Vanilla Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,803
Ranked #7,491
4.03 | pDev: 5.96%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled fall 2015; drank 10/31/15 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark tan head; minimal lace.

Burnt marshmallow, peanut butter & cream notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Peanut butter & vanilla flavors up front; brandy notes on the finish.

Nicely balanced & rich; good.

Nov 19, 2019
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2017-11-10 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bottle from 2016

A - Opaque dark brown with a 1-finger light brown head and decent lace.

S - Soy sauce, dark roasted grain and light vanilla.

T - Dark roasted grain, earthy spice, definite vanilla sweetness, oak. The vanilla sweetness works well to mitigate the dark roast flavor and bitterness. Alcohol heat and sweetness are also noticeable.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Creamy, full and then some alcohol burn in the finish, which I didn't mind.

O - Tastes better than it smells. The umami aroma gave me expectations of this being quite apparent in the flavor, but this wasn't the case. This is an enjoyable sipping brew although not top of the field for Imperial Stouts.

Nov 10, 2017
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Smell - The nose iwas boozy and generally lacked vanilla.

Taste - At the front, the front was smooth vanilla which seemed muted. The profile was a little warm and had a weird Diet Vanilla Coke presence. This would not normally be awful, unless one expects their beer to taste like diet soda. Bitter dark chocolate arrive at the back end.

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

Overall - I feel like there was something off about this one.

Oct 29, 2017
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NicholasL from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Minimal tan head, pours dark. A thin rim of head remains around the edges of the beer long after you pour
S: Vanilla, Chocolate and spice. Hints of char.
T: Vanilla and char. Taste the booze comes through in a negative way. All flavor but char leaves your mouth upon swallowing
F: Foamy and carbonated. Thin but not too thin.
O: Not bad but not good. I would definitely pick up a different bottle instead. Perhaps because it is a older bottle and flavor profile has fallen off.

Apr 16, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep black with a finger of mocha head. Big vanilla, bakers chocolate, and marshmallow in the nose. Taste is dominated by the vanilla .....but balanced by some bitterness from the chocolate and roast. Feel is medium with moderate carbonation for the style. Really enjoyed this stout...

Dec 24, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark and opaque, small head of dark tan foam, small foamy ring throughout. Smell brings a fairly strong vanilla, malts, light chocolate, a hint of coffee. taste is a little heavier on the malt, still a strong vanilla presence, chocolate, subtle coffee, a touch of anise, slight bitterness. Very smooth and creamy, good body, well carbonated.

Another solid entry in the Abduction series. The vanilla was prevalent and flavorful, but didn't detract from the base beer. Enjoyable to drink and well worth a purchase.

Dec 04, 2015
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pagriley from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into snifter.

Pours black with thin mocha head. Not a ton of Vanilla on the nose, just a waft, with a slight sharpness. Taste follows nose, with a bit of sweetness, and a slight astringent sharpness that seems out of place. Overall ok, but lacking any real Vanilla punch to make this worthwhile

Nov 27, 2015
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mschrei from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color, minimal light brown head with slight lacing. Lives up to its billing – plenty of vanilla on the nose and taste. Rich, smooth, not overly boozy or oily. One of the easier sipping non barrel aged beers I've had recently.

Nov 18, 2015
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer. The nose is straight up vanilla, and the flavor is similar although there is a backend bitterness from the chocolate that was a litte out of balance. Overall still a fantastic beer.

Nov 16, 2015
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larryarms847 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, nearing black with a very thin layer of dark brown creamy foam.

Huge aroma vanilla up front and center, followed by heavy dark chocolate and light roastiness.

While prominent in aroma, the vanilla character falls slightly to the wayside while lightly bitter dark chocolate overpowers the sweet vanilla and cream notes. Subtle roasty character to note as well.

Heavy-bodied, low-medium carbonation, sweet, sticky, slightly chewy.

Overall, while heavy vanilla comes through in the aroma, much of the vanilla character is lost in its flavor. Very good, but I feel a little fine tuning on flavor and body can do this beer some good.

Nov 15, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, no bottled on date or Batch # present. Sad to see Pipeworks is no longer Batch numbering their releases. The latest Abduction variant - 'imperial stout brewed with vanilla beans & cacao nibs'.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours an opaque black body, with a finger of dark creamy chocolate mocha head. Lots of small sticky lacing that slides back down into the beer. The usual stout appearance for Pipeworks, but it looks excellent.

S - Not as much cacao or chocolate in the nose, but the creamy vanilla beans lend a boozy-ish / extract type aroma. Mild suggestions of spice / cola, but not too much in the way of dark roast, coffee, or char.

T - Absolutely delicious. The vanilla bean has been amped up a few degrees, and is clearly the dominant player here. Chocolate / cacao takes the backseat. Again, no distinct roast, char, or coffee - just pure vanilla bean goodness like it ought to be.

M - Feel is ridiculously smooth, creamy, & silky. Slightly warming, but exceptionally smooth and easy-drinking for the high abv.

Overall, one of the best Abduction variants in a very long time, or ever for that matter. The vanilla beans really have been given the chance to shine here. Highly recommended, and i hope they add this to the regular Abduction rotation.

Pipeworks Vanilla Abduction -----4.5/5

Nov 10, 2015
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OldRickSputin from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pipeworks adds vanilla to all of their stouts, so why not release a Vanilla Abduction? Make sense. And it's pretty damn good.

L: Pretty much like an Imperial Stout; but with perhaps a bigger head than most PW ones.

S: Vanilla, cacao, dark fruit and some booze. Wonderful!!

T: Much like it smells w/o the booze though (a little disappointing) But more of a roasted flavor. Sweet- VANILLA w some cocoa bean filling it in nicely.

F: It isn't real thick but it does leave a nice full coating with a decent amount of carbonation; you can really feel it swirling around. Backend lingers quite a bit w/o going tart.

O: The Abductions are "hit or miss". Vanilla Abduction is one of my favorites so far. If you like PW stouts, you'll probably enjoy this one.

Nov 08, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you are looking for a big, chewy, sweet stout then you found it. In typical Pipeworks fashion this beer does not hold back. Pours a thick, viscous jet black color with a generous tan head. Whiff of marshmallow on the snout with some boozy notes in there. Taste wise, this beer comes across to me as a bunch of melted charleston chews mixed into an already roasty stout. Great for a sweet toothed individual (full disclosure - this includes me). Mouthfeel is oily, slick and pudding focused all at once. It truly coats (abducts) your mouth. Would like to maybe age one a little if I can pick another up.

Oct 31, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium vanilla smell. Vanilla comes through in flavor too, but doesn't blend great with stout flavors. Still good, just not great. 18th street Hunter Vanilla is a much better example of the style.

Oct 30, 2015
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