Very Berry Abduction
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,678
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #12,682
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 6.47%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
35
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Pipeworks Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
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Very Berry AbductionVery Berry Abduction
Notes: Imperial stout brewed with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, vanilla and cacao nibs.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by RollDamnTide:
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4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of Nesued
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The sweetness from the strawberry and blueberry comes through nicely. Mild vanilla component but the nibs finishes well.

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Photo of tigg924
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste starts with raspberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, with strawberry in the middle and a blueberry finish. Heavy bodied, sweet, roasty, with moderate carbonation. Makes for a good and fruit filled berry stout. I like the Abduction series and this one fits in nicely.

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Photo of swierczt
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sparky44
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Smell - The nose was a light berry presence.

Taste - At the front was a rich blueberry presence followed by deep raspberry toward the back. Strawberry was located somewhat in the middle but was overpowered by the other berries. The berries are a little weak which allows the dominant chocolate malts of the stout to shine.

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

Overall - I was surprised by how much I like this one, as it was not medicinal as I expected. I just wanted more sweet fresh berries.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Predictably black body - center pour into a goblet gave up a thing finger of foam... Aromas were full of sweet, tart berry notes with mild suggestions of the darker malts and their chocolaty tones... On the sip, sweet-tart berry sweetness and tang take front and center, the warmer chocolate aspects move in on the back-end but never really assert... Body is relatively thin for an imperial stout, the bright berry elements make it seem even lighter than it is - smooth, too, but with tightness from the sharp berry impressions...

All-in-all, I've been less of a fan of berry-infused stouts over the past coupla years, owing to the fact that the aspects of a stout that I enjoy so much seem to take a back seat to the bright, tart berry flavors. I grabbed this one because I've been riding a Pipeworks high the past few days and figured it might break the trend. Unfortunately, for my tastes, this was just more of the same as far as berry stouts go. Their Raspberry Truffle Abduction was perhaps the last berry stout I've enjoyed, and that was back in September of 2014. Previously, I have held BCBS Bramble and Backyard Ryes in high regard, though I was not as enthusiastic about their more recent Regal Rye.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 6/28/17; drank 7/14/17 @ the Yarchives.

Black/purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice, noisy tan head; almost no lace.

Oops-All-Berries, milk chocolate & honeyed wheat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, smooth mouthfeel.

Oops-all-berries & milk chocolate flavors; sweet honeyed wheat notes on the finish. No booze heat. This is bold but WAY too sweet. Tough to enjoy. Time spent in a barrel might temper this & make it palatable...I'd love to try some.

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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 6/30/17, had 7/21/17.

Pours a thick looking and opaque dark brown, with a small head and some dark, soapy lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, light berries, light vanilla, some molasses. The taste also leads with the malt, then chocolate, strawberries, light vanilla, more mixed berries as it warms, some molasses and caramel. Smooth, a bit creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

The berries wax and wane and are fairly subtle overall. But, the base really shines in this one and pulls it up a bit. Well worth a purchase, everything by Pipeworks usually is.

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Photo of jcb7472
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jakea
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in snifter from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle on May 21, 2018.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of shopk
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very Berry Abduction from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 35 ratings