw anything in a beer. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Usually in abduction it does. Probably my least favorite abduction but still pretty good.

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Pistachio Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 148 ratings